Manchester Health and Fitness | Keeping Fit Manchester

Drinking every night and scoffing all those late night kebabs may seem like a brilliant idea at the time, but it's not hard to understand why the average fresher puts on 10lb in the first year. So if you want to keep your student lifestyle and your waist size, then we'd recommend doing as much as you can to keep fit and healthy whilst at university.


If there's a particular sport you'd like to get involved with, then fresher's week is the time to do it. All of the university sports teams will have stands at the freshers fair, so go along and see how you can get involved.

If you prefer your activity a little less regimented, then there are ample opportunities for exercising on a budget in manchester. Up in Fallowfield, the Armitage Centre is in the middle of the student community and offers first rate sporting facilities for team sports, as well as a great (and cheap!) rota of fitness and aerobic classes. Check out the website for more details.

On Oxford Road you'll find both the Sugden Sports Centre and the Manchester Aquatics Centre - with its Olympic size swimming pool.

The Sugden Sports centre is part of the university and offers ridiculously cheap classes (£3 each) and sports facilities. At the Aquatics Centre meanwhile, you can enjoy great swimmimng facilities and aqua aerobics classes, as well as a drop-in gym and loads of classes.

And of course, don't underestimate the power of free exercise. As a student you'll be doing plenty of walking - with the distance between Fallowfield and the Universities being a manageable couple of miles. And in rush hour, it's often a quicker option than the bus!


In terms of health, you'll probably want to register with a doctor in Manchester. There are plenty of GPs located close to the university and main student living areas, as well as an NHS drop in centre at Picadilly train station and a large hospital (St Mary's) with an A&E department very close to the university.

Hospitals with A&E Departments 

Manchester Royal Infirmar

Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9WL

0161 276 1234 

Salford NHS Trust

Royal NHS Foundation Trust Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD

0161 789 7373 

Wythenshawe Hospital

Southmoor Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M23 9LT

0161 9987070 


NHS Walk-in centres 

Manchester Piccadilly NHS Walk-In Centre

1st Floor Gateway House, Station Approach, Piccadilly South, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 2GH

Tel: 0161 233 2525 

Primary Care Emergency Centre

Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9WL

Tel: 0161 276 1234 

Withington Walk In Centre

Withington Hospital, Nell Lane, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2LR

Tel: 0161 217 3015 



Bodey Medical Centre

Ladybarn Court 28 Ladybarn Lane Fallowfield Manchester M146WP

0161 248 6644 

Platt Lane Surgery

204 Platt Lane Rusholme Manchester England - Uk M147BS

0161 224 2468

Fallowfield Medical Centre

75 Ladybarn Lane Fallowfield Manchester M146YL

0161 224 4503 

Princess Road Surgery

471-475 Princess Road Withington Manchester M201BH

0161 445 7805 



Robert Graham

98 Mauldeth Road West, Withington, Manchester, Lancs, M20 1AB

Tel: 0161 434 6239 

The Surgery

390 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 3NA

Tel: 0161 445 3647 

Oasis Dental Care Ltd

429 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, Lancs, M20 4AF

Tel: 0161 445 3104 




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