MCR Student Social is back and bigger than ever! Find some oversized circus-themed fun with Printworks in the Play Zone…

As Manchester Universities welcome a brand-new haul of fresh-faced students to the city, the annual MCR Student Social is here to offer some huge discounts and amazing experiences as Manchester’s biggest student festival! All across the city centre on Thursday 29 September between 12pm and 7pm there will be live entertainment, competitions, games and more!

Keep an eye out for these giant MCR Student Social boards dotted around the city – they will give you all the info about what’s going on and where to find it all!

Visit Market Street where you’ll find aerial performers, dancers, a DJ truck and chillout area in the Party Zone 💃🎶👯

Grab a slice of free pizza from Franco Manca and win prizes from Barburrito in the Food Zone 🍕🌯🍴

And take on challenges from Mate Bike and King Street Gym in the Info Zone 🚲🏋️ℹ️

But the best is yet to come…

Printworks Headlining the Festival Play Zone!

This year’s Festival Play Zone will be located just a stone’s throw from the Printworks at Exchange Square and it’s Printworks that gets to lead the festivities with the largest stand showing off all the top leisure activities and bringing students all the fun of the fair with a circus-theme fit for the Big Top! 🎪

With the biggest student event in town, we thought oversized games was the obvious way to go…

Big Games 🎳⛳🪓

With lots of interactive gaming opportunities, prizes and photo opps, it’s sure to bring that fun-fair excitement to Manchester city! Students can try any of 5 great games that will give them a taste of what the Printworks has to offer! Have a go at virtual bowling, crazy golf, foam axe throwing, Ball-nado, and supersize Printworks pong!

Big Prizes 🏆🎁😄

Well of course you can win prizes – what kind of fun-fair would we be if you didn’t? But don’t worry about carrying an oversized teddy bear around with you or the full responsibility of a pet goldfish (in a bag), we’ve got something much better! A giant QR Dice! Just roll the dice – you might have to throw it actually! And you can win prizes, offers & discounts from various Printworks venues, including delicious meals, game nights and exclusive money off vouchers!

Time for a Selfie 🤳

For all the game and prize winners you will obviously want to mark this great occasion with a selfie, or two! And what better way to show of your funfair winnings than at the winner’s carousel selfie station full of fun circus props for that instagrammable moment – just don’t forget to tag us! @mcrprintworks

Unofficial Afterparty 🤫

MCR Student Social officially finishes at 7pm, but after that you can still head to Printworks to enjoy the student nightlife for an unofficial afterparty!

Head to Bierkeller for the Fresher’s Welcome Party 🥳

Get ready for the ultimate battle of the DJs at the Freshers Welcome Silent Disco Ritual, as they will be going head to head to win the crowds attention (and music respect) at Bierkeller on Thursday 29th September, 8pm-2am!
It’s time to get up high and party hard on the stompin’ benches surrounding the main arena but there’s limited headsets available on the night, so make sure you claim your FREE ticket so you can dance all night to the beat of your own drum!
Not forgetting you can take advantage of the Shooters Sports Bar for added games & entertainment including pool, shuffle and beer pong, with Student Drinks Deals available all night long 🍻


Boom Battle Bar will also have a live DJ for the night as well as Cargo, Floripa and Bingo Balls all hosting student events to welcome all the freshers to the Printwork’s night life! There’s also plenty of student food and drinks deals across all our venues – check out all the Student Offers!

Find out what other student events are on at Printworks all throughout September for Freshers 2022!


So come and play at the Printworks Circus Bonanza in the Festival Play Zone at this year’s MCR Student Social!