Universities are preparing to welcome around 80,000 new and returning students to Manchester over the next month and those students are invited to take advantage of some unmissable deals and discounts at intu Trafford Centre.
intu Trafford Centre’s annual Student Shopping Week is taking place from 28th September – 4th October.
The popular shopping mall has hosted a huge student night for the past eight years, but in 2020, this will be extended to a full week and it means that students can choose a time to visit that is convenient to them, which will in turn help to manage the number of visitors in the centre and maintain social distancing.
Due to local lockdown restrictions, students are reminded to only visit in groups of six (with members of their household or social bubble), and ensure they wear a face mask.
More than 50 stores, restaurants and leisure venues are getting involved, including favourite brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, H&M and Schuh, and restaurants such as Tampopo, Barburrito and Las Iguanas.
Students will be able to take advantage of some amazing deals and exclusive offers, with up to 50% off some brands.
Want a sneak peak at some of the deals on offer?
• 20% off at retailers including Schuh, Paperchase, Timberland, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Footasylum, Typo, Disney Store, Lacoste, Vans, Rituals & Dune.
• Free set of AirPods when you buy an eligible Mac or iPad at Apple.
• 15% off at retailers including Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Indulge Fragrances, Debenhams concessions.
• 50% off select services at Andrew Collinge.
• 50% off at Paradise Island Adventure Golf.
• 10% off at Molton Brown, plus a goody bag with every purchase.
• 40% off the bill at Tampopo.
• 10% off at Boots.
• £1 burritos at Barburrito.
• 30% off at My Cookie Dough
• 20% off when spending £30 or more at H&M
• 25% off a new pair of glasses at Optical Express
• 30% off at Jack Jones
• Discounted smoothies and shakes at The Shake Lab and Boost Juice
New for 2020, Manchester students will be able to catch the Metrolink directly to the centre via the new Trafford Park line, and they will also be able to enjoy a two-storey Primark store in the newly refurbished Barton Square, as well as new brands including Rituals.
Zoe Inman – Centre Director at intu Trafford Centre – said: “Freshers’ Week and university life might be a little different this year, but we’ll be putting a smile on the face of students with some fantastic deals and discounts.
“We’ve loads of great brands on board and we’re looking forward to welcoming local students across the week.”
You can find more information ahead of Student Shopping Week on the inu Trafford Centre website here.
Incredible misty drone footage shows how Manchester earned its ‘Manctopia’ nickname
Drone footage captured from way above Manchester shows just how quickly the city has grown – and proves that our hometown is well on its way to earning its ‘Manctopia’ nickname.
Cast your mind back just a few years and you’ll remember that Beetham Tower stuck out like a sore thumb, towering many storeys above the next tallest building.
In fact, until just four years ago, the next-tallest building here was City Tower, which was a good 17 storeys shorter than Beetham Tower.
Then along came Renaker with visions for an entirely new skyscraper neighbourhood – Deansgate Square.
This group of skyscrapers now completely dominate the Manchester skyline, with the tallest building a massive 65 storeys tall.
South Tower is not only the tallest building in Greater Manchester, it’s also the 10th tallest in the entire UK, and the biggest outside of London.
It’s all led to Manchester being coined ‘Manctopia’, the name of a BBC documentary that followed property developers Capital & Centric as they redevelop buildings around the region.
One local photographer has managed to capture the unbelievable scale of our new, ultra-modern city skyline, with drone footage soaring among the skyscrapers.
Known on Instagram as @lef_tsotour, they shared a video taken on a misty Manchester morning.
It captures both Deansgate Square, with sun glinting off the many windows of the towers, and the now-dwarfed Beetham Tower.
You can also see the railway lines snaking through the city centre, cars nipping around the ring road, and the comparatively small apartment blocks around Castlefield.
Commenting on the video, one person said: “This is mint.”
Another wrote: “Fricken love this!!!!”
Featured image: @lef_tsotour
Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.