The Union’s new building, at the heart of the Manchester campus, is set to open in mid to late October.
Originally planned for September, the opening has been delayed by a few weeks.
Mike Palmer, Students’ Union President, said: “It’s a shame that it won’t be open for the start of term, but it is a fantastic building and well worth waiting for.”
He added: “Students can still look forward to an excellent Welcome programme during the first week of term.”
There are a whole host of daytime activities on offer, including Welcome BBQs, the famous two day Freshers’ Fair, a walking tour of the city and trips to Alton Towers and both football grounds.
This year’s Welcome line-up, a series of night events exclusive to MMU students, is The Union’s biggest ever. It features headline acts Neon Jungle, Fuse ODG and Scouting for Girls, as well as comedians Seann Walsh, Katherine Ryan and Nathan Caton.
All the events planned to take place in the new building have been moved to new locations, including Manchester Academy 1.
The current Students’ Union will continue to be open for business as usual and is where students will find all of our services, including the Advice Centre, Opportunities and the bar and shop.
Once open, our new £10million location has so much to offer students, including spaces to socialise, study, work, eat and relax. There’s a bar, shop, café and event space. Lots of social seating areas, plenty of free bookable meeting rooms and dedicated, quiet study space.
To find out more about the Welcome Week programme visit theunionmmu.org/welcome
In the meantime, you can explore all that the new building has to offer on this site.
The Union’s £2m wish campaign: we ask, and you tell us, what you want from your union building
The Union submits a business case to MMU for the re-development of our Oxford Road building
The university recognises the need to improve our building and commits to invest £2m
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the architects behind the new state-of-the-art Business School and Student Hub, appointed to carry out a feasibility study for the refurbishment
The feasibility study finds the cost of refurbishing the Oxford Road building prohibitive, putting the project in doubt
The Salutation car park is identified as a good location for the union, the university decides to invest in a purpose-built £10m building on that site
The architects use your comments, thoughts and ideas from the £2m wish campaign as inspiration to design the new building
Planning permission granted
Exploratory archaeological dig takes place on-site
Diggers break ground to lay the foundations
Thirteen months for the build, from foundations to finishing touches. There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in the interior design of your new spaces
Welcome to the future: your new state-of-the-art union building open and ready to explore
Serving great value food and drink all day and night, plus entertainment, music and sport
Roughly the size of two tennis courts, a versatile space that can be dressed to suit any occasion – gigs, events, exhibitions, film screenings, sport...
Central welcome and information point
Fresh food and hot drinks to eat in or takeaway
All the essentials: stationery, art materials, drinks, snacks and more
Low cost, sustainable bike hire and repair
Multifunctional conference and event space
Controls audio-visual, sound and lighting throughout the building
Representation and campaigning: here to listen to your ideas, thoughts and opinions and to help you implement them
Overlooking central hall
One stop shop for volunteering, sport, societies and halls committees
Conveniently located on the first floor
Somewhere to retreat to, relax, reflect and study between lectures – with PC access
Free, flexible and bookable spaces
Mirrored wall and dance bar, wooden floor and green screen – great for dance, martial arts and filming
Sound proofed section for radio, media production and editing space, and controls linked to DJ booth and screens around the building
Dispensing food and drink out-of-hours and out-of-term time
Free, independent and impartial advice
Free, flexible and bookable spaces
Staff room and open plan office