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New Students’ Union opening October 2014

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

In the meantime, you can explore all that the new building has to offer on this site.


Photo: Model of Manchester Metropolitan Students' Union proposed

& preparation


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

June 2012

The feasibility study finds the cost of refurbishing the Oxford Road building prohibitive, putting the project in doubt

July 2012

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


Site plan: Site of Manchester Metropolitan Students' Union proposed


September 2012 to January 2013

The architects use your comments, thoughts and ideas from the £2m wish campaign as inspiration to design the new building

March 2013

Planning permission granted

May-June 2013

Exploratory archaeological dig takes place on-site

June 2013

Contractors appointed

July 2013

Diggers break ground to lay the foundations


Photo: Manchester Metropolitan Students' Union hiding behind a tree

for the future

July 2013 to September 2014

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

October 2014

Welcome to the future: your new state-of-the-art union building open and ready to explore

Our current home at 99 Oxford Road was purpose built in 1982. Designed around the needs of students of that era, with a big club and bar space hidden away on the second floor, by 2010 it was no longer fit for purpose.

Students’ lives have moved on and you need spaces and facilities that meet your changing needs. With this in mind, we launched the £2m wish campaign to find out exactly how the union building could enhance your time at university.

What you told us reinforced our vision for the union’s future. To create a space truly fit for purpose and future-proof, that helps you connect with others, be it on an educational, social or professional level.

The refurbishment of 99 Oxford Road was quickly ruled out as financially unfeasible. Instead, the case for a vibrant, modern union that meets the needs of all students was strong enough to convince the university to invest in a new purpose built £10m home for students.

You can use this site to explore and comment on the new spaces, services and facilities that will be available from October 2014.

How to find us

Current address

99 Oxford Road Manchester M1 7EL

Our new address

The Union 21 Higher Cambridge Street Manchester M15 6AD

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