Student accommodation at MMU

MMU OS D2_53At MMU we understand that one of the most important decisions you will make, after deciding to study overseas, is where you will live.

Manchester Metropolitan University has a wide range of student accommodation available to international students. In fact, international students are guaranteed a place in University accommodation in their first year of study (this may be Foundation Year, Undergraduate or Postgraduate) as long as they:

  • are coming to the University alone
  • are studying for the full academic year
  • have submitted an application for accommodation by 15th August
  • are holding a firm offer from the University

Learn more about your accommodation options and the application process by watching our accommodation webinar, hosted by Patricia from the Accommodation Office.

To apply for MMU Halls of Residence you will need to have an offer to study from the University, which you have accepted. Once you have accepted your conditional or unconditional offer from the University, you can apply for student accommodation from 1st April 2014. See here for more information about how to apply for MMU accommodation.

For a sneak peek inside one of MMU’s student Halls of Residence, don’t miss our live tour at 3pm (GMT) on Tuesday 1st April.

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Mancunian slang dictionary

As you get used to living in the UK you might come to hear some of our slang and be a bit confused. In Manchester especially there is a lot of slang I didn’t understand when I first moved here. This post will give you a whistle-stop (adj. very fast) tour of common UK wide and Mancunian slang you might encounter.

UK slang:

Greetings

Alright – Hello, how are you?

Ta – Thank you

Cheers – Usually a toast when you raise your drinks glass to celebrate but also means thank you.

Lad, bloke or guy – boy

Chick or bird – girl

Mate – friend

Mum, mummy, ma or mam – mother

Dad, Daddy or pa – father

Gran, nan, nanny, grandma or granny – grandmother

Grandad or grandpa – grandfather

Adjectives and feelings

Naff – uncool

Dodgy – suspicious

Chuffed – to be happy

Gutted – to be disappointed

Mardy – grumpy

It’s doing my head in – it’s annoying me

It’s all kicking off – an argument is happening

A tad – a little bit

Parties and entertainment

A do – a party

BYOB – Bring your own bottle (at parties in the UK – especially student parties – it is common for the host to ask guests to bring their own drinks)

It’s your round – It is common in the UK for small groups of friends to take it in turns to buy a round of drinks for everyone in the group. It is perfectly acceptable to say that you can’t afford or don’t want to take part, and then buy your own drinks.

Fancy – to find someone attractive

To ask out – to ask someone on a date

Chat up – to flirt with someone

Snog – to kiss passionately

Faff – to waste time or fuss

Nap or snooze – to take a short sleep in the middle of the day

Food and drink

Cuppa or brew – cup of tea

Butty – sandwich

Fry up or Full English – a Full English breakfast, usually including eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, black pudding and toast (it’s not very healthy but it’s delicious!)

Sunday roast – a popular Sunday meal, usually eaten in the early afternoon including roast meat, roast potatoes, vegetables, a Yorkshire pudding and gravy.

Brekkie – breakfast

Tea – Can mean either a cup of tea, a small meal with sandwiches, scones and cakes, or in some parts of the UK it is the evening meal.

Chippy – fish and chip shop

Money

Quid – a pound sterling

Skint or broke – lacking money

To cost a bomb or to be a rip-off – something is very expensive

Go dutch – to split the bill for a meal

Objects

Brolly – Umbrella

Telly or TV – television

Loo – toilet

Wellies – wellington boots (waterproof rubber boots – great for jumping in puddles or music festivals when it rains)

Mobile – mobile telephone

Mancunian slang:

Manc – Manchester

Mither – Worry

Gagging – thirsty

Dead – very

Mint – great

Strop – tantrum

Bessie – best friend

Sound – good

Minging – unpleasant

Our kid – sibling or family member

‘Ave it – Hooray

Barm or barmcake – bread roll

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship

Here at Manchester Metropolitan University, we like to support our international students, and one way we do that is by allocating over £200,000 of Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships.

Each scholarship is of a different value, depending on the type of course the student is studying, for example, for an undergraduate degree, the scholarship is worth £2,500, while for a postgraduate degree it is £3,000.

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships are awarded on the basis of:

  • Academic merit;
  • What you hope to gain from the course you are taking; and
  • What you plan to do after completing your course.

We are very proud of our Vice-Chancellor’s Scholars, and we hold an award evening where the Scholar’s get to meet members of MMU International, and the Vice-Chancellor himself.

This year’s Scholar’s Evening was held on Monday 17th February, and was a great success. Scholars, members of MMU International and the Board of Governors mingled over Prosecco while being entertained by a string trio from the Northern College of Music, who played a mix of classical and contemporary music. They then sat down to a dinner in the impressive new home of the School of Art, the Benzie Building. Everyone looked very smart and were awarded their certificates by the Vice-Chancellor; John Brookes.

Here are some of the pictures from the evening:

Sian and Kimberley, the International Marketing Assistants, registering students as they arrive.

Sian and Kimberley, the International Marketing Assistants, registering students as they arrive.

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Stephen Parkin, Director of MMU International speaks to one of the Scholars.

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Some of the Scholars with a member of the Board of Governors.

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The String Trio from the Northern College of Music entertained all the guests.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, as well as the other scholarships and bursaries available to international students at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day!

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There’s another British celebration tomorrow; Shrove Tuesday!

Again, this is a day that originates in the Christian Church, as the last day before Lent. Lent is a period of forty days before Easter, related to fasting and religious obligation, although for non-Christian people it often just means a time when people cut down on indulgent foods such as chocolate, crisps and biscuits.

Shrove Tuesday began as a way to eat all of the fatty foods in the house before Lent, but now is typically celebrated by cooking and eating pancakes.

Pancake Recipe (makes 12-14 pancakes)

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs – any sort of whisk or even a fork will do – incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.
  2. Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don’t worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.
  3. Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you’re using the correct amount of batter. I find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm/7in pan. It’s also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it’s tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife – the other side will need a few seconds only – then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.
  4. Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.

The traditional topping for pancakes is lemon and sugar, but any sweet topping will do. I love Nutella and chopped up bananas but I have friends who swear by maple syrup or ice cream. Let us know your favourite topping in the comments section!