How We're Run



The Students' Union is a charity and a company limited by guarantee. We are also a democratically run membership organisation, with over 40,000 members.

The Students' Union is overseen by its Board of Trustees, who have ultimate responsibility for the organisation.

Our stances and policy decisions are made by our democratic processes, in which every student can have their say.

We employ Staff to help carry out our goals and objectives.





We are a charity. Our funding is generated in the following ways:

A block grant from the University

Donations and other grants

Revenue from our Shops & Venues*

* Money spent in the Shops & Venues at the Students’ Union goes back into funding student services. When you buy a sandwich, a pint, a coffee, you are actually helping to support our core services and, in turn, helping the Students' Union amplify student life.

company no - 7759820   charity number - 1144146





The Students' Union is affiliated to the following bodies:

   1. National Union of Students - £52,833

   2. Advice UK – £220

Affiliations are approved on an annual basis by students at the Annual Members Meeting.





The Students' Union is run in accordance with a number of operational policies that are set by the Trustee Board or its Committees.

These are put in place by the Board to govern the conduct of staff and ensure the Union complies with its legal obligations. These policies remain in place until revised or revoked by the Board.

The Students' Union also has a number of democratically approved policies, which are passed by students, which are available to view here.


Operational Policies:

What We Do


Placed at the heart of campus, the University of Manchester Students’ Union is the hub of student life. We understand better than anyone that student life isn’t just about studying. It’s about supporting change; helping students make friends, gain vital skills for life, enjoy new experiences and campaign on something important.

We’ve been facilitating that for the last 155 years. As the largest Students’ Union in the country, our mission is to be the voice of students at Manchester, effecting change and enriching student life together.

Our vision is for all students to feel part of the Manchester community where they can develop, prepare for their future and can make a difference in the world around them.




- We’ll help you make the most of your time as a student

- We’ll help you get the best future

- We’ll help you discover and connect with Manchester

- We’ll help you understand and change the world around you

- We’ll build a truly outstanding Students’ Union






The University of Manchester Students’ Union Head Office address is: Steve Biko Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PR

The Students’ Union exists as a registered charity (No.1144146) in England and Wales and is a company limited by guarantee (No.7759820)

’The charity works under a set of rules we refer to as the Constitution. More detailed rules are in the Bye-Laws’

Whether you work behind the scenes, front of house, in the SU Bar, Bikos, Retail or provide support to our 40,000 students, you’ll be working towards the same goal - ensuring our student members love their time at Manchester.



All applications should be sent in Word (or equivalent format - not pdf please) to jobs.su@manchester.ac.uk unless otherwise directed.

All applicants are encourage to refer to our current Job Pack and Data Disclaimer document for further information about working for UMSU, and you can find additional supporting information in the Why Work for Us and Mission and Strategic Plan sections.  

Payroll & Systems Accountant
We are looking for a part qualified/ AAT qualified Accountant to join our friendly Finance team in our new University of Manchester Students’ Union offices. 
The right candidate is a forward thinking individual, who embraces change and enjoys working with people from different departments to improve processes. A customer focused, solutions-focussed approach is essential to make the best of this role.

View job description

Apply via application form to jobs.su@manchester.ac.uk by Thursday 6th September, 12 noon. 

Interviews : Wednesday 12th September

Student Staff Recruitment : Now Open !!

We are now recruiting for student staff to work in various departments in the Students' Union. We're looking for friendly and flexible people with great team-working skills and a passion for providing exceptional customer service. In return we offer great development opportunities, flexible hours to fit in with your academic timetable and a highly competitive hourly rate. 

You'll be expected to work day, evening and weekend shifts to suit operational needs and support core events, including Welcome Week,Elections and Pangaea. To work in the Bars Team you'll be expected to be available every Friday and Saturday evening - although this doesn't mean you will work every one. (Please refer to individual roles for further details).

Please note : spaces are limited and applications for all roles will close once capacity is reached.  

Facilities Assistant
Working with our House Team you'll contribute to the smooth running of the Union's facilities.  

Apply online here by Sunday 2nd September, 5pm


Administrative Support Assistant : 
Support our busy Student Activities Team with your amazing organisational and administrative skills.
Apply online here by Sunday 2nd September, 5pm


Bars, Catering, Helpdesk & Box Office Assistants : 
Use your passion for exceptional customer service to help us deliver the best customer experience across our venues.

Apply online here by Thursday 6th September, midnight


Leaders Lounge and Society Events Assistants :

Help support our student groups to make the most of our great spaces and deliver exceptional events.


Apply online here by Sunday 2nd September, midnight.

Street Team Assistants :

Work with our Marketing & Communications Team to make sure our amazing events reach the widest audience around campus.

Apply online here by Sunday 2nd September, midnight

Senate Chair :


We're looking for a student to chair our Senate meetings and other Senate committees, ensuring they are inclusive and exciting. You'll also provide support to the Democracy activity within the Union including the running of Senate, Elections and other events. 

Apply via application form to jobs.su@manchester.ac.uk by Monday 27th September, 5pm.

Interview date : to be confirmed


Opening Times





Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 18:00



The store is open daily from 08:00



Find out the opening times for Biko Street HERE



The Union Bar is open daily from 08:00



U Print is currently closed at the Students’ Union due to the on-going building works. It has moved to MU Print where you can still use all the printing services.

Contact Us




University of Manchester Students’ Union, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR.

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 0161 275 2930