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23rd November 2015

Party Personalities

A house party just isn’t complete without these people in attendance

Manchester is notorious for its infamous house parties, to the extent that they’ve been discussed in parliament. It’s safe to say that their sheer size and intensity put other universities to shame. Despite their immensity, there are some characters that you’ll be sure to see at every Fallowfield frolic.

The gatecrasher
Yes, the majority of attendees weren’t explicitly invited, however anyone hosting a house party in Manchester should be aware that a hoard of students are likely to turn up on their doorstep. In spite of this fact, there are always some dodgy characters in attendance. Stood in the corner unsettling fellow party-goers, this specimen just doesn’t seem to fit in. This fact is not helped by the sinister looks they give to the scantily clad but suitably edgy students around them.

The ‘this is not my scene-r’
Some people are just too cool for school and, coincidentally, grimy student house parties. Unless you’ve decided to fully embrace the Manchester lifestyle: grubby trainers, hoop earrings, vintage shirts and all, then house parties could seem like a rather overwhelming prospect. These are the kids that rock up in their favourite jacket or shoes and then leave horrified when they realise that that their prized possession has been forever ruined by cigarette burns and alcohol stains.

The excitable first-timer
House parties are a pretty exciting prospect, however it’s characteristic of Manchester students to remain cool and apparently unamused in the most thrilling of moments, so this one stands out like a sore thumb. Tell-tale signs include running from room to room, screaming and wearing a look of pure elation on their face.

The minesweeper
Maybe they just like to live on the edge, or more likely their student loan has already run dry, but for whatever reason this guest has chosen to sip on the drinks of others instead of bringing their own booze to the party. An experienced minesweeper can be quite inconspicuous, but those new to the game, clumsily swiping drinks from any surface within reach, are just amusing to watch; until their actions result in a massive commotion with an angry drunkard, that is.

The wannabe DJ
There’s always one. By now you should know that if you came from London without your own DJ set then you are in the minority. Usually found skulking by the decks, pestering the DJ for their one big shot, this character has one sole objective during the night: to play their beats.


Photo: sp00@Flickr

The go hard or go homer

Ironically, this person is so desperate to have a blast and to force this ‘great time’ onto everyone that they are not a particularly fun person to be around. The best thing about house parties is that there are such a mish mash of activities which you can get up to. Chilling, having DMCs with best friends or complete strangers, or just observing the oddballs that attend these parties are some of the best aspects, so a hyperactive and forceful friend can be a bit of a downer.

The crier

Whether they’ve had a bust up with their boyfriend/girlfriend or they’ve simply just got a little overwhelmed by it all, you’ll be lucky to make it through an entire party without seeing this one. House parties are a breeding ground for drama, so fallouts are inevitable. You’ve just got to feel sorry for the friend that’s been lumped with consoling this sobbing figure.

Photo: duncan@Flickr

The unconscious one

This is the most likely result of the aforementioned ‘go hard or go homer’ or ‘the excitable first timer’ towards the end of the night. Some quite simply haven’t got used to drinking like an adult yet, and as a result can tend to take it a little far. Whether they’ve physically passed out or just laid down for a nap, just try not to fall over them on your way out.

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