You may want to check the general FAQLocal link also. There is also a `sheet with lots of local information`_.

Visitor FAQ

Table of Contents

Time and place of the conference

When will the conference take place exactly?

We want to start on March, Friday, 27th, 2009 in the afternoon and will end on March, Sunday 29rd, 2009 at noon. More exact information is contained in the programLocal link.

Where will the conference take place?

The conference will take place at the University of Manchester.

What do the room names mean?

When you check the rooms in the program_ you'll find names for the rooms consisting of the building and the room number inside that building. These are the buildings:

On Friday we have rooms in the University Place and may be the Arthur Lewis Building. On Saturday and Sunday we have rooms in the Humanities Bridgeford Building.

What is Manchester Piccadilly?

Manchester Piccadilly stationRemote link is a central transport hub in Manchester where lots of trains and busses arrive and depart. The University of Manchester is close to Manchester Piccadilly and thus easy to reach.

In this sheet we explain most routes by going from or to Manchester Piccadilly.

Manchester Piccadilly is also a placemark on the conference mapRemote link.

How do I get to University of Manchester?

The University of Manchester is close to Manchester Piccadilly, where regular trains link to all areas of the UK. Please check the University's maps and travelRemote link page for detailed information.

Are there prerequisites for going to UK?

For general information please refer to the UK Border Agency`Remote link. Depending on where you come from you may need a visaRemote link to enter UK. Please note that it can take some time to receive a visa. You may also want or need to contact the British embassyRemote link in your country.

How do I get to Manchester best?

What about (cheap) flights?

Manchester airportRemote link is the destinationRemote link of many cheap airlines (such as Ryanair, Easyjet) so it is probably easy to find a cheap flight. In addition you can fly to Liverpool or Birmingham which are quite close.

OpodoRemote link is one of the best sites for cheap flights. There is also Cheap flightsRemote link which lists cheap flights to the UK. ExpediaRemote link is another site for cheap flights.

Any directions from the airport to Manchester Piccadilly?

Please see the question "What about (cheap) flights?" for this information.

Any option to travel from the COMMUNIA meeting in London to Manchester?

If you attended the COMMUNIA meeting in London just before the 4th Oekonux Conference you may want to visit link to check for others who want to do the same.

Where to stay in Manchester?

What accommodation would you recommend?

We recommend the Etap hotelRemote link in Manchester (directionsRemote link, reservationRemote link). It is a cheap standard hotel. Some speakers are also hosted by this hotel so this will be a nice place to meet them during breakfast. It is also a placemark on the conference mapRemote link.

The hotel sells rooms per night which can be occupied by up to three persons. To save money you may choose to share a room with another conference participant. We set up a Wiki pageRemote link to organize sharing of rooms.

To go to Etap hotel, take metro from Manchester Piccadilly (direction to EcclesRemote link) to Exchange Quay or Salford Quays. The hotel is within 100m of Salford Quays metro stop. Fare: Single 2.00 GBP, Return: 2.20 GBP.

You may also consider Manchester Youth Hostel. However, this is probably more suitable for groups.

Will there be some cheap/free mass accommodation?

Unless someone is ready to organize it including finding an appropriate place for mass accommodation there will unfortunately be no mass accommodation. Sorry.

Further important details about attending the conference

Is there a conference fee?

Contrary to many other conferences we don't require a conference fee, but we would appreciate if you would contribute to the funding of the conference with some amount (default value: 20EUR/GBP/US$).

In any case, however, please register yourself by using the registration formLocal link. We need that to get an organizational overview.

What about registration?

Please, please, register for the conference. Right now we have no idea how many people will come and you help us very much if you register using the registration form at link.

There is no deadline for registration but if you register as soon as possible then we can plan better.

Any pre- or post-conference meetings?

On Thursday, 26th we will meet at `Dimitri's`_ at 20:00 for a pre-conference dinner.

On Sunday, 29th we will meet at `Dimitri's`_ at 14:00 for a post-conference lunch.


Dimitri'sRemote link is also a placemark on the conference mapRemote link.

What about food?

On Saturday we will offer an option to have Subway sandwiches for on-site lunch. Apart from that there will be no food on-site.

What about Internet access?

We do not know exactly yet whether and where there is Internet access.

Here is a wifi community mapRemote link containing free and paid wifi hot spots.

What about a get-together / party?

Sorry but we were not able to organize a general get-together. However, we will tour Rusholme_ on Saturday evening. Locals say this would be a good choice anyway :-) .

May I have all that on paper and up-to-date?

The conference office will provide a visitor package with much information.

More local information

Any local attractions in Manchester?

Sure. Take your choice from

What about public transport?

Please refer to GMPTERemote link for information on this topic.

Any places to dine?

Manchester offers a wide range of cuisine at various prices. There are plenty restaurants/cafes/pubs/convenience stores/supermarkets on Oxford Road and in the city centre that would suffice the diverse needs of visitors.

Oxford Road Area


Plenty of curry houses (mainly Indian/Pakistani restaurants and take-away) in RusholmeRemote link (the Curry Mile)

More information

Many pubs offer food all day long. E.g., Varsity, Waterhouse,

For more information and dining in the city centre, please visit the restaurant guideRemote link or restaurantsofmanchester.comRemote link.

How will the weather be?

The weather in Manchester in March is still chilly. It's strongly suggested to keep an umbrella at all times. Daytime average temperature is around 8 Celsius, evening temperature around 2 Celsius. You may want to check the weather informationRemote link.

Any more local information?

We prepared a sheet with lots of local informationLocal link.


Where can I ask further questions, mention wishes, make suggestions, or complain?

For all questions, wishes, suggestions, and complaints about the conference please contact the Oekonux project teamMail link.