When Cupid’s Arrow Struck at Allen Hall

In 1995-6 Allen Hall opened its doors to female students, adding a new dimension to life at Allen Hall. Since then a number of Allen Hall residents have formed relationships which have lasted far beyond their student years, with numerous former Allen Hall couples going on to marry after graduation.

Here are the stories of just two couples who met at Allen Hall. Please feel free to share your own stories in the comments below.

Mathew and Louise Wade

“We started at the University of Manchester in 2003 and both lived in Allen Hall. We can’t remember exactly where we first met but it was more than likely in the Allen Hall bar! We were in the same circle of friends and quickly became close friends. A few months later we started going out, with our first ‘date’ probably being in the Orange Grove pub!

Matt and Louise Wade

Matt and Louise Wade

After leaving Allen Hall we lived in Fallowfield in the infamous ‘Bank’ where ex-Allen Hallers would often congregate for house parties. When we graduated in 2007 we moved to Windsor and got engaged a few months later.

After buying our first house together, we got married in Kent in 2009, with many of our Allen Hall friends attending our big day. Since leaving Manchester we have both qualified as chartered accountants despite studying history and physics!

We now have a 16 month old daughter and another arrival due in July! We still make frequent trips to Manchester to see United and catch up with our mates, and every now and again we pop into Allen Hall to re-live the many hours spent in the bar!

Konrad and Becki Dorling

In September 2003, Becki started University in Manchester and moved into Allen Hall where Konrad was starting his second year. Although they knew of each other’s existence, it wasn’t until the following year that they became friends. Konrad came into Becki’s circle of friends and they got to know each other at house parties and social events. They used to stay up long after the parties ended talking and laughing into the small hours.

Konrad and Becki Dorling

Konrad and Becki Dorling

What started off as friendship developed and they went on some dates early in 2005. Their first date was to the Glass pub where Konrad’s friends thought it would be a good idea to show up and embarrass the couple! They made their relationship official on 19th February 2005 after returning from a date at the cinema where they watched “Racing Stripes”.

After university they spent some time travelling around the world before settling back in Manchester. They got married on 27th July 2012 at St Vincent De Paul RC Church in Altrincham with a reception at the Deanwater Hotel in Woodford.

Becki now works as a dyslexia teacher and assessor at William Hulme’s Grammar School, whilst Konrad is seeking his dream job following his epic stint of 9 years at Manchester University, concluding with the successful completion of his PhD last year.


About allenhallalumni

Allen Hall Alumni Association is for alumni and friends of Allen Hall, University of Manchester. The Association aims to promote lifelong friendships and networking between former residents and friends of Allen Hall through events, reunions and regular communications, whilst working to establish contact with as many alumni as possible. The Association was formed in 2012 in the aftermath of a hugely successful reunion weekend held over the weekend of 3-4 September 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hall. Look out for exciting news and events coming in 2013.
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