Top Reasons to Attend University in Manchester
- Population 503,000
- Student population 50,000
Manchester is a thriving, prosperous northern hub and considers itself the commercial and cultural capital of the North of England. The city is also probably the most fashionable student location in Britain. The success of the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the worldwide fascination with Manchester United Football Club enhance its reputation for glitz and glamour.
- The University of Manchester
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- Royal Northern College of Music
- University of Salford
- Manchester School of Architecture
- The city is well served by bus, train and tram, and the lack of hills means that cycling is a viable alternative. The Metroshuttle bus is free of charge.
- Road and rail links are good. Manchester is 184 miles from London, and trains take 2 hours 10 minutes. National Express coaches travel to many destinations.
- Manchester International Airport is 10 miles south of the city and has a full range of international flights.
Attractions for students
- Both Manchester United and Manchester City football clubs are based here, as well as the Lancashire County Cricket Club.
- There are extensive sporting facilities, including the National Cycling Centre and Manchester Aquatics Centre.
- Manchester also has the country's largest martial arts club, and is home to the English Wrestling Association and the British Mountaineering Council.
Culture and nightlife
- Manchester boasts over 400 pubs, clubs and café bars in the city centre, and many bands have originated on the Manchester scene.
- It also boasts one of the largest Chinatowns in Britain, a Curry Mile in Rusholme, and a Gay Village in the city centre.
- There are numerous cinemas including the Cornerhouse with its three screens, café and gallery.
- Manchester is home to the Royal Exchange Theatre Company, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra, housed in the Bridgewater Hall.
- The Lowry Centre, consisting of an arts centre and theatres, and the Imperial War Museum North are both on the waterside at Salford Quays.
- The compact city centre contains an extensive shopping area, a magnet for the region. As well as all the high street stores, there are trendy designer shops and boutiques.
Proximity to the city centre
- University of Manchester: city-centre campus.
- Manchester Metropolitan University: city-centre campus plus sites in south Manchester, Crewe and Alsager.
- University of Salford: campus in Salford, 1 mile from the city centre.
Crime in university cities
- Find out how safe this city is with our crime figures.
- See crime statistics for crime near university campuses.
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Content was accurate at the time of compilation. Population figures are compiled from the 2011 censuses for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.