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Choosing where to study

Universities in Manchester

Which universities are in Manchester? Discover location, transport and facility information for each uni.

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CONTENTS

  1. Why study in Manchester?

  2. Entry requirements

  3. Transport links

  4. University of Manchester

  5. Manchester Metropolitan University

  6. University of Salford

  7. University of Bolton

Why study in Manchester?

Manchester has a student population of 99,000, including 19,000 international students; one of the largest student populations in Europe. With its fantastic cultural diversity, great music venues, variety of nightlife and thriving sports scene, there really is something for everyone. The city also has some great parks surrounding some of the university campuses. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary from uni to uni and course to course – the best way to check what you need to get into your preferred course at each university is to use our course chooser and see what each course’s entry requirements are.

Transport links

Average train journey times from Manchester

Birmingham 1 hour 35 minutes
Bristol 3 hours
Cardiff 3 hours 30 minutes
London 2 hours 32 minutes
Nottingham 2 hours
Oxford 2 hours 49 minutes
Southampton 4 hours 19 minutes

Manchester has an excellent transport network of local bus, rail and tram services, all operating at very reasonable costs and with discounts for students. 

The four main railway stations in Manchester city centre are Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford Road and Deansgate which all form part of the Manchester station group. There are also several bus companies in the city, all competing for passengers, so the tickets are very cheap.

There are also quick and easy travel links to Manchester Airport which is just south of Manchester city centre.

University of Manchester

The University of Manchester has outstanding facilities on large, green campuses, as well as a wide range of courses.

Location

The university is located on the south side of Manchester city centre and has two main campuses on Oxford Road and Sackville Street. All of our buildings are in the same general area of the city and are within walking distance of each other, making getting around each campus simple.

There are also regular shuttle buses to pick up and drop off students at various points around the campuses. See the university profile page for more information.

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information.  

Facilities 

There are more than 400 student clubs, societies and campaigns funded by the Student Union. You can get a discounted student rate for a range of sporting facilities in and around The University of Manchester, including for more than 80 fitness classes a week. The Union has four live music venues that attract the latest in big name and up-and-coming bands. As well as a range of academic, music and sports facilities, the campus offers a number of landscaped gardens, cafés and common rooms where you can relax and socialise.

For more information on facilities, visit the University of Manchester facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is a bold, ambitious and modern university with a dedicated focus on employability and industry-relevant skills. The courses on offer are designed to develop your career so there’s a lot of unique internship opportunities available to you. MMU is also one of the UK’s greenest universities, based on our environmental policy, sustainability, and recycling.

Location

The campus is situated close to Manchester's city centre with good public transport links. There's a free hop-on/hop-off city centre shuttle service that covers the main city centre areas, linking the main city centre railway stations, main NCP car parks and many bus and Metrolink tram stops. See the university profile page for more information.

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 

Facilities

The MMU campus has everything you need from fantastic sports facilities like their world class swimming centre, to their vast library, coffee shops and secure cycle racks.

For more information on facilities, visit the Manchester Metropolitan University facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

University of Salford

The University of Salford is based just 2km from Manchester with easy transport routes. It’s the only university with a MediaCityUK campus, sitting right next to neighbours such as ITV and the BBC. A focus on practical learning and links with industry sets the University of Salford apart. Many of its courses are designed and taught by industry practitioners and work placements, live briefs and internships are available to many of the students.

Location

The university’s campus is spread across three sites: Peel Park, MediaCityUK and Frederick Road. At Peel Park, you’ll find large lecture theatres, study spaces and a range of specialist facilities including wind tunnels, flight simulators and specialist labs.

Peel Park is also home to the flagship New Adelphi building, which features professional-quality screen acting studios, voice acting studios, six professional music recording studios with adjoining control rooms, professional photography studios, a gallery space, art and design workshops, and an open plan architecture studio.

The Frederick Road site houses an impressive range of facilities including a radiography centre, a healthcare simulation suite, a world-class human performance laboratory and working clinics for prosthetics, orthotics, podiatry and sports rehabilitation.

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 

Facilities

The university’s main library is located on Peel Park and is open 24 hours a day all year round. 

The Students' Union has a bar and café, which has pool tables, plasma screen TVs and hosts regular social events, such as comedy nights and quizzes. There’s also a sports centre, which features a 25m swimming pool, a spa and sauna, plus air-conditioned gyms.

For more information on facilities, visit the University of Salford facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

University of Bolton

As well as being a top university for undergraduate courses, the University of Bolton offers a lively atmosphere from sport clubs and social events to the energetic Students’ Union. They also offer industry-standard facilities and equipment and pride themselves on relatively small classes to maintain the best teaching quality.

Location

Bolton is a historic town with many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. It has a renowned and growing cultural scene and the University of Bolton campus is right at the heart of it. The town hall, gallery and museum, as well as the famous Octagon theatre and the performance venue the Albert Halls Bolton are all just a short walk from the campus. Also, it's just a 17-minute train journey from Manchester city centre.

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 

Facilities

There are amazing sports facilities, including a large sports hall, a modern gym, 15m climbing wall, 25m swimming pool and a competition-level trampoline. You’ll also find the Athlete Development Centre, which helps athletes, sports teams and coaches at all levels improve their performance, and our Sports and Spinal Injury Clinic is open to everyone.

For more information on facilities, visit the University of Bolton facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

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