Manchester is home to a massive student population of over 73,000, making it one of the largest student cities in the UK. The city has a history of providing world-class nightclubs to suit every music taste. 5th Avenue is the place to be on Wednesday nights, as 2 floors of music and cheap drinks help draw in the crowds, so it is always best to get there early to avoid long queues. The Factory offers a wide range of music and is spread across 3 floors. Tuesday is Missionary at The Factory- a relaxed, student night that will have you dancing the night away.
Manchester is a shoppers delight; there is an abundance of shopping centres and shops from famous high street brands to independent boutiques and markets. Affleck’s Palace can be found in the Northern Quarter and describes itself as “an emporium of eclecticism”. The Arndale centre is home to over 240 shops and department stores and is the UK’s largest indoor shopping centre.
Manchester has an impressive reputation for producing bands and musicians including The Smiths, Joy Division, New Order and Oasis. There are a number of live music venues dotted around the city centre. Manchester Academy is the place to go for chart topping bands and singers although tickets can sell out fast. ‘Band on the Wall’ is worth checking out, the venue has a regular live music programme along with talks and other events.
The art scene in Manchester is strong and there a galleries and museums catering for every taste, from Pre-Raphaelite paintings at Manchester Art Gallery to the historical exhibitions at the Museum of Science and Industry. The works of L.S Lowry, famous for his industrial, “matchstick” paintings of Manchester and Salford can be seen in various galleries around the city including The Lowry Art Centre, which has a large permanent exhibition of his works.