A student’s honest opinion
“Manchester is a student city and it really shows- lots of offers catered for students, a tolerance from the local community and just a really friendly and laid-back atmosphere. We are community ourselves and I really feel really at home here!
A view of Manchester at night.
There’s so much to see and do here- art galleries, shopping, great parks, cinemas, and enough pubs, clubs and bars that you could shake a stick at! It’s no wonder there are so many students here. I would recommend my favourite places but there’s too mans- just use the internet to read reviews!
Another upside to Manchester is that despite being one of the biggest cities in the UK, the price for rent is still fairly reasonable and it’s really easy to find a part-time job, so along with a student loan you don’t have to worry much about money.” Sarah, 23
Manchester Student Guide – Where can I study?
Manchester Student Guide – An overview
Where can I study?
There are 2 universities in Manchester: the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. The University of Manchester is the second largest university in the UK and provides places of study for over 39,000 students. The university is a public research university and is a member of the Russell Group and N8 Group. The main campus at Manchester University is referred to as ‘campus’. The campus comprises of two parts, North Campus, which is on Sackville Street and South Campus, which is on Oxford Road. Fallowfield Campus is the main residential area of the university and can be found around 3 miles south of the main campus. University of Manchester has a strong reputation for academic excellence and was placed 48th in the 2011 Times World University Rankings.
Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a student population of over 34,000 and is the third largest university in the UK (behind University of Manchester). The university is a member of the University Alliance, which as a strong emphasis on business. Manchester Metropolitan University has its headquarters and central campus in the centre of Manchester on Oxford Road. There are 4 additional campuses dotted around the city and include Hollings in Fallowfield and the Elizabeth Gaskell campus near Manchester Royal Infirmary. A £75 million business school has recently been completed and can be found next to the All Saints campus. The Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre is a nationally acclaimed drama school and offers students BA (Hons) courses in drama and performing arts. The school has links with many local theatres and television companies like the BBC and Granada, this helps students make the transition into the professional world of acting. Amanda Burton, Steve Coogan and Julie Walters all studied at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre.
Manchester Student Guide – An overview
One of Manchester's claims to fame.
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.