be a part of it

Be part of where the arts meet business meets science, and where applied research informs academic rigour, in one of the busiest and best student cities on the planet*.

Where the world is on your doorstep; from arts, culture, history, music and theatre, to a world of sports at all levels, and where an entrepreneurial spirit abounds; an amazing choice of food, drink and entertainment, and where the most hipster students are seen**.

*Manchester is ranked 24th in the top 100 'QS Best Student Cities 2018'.
**Ranked as the most hipster university in the UK 'Liberty Living research 2017'.

There is so much to do in Manchester and it is very easy to explore the city

Pei Nee Chua

Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), Malaysia

One city. Many districts

The different districts of the city are like discrete villages, easy to get around, and within walking distance of each other. Each part of town has its own character, ambience and particular vibe. This makes for an incredibly varied and lively atmosphere: the buzz and energy is palpable; the sense of possibility is everywhere. Manchester is a truly exhilarating place to come and learn – no wonder so many people stay here after they’ve finished studying.

Map of Manchester

1. Millennium Quarter

A beautiful part of the old city, where Victorian heritage meets upscale shopping and entertainment.

2. Salford Central

The area around Chapel Street and New Bailey is now buzzing with new shops, homes and green public spaces.

3. Retail District

A real shopper’s paradise with boutiques, markets, designer and High Street brands, as well as Manchester Arndale, one of the biggest city shopping centres in the UK.

4. Northern Quarter

Manchester’s most characterful, independent district, with a laid-back, bohemian vibe, along with great food, drink and music.

5. Spinningfields

Appropriately suited and booted, the city’s gleaming new business quarter is also a destination for fine cuisine.

6. Piccadilly

Inviting green public space in the heart of the city, and the busy central terminus for the city’s Metrolink, local bus services, and trains to the region and beyond.

7. Castlefield

A tranquil, laid-back corner of the city, Castlefield became the UK’s first Urban Heritage Park in 1982, and is known for its picturesque canals and cobbled streets.

8. Chinatown

Centred on Faulkner Street, and famed for its restaurants, grocery shops, bakeries and Chinese New Year celebrations.

9. The Gay Village

One of the UK’s best-loved gay quarters, and the setting for a string of bars and venues around Canal Street.

10. First Street

A place of work and play, First Street is the city’s latest food-and-drink hotspot, as well as home to the exciting, eclectic cultural arts venue HOME.

11. Ancoats

Once the epicentre of Manchester’s cotton industry, Ancoats’ red-bricked factory buildings now house small independent businesses, on-trend flats and quirky cafés.

12. Oxford Road

Serious student-land and where you’ll be taught at Manchester Metropolitan, just a quick bus ride from the city centre’s shops, restaurants and entertainment.

13. The Quays

You’ll find MediaCityUK at this lively waterfront destination, and two important cultural institutions, The Lowry and Imperial War Museum North, nearby.

So much to do, so little time...

You’ll never be bored in Manchester. Whatever you’re into – from sports and shopping to culture and clubbing – we’ve got it covered.

You’ll meet all kinds of like-minded people, make friends for life, and enjoy a whole catalogue of unforgettable experiences. Anything’s possible in this amazing city..

60 city-centre festivals
take place every year

This is Manchester, we do things differently here

Tony Wilson

Manchester-based record label owner, radio and television presenter

A creative and cultural hub

Talent of all kinds thrive in Manchester. The city is full of innovation, creativity and spark, a place to get inspired.

Ever since the Manchester International Festival was launched in 2007, the city has championed the arts, and today it can hold its own with any city in the world.

There’s always a hugely eclectic mix of theatre, poetry and performance going on.

Chinatown and the halal supermarkets make it feel like home for international students

Ching Er Chong

Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), Malaysia


Here, there and everywhere

Getting in and out of Manchester is a breeze. Rail and road links are great, and the city is handily placed for all manner of events and attractions. Manchester Airport is the third busiest airport in Britain after Gatwick and Heathrow, with direct flights all over the world. For some picture-postcard scenery, the Lake District and Snowdonia National Park are a little more than an hour away.

Having said that, you’ve got everything you need right here in Manchester – from pubs and clubs, to food and football, to culture and entertainment, to art and architecture, and much more besides.


Definitely experience a game at Old Trafford.

Gio Guarino

BSc (Hons) Biology