7 reasons to study in Manchester

23 Jul 2021
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room

Manchester already has a reputation for being a great city to live in. It’s known for its thriving music scene, prestigious sports teams and unrivalled shopping. The city also has a huge student population and offers an unmatched university experience.

That’s why we have put together a list of seven reasons to study in Manchester.

1. It’s student friendly

Manchester is home to almost 100,000 students, which makes it student friendly when it comes to budget, meeting new people and finding somewhere to live. Not only do both universities have a great student union offering cheap burgers and pints, but you’ll find your student card goes a long way when it comes to shopping, eating and drinking in Manchester.

The locals are used to having students around and you can expect a friendly atmosphere when you arrive in the city. If you want a big city experience without London prices, Manchester could be the city for you. The city centre is also home to a range of fantastic student accommodation options for first year students who want to be close to their university. Many students in second and third year all live close together in areas south of the city centre, meaning there are constant opportunities to meet new people and grow your network.

2. The music

Manchester has an unrivalled music scene, producing names like Oasis and The Stone Roses. While venues like the O2 Academy and Albert Hall welcome some of the biggest performances in music, Manchester is also known for its hidden gem music venues that host up and coming bands. If you like watching live music and finding up and coming artists in the industry, Manchester is the university city for you.

3. The culture

If you have a love for culture, Manchester has plenty to offer. The city is known for its arts, architecture and the many parades it puts on all year round. These events include Chinese New Year, Manchester Day and Manchester Pride, perfect for getting involved in the local community. Manchester is also one of the best places in the UK for urban living. If you’re into indie bars, trendy boutiques and cool coffee shops, Manchester’s Northern Quarter may have what you’re looking for. Head to Afflecks for vintage and vinyl or Dry Bar for beers and bands.

4. United vs City

Manchester is known for one of the most iconic football rivalries in the UK, particularly in recent times. If you’re looking for a university city where you can watch Premier League or Champions League football, Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium host some of the biggest fixtures of the year. Students also have access to discounted tickets, so it’s the perfect time to watch football at the highest level.

5. The nightlife

Manchester has huge variety when it comes to nightlife. We have already mentioned that the O2 Academy hosts some of the biggest names in music, and the Northern Quarter is the place to go for a quirky evening. Manchester also has a number of venues that host an impressive line-up of leading DJs if you are looking to dance off some stress after a busy week. You’ll also find cocktail bars such as 20 Stories, perfect for birthdays or a date night, enjoying a drink while taking in Manchester’s skyline. Manchester has a reputation for being one of the best nights out in the UK, and this is something you can expect if you choose to study here.

6. Easy to navigate

One of the best things about Manchester is how easy it is to get around. If you’re wondering why you should study in Manchester, the reassurance that you will quickly become familiar with the city and easily be able to go and see friends or visit your favourite bar goes a long way. Everything in the city centre is within walking distance, from Piccadilly station down to the Arndale Centre where you’ll find restaurants, shops and local attractions. The Metrolink tram system also makes it easy to travel to Salford, Fallowfield, Altrincham or other areas in the suburbs too, all at a low cost. Manchester’s location and large train stations also mean the city has great links to other major university cities like Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and London.

7. The grub

Manchester has a huge variety of restaurants, food markets and takeaways. During your time at university, you’ll be able to try food from all over the world at reputable chains and unique independent eateries. If you’re a foodie, a day at one of Manchester’s many food markets could help you stock your cupboards and try new cuisines.

Your university city will define the experience you have, and if you’re a lover of food, nights out, culture and sport, we know you will love your time in Manchester. If Manchester is the city for you, Unite Students have excellent accommodation options located throughout the city. Explore our different rooms and studios here.

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Staff writer at The Common Room