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Living in Manchester
Manchester has the biggest uni population outside of London, so if you turn up here you know you’ll be well catered for. Its places of study are Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester, and University of Salford.
Top 10 Tips for Students in Manchester...
1.Sports fans. You’re in the right place. Manchester has loads of sports grounds all within close proximity of one another. You can watch a variety of sporting events including football, cricket and track and motocross cycling. If you’re more of a participant than a spectator, get involved in the Great Manchester Run.
2.Peak District. From Manchester you have easy access. Perfect if you’re the outdoors type, or if you need to entertain the parents when they come to visit. It’ll keep them off your back about the state of your room.
3.The Printworks. A good first port of call for entertainment. From food and drink to films and gigs, clubs and bars or even a workout at the gym – it has pretty much everything you’ll need.
4. Canal Street. An area for the LGBT scene, and stick around in the summer for Manchester Pride. Manchester is home to one of the UK’s largest LGBT communities so there will be plenty of ways to get involved.
5. Travelling? If you’re going home for a weekend and trains look a bit pricey, the Megabus and National Express run from Manchester to loads of UK destinations. You can get really cheap tickets if you book in advance, especially if you have an NUS Extra card. If you still fancy getting the train, get a 16-25 railcard. It WILL be worth it.
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6. Curry Mile. One Manchester experience you are certainly not to miss is a visit (or several) to the Curry Mile on Wilmslow Road. Round up your mates and see who can stomach the hottest dish, though you might want to warn your flatmates in advance if you have shared bathroom facilities…
7. Bus. The Oxford Road Link bus connects the Uni of Manchester campuses with city centre, and it’s free if you live on certain campuses.
8. Chinatown. Manchester’s Chinatown is one of the biggest outside China itself. It’s a must for a meal out or just some more interesting shopping. Head to International Buffet & Restaurant on Nicholas Street for an all-you-can-eat buffet and Buy One Get One Free on drinks.
9. Theatre. The Royal Exchange Theatre is well worth a visit at some point, and if you think you can’t afford tickets, think again – as a student, if you book on the day of a performance you can get tickets for just £10. Even better, you can nab one for a fiver on Mondays and possibly even free on a Friday if you call up at 12pm!
10. Market. Head down to the awesome Piccadilly Gardens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You can visit the street food stalls for a quality lunch and then stock up on fruit and veg for the week.
Good to know...
Taxi: Radio Cars.
Bus:The Oxford Rd Link bus goes up and down between the city centre and the start of the Manchester Uni Campuses (and the Curry Mile!). Depending on which campus you live in, you may not have to pay.
Read Manchester Reviews
Manchester is a great city to live in. Lots of stuff to do and always something happening. Northern quarter is my favorite area with all the vintage shops and hipster food places. Arndales is nice for general shopping, but quite busy in the weekends. Good biking facilities. University isnt that far from the centre and buses come every 10 minutes. Loved living there.
Best public transport. Frequent buses so never have to wait around. Nights out are amazing and something for everyone - every night of the week. Great variety of restaurants both in city centre and around other student areas. Rent is expensive but the experience of living in Manchester is worth it.
the worst university has ever seen in my life poor program espicially dentistry, harassment, exclusion, racism, victimization intimidating staff. Be careful to not study at this university at all!!!! They fooled me and provided me with Dip instead of MSc because i raised a complaint !!!! i paid 40,000 GPB Don't study at this University pleaseee!!!!
By far my favourite city so far, Manchester is cheap and fun. There is always something to do out and the nightlife is incredible. Public transport is so cheap here, and getting a student bus pass saves you hundreds.
As Mancunian my review may be conceived about slighltly biased but if you know where to go, where to eat and what the transport links are then you will survive the chaotic city centre. It does take time to get used to even for someone from Manchester but once you work out the culture and lifestyle you'll be right as rain.
It’s more expensive here than my home city of Liverpool despite it being close by and not being that much bigger but it’s at least cheaper than places like London. Nights out can be really good if you find the right places but some places aren’t great and I think there needs to be even more available to the alternative community since Satan’s is not open every night and as much as I love it, the same place gets a bit repetitive. Tried the indie clubs, not a fan. Public transport is a lot better than we have it in Liverpool but buses can still be late and inconvenience you. Trains are often late or cancelled too but I guess I’m giving this a good rating as it’s much worse where I’m from so to me, this is actually an improvement. Also the fact that the bus I take to uni comes like every 2 mins so that one is convenient.
We have a wide range of public transport which are very regular and easy to access. Eating out in Manchester is quite pricey unless you stick to Nandos or pizza express. Shopping their is a wide range of stores all of which are situated in close proximity of each other and their Christmas markets are lush! Cost of living is average in comparison to most places quite cheap! The nights out are great especially student night they are cheap and affordable.
Wilmslow road has heavy food so you’re sorted there. Nice city lots of different areas you’ll find one you like. Nightlife is good but worse than other cities nearby ( Liverpool newcastle leeds ) same with cosy of living. Public transport is expensive. 4 quid for a day ticket are you Messin. Bus pass is cheap though.
I don’t go out but my friends who do have a blast everywhere they go. Manchester’s a really cool, modern city. I’ve come from London so the transport was never going to be as good as back home but is still amazing and fairly cheap
Everything is close. Manchester is always thriving and hosts an impressive range of things to do in the day and at night, as well as different seasons. Even better is the fact there is so many transport options for low fares.
Cost of living is higher than in towns etc, which can be hard when you’re a student struggling with money. but there’s so many different places for nights out which can fit anyone, which is great. big shopping centres and many restaurants to pick from.
Easy to get around, plenty of bikes/buses/cabs/whatever when you can't be bothered to walk it. Heaving with stuff to do including clubs/pubs/bars/bowling alleys/snooker halls/restaurants/indoor golf yards/cinemas/and on and on and on...
Manchester has everything you could possibly want, amazing nightlife; something for everyone. Shopping is great with places such as Trafford centre, arndale and market street. There is enough restaurants to try a new one each week.
Manchester is a student friendly city and is extremely multicultural. It is a great city which is very welcoming and culturally rich. There are many historic places which makes the stay even more welcoming- from Gay Village to Fallowfield. Manchester is an amazing choice as a student city and I will gladly recommend it to anyone considering moving here for uni e
The most homely and welcoming place around. Everyone is so lovey and you really feel the community ethos in Manchester, especially the student life here. Plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, so a night out is always full of things to do. The prices are great too, most people think it’s expensive because it’s a big city but you get what you pay for! £2 cocktails in some bars!
Manchester is amazing for nights out and socialising! Theres much to do and so many cool places to discover! As a student I have absolutely fallen in love with Manchester despite being scared of it the first few times I visited
Cannot fault Manchester. Firstly, it's not expensive to live here at all, especially in fallowfield. Secondly, any music taste is catered to on nights out and you literally have a different night to suit everyone, which is so good in a student city. There are plenty of places to go out for food and drink and depending on your mood and budget you have so many options and they are all easily accessible through the amazing public transport links in Manchester. You won't wait more than five minutes for a bus anywhere and there are also trams and trains to get yous round the city and out of the city. The shopping facilities in Manchester are amazing, thr Arndale and market street are fantastic for high street shopping and then there is spinning fields, king street etc for more high end shopping. You also have easy access to the Trafford centre and the buses run really regularly to and from there so there is so many opportunities to shop
Manchester is like London but smaller and better. There are no end of restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs to explore for every individual. The transport links are the best, sporting the busiest bus route in Europe. For shopping, the city centre has a variety of shops along with the Arndale Centre, and the Trafford centre is just a short bus ride away. Manchester is, ultimately, the place to be.
Not bad, not good either
It is a large city, meaning you're likely to find whatever you're looking for, whether it be clothing, food, venue, etc.
Everything is very spread out, aside from popular shops, and sub-standard chain restaurants. Going on a night out is hit and miss, as you have to pick a venue or two, and stick to them. It would be too far to go to an equivilent venue, especially during winter.