Manchester has been found to be the fourth most popular student city in the whole world, according to one study. So, why study in Manchester? Here are the top seven reasons why students choose to come here.
Manchester is home to 85,000 students. Most of them are concentrated around the Oxford rd area, near the universities, and in Fallowfield, the main student hub of Manchester. This is one of the main reasons to study in Manchester; lots of students means it’s easier to make new friends, find events for students (whether for entertainment, socialising or your future career) and find businesses offering student discounts.
Manchester is a multicultural city; for example, 200 languages are spoken in the city (Manchester, multicultural city) and the University of Manchester alone has around 15,000 international students studying there. Why study in Manchester as an international student? Because in such a diverse place you can study abroad but still feel at home. International students can enjoy meeting people from all around the world, while still finding people from their home country to spend time with. It also makes it easier to find home comforts from your own country; Manchester has the second biggest Chinatown in the UK, with food and products available from a variety of East Asian countries. Rusholme, or the “the Curry Mile”, has many businesses and restaurants owned by people from the Middle East, Asia and North Africa.
Manchester University has been ranked the 27th University in the world and 6th in the UK. Of course this is one of the top reasons to study in Manchester. Manchester Metropolitan University and Salford University are also highly ranked in many subject areas, so students have a great choice of places to study here. If you need to improve your English, Manchester is also a great choice. Here at NCG, for example, we offer general English, Business English and IELTS courses.
Manchester’s position in the North West of England makes it the perfect base to explore the UK from. It takes around two hours to get to London by train, and just over three hours to get to Edinburgh. It’s also the perfect location if you want to explore some of the UK’s beautiful countryside. The Lake District and the Peak District national parks are both close by, and you can quickly get to North Wales to see its beautiful mountains and coastline.
Another of my reasons to study in Manchester is that it has a great public transport system, with a network of trams, buses and trains serving the city. Oxford rd gives access to the majority of Manchester’s University buildings and has so many buses that it is regularly called Europe’s busiest bus route.
Although a lot of students think about studying in London, Manchester is a really popular choice because the cost of living is much cheaper. You still get all the benefits of living in a big city, such as a wide choice of free time activities and restaurants, great public transport and a cosmopolitan feel, but for a lower price. The price of rent and public transport are both up to 55% cheaper than London, for example, and the cost of a meal out is around 10-20% cheaper. (compare here)
You will never get bored living here! One of the best reasons to study in Manchester is that there’s so much to do and there’s something to suit every taste. Manchester is famous for music and football; music fans can enjoy concerts from famous singers at the MEN arena, or discover new artists at smaller venues like Manchester Academy or Band on the Wall. In the summer there are amazing events to choose from like Manchester International Festival, Parklife and Manchester Pride. Football fans (United or City!) can enjoy matches and stadium tours at the famous Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford, as well as learning more about the sport at the National Football Museum. There are also lots of museums and art galleries here, such as the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Museum, all with free entry. If shopping is more your thing you can check out Manchester Arndale for high-street bargains, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols for designer goods, or Affleck’s Palace and the Northern Quarter for unusual and unique finds.
Why study in Manchester? As you can see there are so many answers to this question! Find out more about NCG Manchester to see how we can help you achieve the English level you need, while you experience living in one of the UK’s top cities.