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Study destination: Manchester


Studying a degree in a city like Manchester will provide you with a qualification highly valued by employers and a great educational experience, whilst you are enchanted by the cosmopolitan features of this major city. Hotcourses Abroad talks about this wonderful and ideal place to spend your student years.

Also called the ‘City of science and discovery,’ Manchester is a successful, flourishing hub and deems itself the commercial and cultural capital of the North of England. Its 184 miles from London and trains take just around 2 hours and 30 minutes from the capital, which makes its location even more attractive.


 Manchester boasts over 400 pubs, clubs and café bars in the city centre, with many Mancunian bands reaching the top of the charts, such as Oasis and Bee Gees. You'll quickly notice the amazing nightlife on arrival at uni as there will be a myriad of cultural and fun options to choose from.

There are many means of experiencing and appreciating different types of music in Manchester.  Not only do the best bands hold fantastic gigs but the exuberance and liveliness of Manchester's classical music marvel is highly regarded.

With a huge variety of delicious savours on offer in the eating department, Manchester is any foodie's paradise, offering from swish dining to premium takeaways. Chinatown and the Curry Mile are considered must-visits out of the list.


Sports fans especially football fans will know what Manchester really means to them. Splitting Manchester down the centre, the rivalry between City and United football clubs always keep match days  exhilarating. Both Manchester City and Manchester United offer tours that help enlighten the history of the clubs, and their significance to the city.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

BBC Media city in Salford quays.

Being described as the place to come for top fashion in the UK, you can figure that shopping in Manchester is of huge variety.  A broad shopping area covers the dense urban centre, a magnet for the region.

On the cultural side of Manchester, a myriad of museums, galleries and theatres are heaved all over to indulge your curiosity for art and history. Some must-see attractions would be Imperial War Museum , Lowry, Royal Exchange Theatre and the Whitworth Art Gallery.

Fun facts about Manchester

·         Manchester houses over 100,000 students across 4 renowned universities

·         Over twenty of the Nobel prize winners have come from Manchester

·         The first modern computer was built in Manchester

·         Manchester is the place where Rolls met Royce (hence the famous company Rolls-Royce)

·         Manchester was the world’s first industrial city

Some of the best universities in Manchester:

·         University of Manchester

·         University of Salford

·         Manchester College



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 London has been chosen as the 2nd Best Student city in the world! Edinburgh and Birmingham are a few other highlights of the UK. Find out more about studying in the UK.

Find out more about Manchester’s neighbour: Liverpool

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