More so than anywhere else, the uncrowned capital of the North epitomises the phrase, 'Everybody welcome'.


Arguably the most famous (and eventful) street in the whole country.

Second year student, University of Manchester

Manchester really has a bit of everything! From nights out at the Gay Village, to thrift-shopping around the Northern Quarter, there will be a scene that suits everyone! It is such a diverse city with people from all walks of life, so you’re guaranteed to fit in somewhere. The transport is very well-connected – between the buses and the tram, you’ll be able to get just about anywhere you need to, very easily!

Manc music

Factory Records, Mad-chester, Britpop... Music buffs will be in their element here. Manchester has played a pivotal role in music history.

Second year student, University of Manchester

The main two areas are Fallowfield and Northern Quarter. Fallowfield is full of relatively cheap pubs and clubs for students. The Northern Quarter is more for older people, and has a huge variety of places, [like] underground clubs, secret bars for fancy cocktails, and cosy pubs for beer and sport.

City vs United

Home to two of the country's biggest teams, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Student life in Manchester

Local gems, tips and things to do, as recommended by students.
Treat yourself
Spinningfields is pretty high-end. There’s a restaurant called 20 Stories, which has the best view in Manchester. (Second year student, University of Manchester)
Low on cash
Most of the museums are free (Manchester Art Gallery, People’s History Museum, Science and Tech Museum, Whitworth Gallery). The amazing Christmas markets are fun to wander around. (Second year student, University of Manchester)
Friday feeling
YES is a really nice bar with fairly reasonable prices. It has four floors that each have a different vibe: a basement club, the main bar and pizza parlour, a pink-walled gig venue, and a gorgeous roof terrace bar. (Third year student, University of Manchester)
Catch up with mates
Ziferblat is a cafe where you pay for the time you spend there, for unlimited tea, coffee, and cakes. It’s half price for students. (Second year student, Manchester Metropolitan University)
Grab a bite
Archies for cheap fast food. Love the waffles and veggie burgers. (University of Manchester student)
Feeling cultural
HOME Manchester is a really great contemporary arts centre, with theatre space and a brilliant independent cinema. Tickets are also very affordable. (Third year student, University of Manchester)
Sunday chiling
Didsbury is a suburb of Manchester [with] a beautiful park. The Peak District is a lovely change of scene from the city. (Second year student, University of Manchester)
When family visit
The Museum of Science and Industry is brilliant, with a whole floor dedicated to interactive activities. Your siblings (and you!) can really get involved and learn about the history of Manchester. (Second year student, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Manchester trams

The Manchester Metrolink is the largest light-rail system in the UK, and a quick and easy way to get around.

Third year student, University of Manchester

Factory is undeniably iconic. It's the successor to The Hacienda, a world-famous club that saw the beginning of our music scene. Big Hands Bar on Oxford Road has a special place in my heart – definitely not because they serve noodles behind the bar. If you're looking for LGBT-friendly places, Gay Village on Canal St is your go-to. Clubs like G-A-Y and Bloom are always packed with safe faces.

Piccadilly Square

With a stunning water feature at its centre, this green space is the perfect summer's day location.

Second year student, Manchester Metropolitan University

We chose to live in Fallowfield as it's known as the sociable student area. It's a big mixture of students from the University of Manchester and Manchester Met. You do have to get a bus to uni, but it isn’t too long (maybe 20 minutes).

City Centre

Described as 'The Original Modern City', Manchester is bursting with events, shops, museums and theatre.

Third year student, University of Manchester

Rusholme is super close to the city centre, as it's only a 20-minute walk up Oxford Road before you're right in the city. It's also home to the Curry Mile: a stretch of Asian restaurants and supermarkets, that are always vibrant and bustling. Rusholme is also very green, and it's not far from various parks, such as Whitworth and Platt Fields.

The canal

This historic canal now offers moorings for visitors, within walking distance of the city's facilities and attractions.

Living in Manchester

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips:

Average weekly rents*
  • Private landlord
  • £69 - £134
  • Average
Housing value for money*
  • Good deal
Local transport*
  • £7.50
  • Based on a Stagecoach term one bus pass (£120) split across Sep-Dec)
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Fallowfield
  • Hulme
  • Rusholme
*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

The Curry Mile up Oxford Road is great to get all your fruit and veg, as it's much cheaper than the big supermarkets, and there's always something new to try. (Second year student, Manchester Metropolitan University)

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