Living in Manchester as a student
You might know Old-Trafford, but do you know the city of Manchester itself? A populous city, located in the northwest of England, it is about 2 hours from London by train, and there are over 530,000 people living, studying, and working in the city. Manchester has three main universities, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the Royal Northern College of Music, which, together, house over 76,000 students. Out of the three, The University of Manchester, with over 40,000 students on campus, is the highest-ranked, coming in at number 34 in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.
As the world’s first industrial city, Manchester is well-known for its cultural and historical significance. It has been named a UNESCO City of Literature thanks to authors such as Elizabeth Gaskell, and it is the meeting place of Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx, who wrote The Communist Manifesto in Manchester’s Chetham Library. At the same time, Manchester knows how to have fun, with a record-breaking 79 events per thousand people and over 1,200 licenses issued for on-premise drinking. There are museums, theatres, concert venues, and bars in the city that cater to all interests, and notable venues include the Manchester Opera House and the Manchester Arena. It was the birthplace of the Madchester scene in 1980s music history, and has also given us world-famous bands such as Oasis, The Smiths and Simply Red.
In terms of location, all three universities, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the Royal Northern College of Music, are within a 10-minute walk from each other on Oxford Road, and are all about one-mile south of the city centre. There is a wide range of locations for student accommodations, but popular areas for students include Rusholme (which includes Curry Mile), Withington, and Fallowfield, which is a miniature student town in itself.