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What’s It Really Like To Go To Uni In… Manchester

It’s a great city.

You might be waiting for some A-Level results, contemplating what your first choice should be, or dreaming of moving across the country. Either way, it’s worth considering Manchester for university – take it from me, I came here.

I moved hours away from home to The University of Salford in 2015 and five years later, I’m still here. Why? Because it’s an absolutely lovely place to live.

Manchester might get a reputation of being a rainy city, but there’s plenty to love here in any weather.

City Living

Whether you’re in Salford or Manchester’s boroughs, it isn’t hard to get into the city centre with regular bus and tram services that connect all of the Greater Manchester region, making a night out an easy prospect no matter where you live.


The Music

Manchester has always had a reputation for being a musical city, and it’s one that it still lives up to. Bands touring the UK will often stop at Manchester as their northern date, and there’s a huge range of venues all the way from the Arena (the biggest indoor venue in Europe) all the way down to fantastic bars and pubs like The Peer Hat, as well as a fantastic range of O2 venues (Academy, Ritz, and Apollo.)

With heritage acts like The Smiths leading the way for current exports including IAMDDB, Slow Readers Club, and more, there’s a bustling music scene, no matter what genre you’re interested in. Plus, each summer brings the Parklife festival to town with a host of great DJs and hip hop acts.

The Sports

If there’s anything Manchester is known for more than music, it’s sport. Manchester United, Salford Red Devils, Manchester City. Some of the biggest sporting brands in the country, and in the world.

Old Trafford (Credit: Wikipedia)

The Clubs

From the legacy of the Hacienda rises the ashes of the Warehouse Project, Hidden and The White Hotel; bespoke destinations to hear the very best DJs, from underground to world-renowned.

The Culture

Manchester is home to its own International Film Festival, a Horror film festival, several poetry events, and a bustling library service and more; there is always something going on to fill your culture boots. Not to mention the famous Comedy Store has a venue here, along with three theatres in the city centre, and a host in more in and around Salford.

The Jobs

The University of Manchester has a 93% ratio of graduates going straight into work; Manchester Metropolitan University enjoys a 97% rate and the University of Salford sits at 87% – nothing to sniff at, either. So you’ll have a fantastic time at university and (fingers crossed) be employable enough when you’re finished, too.


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