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Manchester is the third most visited city by international tourists in the UK, so a great choice if you are looking to live in a diverse and multicultural community. Home to world-class football clubs Manchester United and Manchester City, a day at the football is only three miles away. Transport is simple and convenient in Manchester, including a tram network running through the city and into the suburbs.
With shopping centres including Manchester Arndale and Trafford Centre combined with luxury department stores Selfridges, and Harvey Nichols, there’s a shopping experience to suit everyone.
Manchester is hugely popular with international students, no doubt due to it being one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the UK and having the third-largest Chinatown in Europe. As well as the vibrant art and music scene, Manchester is proud of its bustling nightlife and trendy hangouts, including the famous Canal Street, the hub of Manchester’s LGBTQI+ scene. But if a quiet trip to the countryside is more up your street, England’s largest national park, the Lake District is just 1.5 hours away.
Places to explore
Manchester is home to a huge variety of people, industries and neighbourhoods. There’s so much to discover and experience, so in between your studies, head out and explore. If you’re not sure where to start, ask us.
Head over to the Northern Quarter in the city centre to find a whole host of cute and quirky businesses. From vintage clothes shopping to bottomless brunches, you can wander for hours around this creatively inspired area.
Everyone is welcome in Manchester’s Gay Village and can enjoy the pedestrian canal on a summer's day, or the vibrant bars, clubs and cafes during the night. The iconic No 1 Canal Street and G-A-Y will make for a night to remember!
Manchester’s Chinatown is the second-largest in the United Kingdom, and is home to Chinese culture and tradition that is ready to enjoy at a moment’s notice. Chow down on authentic dishes cooked up by family businesses, and visit during February to enjoy Chinese New Year.
How to get around
Manchester has lots of public transport to take advantage of as a student. From £1 buses that will take you to campuses and the city centre, the Metrolink service offering cost-effective and safe trams until the early hours.
There are multiple buses that run across Manchester, including a free city centre service. Some bus companies even offer students discounted rates, or an entirely free ride, if you present your university student card.
Manchester’s Metrolink tram network is an impressive service that will take you further afield for a fair price. Running until late into the night, you can hop on and off, or take a day trip outside of the city centre.
Whether it's for convenience or exploration, the city also hosts multiple train stations. Victoria and Oxford Road stations are ideal for seeing more of Greater Manchester and the north, while Piccadilly has direct links to the whole country, including London and Southampton.
Are you an international student?
Whether you want to know about ways you can pay your rent, how to apply for a visa or how you can get your luggage delivered, plenty of international students come to us with similar questions.
We’ve got answers, helpful tips, and handy tricks to help you get your head around life in the United Kingdom.