The City of Manchester

The name Manchester originates from the Latin name Mamucium or its variant Mancunium and the citizens are still referred to as Mancunians. Manchester began expanding at an astonishing rate around the turn of the 19th century as part of a process of unplanned urbanization brought on by a boom in textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution. In the Victorian era, Manchester was the site of one of the world’s first passenger railway station and many scientific achievements of great importance.

Manchester experiences a temperate Oceanic climate, with mild summers and cool winters, which makes it an enjoyable place to study. Located in the North West of England, Manchester achieves a strong score for ‘student mix’, and ranks 23rd for ‘employer activity’, higher than all of the other UK student cities aside from London.

Manchester Airport is the busiest airport in the UK outside London, serving Manchester, Northern England and North Wales. There’s no denying that Manchester is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and here is why:

  1. Food

With masterclass restaurants in fine dining, bars and cafes around every corner and along every main drag, the choice can be overwhelming.  You can enjoy food from almost every country in the world, from a selection of student friendly eating and drinking spaces to fine dining, in opulent luxury or from a roadside van.

  1. Nightlife

Manchester’s famous for its music scene, and the lively, energetic buzz shows no sign of fizzling out. The city has one of the strongest scenes in the country, boasting major club establishments and a pretty impressive live music heritage.

The massive Manchester Arena is one of the world’s busiest indoor arenas, hosting music and sporting events such as boxing while the small independent bars of the Northern Quarter are open for quieter night outs. Manchester is  a major stop off on the touring schedules of most bands.The talent that flocks to Manchester on a regular basis cements it as one of the most relevant locations in the world of rock, indie and alternative.

  1. Shopping

With great choice under one roof, Manchester’s shopping stores are often a destination in themselves. The beautiful Trafford Centre Shopping Mall is the second largest shopping center in the United Kingdom. Loud, gaudy, and proud, The Trafford Centre is a gigantic out of town shopping center on the outskirts of the city which boasts hundreds of high street shops. It’s busy, it’s tacky but just embrace it. Shop till you drop and fill your face at one of the million or so restaurants, bars and cafes in the wonderfully luxuriant food hall.

  1. Sport

Legacy has been one of the key words around London’s hosting of the 2012 Olympics, and that was equally true of Manchester’s Commonwealth Games in 2002. Since the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester has re-invented itself as a world capital of the sports.

Manchester is (perhaps most notoriously) “the football Mecca”. It is home to the world’s most famous Premiership football clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City. Manchester United’s Old Trafford is the largest club football ground in the United Kingdom. Apart from football, Manchester hosts international cricket matches, world cycling competitions and international swimming events.

  1. Culture

Manchester is Britain’s new cultural capital. Manchester has a huge amount to offer and provides a safe and eclectic base to spend the best years of your life. It’s burgeoning arts and culture scene is featured by many excellent art galleries, museums, theatres and libraries.

Museum of Science and Industry

Among these are two world class Art Galleries – The Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth Art Gallery, house impressive permanent collections and regular special exhibitions. Manchester Central Library and Chetham’s (the oldest public library in the English-speaking world!) exhibit this great city’s rich literacy legacy.

Manchester’s most notable universities are The University of Manchester (the largest full-time non-collegiate university in the United Kingdom) and Manchester Metropolitan University. The University of Law (the largest provider of vocation legal training in Europe) has a campus in the city.

Manchester has something for everyone and one thing’s for sure, you won’t be stuck for stuff to do when the sun goes down in this town.

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