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Five best things about being a student in Manchester

Studying in the UK has several benefits, from its prestigious reputation for education to the opportunity to improve ...



Studying in the UK has several benefits, from its prestigious reputation for education to the opportunity to improve your English and many others. If you’re looking to study in the UK as an international student, Manchester is an excellent choice. Here’s why:

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  1. It’s a surprisingly affordable place to live

    Despite being one of the largest cities in the UK, Manchester is a surprisingly affordable place to live. In fact, the cost of living in Manchester is 15% lower than London and given the amount the city has to offer, you won't be losing out on any culture, nightlife, or entertainment. According to Numbeo, the cost-of-living (excluding rent) in Manchester is about £660 a month, compared to about £850 in London.

    You can rent a one-bedroom apartment in the city center for about £800 a month and outside of the city center for about £600. Given that you can get an unlimited bus day travel ticket for £4.20, living further away from city centre and commuting is very feasible. Find out more about accommodation at UA92 here.

    Enjoying all the things Manchester has to offer also doesn’t have to break the bank, either. You can get a meal from an inexpensive restaurant or take away for about £15-£20.

  2. There’s a huge student population

    Including UA92, the greater Manchester area is now home to five universities. Each year, around 99,000 students descend upon the city with around 19,000 of those coming from outside the UK. This means there is a an incredibly vibrant student scene in the city, ranging from nightlife, cafes and eateries, clubs and societies, music venues, open mic nights, shopping, and sports facilities.

    This yearly influx of students also contributes to Manchester’s multicultural way of life. There are over 200 languages spoken in the city, making it one of the most linguistically diverse in Europe. There are also several clubs and meet up groups for internationals living in Manchester, so you will be able to find other people from your culture when you’re missing home.

  3. It’s the heart of UK sport

    Manchester is home to two of the most famous football clubs in the world and it’s safe to say that the city is sports mad.

    As well as being home to Manchester United and Manchester City and their respective stadiums, Old Trafford and the City of Manchester Stadium, there’s also the world famous cricket ground, Old Trafford Grounds.

    The city hosted the Common Wealth games in 2002, and built several new venues which are now available for teams and the public to use. This includes a velodrome, tennis center, and gym. Read our blog to find out more about why Manchester is the perfect destination for sports students.

  4. You’ll be walking among history

    Millions of tourists visit Britain each year, with the country’s fascinating and often quirky history being a big draw. In Manchester, you’ll be living and studying alongside some of the most historically important places in the UK.

    For Example, Emmeline Pankhurst, one of the founders of the Suffragettes was born in Manchester and her house is now a museum where you can learn about the history of women’s suffrage. You can sit next to the father of computing, Alan Turing, at his memorial near the University of Manchester, where he studied. Music lovers will want to spend a night or two at Band on the Wall, one of Manchester’s oldest venues, where legendary bands’ the Buzzcocks and Joy Division played some of their first shows.

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    As well as this, Manchester is home to what is considered to be the oldest public library in the UK, Chetham's Library. The library is also famous for being the place where Marx and Engles did research for The Communist Manifesto and you can even visit the desk where they sat, on the Library tour. There are dozens of museums in the city, ranging from science and industry to a Victorian bath house and course, a football museum. You can find a full list of Manchester’s historic sites here.

  5. It’s a cultural melting pot

    Manchester’s cultural influence isn’t just a thing of the past; today the city is a melting pot of nationalities, religions, people, and celebrations.

    Throughout the year, there’s dozens of events to attend (and many have been moved online during the pandemic) such as Chinese New Year, Manchester Irish Festival, the Science Festival, Park Life, the Food and Drink festival, and Manchester Pride, among many others.

    As well as festivals, there are plenty of places to visit throughout the year to soak up Manchester’s rich culture, such as HOME, the centre for contemporary art, theater and film, Manchester Art Gallery, the Royal Exchange theater, The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and The Lowry.

Ready to start your UA92 adventure in Manchester? UA92 global pathway courses can help you gain the qualifications, confidence, and skills needed to succeed in your degree, while providing more entry points into UA92. 

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