Manchester is a truly multicultural university, welcoming almost 40,000 students a year from 160 countries to our friendly campus community.
Beyond the University you’ll find that the city of Manchester is a diverse and modern place where a taste of home is never far away. Manchester’s character is defined as much by its people as it is by its history and achievements. The city is one of the most multicultural in the UK, with nearly 200 languages spoken here. It also ranks among the world's best international student cities.
Over the centuries many people have chosen Manchester as their home. Greater Manchester’s Jewish community, for example, is the largest outside of London.
Our Chinatown, centred around the impressive imperial arch, is the second largest in the UK. Ever popular for its countless restaurants, Asian supermarkets and events, Chinatown fills the area with vibrant colour and flavours.
Rusholme and its celebrated ‘Curry Mile’ sits between our University campus and Fallowfield campus. On this neon-lit street, countless restaurants sit alongside shops catering to the resident South Asian and Middle Eastern communities.
With so many cultures rubbing shoulders with one another, it’s no surprise that Manchester has an excellent reputation for food and drink. You’ll find cuisine from practically every culture and to suit any budget.
And with local shops and markets close to our campus, it’s easy for you to buy ingredients that you would use at home. Vegetarian, halal and kosher foods are affordable and widely available.
Events and festivals
The diversity of cultures in Manchester means that there is no shortage of occasions to celebrate. Whether it’s Eid or Chinese New Year, you won’t find many places in the UK that do things with the same energy.
Some of the many festivals and events include:
- Manchester International Festival – Bringing exciting world premieres to the city every two years.
- Manchester Mega Mela – The largest celebration of south-east Asian culture in the north of England.
- Caribbean Carnival – Annual two-day carnival of soca, calypso and much more.
- Manchester Irish Festival – One of Europe’s biggest celebrations of Irish culture, featuring music, poetry, sport and heritage events.
- UK Jewish Film Festival – View the most exciting Jewish cinema each year.
- ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival at HOME – The best new documentaries and feature films from Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin America come to Manchester.
- Italian Procession – Every June, Manchester’s Italian community leads this traditional procession from the neighbourhood of Ancoats to the city’s town hall.
- HOLI ONE Colour Festival – The air at Manchester’s Heaton Park bursts with colour at this celebration of togetherness, inspired by the Indian Holi fest.
Manchester is home to people of many religions and faiths, and there are places of worship for most religions across the city, as well as dedicated religious clubs and societies within our own Students’ Union.
On campus we have two chaplaincy centres for the major Christian faiths. St Peter's House Chaplaincy is supported by the Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed churches, while Avila House and Holy Name Church provide a Roman Catholic chaplaincy.
We have two prayer rooms for Muslim students on campus and there are a number of mosques located near the University and student areas.
The city is also home to Buddhist centres, Jewish synagogues, and facilities for Sikh and Hindu worship.
See a map of sacred spaces for worship on and near our campus (PDF document, 7.7MB).