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Manchester street scene


We’re proud to call Manchester our home, as are our students; about a quarter of them continue living here after their studies.

Manchester’s unique character comes from its pioneering past; this is the place where the Industrial Revolution really took hold. The city grew dramatically in the 19th century on the wealth created by cotton, and its amazing Victorian civic buildings, mills and factories shout: “This is Manchester. We’ve arrived.”

But it's not all about industry. With events, facilities and attractions to suit every lifestyle, Manchester is lively, culturally diverse and easy to enjoy on a student budget. The city was named as one of the best places in the world to go in 2015 by The New York Times, and the UK’s most liveable city by The Economist

With a reputation for setting the pace in sport, culture and industry, most British people regard Manchester as the UK’s second city. And the eyes of Europe will be on Manchester in 2016 as it celebrates its designation as the European City of Science.