Manchester has one of the largest student populations in Europe with people flocking from the four corners of the globe to study in this magnificent city. But why? The answer is simple. Manchester has it all! (Except a beach as legendary Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown once pointed out…)

Not only has Manchester, and neighbouring Salford, become the UK’s media heartland with the arrival of the BBC, ITV et al to MediaCityUK but it’s always been at the forefront of innovation.

Why study in Manchester?


From a city which brought us Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Smiths, Manchester regularly welcomes global superstars and up-and-coming artists.

At The School of Journalism Manchester campus we have it all on our doorstep. We’re close to both the Ritz, which among its sparkling line up of live gigs also hosts an amazing Power Ballads night for those who like rock music loud and cheesy, and Gorilla which is probably the best place in the city to check out bands and artists very much on the up.

Just a short stroll down Oxford Road is the legendary Academy (and it’s baby offshoots) which for many acts is a must-play. Manchester’s in-the-know gig-goers often use a concert at the Academy with a chance to grab a beer or two at Big Hands, a place also favoured by the bands pre- or post-gig!


Whether you’re a red or a blue – United or City for those not quite at the races – or a fan of a whole host of other sports, you’re never going to be far away from the action in Manchester.

Fifteen years on from hosting the Commonwealth Games has left the city with first-rate facilities, such as the Manchester Velodrome, the Aquatics Centre, as well as the Regional Athletics Arena.

And with first class cricket, both codes of rugby and a top class hockey scene – not to mention live greyhound racing – there’s excitement at every turn.


Manchester nightlife is eclectic and really has something for everyone.

From the laid back vibe of the Printworks, the alternative bars and speakeasies of the Northern Quarter or the city’s epic Warehouse Project run of top DJs and acts, all forms of entertainment are covered here in Manchester.

The city’s Gay Village is a capital of colour every weekend and hosts the vibrant Pride weekend once a year, attracting top singers and groups from across the globe.


If you’re a real culture vulture at heart then Manchester’s array of museums, galleries and art spaces should keep you busy.

The recently redeveloped Whitworth hosts an eclectic collection of 55,000 pieces from the likes of Turner, Blake, Epstein and Hepworth along with a stunning programme of changing exhibitions.

Other highlights across the city include The National Football Museum dedicated to all things from the Beautiful Game, the Manchester Gallery and the amazing architecture of the John Rylands Library.


Regarded by many as the shopping capital of the north west, whether you want to rummage through boutiques in the boho Northern Quarter or buy University essentials in the Arndale Centre. The Trafford Centre nearby also hosts special student events for extra discounts.