In the city
Explore all that Manchester and Salford have to offer, from food and drink to nightlife and more.
Six reasons why you'll love living here
You’ll be joining one of the largest student communities in Europe, with around 100,000 students across Greater Manchester. It’s one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the UK, with people from all backgrounds and countries coming here to live and study - and this is why you should join them.
In Manchester city centre, the Northern Quarter is home to some of the best independent vintage and boutique shops, while Manchester Arndale is the place to find all of your high street favourites. Over at Salford Quays you'll find the Lowry Outlet Mall, including a Cadbury outlet store.
Looking for culture? You’ll find it on our doorstep: Salford Museum and Art Gallery is situated on campus, and opened in 1850 as the UK’s first free public library. In the city centre, you'll find an abundance of museums and art galleries to explore, including the National Football Museum.
Whether you're after sophisticated cocktails in Spinningfields, a fun and fabulous night out on Canal Street, or the chance to practice your putting skills at Junkyard Golf Club - you’ll find the nightlife here is second to none.
4: Food and drink
From quirky diners and cafes, to the famous 'Curry Mile' in Rusholme, you're spoilt for choice with where to eat in Manchester and Salford alike. In the city centre, indoor market Mackie Mayor provides quality food and drink from local producers and brewers, whilst Manchester's Chinatown serves authentic asian cuisine. It's also the second largest Chinatown in the UK.
You’ll never be stuck for gigs in the city; we attract a variety of musicians from all around the world to our stages, and if that’s not enough, summer music festival Park Life is also right on our doorstep – so don’t forget to pack your wellies!
6: The people
We hear time and time again from our students about what a diverse and friendly place Manchester really is, and that’s something we’re proud to admit. So, if you come to study with us, rest assured: you’ll feel right at home in no time.
Exploring Salford Quays
With our campus at MediaCityUK, take advantage of free travel to the Quays and discover bars, restaurants and shops, including a brand new General Stores outlet. It's the perfect social hangout, with the tranquility of the Quays offering a peaceful alternative to the hustle and bustle of Manchester city centre - and the ideal location for your next instagram shot.
Manchester's international scene
We encourage all of our students to explore the city centre and make the most of living in one of the UK's most vibrant and diverse cities. You'll find people from all cultures, faiths and backgrounds in Salford and Manchester, and, according to a 2018 Travelodge report, some of the kindest - as Manchester was found to be the third kindest city in the UK.
Manchester's Chinatown is the second biggest in the UK and the third biggest in Europe, so if you're looking for authentic Asian cuisine, this is the place to go. You'll find a range of Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Nepali, Vietnamese, Singaporean and Malaysian restaurants, as well as bakeries and shops selling everything from groceries to craft items.
Famous for its 'Curry Mile', Rusholme is a great place to find South Asian and Middle-Eastern take-aways, restaurants and world food markets, and is popular with students from local universities in Greater Manchester. The Curry Mile is not quite a mile long, but has a large concentration of Indian eateries along the neon-lit stretch of Wilmslow Road; so if you're looking for this type of cuisine, you'll want to try it out!
Our Students' Union also host the International cafe, which provides a weekly gathering of peace, cohesion and cultural diversity. Open to students from home and overseas, the fun activities range from quizzes to karaoke, or just a time to hang out and chat together. It's a great way to meet new people and settle in to life in Salford and Manchester.
Manchester International Festival
The Manchester International Festival runs every two years, bringing cutting-edge art with an international outlook across a range of artistic disciplines. The festival takes place at a variety of venues within the city, from theatres and galleries to churches and car parks, and promises to bring an eclectic mix of dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work to the city.