Welcoming and multicultural, it’s no wonder so many choose to spend their student days in Manchester. With more than 80,000 people enrolled at Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan or Salford universities, the city has one largest student populations in Europe. And if you’re in town for an open day or graduation, you’ll soon see what attracted them here – and why there may not be much change left over from their student loans. Although Manchester has some of the lowest student living costs in the UK, with its quirky restaurants, banging live music scene and independent boutiques, there’s also so many tempting things to do.
Located on the south side of the city, the University of Manchester has bags of history. You can’t fail to be impressed by both the beautiful listed buildings and its academic heritage – it’s spawned 25 Nobel-Prize winners and the first atom was split here.
As the largest single-site university in the UK, the campus itself is bustling, plus you’ll have the city of Manchester on your doorstep, waiting to be explored.
Nearest hotel: Manchester City (Piccadilly)
With a history of higher education dating back to 1824, Manchester Met is home to the prestigious Manchester School of Art (where Lowry studied) and the equally well-thought of Manchester School of Theatre (which counts Julie Walters and Steve Coogan among its alumni). Some £350 million has been invested over the last ten years so expect fabulous facilities, and its Manchester campus is just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre.
Nearest hotel: Manchester Central
The University of Salford has provided career-focused courses since the Industrial Revolution. There are three campuses with a free shuttle bus that runs between them. The largest, Peel Park, is less than two miles from the city centre and sits in 60 acres of beautiful parkland. It’s also the only university to have a presence in the exciting MediaCityUK on the Salford Quays, home to six national BBC departments and ITV Granada.
Nearest hotel: Manchester Salford Central