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Manchester Metropolitan University

Did you know that Manchester Metropolitan University is the second most-applied-to university in the UK? It receives over 52,000 applications a year, a number only bettered by its neighbour, the University of Manchester. Seems like everyone wants to study in Manchester and, if you come to MMU to watch a loved one graduate, you may find yourself wanting to up sticks and join them. The city buzzes with art, culture and nightlife - and MMU is in the centre of it all.

History

Manchester Met has a great reputation for providing the kind of degrees which prepare students for careers, whether that be in business, arts or professional services. It’s always been an institution with a vocational slant – in fact, it was formed as part of the Manchester Mechanics’ Institute in 1824, an organisation which aimed to give tradespeople lessons in science.

Since then, it’s gobbled up various institutions, merging with colleges of art, business and technology to become Manchester Poly in 1970. It was granted university status in 1992, and since then has had a massive investment in its buildings to turn it into the progressive, modern institution it is today.

The School of Art is particularly well-thought-of - Salford’s own LS Lowry went there in the years after the First World War. It’s also home to the Manchester Schools of Theatre, responsible for producing some of Britain’s favourite actors and performers, like stand-up comedian John Bishop and the late actor, Richard Griffiths.

Getting there

Although Manchester Metropolitan offers courses in Crewe (at its Cheshire campus), its main facilities are in Manchester city centre, at the All Saints campus.

Airport

Manchester Airport is 10 miles from MMU’s All Saints campus, and the journey takes less than 30 minutes by road - a black cab will set you back about £25. Alternatively, jump on a train. There’s a service from the airport to Oxford Road, a short walk from campus, or hop on a train to Piccadilly and get the 147 bus.

Getting around

Some £350 million has been invested in Manchester Metropolitan University recently, so expect some seriously shiny facilities. Even the Student Union has had an upgrade to a new £10m building, with an events space large enough for 700 people. For some sunny day relaxation, head to All Saints Park – although you may find many of the 36,000 students enrolled here have beaten you to it.

Facilities

The Manchester campus has 10 different places that serve food and drink dotted about its various buildings. These range from small cafes serving barista coffees and sandwiches, to canteens serving main meals, soups and salads. It’s also home to the Student Union building, which has its own bar, pub, shop and plenty of seating space.

Disabled access

All buildings at MMU are fully accessible to those with mobility issues. Disabled car parking spaces can be booked in advance, and there is also on-street disabled parking around the campus. Hearing loops are available in lecture theatres. If you have any specific enquires, call the university on 0161 247 1565.

Near Manchester Metropolitan University

Don’t fancy eating traditional student fare in a canteen on campus? No problem. The city’s best eating, drinking and nightlife are just a short stroll away from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Best bars nearby

Housed in what was, in less-enlightened times, the city’s Deaf and Dumb Institute, the décor at this bar, restaurant and music venue is just as quirky as its name. The beautiful building has been restored to its former glory and is situated right in the heart of the Manchester Met campus. Expect a great atmosphere, vegan food and classic cocktails.

Best restaurants nearby

No need to schlep to the Curry Mile to get great Indian food when you’ve got a restaurant like Arnero on your doorstep. Serving North Indian street food in elegant surroundings, Arnero is becoming a firm favourite on the Manchester restaurant scene, serving up favourites like tandoori-cooked kebabs using aromatic spices and handpicked herbs.

Making a weekend of it

Looking for a hotel in Manchester?

Whether you want to stay in the city centre, in one of Manchester’s leafy suburbs or in the beautiful Lancashire countryside, we have lots of hotels to choose from. If you need to be right on the doorstep, we have hotels next to Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly, as well as Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium and Manchester Arena