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Manchester is a city like no other. Bold, welcoming and buzzing with life: many students fall in love with it and never leave. Read on to find out why!


Manchester is renowned for its style and shopping. Choose to shop in the city centre or the impressive Trafford Centre – the UK’s second largest indoor centre, just a 15 minute drive from the campus. The vibrant Northern Quarter offers cool boutiques, design studios and locally crafted ceramics and jewellery, with new coffee shops and bars opening all the time. Away from the city and a stone’s throw from the campus is the village-like and bohemian Chorlton, offering quirky independent shops and cafes.


There’s no denying that Manchester and Old Trafford are rooted in sporting greatness. Home to two Premier League football teams and world-class sporting venues in the shape of Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground – located close to the campus. For those looking to keep active, there will be leisure facilities available on-site and not forgetting the National Cycling Centre, just across the city. So, if you support City or United, love cricket or rugby, want to play or cheer on your team, we’re a city with sport at the very heart!


You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to arts and culture, with a host of art galleries and museums as well as the iconic Central and John Rylands libraries. Be inspired by artists, enjoy artefacts from around the globe and understand the rich history of a city that grew out of industrial innovation. HOME, a centre for art, theatre and film is a couple of tram stops away and for something closer, you may choose to get involved with the community-led Stretford Public Hall – a multi-purpose venue offering arts, music and wellbeing activities.


Treat your taste buds to every culinary delight imaginable. Try Ethiopian food for under £10 or Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese as it should be in Chinatown. Go veggie with a splash of yoga on the side at the Buddhist Centre’s Earth Cafe, or tuck into the king of grilled cheese at Northern Soul. Locally, you could try out Altrincham Market, famed for its market-style cuisine and crafts, Cafe Football or even hop on a tram to MediaCityUK for a variety of great food alongside live music, theatre and entertainment.


You may think the centre of Manchester is where it’s all happening, but don’t overlook Trafford (where UA92 is located). Music fans might be interested to know that Joy Division, The Smiths and The Stone Roses all called Trafford their home. There’s lots to see and do with a cinema and adventure golf and the Trafford Centre close-by, along with plenty of green space for lovers of the great outdoors.

Trafford is an increasingly popular area to live thanks to its fantastic community feel, proximity to Manchester city centre and excellent transport links.

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