Why Manchester? (The City)

Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming moving to a new city for university. To help settle any anxieties you may have about the city of Manchester, we asked a number of students and academics ‘What is your favourite thing about living in Manchester?’…

Here’s what they had to say:

‘I love how vibrant the city is. There is always something going on and of course Manchester is the European City of Science for 2016. It has such a rich scientific heritage and has made some great contributions to scientific discovery’ – Dr Shazia Chaudhry, Foundation Year Programme Director

‘I love living in Manchester. I really like the diverse nature of things to do and see here, but I think my favourite thing to do is to go to the Northern Quarter for tea and cake’ – Helen Massey, BSc Anatomical Sciences with German

Photo: Just some of the quirky places to eat in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

‘You can put on a wetsuit and go swimming in Salford Quays on a Saturday or Wednesday. I find it quite liberating and particularly after a long day at work it’s quite nice to go there. All types of different people do it and it’s a really friendly community.– Martin Pool, Biochemistry Programme Director

‘With the amazing Chester Zoo so close there’s always an excuse for a day out. There are so many green spaces in Manchester too that when the sun does shine, I can’t help but get myself to one of them. Another great thing about Manchester is that it’s such an exciting city to be in, with new things popping up all the time. It’s a music lover’s paradise and there’s always something quirky going on. I recently just went to play crazy golf on courses made entirely out of scrapyard junk!’ – Sean Dougherty, BSc Biology with Spanish

‘It is a vibrant city with a rich cultural life, friendly people in general and local communities in particular, beautiful places for walking nearby, great system of public transport and so much more. And it certainly does not rain every day’ – Lubomira Stateva, Biotechnology Programme Director

Lyme Park

Lyme Park, a National Trust Park near Manchester – the perfect place for an autumnal walk

‘My favourite thing about living in Manchester is definitely the music scene; there is something to suit every music taste. I’ve also really fallen in love with the Northern Quarter and all its quirky places to eat! ‘– Rebecca Thorpe, BSc Cell Biology


Manchester Academy, a music venue opposite the Stopford Building


China town

It’s lovely to be in a place that’s global in its celebration of many international festivals, yet is equally such a close and friendly community to allow you to meet and make friends with people from all around the world.’ – Rachel Thomson, BSc Life Sciences with I/E



Jen Cavet3
‘I particularly like the diversity and vibrancy here. Whilst the city is small enough to easily escape into the countryside on my bike, there is always a lot going on within the city including live music and theatre.’ – Jennifer Cavet, Microbiology Programme Director

‘I like how the city has become a melting pot of all sorts of cultures and how this is reflected by various aspects of the city, from the rich and diverse history of the city to the food scene. There is always something new to try and experience in Manchester.’ – Rishibashni Mohan, BSc Microbiology with I/E

 ‘I enjoy living in Manchester because of all the activities there are here. There are constantly events being held to suit everyone! It’s a student friendly city with loads of discounts on student activities. I enjoy exploring the city centre and making the most of the amazing variety of places to eat. There are loads of shopping centres, bars, restaurants, museums and world class sporting teams. There are also a number of seasonal activities you can do, such as the famous Manchester Christmas markets which arrive every year, and are great to go around. Finally, my personal favourite thing about living in Manchester is that it is where Coronation Street is filmed—you can even go and have a tour around the studios!’ – Ben Walker, BSc Pharmacology with I/E

‘I love the randomness of the city! Manchester is a mixture of everything – old and new, different people from all over the World, urban area and countryside. I enjoy the openness, diversity and vividness of the city.’ – Minsung Kim, Plant Science Programme Director

‘I love living in a big city. There are so many things to discover and explore, there are always new café’s to try out, a new play at the theatre to see, musical performances for every music taste etc. There is so much to see and do beyond campus! Manchester is also a great place if you love food. There are numerous great places to eat out at a reasonable price.’ – Helen Feord, MSci Plant Science


Halle Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall

 ‘It’s a big city, but most of the people you see walking round are students like you, so it doesn’t feel so big and scary. You feel like you’re part of a community no matter where you go in the city.‘ – Roksana Wilson, BSc Zoology

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