Looking up and the Manchester royal exchange

Student Guide to Manchester

Why study in Manchester?

Moving to a brand-new city to start university is an adventure. That’s why it’s so important to move to a city that is exciting, full of things to do and populated with other creatives to collaborate with.

Manchester ticks all of those boxes and many more, which is why we’ve made it our new home! We love it here, and we’re sure you will too. Manchester is the UK’s unofficial ‘second city’ and has one of the most vibrant music, art and youth cultures in the world, let alone the country!

To help you find your feet when you arrive, we’ve curated some of our favourite areas in the city and the venues, exhibition spaces, pubs and clubs that make them special.


NOMA is the latest in a long line of neighbourhood regeneration projects in Manchester and dBs is a part of it! This is where we call home and with urban spaces, restaurants, bars, venues and a city-centre garden, there’s plenty to do aside from study!

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Northern Quarter

Manchester’s famous Northern Quarter is one of the most popular places to live, eat, drink and shop in the city. Full of trendy bars, restaurants, clubs and shops, the area is covered in street art and celebrates the independent-ethos of the city.

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West of the City of Manchester, the City of Salford is part of Greater Manchester and the only other city in the county region. Salford has become synonymous with Manchester and, although they’re very close, Salford has its own distinct cultural and musical heritage.

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Piccadilly & Princess Street

The area of Manchester city centre, just north of the A57 and around Manchester Piccadilly and Princess Street, is a bustling hive of activity and is home to one of the most exciting superclubs in the country.

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Oxford Road

Oxford Road is one of the main thouroughfares in Manchester, running from the city centre south into the suburbs. It’s also home to some of the best pubs, venues and shopping areas in the city!

Ancoats & Oldham Road

Ancoats is another of the most trendy areas in Manchester alongside the Northern Quarter and home to a swathe of cool pubs, fine dining restaurants and hang-out spots.

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Gay Village

Around the area of the Rochdale Canal is Manchester’s Gay Village, an area of the city which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and is packed full of thriving bars, relaxed cafés and the Alan Turing Memorial in Sackville Garden.

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Strageways is the name of the area surrounding Manchester Prison, which changed its name from Strangeways in 1994. It’s on the border with the eastern edge of Salford City.

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The Castlefield area is the industrial heart of the city, which is now packed full of green spaces and water-side cafes and restaurants.

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