Manchester Skyline (John Firth) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Learn about Manchester

Originally a Roman outpost, Manchester evolved into an industrialised city playing a key role in Britain’s Industrial Revolution. The first computer was designed here, the Industrial Revolution took place here and today vital, exciting and dynamic architecture is leading the city into a new era of growth and energy.

Over the past twenty years, Manchester has undergone extensive growth and redevelopment. Manchester’s student population is now in excess of 50,000, contributing to the city’s economy and the cosmopolitan feel of this multicultural city. Modern day Manchester is one of the fastest developing cities in the UK, attracting investment from all over the world. So, for young people who want to learn in a dynamic environment, Manchester is the place to be.

Going out in Manchester

Manchester’s entertainment venues and night life rival those of any European city, whether it’s a museum; a meal, a film or a concert Manchester guarantees you a wide variety of exciting, diverse and stimulating choices.

Art and Culture international

Manchester is a city full of diversity and culture, reflected by the many theatres, galleries and museums offering some of the most interesting and up-to-date exhibitions and shows in the UK.


Manchester is well known for its music scene. Bands including; New Order; The Happy Mondays; The Stone Roses, The Charlatans and Oasis have been heavily influential in changing popular music culture during the 1980s and 1990s. The Smiths; M People, Simply Red and Take That have also originated from Manchester. For the more classically minded, Manchester also has the World famous Hallé Symphony Orchestra who play regularly at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester city centre.

Shopping in Manchester

If you like shopping, you’ll love Manchester. With its unique blend of high-street chain stores, fashion boutiques, privately owned shops and market places, it lays valid claim to being the best shopping experience in the UK. From the exclusive Triangle Centre and the Arndale in the heart of the city to the Trafford Centre and Lowry Outlet Mall on the outskirts, Manchester offers a well organised and varied shopping experience for all dedicated shoppers.

Sport and leisure in Manchester

In the summer of 2002, Manchester hosted one of the world’s largest sporting events, the 17th Commonwealth Games. The success of the Games was acknowledged worldwide and now these world-class facilities are open to the public. The National Squash Centre; Indoor and Outdoor Athletics Centre; Isospar Gym Facility, the Regional Tennis Centre at Sportcity and the National Cycling Centre at the Velodrome are all regularly used by Manchester’s residents and visitors. Manchester is also home to Manchester United and Manchester City football teams, who both offer tours of their stadiums.

Travel in Manchester

Manchester International Airport is the third-largest airport in the UK. You can fly direct from most major locations in the world to Manchester or take a 40 minute connecting flight from London’s Heathrow. With two large train stations in the city centre, it’s easy to travel by train to any station in the UK. In addition, you can catch a direct connecting train to the Eurostar terminal in London. The most popular form of transport with locals and learners tends to be the bus or the tram system known as the Metrolink. As a student, you qualify for cheaper fares and bus routes which covers all of Manchester and it’s surrounding districts. In addition, there are coach services to all major cities and towns in the UK and Europe. Taxis are available at all times of day in Manchester. Registered taxis are insured and are safe to use.