Student Life in the city of Manchester
If it’s Indian grub on Curry Mile, quirky bars and vintage shopping in the Northern Quarter, or celeb spotting at Media City UK that you’re after– Manchester has it all.
Being a student in this city is fast paced and full of opportunities. Not only is Manchester well known for its Hacienda days and of course our very loyal soap opera, Coronation Street. It also prides itself on being home to fantastic Universities. With being a student at University of Manchester, the job prospects and research facilities are second to none. Having alumni such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Saunders and our very own lecturer, Brian Cox, it shows the institutions drive for success.
There’s a society for almost anything under the sun too; a lover of Games of Thrones? There’s a society of that. How about Nando’s? Yes, there’s a society for that. There’s even a society for those students, who are just itching to be pirates! So whatever floats your boat, I am sure you can meet like - minded people and be part of something outside your studying.
The Internships and job opportunities here, cater for many different sectors. With having Media City where BBC and ITV are home too, internships and work experience here allow students to have a taste of working in this exciting industry. (You can even be part of the Jeremy Kyle audience!) Manchester is also proud to have offices for Thomas Cook, McVitie’s, Kellogg’s, Guardian Media Club and Google just to name a few, where there are opportunities for graduate schemes and internships.
As well as having the chance to work with large corporations here, Manchester provides students with part time jobs alongside their studying. If it’s working behind a bar or waitressing, stewarding at one of UK’s most popular music venues such as Manchester Arena, working at Old Trafford or Etihad Stadium, or being part of huge shopping centres such as Arndale and Trafford Centre, there is always a job for students.
Not to forget The Wilmslow Road Bus corridor being the busiest bus route in Europe where students hop on and off the magic bus (yes – they are called magic busses) to University and the City centre. With it being a £1 single it doesn’t break the bank either and you are never having to wait long for the next bus in the Manchester drizzle.
The social side of life in Manchester is also something not to miss. With having the infamous Warehouse Project events on our doorstep and once a year hosting Parklife Festival here, it is already known for its great music scene. Whether you prefer a few bars and pubs that can be found in the Northern Quarter and student hub, Fallowfield, or if you love something quirky like Antwerp Mansion, you’ll be sure to have a great night without breaking the bank. Manchester has many pubs and bars for students to explore; they even have turned a public toilet into a very intimate pub. If you really want to go down the ‘Mancunian Way’, Factory and Dry Bar are right up you’re cobbled street – you’ll be swaying to wonderwall in no time.
What I love about Manchester is how diverse the City is and how it caters for students so well. Alongside fantastic University’s, countless job prospects and experience, the museums, venues, theatres and galleries, Manchester has created itself to be a vibrant individual city - being a student here is an opportunity not to be missed.
Undergraduate, University of Manchester