Living in the city

Truly multicultural Manchester caters for students from all cultures and backgrounds. We have excellent and affordable crèche facilities for students with children, whilst various student groups provide a social focus for mature students.

Getting around

Manchester has an excellent public transport network. The bus service to and from the School from all areas of the city is quick and frequent, with discounted student rates and a limited night service. There’s also a tram service from various parts of the city into the centre, with plans for further development. A regular train service provides access to the city centre from further afield, as well as running to the airport.

Cycling is encouraged in Manchester - the city was voted 4th best in the country for cycling by Cycling Plus magazine (March 2010) - with cycle lanes on most busy routes, whilst taxis are easily available for emergencies, late nights or just if you’re in a hurry.


There’s a great range of food on offer in Manchester. In the city centre there are plenty of international restaurants, including Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Spanish, while the ‘Curry Mile’ in Rusholme is host to over 50 restaurants serving both Indian and Pakistani dishes. Manchester’s bustling Chinatown is not only host to many restaurants, but also a Chinese supermarket and bakery. There are plenty of Halal and Kosher retailers around the city, as well as a Japanese food market and a range of vegetarian cafes and co-operative stores.

Religions and faiths

Manchester is home to people of many religions and faiths, and there are places of worship for all religions over the city, as well as dedicated religious clubs and societies within the Student’s Union.

On campus there are two chaplaincy centres for the major Christian faiths. St Peter’s House provides chaplains for the Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed churches, while the Roman Catholic chaplaincy is at Avila House. There are two prayer rooms provided on campus and there are a number of mosques located near the university and student areas.

The city centre is also home to Buddhist centres, Jewish synagogues, and facilities for Sikh and Hindu worship close to student halls of residence.

Sporting Manchester

Apart from the excellent facilities of the University, there are many diversions for sports fans.

For football fans there is both United’s Old Trafford ground and the impressive City of Manchester Stadium.

Also worth a visit are the championship-sized swimming pool at Manchester’s Aquatic Centre, Manchester’s Velodrome, and the Old Trafford cricket ground, home of Lancashire CCC, and international venue.

Manchester is well placed in the North West to take day trips out to nearby cities Liverpool and Leeds, and also explore some of our countryside, such as the stunning Peak and Lake Districts.

There really is something for everyone - visit the Directorate of Sport website for further information on activities and facilities at The University of Manchester.