Manchester is arguably the heart of the North, known for its buzzing social scene and friendly atmosphere. To celebrate The University of Law’s Manchester campus, we have compiled our top five reasons to study in this edgy and vibrant city.
By Elsa Tatam. Published 20 June 2022. Last updated 11 January 2023.
Unrivalled music scene
The first thing that comes to mind for many with regards to Manchester is its musical legacy. Undeniably, one of Manchester’s biggest claims to fame is being home to the iconic rock band Oasis. The Gallagher duo formed the band in Manchester in 1991, and the rest is history. Other legendary artists from Manchester include The Smiths and The Stone Roses.
The creative outlets aren’t limited to music in Manchester which is also a hub of experimental fashion. Afflecks is a quirky shopping centre with a wide collection of indie and vintage clothing. The store is an ideal place to revamp your wardrobe or just have a leisurely browse. Afflecks also features an LGBTQ+ bookstore, multiple vegan cafes and restaurants, and mysticism-inspired shop Charms and Hummingbirds.
Manchester is any student's paradise when it comes to nightlife, gigs, restaurants, shopping and culture.
The Manchester nightlife scene is a bustling hive of activity. Enjoy anything from jazz to 1980’s pop in one of Manchester’s unique music venues and dance away until the early hours. Alternatively, discover your new favourite cocktail in one of the many Northern Quarter bars where there is something for everyone. Best of all, a large number of the nightclubs, bars and gig venues provide student discounts and offers.
It is impossible to not think of football when you hear the word ‘Manchester’ across the world. Home to two major rival clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City (and their likewise famous home stadiums), when in Manchester you’re in the heart of an iconic football legacy. However, it’s not just football that you can experience in Manchester. Manchester’s 2002 Commonwealth Games legacy means you can access the Manchester Aquatics Centre, the Regional Athletics Arena, the National Squash Centre and Manchester Velodrome. There is also the Lancashire Country Cricket club, or for those who care more for rugby, Manchester is home to the Sale Sharks, who can be caught in action at a Rugby Union game.
There is always time for a good celebration in the streets of Manchester. Pride in Manchester is not one to miss, spanning across the entire city, people come together to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community. Manchester International Festival celebrates creativity and commissions, produces and presents exciting new work by leading artists from a variety of art forms and different backgrounds. Chinese New Year celebrations in Manchester are also unmissable, lighting up the city with days of celebrations, ending in the iconic parade through the streets of Chinatown. There are also plenty of music festivals, such as Parklife and Sounds of the City that any music lover can enjoy.
Like the idea of studying in Manchester? Learn more about The University of Law’s Manchester campus.