‘Manny on the map’ – Life in Manchester

Author: Angela

Wanderlust; a yearning for exploration. Like many of us I have always longed to see and essentially taste the rest of the world and university gave me my first long term opportunity to live and study in a different part of the world.

I chose Manchester and everyday for the past 2 and a half years, I fall in love with city over and over again! Firstly, the best thing you can be in this city is a student! Your magic card (your student ID) gets you discounts in many stores, restaurants, bars, and even online retail shops if you remember to use it. What’s better than fully experiencing a new city while saving money?? As I’ve come to learn, there IS something for everyone in this city!

When I first moved to Manchester, I discovered the overwhelming range of cocktail bars and subsequently my love for cocktails. Now I live by the motto ‘there’s always a cocktail you’ve never tasted!’ and I’m constantly on the lookout for new places to visit. However, I understand drinking isn’t everyone’s idea of fun and that’s why I’d encourage you to make full use of Facebook. There’s always an event that can spark your interest whether that’s music, art, poetry, history, environmental sustainability, or even yoga! And most of them are free of charge! Keep an eye out for them on Facebook.

Another great way to discover Manchester is taking a walk around and finding out for yourself what really tickles your fancy. Whether it’s a walk around hippie central, that is, the Northern Quarter or the Student flocked Oxford Road, the glamorous Spinningfields or even the beautiful Media City and all its scenic glory – there’s always a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, arcade, bowling alley, mini-golf, ballrooms and many other places waiting to be explored by you around every corner. Who knows perhaps something you can come to claim as ‘my favourite thing to do in this city’!!

There’s also a range of art, history and science museums all around the city so if you’re feeling a bit like a tourist, you can always check them out!

Our tastes and likes, just like the rest of ourselves, are ever-evolving ever-changing! The beauty of Manchester is there’s so much to do, you can always find something new – it’s never a dull moment!



If you would like to study in Manchester, NCUK students can progress to either The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University or Salford University.