Study in Manchester


Why Manchester:


Thanks to the abundance of higher education options in the city, Manchester is home to the highest number of students outside of the capital. With students attending the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, RNCM and the University of Salford just over the river, over 100,000 students live in and around the city. Thinking of making Manchester your university city of choice? Here are eight reasons why we think it’s one of the best cities for students in the UK.

Cheap Eats

Manchester’s restaurant scene is thriving with new street-food markets, fine dining establishments and quirky cafes opening every week – but it’s the abundance of affordable eateries that make the city a great choice for students. Whether you’re looking for cheap vegetarian grub, a quick and easy rice-and-three in the city center or the best pizza in the city, you can head out for a bit to eat and return home with change from a tenner.

Affordable Accommodation

Manchester might not be the cheapest city in the country for renting, but compared to London it’s definitely affordable. Those with a little more money might decide to reside in the city center, but any student watching their pennies can locate themselves in the Fallowfield/Withington area for cheap rent in a shared house.

Good Transport Links

Boasting one of the busiest bus routes in Europe down the Oxford Road corridor, you can always find a bus home at the end of the night in Manchester. The recently expanded tram network makes it even easier to navigate the city, as do the newly improved cycle lanes. Fancy a trip outside the city? Victoria and Piccadilly train stations are both well connected to the rest of the UK, helping you to reach the likes of Leeds, Liverpool or the Peak District within an hour’s journey.

Excellent Shopping

From the best of the high street on Market Street and in the Arndale Centre, to the Northern Quarter’s independent boutiques and the choice of Selfridges or Harvey Nic’s for a more special purchase, you’ll never get tired of spending your student loan in Manchester. Sick of the city center? Hop on the bus over to the Trafford Centre if you fancy a change of scenery – you’ll find the biggest Top shop outside of London alongside all your favorite haunts.

 World Class Sport

Are you a Red or a Blue? Manchester is, of course, famous for its two Premier League clubs and going to watch a live game and soak up the atmosphere of the stadium is definitely a must do for any visiting student.

But there is so much more to Manchester’s sports scene than football. Hosting the commonwealth games means that we have plenty of world class facilities – the Aquatics Centre, the Velodrome and the Athletics arena to name a few!

Even if you’re not an avid sports lover there are still lots of activities to keep you busy – tennis courts in most of the parks, gyms and swimming pools in every area – even a man-made ski slope with real snow

Top Universities in Manchester

  • University of Manchester; 
  • University of Salford; 
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Bolton

University of Manchester


  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering
  • Arts Management, Policy, and Practice
  • Audiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomaterials
  • Manchester Global MBA
  • Manchester Global MBA (Finance) (Accelerated)
  • Marketing
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Medical Education
  • Medical Humanities
  • Medical Imaging Science
  • Structural Engineering
  • Teaching and Learning in Biology, Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Urban Design and International Planning
  • Urban Regeneration and Development
  • Visual Anthropology


  • Alliance MBS Masters Scholarships for UK/EU/International students
  • British Chevening Scholarship
  • Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan (CSFP) General Scholarship
  • Faculty of Humanities/School of Law – Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme
  • Faculty of Humanities/School of Social Sciences – Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme
  • Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP)
  • Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship of Academic Excellence – School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
  • PGCE Primary Merit Award
  • PGCE Secondary Business Education & PGCE Secondary Economics and Business Education Award
  • School of Law scholarships for International applicants
  • School of Social Sciences – A.N. Prior MA Philosophy Bursary – 2019
  • School of Social Sciences – MA Political Science – Governance and Public Policy Pathway (Professor Martin Burch Bursary)
  • School of Social Sciences – MSc Social Research Methods and Statistics Scholarship – 2019
  • School of Social Sciences – North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWSSDTP/ESRC) – Studentships – 2019
  • School of Social Sciences – Q-Step Bursary for MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics (to be confirmed)

University of Salford

  • Salford Business School
  • School of Arts and Media
  • School of Computing, Science & Engineering
  • School of Environment and Life Sciences
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Health and Society
  • School of the Built Environment


  • CSE International Excellence Scholarships
  • Petroleum and Gas Masters International Excellence Scholarships
  • Salford – Public Health International Excellence Scholarships
  • Salford MBA International Excellence Scholarships
  • Salford Architecture International Excellence Scholarships
  • Salford- NCUK Scholarships

 Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Architecture
  • Art, Design, and Media
  • Biology and Conservation
  • Biology and Healthcare Sciences
  • Business and Management
  • Chemistry
  • Childhood and Youth Studies
  • ComputingCriminology
  • Digital Technology and Multimedia
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Education and Early Years
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management
  • Informatics
  • Information and Communications
  • Information Management
  • Journalism
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Librarianship
  • Linguistics
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physiotherapy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Public Services
  • Retail
  • Social work
  • Sociology
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Sports Management
  • Textiles and Embroidery


  • The Caroline Evans Scholarship
  • The Neelam Aggarwal Scholarship
  • The Al-Habeeb Scholarship
  • Alumni Undergraduate Scholarships
  • The Ede & Ravenscroft Scholarships
  • The William Howard Wright Award

University of Bolton

  • Art & Design and Fine Art
  • Accountancy
  • Animation & Illustration
  • Backstage Academy
  • Biomedical & Medical Engineering
  • Business, Retail, Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Dental Technology
  • Early Years & Childhood Studies
  • Education & Teacher Training
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • English & Creative Writing
  • Games
  • Graphic Design
  • Health & Social Care
  • International Foundation & English Pre Sessional Courses
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Biology
  • Media & Photography
  • Motorsport & Automotive Performance Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Shockout Arts Dance
  • Sound Engineering & Design
  • Special & Visual Effects
  • Sports & Personal Training
  • Textiles & Fashion
  • Theatre & Performance
  • Community Development & Youth Work


  • Nayak Engineering Scholarship
  • Masters (Taught) Excellence Scholarship 2019/20
  • Stoller Scholarship 2019/20
  • BAS – Bolton Achievers Scholarship
  • Studentships & Scholarships
  • Masters (Taught) Excellence Scholarship 2018/19
  • Masters (Taught) Excellence Scholarship 2017/18
  • Postgraduate Scholarships
  • Stoller Scholarship 2018/19
  • Bolton Achievers Scholarship
  • Stoller Scholarship
  • Scholarships & Bursaries

Estimated living costs 2017/18 for undergraduate students

Costs Undergraduate year (40 weeks) Weekly cost (based on 40 weeks)
Accommodation (self-catered)* £5,125** £128.12
Meals (excluding meals out) £1,525 £38
Clothes £400
Transport (includes local transport and travelling home/visiting friends) £395 Weekly bus pass from £8
Other (e.g. books, equipment, mobile phone bill, socializing, laundry, photocopying and printing) £2,000 £50
Total £9,445

*For catered accommodation (breakfast and an evening meal on weekdays) add approximately £900 to the annual total – the ‘meals’ total will be less if the student chooses catered accommodation.

** The University of Manchester self-catered accommodation can range in price from £3,915 to £6,099 a year.

Estimated living costs 2017/18 for postgraduate students

Cost 52 weeks Weekly cost (based on 52 weeks)
Accommodation (self-catered) £6,535 £125.67
Meals (excluding meals out) £2,025 £38.94
Clothes £520
Local transport (excludes travelling home / visiting friends) £465 £8 for a weekly bus pass.
Other (e.g. mobile phone bill, socializing, laundry, photocopying and printing) £2,500 £48
Total £12,045

These costs are intended as a guide only.



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