Studying Abroad: Why Manchester Should Be On Your List
There are so many choices when it comes to picking a country, city, town and university for your studies abroad. Here are a few reasons to choose Manchester.
The United Kingdom – beautiful, old, touristy, historical – should definitely be on the list. But it’s a very broad choice. When you zone in on each of the villages, towns and cities across the UK, you'll then be using different words to describe each location. Many people would describe the city of Manchester as historical, cultural, and quirky.
Manchester is one of England’s most popular destinations for a wide range of reasons. Many people who travel to this vibrant city eventually end up making it their home. This city is well-known around the world as a great place to study as it is home to many respected universities such as the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.
The list of reasons to choose Manchester for your further your education is endless, and the world-renowned universities are just the tip of the iceberg.
Locating Manchester on a Map
Manchester is known as a city. You might also hear people use the name “Greater Manchester.” Greater Manchester is the name of the metropolitan borough, which is a type of local government district in England. There is always something new to explore around Greater Manchester and its surrounding cities include Leeds, Sheffield, Chester, Liverpool, and Preston. Northern Wales is only a few train stops away and is known for its fantastic greenery and mountain peaks.
Here’s a fun fact: Manchester is the only place in the world that allows students the opportunity to enrol in Mummy Studies. The University of Manchester is known for its Egyptian mummy research. The university even has a “Mummy Tissue Bank” which consists of samples, wax mounted blocks of human tissue, and histological slides from several different ancient civilizations that practiced mummification.
Where to go in Manchester
With nicknames like “Manny,” “Warehouse City,” and “Cottonopolis,” it is clear that the city is filled with history and is very culturally diverse. All throughout the year, this rainy city hosts different festivals and cultural events.
This city offers so much to all of its residents. There is something for everyone – for the musically or artistically driven, for the history fanatic, and even the foodie.
Once you’re settled in, you’ll find that the best way to spend your weekends is exploring this multicultural city. However, you need to have one thing on the top of your list before you attack your exploration plan, and that is watching a traditional English soccer – or, in British English, football – game. The Manchester City Club’s home stadium is the Etihad Stadium, which also opens its gates for football lovers to tour.
This artsy city is known for being forward-thinking and big names in the world of art have their work displayed in museums and galleries all over Manchester. If you enjoy portraits or snapshots that capture the past, the head over to the Lowry, which is known for its digital art exhibitions. If you are more interested in a fancy, contemporary style, then head over to the Manchester Art Gallery where the permanent collection features fine arts and crafts, as well as over 21,000 accessories and outfits from the 1600s.
The United Kingdom is known for playing an influential role in the musical world. Elton John, Pink Floyd, and the Beatles are just a few of the many famous artists that have changed the music scene. Check out the Burnage shopping area to see a music store like no other, Sifters. If you’re into the oldies, Kingbee Records is full of old, rare records and music.
In this lively city, the festivals are not limited to the holiday season. For bookworms there is the Manchester Literature Festival, which offers history celebrations, food, and so much more. For the musically inspired, there is the annual Manchester Jazz Festival.
When it’s time for a study break off campus, why not explore some of the city’s best cafes? Head over to Takk [6 Tariff Street] where the Icelandic vibe is sure to recharge your batteries as you sip on some of the best coffee in town. Or try the Fig & Sparrow [20 Oldham Stree], a quaint place that focuses on sourcing local produce.
Everyone is always looking for the best food to taste and try. Restaurants in Manchester are home to chefs with mouth-watering culinary skills and they’ll have any foodie going back for seconds. The Mackie Mayor [Eagle Street] is a converted building that offers delicious food that is sure to have your taste buds tingling with delight. The Northern Soul Grilled Cheese [10 Church Street] provides some of the best sandwiches you will ever taste!
What Makes Manchester a Great Place to Study?
This great city has had some of the most brilliant minds and talents walk through its streets and universities.
The famous actor Benedict Cumberbatch attended the University of Manchester. In one of his most impressive films, “The Imitation Game,” Cumberbatch played Alan Turing, the father of artificial intelligence and modern computing and also the University of Manchester’s former Deputy Director of the Computing Laboratory.
The Manchester Metropolitan University educated the funny and talented English comedian John Joseph Bishop. This university also helped Eleanor Burnham learn about the world before she moved into her political role and took her place as a member of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, a political party from Wales.
Greater Manchester is diverse, quirky, and full of history. However, what makes this place truly fascinating are the great minds that have been educated at its universities. They are the same great minds that have entertained us and reshaped the world. Don’t forget to explore this appealing area while you’re studying and following in their footsteps.
About the Writer: When she's not busy running, training or enjoying a freshly brewed cup of coffee, Amy Saraireh can be found editing to fill a blank page with the things she's learned or experienced.