Welcome to Manchester! The University of Manchester is situated in the centre of the UK’s second most populous city, just over two hours from London.
To see more of what Manchester and studying abroad in the UK is like watch ‘A year of travel: My UCEAP experience in Europe’ – made by Dean Lalap, UCEAP Manchester student 2013-14, UC Irvine
- Largest single site university in the UK with around 39000 students and 10000 staff members
- Renowned music venue Manchester Academy is part of the campus, meaning you can see top bands for very little cost
- Famous alumni include Alan Turing who pioneered artificial intelligence, Christabel Pankhurst who was at the forefront of the suffragette movement and Benedict Cumberbatch who would later be nominated for an Oscar for his role as Alan Turing in the Imitation Game.
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Top Five Things to do whilst at Manchester
1. Eat a burger at Almost Famous
2. Study in the John Rylands Library
3. Go vintage shopping and record collecting in the Northern Quarter
4. See a gig at any Manchester Venue or go to a football match!
5. Visit the People’s History Museum and learn about the roots of the city
The university is located along one long road near the centre of Manchester, this is truly a busy city university, with lots to do and plenty of places to study. The university has over 10 libraries on campus, with over four million printed books – one of the most impressive libraries you can study in is the John Rylands Library based in the city centre. Opened in 1900 it has the first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses and the world’s smallest book. On campus the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, a brand new study space designed by the students, offers a great place to study 24/7.
The campus has a music and drama centre, in addition to it’s very own museum. The university is also home to an aquatic’s centre with two 50m pools, diving boards and a spa as well as two sport centres with outdoor and indoor facilities. The 18 acre on-campus park contains the newly renovated Whitworth Art Gallery, and the UK’s largest student union with hundreds of societies, plus plenty of shops, cafes and bars at student friendly prices. There are also four gig venues at the university, including the legendary Manchester Academy (pictured at right) which has seen some of the biggest musical acts such as Prince, Oasis, Nirvana, Lady Gaga and many more on their stage. The university even owns the Jodrell Bank Observatory out in the Cheshire countryside – home to the Lovell Telescope which was the world’s biggest when it opened in 1957.
My rugby girls gave me a perspective on life that completely rivals that of my Californian upbringing…The rugby girls of UoM made England feel like home. Playing rugby drastically shaped my experience in Manchester into something more than academics. It provided me with an opportunity to break out of my meek shell and make English friends in a type of bond that only sweat, hard work, and fancy dress socials can form.
– Tatiana Smith, UCEAP UoM Fall 2014 Student, UC Davis, History Major, who received the Melanie Woiwode Grant for her participation in Rugby.
Manchester’s vibrant and thriving city centre is just a short walk away from campus.
The city has a rich history – it was the birth place of the Industrial Revolution and has many museums to reflect this, including the Museum of Science and Industry and the People’s History Museum. The city also has many theatres, including the Manchester Opera House which hosts touring West End productions.
The city is probably best known for two things: Music and Football. The main music venue in the city is Manchester Arena with over 21000 seats and is the busiest indoor arena in the world, ahead of Madison Square garden. The city is also home to two symphony orchestras that play regularly in the city. Home to two Premier League Football clubs – Manchester United (the most successful Premier League Club) and Manchester City, Manchester is definitely the place if you enjoy soccer or indeed any sport. To accompany the city’s love of football is the National Football Museum, free to visit in the centre of the city and houses the largest collection of football memorabilia in the world.
If football isn’t your game the city is home of British Cycling, with its own National Cycling centre which includes a velodrome, BMX Arena and Mountainbike trials. There is also the UK’s longest indoor ski slope, the National squash centre and some of Europe’s best rugby clubs. If you’re looking for a break from city living, then the Peak District and the Lake District are just over an hours train journey away. Here you can experience some of the UK’s most stunning scenery.