Living in Manchester

Manchester is one of Europe’s great cities

Manchester is one of Europe’s great cities

We’re proud to be a part of Manchester. Our campus sits at the heart of the city centre, yet our impact reaches around the world.

What was once the world’s first industrialised city is today a stimulating, enriching and vibrant metropolis – one of the country’s liveliest cultural hotspots, with galleries, libraries and museums to rival the best in the world. It is also the UK’s best city (Time Out 2021), and the world’s third-best student city (QS Best Student Cities 2023).

The city is known on every continent as a capital of sport. It is not only home to two of the biggest clubs in world football, but also the nation’s oldest cricket ground, the National Cycling Centre and the national centres of excellence for squash, gymnastics and taekwondo. It regularly hosts major international sporting events, and many sports brands and governing bodies are based in the city, making it the perfect home for our Institute of Sport.

The University plays a leading role in the economic, social and scientific development of the region, not only by providing skilled graduates but also through strong links with local SMEs, key partnerships with the NHS, the city’s football clubs, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and national government.

Getting around

Manchester, and the wider city region, is easy to access and is easily navigated, with great transport links both in and around Greater Manchester, including some of the UK’s main motorways, tram services (Metrolink) and bus networks. Excellent rail links connect the city to the rest of the UK, and we are home to the UK’s busiest airport outside London.

At just over an hour away, Manchester is also the closest major city to the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Lake District National Park, with the Pennines and Peak District also within easy travelling distance.

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Getting around

Helping you relocate

Whether you’re relocating from within the UK or to the UK to join us, we know what a big decision and undertaking it is to move jobs and move cities. Whether you’re doing it alone, with a partner or with a family, we can provide advice and information on relocating and making Manchester your new home.

We’re here to discuss your circumstances and provide information and relocation support whether this is visa requirements, setting up a bank account or settling-in services.

We provide access to specialist advice for people moving to the UK, please see our International Staff page.

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