Overseas university spotlight: The University of Manchester (UK)

The largest single-site, campus-based university in the UK is located at The University of Manchester, a Russell Group university that was founded in 1824.


Spread out along Oxford Road, Manchester's campus is well-located within a 10-minute walk of the city centre.


Here are some highlights from my trip to campus in May 2022!

Explore England group
Explore England group

Manchester as a city

Famous for football (soccer), music (bands like Oasis), the Curry Mile and for being the birthplace of vegetarianism in the UK, Manchester is often referred to as the country's second capital city.


It's a much more affordable place than the actual capital though.

It'll be a tikka masala + garlic naan for me!
It'll be a tikka masala + garlic naan for me!
Highly recommend the mango lassi - one of my fav things at an Indian restaurant!
Highly recommend the mango lassi - one of my fav things at an Indian restaurant!

According to the Trinity Mirror Data Unit, Manchester ranks ninth out of 50 cities for culture, with more music venues per 100,000 people than anywhere else in the country and second highest number of libraries and cinemas.

Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre

With three unis in the city and 10 in the surrounding areas, Manchester also has one of the largest student populations.


It's just two hours on the train from both London and Edinburgh and has the second largest airport in the UK; as such, it's easy to find direct flights from the U.S.


What's quite cool is that when you're walking down any given street, you pass by buildings with a mix of architectural design, a blend of modern and industrial with historical.

Popular student hang-out close to campus
Popular student spot close to campus

Campus & academics

The most striking building on campus is one of the first that you'll see, Whitworth Hall, which is not only where students graduate but also a popular wedding venue!


With its stunning stained glass windows and romantic lighting, it's easy to see why.