As mentioned above, Manchester is a student city! Which also makes it student friendly. The majority of places around Manchester will offer student discounts if you have your College Card with you. Most importantly, it’s not a bad place to live whilst you're with your homestay family! If you’re looking for a vibrant exciting city without London prices, Manchester is the city for you.
With over 99,000 students studying here across the Colleges and Universities (an estimated 19,000 international students) you won’t feel like a fish out of water if this is your first time in Manchester.
Music lovers will feel right at home in Manchester. The Manchester Academy and Manchester Apollo regularly host some of the world’s most exciting bands. Whilst the Manchester Arena often invites some of the planet’s top performers to its stage, such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. Or, if you prefer classical music you can hit the Bridgewater Hall, where you will find Mozart, Chopin & Beethoven being played out by the Manchester Philharmonic and Halle orchestra.
There is always a gig happening somewhere in the city along with annual festivals such as Sounds from the other City, Dot to Dot and Parklife.
Plenty of parades are held in the city centre during the year, ranging from Chinese New Year to Manchester Day and also the biggest event for LGBTQ+ Manchester Pride. Manchester is home to numerous art galleries to keep your senses ticking over. The big ones include Manchester Art Gallery, which boasts a fine collection of Impressionist works, and Whitworth Art Gallery.
Situated on the edge of the city centre, Whitworth is at the forefront of curating the best contemporary art around, and was actually one of the UK’s first art galleries to purchase a Picasso.
Perhaps the greatest thing about Manchester is its celebration of multiculturalism, with the Curry Mile known to contain the biggest concentration of South Asian eateries outside India itself.
Whether you’re vegan, like a spicy Indian or want a taste of Mexico, there will be a place you like to eat in Manchester.
Home to two of the best football clubs in Europe- this city used to be red, but now with the emerging power of Manchester city, the football scene in has never been more competitive then it is today. Take the time to go watch a game whilst you’re here or take a tour around Old Trafford or Emirates Stadium.
The HSBC UK National Cycling Centre in Manchester is one of the World's finest sporting venues in the UK. The Velodrome is an indoor Olympic-standard cycle-racing track, and welcomes all students to explore the grounds.