Largely recognised as England’s second city in polls, Manchester is a truly cosmopolitan city with a thriving student population. Living in Manchester is a unique experience for all students as the modern and comfortable city caters for all tastes and is designed for the optimal student experience.

A truly global sporting city

Sport is an important part of Manchester’s culture, the hosts of the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final. The city is synonymous with footballing success and is home to two of the Premier League giants, Manchester United and Manchester City. Aside from football, there are large followings for rugby league, rugby union, ice hockey, cricket, cycling and netball, with UCFB’s partners Manchester Thunder coached by England’s Tracey Neville.

World-class music and culture

Manchester has produced world-famous artists such as Oasis, the Smiths, the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Joy Division and Jamiroquai and as such will be eternally associated with music culture. All of the world’s biggest singers and bands tour Manchester and there is a plethora of music venues to attend ranging from Manchester Arena, Manchester Apollo and Manchester Academy to hundreds of smaller indie venues.

In addition to the music scene, Manchester hosts a number of annual festivals and houses museums, art galleries and shopping centres, such as the Arndale and the Trafford Centre, to rival any major global city.

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