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I've only been a student at the University of Manchester for about 6 months, I'm halfway through my first year, but already it is obvious that this is a top quality university that nearly any student would be happy to attend.
I won't go into too much detail about the academic side, as that will vary course by course and department by department. Suffice it to say that the university employs lecturers and researchers right at the top of their game and expects high standards from the students too!
Manchester University is one of the biggest in Europe, with nearly 40,000 students. It dominates the Oxford Road area of the city centre and extends down to Fallowfield where many of the students live in its halls. The campus consists of a variety of buildings, from the grand imposing Whitworth Hall to the sleek modern University Place, just across the road. While some of the buildings are old and therefore prone to being a bit crumbly, the facilities are well maintained on the whole, clean and safe and fit for purpose.
As a mature student, I don't really get involved in the social aspects of life at this uni, but the student union is very active, with the Academy music venues hosting some of the biggest bands in the country and social events happening most nights throughout the year. There are a number of societies for a wide range of interests from various sports, to politics, to religion, to LGBTQ groups. There's a club to join here whatever your interests, which is a great way to meet other students and make social connections.
A lot of groundbreaking research is carried out at Manchester and there are lots of opportunities for students to get involved, both via the lecturers for their courses and as participants in the many research studies that are always going on at any one time.
The location close to the city of Manchester is ideal for young adults moving out of home for the first time, with its brilliant shopping, its world renowned nightlife and its great transport links for getting about the city and for visiting home at the weekends. Its also good for mature students too though, as you can commute in quite easily from most of the Northwest and parts of Yorkshire and Derbyshire too.
The library facilities at the John Rylands University Library are excellent, the main library building is enormous and well laid out and there are also several specialised libraries dotted about the campus. If an academic book or paper exists, you can find it somewhere at Manchester Uni! The IT side of things is excellent too, with students having access to a huge range of e-resources, from journal catalogues to databases to e-books. The new 'Learning Commons' will be opening in the summer of 2012 too with over 400 new computer workstations in addition to the existing ones to make accessing electronic resources easier.
One area where the university has acknowledged that improvements are required is accommodation. It is in very high demand and while some of the halls are modern and vert comfortable, some are less than luxurious! They are all safe and functional, with free wifi and easy transport links to the university and the city, nobody has to share a bedroom as happens at some UK universities, but some are getting outdated now and need a little work. Of course, all you really is a bed, a desk, and somewhere to cook your tea so don't ket that stop you, just make sure you have a look at the accommodation and know what to expect when you arrive.
To sum up, the University of Manchester is a well run, academically challenging and exciting university to attend, whichever course you choose to study. I would recommend that all students considering starting a degree in 2012 or 2013 come to visit, have a look around and seriously consider joining us!
The relatively recent combination of UMIST and the University of Manchester combining to make the largest University in Europe was benificial to the University. Creating two campuses, largely divided by subject type means there is a breadth of facilities, yet the average student does not have to spend too much time travelling across the two.
Having attended this University for three years and thoroughly enjoying the experience I would recommend this location for those wanting variety in their university experience. Ultimately chosing this university because I wanted to move out of London, without losing the big city feel and choice available, Manchester did not fail to deliver.
The nightlife is a major part of any university experience and Manchester delivers student nights, alternative nights and a huge dance scene - with both Sankeys and the Warehouse Project drawing bag names. The gig scene covers both big names at the Academy and the Apollo and up and coming bands. The University itself does not provide a huge amount of entertainment, though I suspect that this is because there is little pressure to do so due to the amount provided elsewhere.
It is easy to get lost amongst the numerous other students and consequently not get involved in university life beyond lectures but this is up to the individual - however there is a huge range of societies and sports teams available.
My initial application to the University of Manchester was based on reputation, high grade boundaries and the vibrant city background. Not particularly one for peaceful surroundings, Manchester acted as a second to London which seemed too vast, and expensive to survive in. One benefits from a great cultural diversity in Manchester as a city, and the University is no exception in this. One of the largest Universities in europe, Manchester offers a huge range of courses and high academic expectations in all. As an English Literature, the humanities department are in the main passionate and experts in their fields, frequent lectures given on a professor's own published literature, as the Universities lecturers are second to none. Support, sport and social frameworks are everywhere for students of all backgrounds and talents, and the student body as a political and media entity are very active. A wonderful University to study at if you are willing to become an independent, focused and busy student!
I am a currently a student at the University of Manchester studying Medicine in my third year. I have loved Manchester and am very pleased to have another two years of study left at the university. I had not visited Manchester until I came up in the winter of 2005 for my interview and instantly fell in love with the city and placed the University at the top of my list.
Manchester has a rich history after being founded in 1824. It is a so called 'red brick' university and the city hosts over 80,000 students. In 2006 it was named Sunday Times University of Year. The city is vibrant and has something for all tastes. There are hundreds of bars, pubs and nightclubs to suite all. The Student's Union is located on Oxford Road incorporating the University music venue, the Academ. The various art museums, theatres and music colleages mean there is something to see every night of the week. And of course, Manchester, renowned for its music scene, has plenty of choice. From the university owned Academy venues which numerous world renowned bands have played, Oasis included, in the list to the MEN Arena in the centre of Manchester. A mention must go the football in the area too with Manchester being the home of two of the countries biggest teams, Manchester City and United. As a football fan, it is fantastic to have the opportunity to travel 15 minutes to go and watch two Premier League teams play in one of the best leagues in the world.
Manchester has some of the best facilities in the country. A lot of the sport is played at the Armitage centre, including tennis, badminton, football (astroturf and tarmac), hockey, ultimate frisbee and table tennis. The Armitage Centre is located in the centre of the student town, Fallowfield. Closer to the centre of town is the fantastic Aquatics centre for swimming and diving and the Sugden Centre which is a gym and various sports hall. Sport teams within the University play on Wednesday afternoons all across Manchester. One is able to play any sport or exercise activity that they could possibly wish.
The academic facilities of the University are exceptional. The main library, the John Rylands library is the third biggest single site university library and contains over a million books. The Stopford Building houses the faculties of Medicine and Life sciences and is the home of some leading research into many areas of scientific development including genetics. There are over 500 courses on offer at the University and all of the faculties are geared to offer the best possible education.
With regards to Accommodation, there is a huge choice of halls of residence, over 40 to be precise. Some are located within the city centre, some about 15 minutes from the centre and the others tend to be located within Fallowfield. When choosing, one must consider location, cost, en suite, halls bar and catered/self catered. Generally, the cost ranges from £2,500 a year to £4,500 for en suite catered halls. I would personally recommend Whitworth Park or Hulme Hall.
Overall, the University of Manchester is a fantastic establishment. Without a shadow of a doubt, certainly one of the best universities in the country. Whether its for the vibrant city or the opportunity to be taught by the world leaders in the academic field, Manchester is your city, Manchester is your University.
One last word of note, if anyone reading this is interested in attending the University of Manchester to study Medicine or Life Sciences, please feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email.
I started at the University of Manchester in Spetember 2006. I am in my final year of my English Language degree. During my time here i have learnt alot and experienced so many different things. The University has a great deal to offerevery single student.
The Language and Linguistics courses that i have done during my degree have been excellent and very well organised. It is without doubt that the quality of the lecturing is extremely high indeed. There are plenty of contact hours and the lecturers are extremly knowledgeable and always have time to deal with any problems that you may have with the course.
The University Library is probably one of the most extensive in the country. It boosts an extensive collection of just about every type of book available. The main libraries also offer a great deal of computer clusters. The computers are always available and you can easily select the University library catalogue.
The University of Manchester offers so many sporting events that are easy to get involved with. They boast so many teams, from the more traditional sports like rugby and football to some stranger sports like frisbee.
All in all I love Manchester University and i have made some really great freinds over the past few years. The night life is excellent and the University always tries to get everyone involved in whatever way they can. A brilliant place to spend three years certainly.
I think one of the best advantages of being at the Manchester University is that it has now been joined with Umist (University of Manchester institute of Science and Technology) which not only makes it the biggest University in Europe, it also means that there is a wider variety of subjects in which the University has to offer.
Manchester is a great place to live and it is a city which is constantly improving and becoming a better place. The university is very close to the city centre which makes transport very easy
Oxford road has a lot of great pubs and clubs at great student prices. But the main student area is Fallow field; most places require a student card for entrance and have a great atmosphere. If you are willing to spend more money than the city centre pubs and clubs prove to be a fantastic night
Offers a huge range of subjects and is constantly developing and becoming a better place to study, with many new buildings and IT facilities
For food shopping there are many Tesco express shops, and a huge Sainsbury in fallow field, and an asda close to the umist campus:
For everything else there is the Arndale centre in the city centre and the Trafford centre a bus away
There are three main areas in which Manchester students live
Fallow field --> the loudest area to live, many student's halls and houses, close to student bars and pubs
Victoria Park --> Probably the quietest area to live, close to fallow field and the city centre. Many catered halls here. A 10min walk away from the university
Umist campus --> close to the umist campus, most being less than a 5minute walk. Great for people who like to roll out of bed and straight into lectures
Being such a huge university there is a society for everything
And if you do manage to find something that isn't included, you can start it up
Im in my third year at The University of Manchester and am thoroughly enjoying my time here. Im in my final year of studying for a Joint Honours in English and French and have just finished my Semester 1 exams. Before coming to University in Manchester Id had very little contact with the city apart from visiting it back in 2001 for a friends birthday weekend so it was a relatively new experience. Manchester University is situated on and around Oxford Road which is one of the main roads leading straight into the city centre, its approximately 10 minutes on the bus to the centre of Manchester so the location is really good.
History of the University
The University of Manchester is a recent creation that only occurred back in October 2004 with the joining together of The Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST which were two of Britains most distinguished universities. The original Victoria University of Manchester was founded back in 1851 as Owens College while UMIST was formed back in 1824.
The University itself has seen great success in the past 150 years having provided the place of study for many Nobel Prize Winners including Ernest Rutherford and his research which led to the splitting of the atom. The University has also been home to several famous faces today including newsreader Anna Ford, the Chief Executive of Tesco Sir Terry Leahy and also comedian Ben Elton.
In the present day the University is located on one major campus although the UMIST buildings are about a mile away from the old Victoria buildings. As previously said the Union is situated on Oxford Road, one of the main roads in Manchester and the other University buildings are all located within about a ten minute walk of this union. The UMIST campus still retains its own union and independence in a sense therefore the majority of my review will focus on the old Victoria University as this is where I study.
Courses on Offer
The University offers a wide range of courses that can be found at the majority of other Universitys in the UK also. It offers your typical career paths including dentistry, law and medicine as well as more academic subjects of study such as English, Maths and History. Unlike some less renowned universities there isnt a wide scope of unusual courses to be found at Manchester although they do offer degrees in subjects such as astronomy, genetics and zoology.
In total the University offers just over 500 degree courses which will equip you with a great start to finding a graduate career. Theres also the option with the majority of courses to take a Combined Studies option which means you can combine two subjects and come out with a joint honours degree. Manchester University also offers a great range of courses that give you the opportunity to take a year in industry or a year in a foreign country with the majority of degree subjects.
Entry to different courses obviously varies depending on the course but typically A Level results that are required vary between 3 As and 3 Bs but rarely fall below a B grade.
The union is very much central to university life and Manchester Universitys Union is no different in that it houses the University bar and also an underground club. In addition to this theres a shop selling essentials, a branch of Endsleigh insurance, an office for helping you find part time employment, a ticket office for gigs, a café on the second floor and even an eye test shop. The union is always busy with students wandering in and out for drinks and food and is a key place to know about at Manchester. On either side of the Union are the Academies 1, 2 and 3 which often house weekly club nights and also concerts by artists such as Katie Melua, Beverley Knight and some less well known ones too. Also within the university you can gain access to a list of all the clubs and societies run by the university, of course theyre all your usual clubs such as the football teams and hockey teams but many, many more too. Some of the more unusual ones include the Croquet Club and the Wine Appreciation Society, its a great way to get to know people!
Halls of Residence
In your first year at university the majority of students will move into halls as theyre an ideal way of making friends and a secure place to live as well. Theres three main areas in Manchester which offer student halls, the first one being in the city centre which houses about 10 halls, theres also Victoria Park which is about a 10 minute walk from the university and lastly Fallowfield which is a 15 minute bus ride from the university and known as the student village in Manchester.
There are roughly 40 halls of residence in total and something to suit everyone. Almost half of the halls are catered which means that breakfast and dinner are included in your board which the other half are self-catered meaning you cook for yourself. The former type of halls typically house students in long corridors while if youre in a self-catered hall youll find youre in a flat of between 6 and 10 people sharing a kitchen. Some halls are en suite which are obviously more expensive while the others share bathroom facilities, typically in flats of around 8 people single sex.
Costs of living in halls vary immensely depending on the amount of luxury you desire, a basic self-catered hall where you share all facilities starts from around £2,300 for the year while an en suite, catered hall will cost about £4,300. The majority of halls will provide residence for students from September to June meaning you can leave your belongings there during the Christmas and Easter holidays.
After first year most students tend to move into student houses which are mainly located in the Fallowfield area of Manchester. Again theres a great variety and prices start from about £50 a week and go up to about £80 depending on how nice a house you require.
Manchester University boasts a great nightlife which extends much further than the nightly club nights which are run at the union. In excess to this theres really something for everyones musical tastes, theres some great indie clubs such as 5th Ave and 42nd Street, some brilliant r n b clubs such as Tiger Tiger and MTwo and of course the famous Canal Street just for homosexuals which has over 20 bars and clubs on it.
For nightlife theres basically two choices of location, either the city centre which boasts areas such as Deansgate Locks with classy bars and clubs such as Revolution, Arch 9 and Loaf or Fallowfield (the student village) which has a much more relaxed setting and some bars just for students. Student nights are run at most clubs during the week and youll never be stuck for somewhere to go, the great thing about student nights is that drink and entrance prices are heavily reduced to even the most classy club.
One of the biggest factors that you need to take into consideration when looking for a University is its position in the league tables. These are published by a variety of organisations including some lesser well known websites and large newspapers such as The Guardian and The Times. They use a range of factors when deciding league table positions including student to lecturer ratio, entry qualifications, overall degree level obtained, etc.
In The Guardians latest findings Manchester came in at 14th overall and beat other well known universities such as Birmingham Bristol, Durham and Nottingham. In The Times latest findings Manchester came in at 18th (falling from 13th back in 2003) and was beaten by universities such as Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford and York. Overall Manchester is a typical red brick university that is certainly in the top 20 universities in the UK at present.
Ive thoroughly enjoyed my time at Manchester University, I lived in catered halls during my first year here which meant I got to meet practically everyone in my halls during the social dinners each night. I personally would recommend living in catered halls as some of my friends felt much more alone and excluded living in self catered halls as there was reduced interaction with other students.
I've not had any real problems during my time here except for in my first year when I got terribly lost in the John Rylands Library. This is the main university library and situated on the campus, it stretches over 4 floors and has literally millions of books. You should be given a map when you arrive as to how to get out of the library!
I really couldnt criticise anything about my time here, my course has been brilliant and Ive made some superb friends. If anyone is thinking of going to university in the near future then Id definitely recommend looking at Manchester!
~* The University of Manchester *~
Having recently graduated from the University of Manchester, I can probably provide people with a little more up to date information for those who are interested in going to the University or just simply being nosy about this institution. As many of you probably know, The New University of Manchester comprise of the University of Manchester along with UMIST. Although the two institutions have always maintained a close link with each, especially in terms of accomodations for students, (people from the two university can go into the same halls), it has only officially became one University last September. Although, there was no changes for me, apart from changing my library card last year, I could still see there were changes in other departments.
~* The plus point of the University of Manchester *~
I think, perhaps the most important point would be that the University itself it widely respected and it does tend to have a good reputation across all the departments. The Time magazine have ranked the University 17 across the whole country. Although some of you might still think that the ranking wasn't that high but bearing in mind, the new merged University has been established with an unprecedented £300m investment programme. The new institution is expected to be the largest single-site university in the UK, offering students a greater choice of degree programmes and options, and even better facilities and student support services. There has also been a landmark document recently published which sets out plans for making The University of Manchester one of the top 25 universities in the world by 2015. It is fair to say that its reputation can only get better.
Secondly, on a more personal note, I found the University's facilities to be a great help towards my study and sometimes leisure. I really don't think I could fault the John Ryland Library at the University. It is open every day, although their opening hours can vary but on monday to friday, it usually closes at around 8pm-9pm. What I really liked about the library was the fact that during exam periods, they would extend opening hours till 11.30pm in order for their student to make use of the facility. And during exam periods, they were even opened during bank holiday monday. In comparison, across the road, the Manchester Metropolitan University, they usually closes at 6-7pm and on sunday, there is no circulation services, meaning you can't borrow any books and they close on bank holiday monday and during exam periods, they did not extend their opening hours whatsoever. Although some people may slaughter the fact that John Ryland Library is quite old but how new do you expect the library to be when we are a tradtional 'red brick' university? Our regisration card that we get during our first week in our first year also acts as a library card.
Thirdly, the University itself comprise a wide range of people. There are many different societies and I truly believe that there are something for everyone. The people at the University are relatively open minded. And just for the record, people usually think that people from our Universty are very arrogant and from public school but I came from a very normal background, I came from a state school and wasn't well off and I honestly fitted in fine. I don't think the issue of how well off and which school you came from really came up into conversations.
Forthly, during my three years at University, I did manage to meet some very good lecturers who weren't just invlved in their own research and genuinely takes an interest in what you do. I personally didn't have any problems with the lecturers. When I did finally finished the course, they were genuinely interested what I was going to do with my degree and gave me valuable advice on what I should do. For the record, they were more concerned with me on a personal level than how well I am going to perform in my exams. On a few occasions, I went to see different lecturers regarding the coming final year exams, they were more interested in talking about what options were opening up for me. They were advising me against doing a Master at their University but instead told me to take a gap year and travel as they think it would be a waste of my money if I genuinely didn't know what to do with myself and jump on to any Master courses that was avaliable for me.
~* Some bad points *~
1)The fact that the University is so big and can be really daunting at first. I was a bit scared when I first started University and my advice for people is justto stick out the first few weeks coz it will get better.
2) The adminstrative staffs can be a bit rude to you at times, especially at the accomodation office or the ones that works on your hall receptions but don't let them ruin your stay at the University. The accomodation office people tend to be very un-sympathetic towards your problems and they do tend to speak to you as if you were a naughty student.
3) John Ryland Library's fines. I don't even know how much I have pay them during my three years there for overdue books! I surely must own a few hardback books in there by now.
~* Conclusion *~
Over all, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University. The city was amazing. This University is ideal for those who likes the busy London life but cannot afford London's price. I learn a lot during University, both academically and personaly. I have met so many different people and I have made quite a few friends that I know I am going to know them for the rest of my life. As for the crime, its just like any other major city, there are good places and bad places and there are good people and bad people everywhere no mater where you live in the UK. SO therefore Manchester... I totally recommend it.
Manchester is a great place to live. It is very lively, diverse and there's always something new opening up. The city centre looks amazing, very modern and some great shops and bars etc. But it's also very grey at times and depressing. If you're looking for accomodation - YES: Fallowfield, Withington, Didsbury (lots to do, nice leafy areas, Fallowfield a bit too full of public-school nobheads but hey-ho). I lived in Withington for a year, it's a nice place, about 25 mins on the bus from uni, some good bars too, not quite as studenty as Fallowfield. (Being around students all the time can do your head in after a while) NO: Rusholme (grotty and dangerous) Victoria Park (boring i lived there for two years, nothing going on there) The Uni itself is a bit of a mixed bag. If you're looking for a modern, forward-thinking progressive university that doesn't want to squeeze every penny out of you, don't choose Manchester University. The whole place has an attitude problem. Like a lot of red-brick uni's it is very arrogant, very complacent, very old-fashioned and very monolitihic. A lot of the lecturers are clearly more interested in getting money for research projects than actually helping their students. Just because it may be like that at all uni's (though I think it's just the red-brick one's really - certainly not at Staffordshire Uni where my sister was they seemed very helpful) is no excuse - in fact as a supposedly world class uni it is even less of an excuse for the lecturers to be like that. The IT facilities are not up-to-scratch (there are nowhere near enough computers - sometimes I had to queue for an hour for one), the Refectory food is expensive vomit and it's full of southern middle-class public school wankers who walk around shouting into £200 mobile phones, then wonder why they get mugged. If I hadn't have liked my flatmates and the city so much when I first got there I would've left and gone
somewhere else. What's worse is that the uni often uses its high-prestige to justify a lot of the problems that exist and I didn't think that was good enough, because the way they are going they aren't going to have that prestige for much longer. The two good things about the uni are its excellent reputation with employers (God knows why) and the John Rylands University Library which has so much material it's incredible. I've just graduated from Manchester Uni. Great city, crap uni I'm afraid. It needs to watch out - it's living on its past at the moment and a lot of the newer uni's are coming up fast behind it in what is an increasingly competetive sector.
Manchester is a fantastic place to go and study. The courses and facilities that the University has to offer are second to none, so it is hardly surprising that competition for places is high. The university has one of the biggest libraries in the land and a mass of courses from which to choose. The city offers more shops, pubs, clubs and whatever else you can think of, than you can possibly imagine. Manchester is such a cosmopolitan place that there really is something here for everyone. The university also has reportedly the highest number of societies in the UK - and if you can't find one that you like, well why not form one?! If you like the big city life but can't foot the cost of London then Manchester may be for you. From city centre to parklands on the outskirts in the space of a few short miles, there is plenty to keep you busy. Accomodation is plentiful in the way of halls, flats, and student houses. Much of Oxford Road from the university to the outskirts of the city is utilised as student accommodation, with costs generally being a little more the further out you live. I lived in Fallowfield during my time at Manchester, a student village just a couple of miles away from the university buildings. Obviously I am biased, but in my opinion (and isn't this what this site is all about!) Fallowfield is the optimal student location - just far enough away from the campus so that you do feel as though you have come home, and within easy reach of good amenities, situated right on the main bus routes. Pubs, bars, shops, a sports centre, and the obligatory fast food outlets form the core area and cater for every student need imaginable. One more word of advice on choosing where to live :don't leave it until the last minute or all the best places will be fully booked! Transport also rates highly on the city's list of plus points, in particular public transport geared towards students is plentiful. Bus
routes into the university and city are numerous and travel up and down Oxford Road every minute of the day. With the metro tram system and three main railway stations, not to mention an excellent road network for those students lucky enough to have a car, one really can explore the whole metropolis quite easily. There really are no disadvantages to studying in Manchester, the lifestyle is a genuine student paradise. If you are considering Manchester as a place you'd like to be next Autumn, go take a look, you won't be disappointed.
Manchester University is easy to get to, Oxford Road Train Station is ten minutes walk away, there is always a bus or a taxi and failing that walking isnt too bad because the campus itself is compact. Most halls of residence are at least ten minutes walk away from the campus, but is of good quality and variety. It is possible to have an en-suite, and there are various activities put on by the halls including christmas dinners and easter balls. My friends in halls all enjoy an active social life and enjoy their courses. However, most are doing science based courses where students are split into small problem-based learning groups, making it easy to make friends because they always work within the same group. I am doing an arts course which has 360 students. There is not one person who is in more than one of the same tutorials with me. In some of the main modules another course attends the lectures leading to 600 students. It is hard to make friends on this course and i can honestly say that the only friends at the uni that i have are from halls. I seem to be rambling but the point i am making is that, at least for the first year, some of the arts courses can seem very impersonal because of the size of the university. This can make university life seem very lonely and intimidating. There are plenty of societies to join and the union offers good value food and drink. The three music venues are brilliant and the gigs i have been to here count among my favourite. The venues are the Academy, the Hop and Grape and the University Union. The size of the venues ranges from medium/big to small. My only complaint about the venues is the price of drinks. Also at the university are two club nights, Club Tropicana at the Academy and Horny in the Cellar (part of the Union building). I prefer the cheesiness of Club Tropicana but these nights cater for a wide range of music styles. The refectory at the centre of the universit
y campus offers good value meal deals although food can be a little pricey here otherwise. The Stopgap sells the best value sandwiches on campus, as well as papers and basic food provisions. This is handy when you cant find what you want at the Union. The precinct nearby contains a comprehensive bookshop, Spar, several banks, a travel agents, Student Homes and a post office so everything is under one roof and it is possible to get neccessities without venturing into the city centre. Alsdo on campus are several bars and cafes. They range from very good but very expensive (kro-bar) to cheap and cheerful (faculty cafes). There are two vegetarian cafes on campus, next to the library and in the cellar of the union building. There is a mixture of styles of architecture within the university campus and this is carried on with the halls of residence which range from victorian styles to modern buildings. In fine weather the architecture is stunning but when it is wet grey is the overwhelming colour. The main library is large and extensive, but i found that i use the faculty library more often because it is easier to find what i am looking for. There are lots of computers available and i found that the technical help available at Manchester Computing (on campus) was excellent. There are plenty of societies to join, catering for all tastes. For example music societies range from HARM, a rock, punk, nu-metal society, to MUGGS, the Gilbert and Sullivan appreciation group. If you dont find a society to your taste it is possible to create your own, which has led to the creation of the Megalomaniacs society here. As well as these societies, the bar at the union is always packed, enticing students with cheap beer. On Tuesdays, the Student Market is held in the Academy. This offers secondhand books, cheap clothes, posters etc. Although it is nice to look around, i have found that there is not much variety between the stalls. <
br> In conclusion Manchester University can seem overwhelming and intimidating, but once you get into the swing of things it is a great place to study, and a great place to relax and enjoy yourself.
Manchester is great. Nightlife-wise it's got everything you could want; bars, clubs, restuarants, gigs etc. The shopping is fantastic. Aacademically the University is very good; the medical school is one of the best and many other departments are excellent. Most courses are offered and students tend to have a great time. Crime is high, but as high as at any other big city university. It's a cheap place to be in terms of rent and going out is very cheap as well. It's also accessible by road, rail, and air.
Manchester Sucks. It may be big, it may be bold, but its downright ugly at the same time. grey slabs of concrete is the main memory I carry from my visit to this Uni. Ok, so the city itself is pretty exciting with more activites and distractions than a student could ever hope for, but that comes at a price. The crime rate is awful, its hardly safe to walk anywhere after sunset, and this is made worse by the location of the student accomodation in one of the poorest areas. It is not helped by the pretty dire town-uni relationship either. students at this Uni are often led into a misconception that just because there are so many of them, they must be at the right place. Safety in numbers and all that. they could not be more wrong.
I am coming to the end of my first year at The University of Manchester (just those dreaded end of year exams to go) and now agree with the saying "University is the best time of your life". This uni is well established with an excellent reputation and is located near the city centre, for lots of shopping, drinking and clubbing. To say I was nervous about going to uni would be an understatement - I was terrified! This soon went, however, as I was made to feel welcome by my department, and students in my position. There are lots of excellent study services, the primary one being the University library. It offers brilliant services (more books than I ever thought I could see, study rooms, desks, computers) and lots of support from the staff. The student union is a great place to go inbetween lectures when you just don't feel like working. It is cheap and has many dirnks and food offers. In fact, as there are 40,000 students alone in this uni and two uni's close by (Manchester Met and Umist), the city of Mamnchester is full of great student discounts. All of the Halls of Residances that I have been in have been are ideal - good location from the uni, good size rooms, good study environments great food services (where not self-catered) and great sport facilities. If halls are not for you, then there are lots of flats/shared houses to choose from close by to the uni. An excellent Uni in my opinion, and I am more than happy of the choice that I made: a personal 10/10
I can thoroughly recommend Manchester as a great place to be, both for the University and the city itself. One great advantage Manchester has for students is that there are around 40,000 students studying at the three main Universities in the city. This ensures that there is a wide range of services, shops and pubs to cater for students needs. For the obvious such as student bars and clubs offering cheap entrance and drinks, there are other, more subtle advantages. I was a student at Manchester University but if you are a member of the Students Unio you can go to any of the other unions in the area. Manchester Met union is 5 mins walk away and they have some great bars in there!!! There are a wide range of bookshops to cater for everyones needs and the library is one of the biggest in the country. The city itself is greatm the centre is compact (well, compared to London anyway) and has everything you could need, including a great second hand record store in Vinyl Exchange, a lot of my loan was spent in there!!! Come to Manchester, see the world!