Why I chose Manchester
I first visited the University of Manchester on a sunny September open day in 2012 — it feels like a lifetime ago. I knew instantly that this was where I wanted to be.
Walking down Oxford Road, there were people everywhere, beautiful buildings old and new, a constant stream of buses heading into the city centre, and endless trees and flowerbeds, making this city campus a bustling and inviting place to be.
From all the staff members and student ambassadors in those famous purple hoodies, the vibe was that people were happy, relaxed, and really wanting to show you how wonderful their university is. Now I’m that person!
Heading past the breathtaking turn-of-the-century neogothic Whitworth Hall — where you’ll enjoy the grandest graduation when you leave — you’ll reach Ali G (the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons), a bright and modern learning space open 24/7.
Beyond that is the huge Students’ Union, currently undergoing a massive refurbishment that will see it double in size, meaning there will be even more societies, activities, events, nights out, and (of course) food outlets available in a year’s time.
Interested in student media? The union is home to the Manchester Media Group, who have their own weekly newspaper, radio station and TV station, all run by students. Want to keep fit and have fun? There are loads of sports societies, from rugby to futsal, mixed martial arts to dance (and even Quidditch!), so you’ll be spoilt for choice. The union has something for everyone: take a look at their website to choose from the hundreds of societies you can join.
So, aside from campus being the best place ever (even when you have lectures), you’re also in Manchester, often considered the UK’s second city, and the capital of the North. From bars and clubs, restaurants and cafes, festivals and markets, museums and galleries, there’s so much going on in Manchester every day. This is why I was attracted to it — I knew I’d never run out of fun things to do and new places to go, and four years later, I still haven’t!
I don’t regret a single thing about choosing the University of Manchester — it really is the ultimate uni experience, whatever you want to get out of it. Work hard or play hard, Manchester is the place to be.
(Image credit: Alicia Love, courtesy of The Mancunion)
Subscribe for more