June 6, 2014

Old Trafford home to the infamous Manchester United

If you’re coming to the UK to study from abroad, then the good news is it’s home to some of the best student cities in the world. According to our recent infographic, the most popular destinations for international students include Manchester, London and Edinburgh; but with more than 100 universities to choose from, students really are spoilt for choice.

So, to help make that decision easier, we’re going to be focusing on some of the best cities for students in the UK. This isn’t necessarily about what courses are on offer – though that’s important –it’s about giving you the inside track on what it’s really like to study, live and play in the UK’s top University destinations.

We’ll start with Manchester, one of the largest cities in the North of England, famous for its football teams and vibrant music scene. Manchester truly is a world class city; busy and bustling and simply bursting with things to do for students.

Manchester University

With a wide variety of courses on offer to international students, Manchester University is a great option for further education, with its students currently hailing from more than 154 different countries. Popular courses with international students include Business Studies and Computer Systems Engineering, and with a welcoming, multicultural campus, the university will have students feeling right at home in no time.

Famous for football

For any international student, the city of Manchester may immediately come to mind as being home to the world-famous football club, Manchester United. Renowned worldwide, Manchester United has seen the likes of David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Christiano Ronaldo all play for the team. The city is also home to 2014 Premier League title winners Manchester City, making for an extremely competitive local rivalry. A trip to a game really is an experience, with the local derby the highlight of the football calendar.

Music, music and more music

Manchester is also famous for its rich musical heritage, having been home to bands such as the Stone Roses, The Smiths and more recently, Oasis. That means there’s a huge range of live music venues all across the city including the famous Band on the Wall, and the Night and Day Café; as well as a constant stream of world class bands performing at Manchester Phones 4u Arena. Since the world famous Hacienda club in the 80s, the same can be said for clubbing in the city too, with a diverse range of dance-orientated nights all year round, such as the annual Warehouse Project.

Retail therapy

If you class yourself as a bit of a shopaholic then Manchester is most certainly the city for you! Home to one of the UK’s biggest shopping, The Trafford Centre, shopping in the city will help burn a hole in your pocket. Just make sure you save enough money for textbooks! With a variety of exclusive boutiques, as well as all of the popular high street shops, there’s something to suit all styles and tastes.


Finally, Manchester has been proclaimed the rail hub of the North, with excellent connections to other major cities such as Liverpool, Leeds and London. That makes it a great city to live if you’re looking to travel around the country easily; perfect for those students looking to make their most out of their time in the UK and visit some of the other great cities the UK has to offer.

So, if all this sounds appealing, then perhaps Manchester is the city for you. Remember, you can make sure your move to or from the UK goes as smoothly as possible by using a cost-effective and trusted shipping company, like 1StopShip. It is particularly useful for anyone wishing to transport smaller shipments to popular overseas destinations such as Australia, Asia or America. The service is also good for those who don’t want a time-consuming quote, as it can all be booked online with prices starting from £99.

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