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The city

Manchester is one of the largest and richest cities in the North West of England.

It is home to more international students than any other area, except for London. You are sure to feel comfortable in our thriving, cosmopolitan city which offers endless opportunities in regards to entertainment and leisure. You can go shopping in one of our large, modern shopping malls (The Arndale Centre & Trafford Centre). You can attend a football match, with the opportunity to watch two of the world’s greatest football teams, current Premier League champions Manchester City or world renown Manchester United. Or perhaps you would like to indulge in a bit of culture and visit one of our art galleries (The Lowry, Manchester Art Gallery), a museum (Manchester Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, The Urbis) or listen to music at one of our prestigious venues (MEN Arena)?

With our extensive public transport system, exciting … and affordable housing & living standards, you will discover just how perfect Manchester is for your time as a student.

Football lovers will enjoy Manchester as it is home to the current EPL champions, Manchester City and home to richest and most successful club in modern English football history- Manchester United. Bolton is not far away. Liverpool and Everton are also in the North West region- so plenty of football action for football fans. We want Kinnaird students to enjoy studying and living in the Manchester.

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Museums and Galleries

Manchester has a wide selection of public museums and art galleries.

Manchester’s museums celebrate Manchester’s Roman history, rich industrial heritage and its role in the industrial revolution, the textile industry, the Trade Union movement, women’s suffrage and football. In the Castlefield district, a reconstructed part of the Roman fort of Mamucium is open to the public in Castlefield. The Museum of Science and Industry, housed in the former Liverpool Road railway station, has a large collection of steam locomotives, industrial machinery and aircraft. The Museum of Transport displays a collection of historic buses and trams. Salford Quays, a short distance from the City Centre in the adjoining borough of Trafford, is home to the Imperial War Museum North. The Manchester Museum opened to the public in the 1880s, has notable Egyptology and natural history collections.

The Municipally-owned Manchester Art Gallery on Mosley Street houses a permanent collection of European painting, and has one of Britain’s most significant collections of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.

In the south of the city, The Whitworth Art Gallery displays modern art, sculpture and textiles. Other exhibition spaces and museums in Manchester include the Corner house, the Urbis Centre, the Manchester Costume Gallery at Platt Fields Park, the People’s History Museum, and the Manchester United Museum in Old Trafford football stadium and the Manchester Jewish Museum.

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Manchester’s main pop music venue is the Manchester Evening News Arena, situated next to Victoria station. It seats over 21,000, is the largest arena of its type in Europe, and has been voted International Venue of the Year. In terms of concert goers, it is the busiest indoor arena in the world ahead of Madison Square Garden in New York and the O2 Arena in London, the second and third busiest respectively. Other major venues include the Manchester Apollo and the Manchester Academy. Smaller venues are the Roadhouse, the Night and Day Cafe and the Ruby Lounge.

Manchester has two symphony orchestras, the Hallé Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. There is also a chamber orchestra, the Manchester Camerata. In the 1950s, the city was home to the so-called ‘Manchester School’ of classical composers, which comprised Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies, David Ellis and Alexander Goehr. Manchester is a centre for musical education, with the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music. The main classical venue was the Free Trade Hall on Peter Street, until the opening in 1996 of the 2,500 seat Bridgewater Hall.

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The night-time economy of Manchester has expanded significantly since about 1993, with investment from breweries in bars, public houses and clubs, along with active support from the local authorities. The more than 500 licensed premises in the City Centre have a capacity to deal with over 250,000 visitors, with 110–130,000 people visiting on a typical weekend night. The night-time economy has a value of about £100 million pa and supports 12,000 jobs.

What do you really know about the UK? Maybe a lot, maybe not much! Much of what we understand of another culture is from the media, television, radio and the internet. You may have travelled to the UK before for a holiday but living here is a totally new and exciting experience.

Your main priority whilst living in the UK will be your studies! For more information on preparing see Language and study skills.

But what is it like living in the North West and what is important to the British? An impossible question! We are a multi-cultural and multi-faith society. The North West has a slower pace of life, people talk more to each other and it rains a lot!

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Performing Arts

Manchester’s performing arts scene has come in leaps and bounds in recent years and many people now rate it as second only to London in the UK.

Two of the major theatres, the Palace and Opera House, concentrate on the ‘blockbuster’ shows, mainly emanating from London, but there are a whole host of smaller theatres putting on some excellent productions. The Royal Exchange is a wonderful ‘theatre in the round’ and has built up a huge reputation in critical circles. At one time it was somewhat highbrow in output but dwindling audiences forced a reappraisal and it now consistently schedules highly accessible but innovative material.

Smaller theatres such as the Library and the Contact complete an excellent portfolio of quality City Centre venues. A short tram-ride or drive away at Salford Quays is the stunning Lowry complex, which holds three separate theatres of varying sizes. Most productions are short-run and there is, therefore, an ever-changing, something for everybody, appeal about the Lowry. A spectacular, waterside, modern building, which is not just a theatre but a destination in its right. It includes an excellent art gallery displaying, amongst other exhibits. a superb collection of work by the great Salford artist LS Lowry.

Within the Greater Manchester area there are many other theatres, catering for all tastes. List and schedules of Manchester theatres. If you are interested in musical performance, there are many venues covering the entire range from classical through to popular music. The excellent and spectacular Bridgewater Hall houses the world famous Halle Orchestra, but is also the venue for quality music to suit all tastes, including classical, opera, World Music, Blues, Jazz and Folk. The Lowry, Palace and Opera House theatres also stage concerts and ballet alongside their theatrical offerings. The Royal Northern College of Music concentrates mainly on classical, jazz and world music.

Two large venues, the MEN Arena and GMex, are the main outlets for the ‘stadium tours’ of the top-selling popular artists, but even these can prove too small for some acts who, in summer, may utilise the 76,000 football stadium at Old Trafford, the 25,000 Lancashire Cricket Ground, also at Old Trafford, or the City of Manchester sports stadium at Eastlands. Many smaller venues, including the 2500 seat Manchester Apollo at Ardwick, provide a kaleidoscope of musical output.

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Two Premiership football clubs, Manchester City and Manchester United, bear the city’s name. Manchester City’s home ground, the City of Manchester Stadium, is just outside Manchester City Centre in east Manchester and Manchester United’s, Old Trafford, the largest club football ground in the United Kingdom, on the west side two miles from the City Centre.

The city hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and athletics events took place at the City of Manchester Stadium, which is now home to Manchester City and sometimes referred to as Eastlands. Next to Eastlands lies the Manchester Regional Arena, which has been used for British athletics trials and the annual Paralympic World Cup which has been held in Manchester since 2005.

The city also hosts the annual Great Manchester Run which has been hosted since 2003 and has become one of the most popular 10 km runs in the UK. In addition, the city also hosts the annual Great City Games, featuring a 110m sprint track on Deansgate in Manchester City Centre.

Two teams play rugby league in the city, Manchester Rangers, an amateur club playing at Manchester Regional Arena, and Mancunians RL in the South of the city who ground share with Broughton Park Rugby Union F.C. at Hough End, Chorlton. Burnage Rugby Club play in National 3 and are based near Parrs Wood Entertainment Complex.

Manchester has an Olympic-standard swimming pool in the Manchester Aquatics Centre, built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, which is now part of the University of Manchester. The university runs the University of Manchester Swimming Club at the aquatics centre which was formed in 1885. Old Trafford cricket ground, in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, was originally the home of Manchester Cricket Club, but became the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club in 1864 upon the club’s formation. Built in 1856, the ground is on Talbot Road, Stretford. The National Cycling Centre includes a velodrome, BMX Arena and Mountainbike trials and is the home of British Cycling, UCI ProTeam Team Sky and Sky Track Cycling.

We want Kinnaird students to enjoy studying and living in the Manchester.