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Study in Manchester

All the information you need about studying in Manchester as an international student.

Why study in Manchester?

Manchester is located in the northwest of England, and is the UK’s second-most populated city. It is known as a hub of cultural activity; the city has great nightlife, a strong music scene, and world-renowned sports teams.

In addition, the city has an international airport, excellent transport links and is near to stunning English countryside, so it’s not surprising that Manchester is one of the most popular destinations for international students in the UK.

The area has a large number of universities and branches, with excellent programs in the performing arts and digital media.

Universities in Manchester

There are a number of large universities near the city center of Manchester, as well as universities in the wider Greater Manchester area, including Salford city and boroughs such as Trafford. Areas are connected by extensive rail and tram networks, with the city center easy to get around on foot.

With so many universities, the student populations is over 100,000 meaning the city is very student-focused. Most universities have bespoke bars and social spaces for their students, as well as accommodation.

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How to study in Manchester

For an undergraduate program in Manchester, it is likely you will need to apply through UCAS. Applications often require a personal statement and references, and through UCAS you can use these for up to five university applications.

Postgraduate program applications will usually mean applying directly to a university. Universities in Manchester will set their postgraduate requirements independently.

International students in Manchester are likely to need a Tier 4 visa, which you can start applying for once you have accepted an offer to study.

What to study in Manchester

As with the rest of the UK, undergraduate degrees in Manchester will take between 3-4 years to complete, and master's 1-2 years. There is a huge range of undergraduate and graduate programs available in Manchester, covering a wide range of subjects and specialisms.

Cost to study in Manchester

Manchester is cheaper for living costs than southern UK cities such as London. However, for overseas students, tuition fees in Manchester are similar to the rest of the universities in the UK. Fees will be set depending on the university and the exact program you are applying for, but can reach as high as £30,000 a year.

Accommodation for students is plentiful, making rental prices more reasonable than other large cities.

Key facts of Manchester

  • 62/41°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 2.8 million Population
  • 22 Universities
  • UK Country