University of Manchester

Manchester | North West England

Diverse local nightlife Varied union activities Political City

Ucas code: M20

As the biggest single-site University in the country, in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, the University of Manchester gives students an unrivalled and unique learning experience. You'll enjoy studying at a world-class institution and being at the centre of a dynamic student population. The Students' Union has more than 300 student-run societies, from Aikido to Zoology.
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    • Academic Experience

      should have more contact hours

      2013, 1st year, Mathematics Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Academic Experience

      Full-on, exhausting

      2013, 2nd year, Medicine & Dentistry Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Accommodation

      Mainy, the university halls are divided into 2 categories: catered and self-catered. For the freshers, I would definitely...

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      2013, 1st year, Computer Science Not Elsewhere Classified

      Accommodation

      Mainy, the university halls are divided into 2 categories: catered and self-catered. For the freshers, I would definitely recommend the catered ones. Not only they usually have bigger rooms, but not having to spend time cooking or, even worse, learning to cook, is a great advantage. Of course you might not like the food, and of course it is more expensive, but it's all worth it. Also, catered halls tend to promote a better social life, with a strong JCR (Junior Common Room, the committee in charge of events and hall life) who makes you feel a bit sad when leaving. Depending on your lifestyle, you might not enjoy a catered hall under certain circumstances. For example, those who prefer to always have someone to talk to would be advised to choose self-catered accommodation, because there you live in a flat with some more people, rather than on a long hall-way. The self-catered accommodation also has its advantages. As mentioned, you live with 3 or 4 other people. You can go out together, have drinks in the common area (kitchen), study together and even cook together (which can be a really nice experience, especially if some are international... and you also save money!). Another advantage for those who choose self-catered halls (like Whitworth park or the ones in the City Campus) is that they are much closer to Uni and City Center. But since the bus service gets better and better, this advantage becomes less and less important. A downside of self-catered halls is that all of them have really small rooms! EXTREMELY SMALL!!! Be careful if you choose a self-catered hall! If you come to UoM and want to be in the middle of the party, definitely choose Oak House or The Tower. If you had bad luck and you're not much of a night owl and got allocated a room in one of those, try as quick as you can to change it. Nights can be very noisy around there, as it's the case in general in Fallowfield. Personally, I thing Woolton hall is the best in Manchester. Catered, with a great JCR and tutor, full of events (from bouncy castles during weekends and formal dinners to trips to Ibitza and Amsterdam at reasonable prices) and with the perfect atmosphere: not too noisy, but not too lonely.

      2013, 1st year, Computer Science Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The upside

      It sounds lame, but the bus service in Manchester is phenomenal. It's easy to get around and having late night buses running...

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      2013, 3rd year, Genetics Not Elsewhere Classified

      The upside

      It sounds lame, but the bus service in Manchester is phenomenal. It's easy to get around and having late night buses running regularly means you save a lot of money not having to get taxis after nights out

      2013, 3rd year, Genetics Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The downside

      Making students more aware of the support that is avaliable to them

      2012, 3rd year, Adult Nursing

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    • Nightlife

      No Matter what you like and what your tastes are it doesn't matter, there is something for every one. Manchester has a...

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      2014, 2nd year, Biological Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified

      Nightlife

      No Matter what you like and what your tastes are it doesn't matter, there is something for every one. Manchester has a brilliant and diverse night life

      2014, 2nd year, Biological Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 12,500 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Political

69%

HIGH

Varied union activities

77%

HIGH

Sporty

73%

MED

Diverse local nightlife

91%

HIGH

Creative

62%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 93% MED
Average graduate salary £21k HIGH
Student score 79% MED

Overall student satisfaction

85%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

38,430

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

70%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

12%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

53%

of students are female

Young / Mature

12%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

29%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

72%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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