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6 reasons to call Manchester your home away from home

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When it comes to higher education, many students have a difficult time trying to decide where they should study. Choosing where to pursue your higher education can be tough given the number of institutions scattered all around the world. While most students will decide on an institution based on things like rankings, programme choice and reputation, there’s one equally important aspect prospective students should consider: location.

Although the city your institution is set in may not factor into your overall plan of choosing a university, bear in mind that you’ll be living in that area for three to four years, pretty much making it your second home overseas. While there are plenty of universities nestled in fantastic locations, prospective students should seek a student-friendly city, with Manchester serving as the UK’s prime example.

Listed as one of the eight best student cities in the UK by Top Universities, Manchester offers a first-class education and an excellent student culture in a vibrant and busy metropolis. Described as youthful, diverse and bursting with character, the city centre has plenty to offer, from eclectic restaurants and cosy pubs to gorgeous museums and popular retail outlets. And if you branch out to the surrounding Greater Manchester region, you’ll discover lush greenery, quaint market towns and whole host of adventure just waiting to be explored.

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Interested to know more about what makes this place such an appealing and student friendly city? Here are 6 reasons to choose Manchester as your study abroad destination…

1. A world-renowned student city and education hub

Ranked 36th in the QS Best Student Cities 2016, Manchester is the highest-ranked British city after London on the list, giving students an excellent alternative to studying in the capital, where cost of living and accommodation is much more pricey than other regions. Furthermore, the city is home to several reputable colleges and universities, giving international students plenty of options when it comes to deciding where to further their education.

2. It is also home to the largest further education college in the UK

This much-loved city is also home to The Manchester College, an excellent education provider for students from age 16-19 as well as adults in Greater Manchester. The institution offers high-quality degree-level courses that not only motivate students to achieve their very best, but also moulds them into employable potential recruits. The College offers a range of courses in 20 subject areas, including Business, Professional and Trade Union Education, Computing and IT, Construction and Engineering and Science and Medical Sciences.

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In addition to that, the College also offers specialised disciplines in Animal Care, Employability Enterprise and Lifeskills, Hair, Beauty and Retail, and Travel, Tourism and Aviation. With its state-of-the-art campus structures and locations, plus its Centres of Excellence and specialist industry facilities, The Manchester College promises an education experience like no other, and the chance to boost employment opportunities long after graduation.

3. A memorable student experience

The great thing about entering tertiary education is the chance to discover new places, share new experiences and meet new people. With Manchester known for its diverse community and multicultural environment, students have the chance to make new friends from all around the world and learn about new cultures. But if you’re living on a budget and don’t have the chance to head out to the city too often, here you’re still guaranteed a great student life.

The School also provides plenty of enrichment activities where students can get involved, from sports and performing arts, to the student council organisation. Here, you’re guaranteed great fun but also the chance to develop useful life skills on the way. Plus, the College has excellent public transport between campuses, allowing students to explore community facilities, like the award-wining restaurant and fully-equipped recording studio.

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4. A city so great it has not one…BUT TWO football teams!

Chances are you’ve heard of both Manchester United and Manchester City football club. These two internationally-recognised teams play regularly, giving international students the chance to catch a game at either Old Trafford or Etihad stadium. These clubs also offer an irresistible tour where you can visit the arena, learn about the players and the club’s competitive history. Fans of the Red Devils and the Citizens around the world – this is one tour you wouldn’t want to miss!

5. Students can explore the breath-taking countryside

This isn’t just a dynamic city that will keep you busy throughout weekends – it also boasts a wonderful landscape that’s just waiting to be explored. If you’re in need of an escape from city buzz, unwind as you meander one of many walking trails. This is also a really great group activity, so grab your roommate and your pals and head to any one of these five Manchester walks, where see the city’s stunning lakes and wonderful woodland parks.

6. A city that offers the best of both worlds

From a vibrant nightlife and trendy pubs, to a rich heritage and a thriving arts scene, Manchester is a city that truly has it all. For those interested in art and history, the city has a host of great attractions, from the John Rylands Library and Manchester Cathedral, to the Manchester Art Gallery and Imperial War Museum North. And if you’re planning a night out about the town, the city has a wide range of eateries and cultural cafes that that will leave you wanting more. Manchester also has a variety of shopping malls, from designer outlets to independent boutiques for those keen to splash out the cash.

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When it comes to education, there’s an awful lot to think about. But if you choose The Manchester College, you’ll be getting more than just a great education in a diverse student hub. With so much to offer, you’ll be proud to call this awesome place your home away from home.

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