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Manchester really is a great university to go to. I've been here for 3 and a bit years now on a 4 year undergraduate degree in French and Linguistics and I have enjoyed every minute of it! There is a seemingly endless choice of accommodation and all of the halls are friendly and lively. The best student atmosphere is in Fallowfield, which is 15 minutes south of the South Campus, and I would recommend all freshers to look for your accommodation there!
Manchester is a fairly cheap place to live as well, with many places catering for student budgets. There are over 40,000 students from Manchester University alone, with several thousand more from various other universities and colleges in the city, so students are a huge part of the city life and life is pretty cheap for them.
ICT facilities are top notch with 24/7 computer clusters available. All halls have internet connections in the rooms and it is quite hard to find an area on campus without wifi. The library is enormous and contains a wealth of information, and there are several smaller libraries dotted around the city. I don't think I have ever seen such a large collection of books and manuscripts together in one place!
It is impossible to fault the night life. No matter what your taste is in music and clubs, there is a place for you, including restaurants, clubs, bars, pubs, music venues and everything in between.
Being a city, all the shops and services you could ever need are right on your doorstep. And the Trafford Centre is only a 30 minute bus ride with hundreds of shops to choose from. We also have an excellent sporting community with choices ranging from ultimate Frisbee to kayaking and all your favourite sports. The SU is a great venue for music (4 different venues in one SU!) and is also ideal for meeting mates after a day of lectures for a quick pint and a game of pool. It is also a useful base for the hundreds of societies that can be found at the University.
The courses are well taught, with many lecturers being leaders in their respective fields. If they write the books, I trust them to teach me as well! My course is huge fun, especially the year abroad which I spent travelling, teaching and basically having a great time!
Overall, I can't fault the university and I would fully recommend it to anyone looking for a university. There really is something for everyone here at Manchester!
Written by laurieclarke on 26th Oct 2008