University Of Manchester

University Of Manchester

Overview of University Of Manchester

The University of Manchester is a Russell Group University. With almost 40,000 students, it boasts the largest student community in the UK.

With all its higher education institutions combined, the city of Manchester has the largest student population in Europe, which makes for a lively and welcoming atmosphere for its student body, that come from all over the world.

Teaching at the university is divided into four faculties, each housing individual schools. These are the faculties of Life Sciences, Humanities, Medical and Human Sciences, and Engineering and Physical Sciences.

The university campus, situated on Oxford Road, is the largest estate in UK higher education, spanning 270 hectares with 245 buildings, 24 of which are listed. It is within walking distance from the city centre and close to Curry Mile, a road famous for its curry houses and Middle Eastern supermarkets.

Travelling up Curry Mile, you find yourself in Fallowfield, the student village that is home to many of the university’s halls of residence as well as a vast array of pubs, bars and food outlets.

The university’s library holds more than four million printed books and manuscripts, over 41,000 electronic journals and 500,000 e-books. It is also one of just five National Research Libraries. The John Ryland’s Library, located in town, is a grade-I listed neo-Gothic building that houses 250,00 printed volumes and more than a million in its archives.

Other notable buildings owned by the university are the Whitworth art gallery, which has benefited from a recent £15 million renovation, the Manchester Museum, and the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire.

Manchester claims to having the largest alumni network of any campus-based university in the UK, comprising more than 300,000 people from over 190 countries. Among them are the actor Benedict Cumberbatch and the physicist Brian Cox.

In addition, the university also counts 25 Nobel Prize winners among its current and former staff and students.

LOCATION Oxford RoadManchesterM13 9PLUnited Kingdom


Ranking of University of Manchester

The QS World University Rankings 2018-19 placed Manchester 29th in the world. The Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016 ranked Manchester 5th in the UK and 35th in the world. Manchester is ranked 56th in the world (and 8th in the UK) in the 2016 Round University Ranking.


According to the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities, we are the 34th best university in the world, the eighth best in Europe and the sixth best in the UK. We were also ranked 80th in the world, seventh in Europe and third in the UK in the 2018 Reuters Top 100 Most Innovative Universities, and we’re the 26th most international university in the world, according to Times Higher Education (2018).

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) an impressive 83% of our research activity was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, confirming Manchester as one of the UK’s top research institutions.


  • 19th in the Times University Guide 2019
  • 34th th in the Guardian University Guide 2019
  • 29th in the QS World University Rankings 2019

Accommodation at the University of Manchester

The University has over 20 halls of residence, all within easy reach of the university. These vary from traditional undergraduate halls reserved for first year students, to buildings that are postgraduate only, or kosher, among others. The halls are divided among three campuses.

  • All international students are guaranteed a place in university-owned accommodation for the duration of their studies, providing they are coming to university alone, and have submitted an application for accommodation by the deadline in the autumn they intend to start their course.
  • The university has a range of self-catered or catered, en-suite or shared facilities, with mixed or single-sex halls available. Free Internet access is provided. Around 8,000 accommodation places are available, most within three miles of the university campus. Accommodation is at three locations: City, with facilities such as the libraries and Students’ Union on the doorstep; Victoria Park, between City and Fallowfield and ideally placed for both academic and social activities; and Fallowfield, two miles south of the city centre – a popular suburb with a vibrant and diverse local community.
  • Most halls are on the main bus route to the university and city centre, with frequent services to each.
  • Undergraduate rooms are let on a 40, 41 or 42-week basis (from September through to June or July) and there is no need for students to vacate their room during the Christmas and Easter holidays. Costs vary depending on whether halls are catered or self-catered, standard or en-suite.
  • If students prefer not to live in a university hall, there is plenty of private accommodation for rent in and around the city. Manchester Student Homes is a university-owned and managed agency that can help students locate a property or a room in a shared house either before or upon arrival.

Location of University of Manchester

Manchester is well connected by all modes of transport so whether you are travelling to the city by road, rail or air, it is easy to reach. It is a compact city so once you arrive, it is also easy to get around by foot. The University is conveniently located to get to all the city centre attractions, shops and restaurants, providing you with a great base to explore all that Manchester has to offer.

The University is located on the south side of Manchester city centre and comprises two main areas:

  • The Oxford Road area – formerly The Victoria University of Manchester campus
  • The Sackville Street area – formerly the UMIST campus

The central information point for all visitors to the University is the Gift Shop (no. 37 on the campus map), located in University Place on Oxford Road.

Notable Alumni at University of Manchester

  • Teo Chee Hean – Deputy Prime Minster and Minister for Defence (Singapore)
  • Sir Norman Foster – Architect and Designer
  • Ben Elton – Writer and Comedian
  • Louis de Bernières – Author
  • Dr Mark Kermode – Film Critic
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – Actor