Manchester is a truly international and outward looking city which makes it a very exciting place to live. There are award-winning museums and galleries, a packed calendar of theatre and cultural events and a huge choice of food and drink outlets, not to mention the sporting scene with Manchester United and Manchester City football clubs throwing a global spotlight on to the city each weekend.

The city was named the UK’s best place to live for the second year running by the Economist’s Global Liveability Survey and you only have to walk around the city centre to see that that it is thriving.

Manchester was also rated as one of the ten friendliest cities in the world by Rough Guides readers, which confirms that you can expect a warm welcome from Manchester’s residents.

With 99,000 students, Manchester has one of the largest university populations in Europe – and for good reason.

Part of the elite Russell Group, Manchester University can count 25 Nobel Prize winners among its staff and students past and present – the third-highest after Oxford and Cambridge – and is one of the most targeted institutions by leading graduate employers. Manchester Metropolitan University and Salford University are also well respected.

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