Whether you’re looking to move from abroad to the UK, are a student looking at which university to call home for the next three years or are just looking to relocate, there are so many reasons why Manchester is the place you should buy a one way ticket too.

The city has undergone massive redevelopment over the last decade, and with the arrival of the BBC at Media City, the huge development work atneighbouring Salford and the fact that Manchester is now the digital capital of England, here’s 5 more great reasons why Manchester should be top of your city scouting list!


As mentioned above, Manchester has been massively redeveloped – especially since a bomb attack near the Arndale Centre in 1996. Nobody was seriously injured, and many locals see this event as the real turning point for the city. Old buildings were ripped up and new, ultra modern plans were put in place to develop the damaged city centre.

The result is a fantastic city centre with fantastic modern buildings, skyscrapers and public places. The city also has an array of fantastic parks for sunny days, a number of which hug the banks of the canal that runs through the city.

5 Reasons Why Manchester Is The Place To Be


Manchester is a shopaholics dream. Outside of London, Manchester is only rival only to Liverpool for being the top shopping location in the North of the country.

The redesigned and rebuilt Arndale Centre holds 210 shops which millions of visitors browse each year. The main street also hosts a number more shops, including quirky independent stores and the world famous Afflecks Palace in the side streets (Lady Gaga famously bought gig outfits from Afflecks Palace)!

And with the Trafford Centre just a few miles down the motorway, there’s very little you can’t buy in Manchester.


Manchester United and Old Trafford. Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium within Sports City. Manchester is the football capital of the UK with arguably the most famous football team in the world in United, and the richest in Manchester City.

Aside from football, the city is also home to Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester Pheonix Ice Hockey that play at the MEN Arena and so many more.

5 Reasons Why Manchester Is The Place To Be


Manchester is literally awash with a wide range of art galleries, museums and cultural places of interest. Including The National Football Museum down at Urbis, the Museum of Science and Industry is also a popular museum. And any mention of Manchester culture wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Manchester Art Gallery in the city centre.


Here’s where Manchester really comes alive – it’s nightclubs and bars. With literally hundreds of fantastic places to stumble in and out of on a night out Manchester is filled with fantastic nightclubs like Birdcage. Super trendy bars like Apotheca and the world famous Canal Street home to an array of gay bars and nightclubs.

Living in Manchester

Much like with any city, Manchester has no-go areas where crime and gangs are rife – but still it must be said on a much lower level than other major cities like London or New York!

To get the most of Manchester life, to be close to the bars, the shops and art galleries, it’s important you pick a good area to live.

Top areas are generally within the ring road around the city, with the fashionable Northern Quarter, Green Quarter, Castlefield, Spinningfields and Salford just slightly outside the city being very popular areas for young professionals and foreign students.

Some of the most popular apartment developments include No.1 Deansgate, Leftbank in Spinningfields, Abito in Salford and Alto Apartments Manchester.

But wherever you decide to call home, you can be assured of a fantastic way of life and a diverse existence in the bustling and thriving capital of the North that is Manchester.