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Capital of Cool

Published: 13th September 2006

FORGET Oxford and Cambridge, Manchester is the country’s top student destination.

Manchester’s two universities attract a combined 115,000 applications each year - tens of thousands more than Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield and other major cities.

More than 50,000 apply to MMU making it individually the 4th most popular university in the UK.

The combination of cool culture, a booming job market and excellent qualifications from Foundation to PhD, have made us the place to be in 2006/7.

Cultural capital

Traditional Mancunian attractions of sport, shopping and nightlife are fast being matched by a cultural offering which includes the now famous Manchester Literature Festival 12-22 Oct (part hosted by MMU) and the Manchester International Festival of art Summer 2007.

68% of MMU graduates stay and work in Manchester and living in a city with the fastest growing regional economy in the UK also offers huge attractive opportunities for part-time work for undergrads.

MMU Business School now organises courses to allow students at least one day off per week to work.

Marketing Management undergraduate Claire Lyall, 21, who works as a waitress, said: "For many students, the ability to hold down a job makes a massive difference, so this sort of flexibility is really welcome."

See Study at MMU and Manchester Life pages for more information.

* Last month’s survey by the NatWest found that 46% of undergraduates typically rely on working 14 hours a week, and must still supplement their income by £71 a week.