So you've made it to Manchester, but how much do you know about your new home?
Here are ten facts about Manchester you can reel off at pre-drinks or on your way to a lecture...
- Marks & Spencers opened their first ever store on Stretford Road (home to 4 of our halls) in 1894. Shame it's not still there (would make an expensive top-up shop though right!?)
- The Curry Mile in Rusholme is home to over 70 restaurants. This is one of the highest density areas for neighbouring restaurants in the country.
- On that note... Word has it that the curry mile is actually only half-a-mile long. Doesn't have the same ring to it though, does it?
- Although it sometimes doesn't feel like it, the county’s average annual rainfall is 806.6 millimetres compared to the UK average of 1,125 millimetres.
- In 1904 Frederick Royce and Charles Rolls met for a chat (and presumably quite a few drinks) in the Midland Hotel following Royce’s first car production in his Manchester factory. They set up the company for luxury vehicles bearing their names soon afterwards.
- Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the Suffragette movement, was born and raised in Moss Side.
- Home to the UK’s longest indoor skiing and indoor snowboarding slope, Chill Factore in Trafford boasts an 180m long, real snow slope.
- Since 1938, the Kellogg’s factory in Manchester has been making the cereals the nation loves, like Crunchy Nut, Coco Pops, Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes. Any of your favourites there?
- Manchester Airport is the UK’s third biggest airport handling over 22 million passengers a year. More than 60 airlines offer direct flights from Manchester to over 200 destinations worldwide!
- Manchester has offered the world many big names, from Music legends Oasis to radio host Nick Grimshaw and actress Michelle Keegan. (And maybe one day your name will be down as a famous honorary Mancunian.)