Your area guide to Manchester

By BzBarlow 23 Jun 2016

Choosing to study in Manchester means you are now part of a huge city filled with culture. 

To help you get to know your new home, here are some of the areas worth spending a day exploring...

Northern Quarter

Packed full of character and charm, NQ is the bohemian area of the city. With quirky shops galore, (including Affleck's Palace), a range of cafes/bars/pubs and restaurants, it's a great day out and an even better night out!


Full of modern office blocks and apartments, this is the place to go if you're looking for high-end and sophistication. Head to designer stores such as Armani and Mulberry or else have lunch at a range of stunning restaurants. 

Market Street/Exchange Square 

Simply a shopper's paradise! Not only do you have rows and rows of high-street shops but The Manchester Arndale is an indoor shopping centre packed full of stores and eateries. Just outside you will also find a huge Selfridges and Exchange Square, a newly developed hub of restaurants and bars. 


Only a stone's throw from the MEN Arena, it's got a mile long row of shops and restaurants. Take a look up and you can't miss the Hilton Hotel. Up on the 23rd floor is Cloud 23, a Champagne & Cocktail bar where you can overlook the city from the highest point - a truly unique experience. 
If that's not enough, you could go to Deansgate Locks for waterside bars and clubs! 

Canal Street 

Home to Manchester's Gay Village, Canal Street is a vibrant area of the city running along Rochdale's Canal. Lined with bars and restaurants, it holds loads of annual events including Manchester Pride.
Fun Fact: it was where the original 'Queer as Folk' was filmed!

You'll never be bored (or hungry) again! 


BzBarlow is part of the Browzer team and loves to bake.
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