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What's life like for a student in Britain's second city?


Students who choose Northern Ballet School are also choosing to enjoy life in one of Europe's most vibrant, cosmopolitan and student-friendly cities.

Some 90,000 full and part time students help to give Manchester its unique atmosphere, with the city's two main universities less than a mile from The Dancehouse along the 'student corridor' of Oxford Road.

A city built on culture and entertainment

Manchester is very much an entertainment city. Music venues range from the Manchester Arena seating up to 23,000 people and the showpiece Bridgewater Hall, home of the Hallé Orchestra, to smaller, more intimate venues like the university's 3-stage Academy, the Band on the Wall and the Comedy Store.

There are major theatres close to NBS – The Palace, The Opera House and the Lowry – all regular venues for national and international opera and ballet as well as major musical theatre productions. The Royal Exchange Theatre stages a world-class programme of new and classic plays and other events.

The rich heritage of Manchester is also reflected in its range of world-class museums and art galleries, most of them free to enter.

The Royal Exchange Theatre (left) & Manchester's Chinatown (below).

Eating out in every kind of style

Just about every sort of world cuisine is represented in Manchester, including low-cost, eat-all-you-like oriental buffets in Chinatown and Rusholme's legendary 'curry mile' – both particularly popular with students. Or, when they feel like cooking in their own accommodation, the area around The Dancehouse has a huge choice of food shops open long hours, including major supermarket urban-style stores.

Sport, sport and more sport

You can't mention Manchester without mentioning football. Whether you're a City blue or a United red (or just a neutral visitor!) the city offers the spectacle of two of the world's best stadiums.

But Manchester sport doesn't end there. For example, a short walk from The Dancehouse is the National Aquatic Centre with its fabulous Olympic-sized pool, built for 2002 Commonwealth Games. NBS students can use the centre for exercise and therapy.

The Manchester Velodrome is another of the city's world-class facilities and a catalyst for Great Britain's international cycling success.


As you might expect in Britain's second city, shopping in Manchester is outstanding. Within easy walking distance of The Dancehouse are all the best known high street retail names, flagship stores like Harvey Nichols and Selfridges and an endless list of small, independent retailers.

Exploring beyond Manchester

The historic tourist cities of Chester and York are within day-trip range, as are no fewer than four of Britain's National Parks – the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District and Snowdonia, in North Wales.

The Peak District
Derbyshire's National Park is within day-trip range.