Manchester Metropolitan University


  • Manchester Metropolitan University developed initially as a centre of Technology, Art and Design from Manchester Mechanics’ Institution in 1824 and from the Manchester School of Design in 1838. The painter L. S. Lowry attended the art school in the years after the First World War.
  • Later schools of Commerce in 1889, Education in 1878 and Domestic Science in 1880 were added, along with colleges at Didsbury, Crewe, Alsager and the former Domestic and Trades College in 1911.
  • Under the motto Many Arts, Many Skills, these colleges became Manchester Polytechnic in 1970 and the Manchester Metropolitan University in 1992.
  • In the past 10 years, we have implemented a £350-million transformation of our estates and facilities to provide two campuses, in central Manchester and Crewe, Cheshire.
  • As at 2014–15, we have over 37,000 students across eight faculties and we are the largest undergraduate University in the UK according to UCAS data January 2014.

Location and Transport

Manchester Campus

  • The University is ideally located for easy access to the city’s major railway stations, Piccadilly, Victoria, Deansgate and Oxford Road, which link the city with the whole of the North-West, Cheshire, the Midlands, Yorkshire and beyond.
  • Our central Manchester campus is situated on one of the busiest bus routes in Europe, close to the city’s railway stations and Metro tram routes and within a short distance of a large international airport and major motorway networks.
  • Our students make the most of Manchester’s superb city-wide and regional transport networks. Some opt to travel in from home every day; others use the free city centre shuttle buses and extensive cycle routes to explore Manchester.
  • Excellent public transport also makes it easier for our students on their sandwich placement year to take up opportunities in the region or further afield.

Cheshire Campus

  • Our Cheshire campus in Crewe is within easy walking distance of the mainline railway station, with direct services to Manchester, Chester and throughout the North West as well as to London, Birmingham and beyond.
  • It is a short distance to major motorway networks and just a 30-minute train journey to Manchester International Airport.