Living in Manchester

Manchester is listed among the world's top 10 destinations. It's the UK's most visited city for overseas tourists after London. It's also England's "second city" and the unofficial "capital of the North".


The National Health Service (NHS) is the UK’s state healthcare system providing a wide range of services including appointments with a doctor, hospital treatment and dental care. You should register with a doctor as soon as possible after your arrival in Manchester. Here at Think English, we will be able to advise on this and may recommend a GP practice.

Those applying for a student visa and coming to the UK for 6 months or longer will be required to pay £470 per year for the duration the visa will be granted.

Healthcare in Manchester

If you apply for your visa from overseas and it is granted for less than six months or you are required to make a number of occasional visits to the UK for short study periods, you are advised to take out medical insurance as you will be liable for NHS charges for the treatment you receive in the UK except for in a medical emergency and this is limited.

Short Study Periods


Thankfully, Manchester is a relatively compact city with excellent transport links. The tram network along with an excellent road network, Manchester has an excellent system of cycle lanes around the city so you can cycle everywhere! There are two mainline railway stations in the centre and a world-class airport just a 15-minute drive from the city.

Things To Do in Manchester

Manchester's retail environment is extensive, both in the city centre and in the surrounding areas. Harrods, Selfridges, and plenty of other well-known companies are all grouped together around the city's retail centre, the Arndale. If you are after something a little different,have a look at the collection of small independent stores based in the Northern Quarter! 

Manchester is home to the Trafford Centre, one of the biggest and most popular shopping centres in the country where other activities such as Lego Land, the Sea Life Centre and Chill Factore are based.

If you are more of an outdoors person, the Peak District is less than an hour’s drive away from Manchester so it’s great for a day out in the countryside.