Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why Graduates Come to Love Manchester So Much, They End Up Staying

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why Graduates Come to Love Manchester So Much, They End Up Staying

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THEY have the world at their feet - but these promising young graduates only want to live in Manchester. Home to four universities, Greater Manchester draws thousands of young people to study each year, many local, but many others from other parts of the country, or even further.

And a growing number of those completing their qualifications are choosing to stay put.

With an increasing number of exciting jobs in the media, digital, science and the financial sector - combined with a booming food and bar scene - Manchester can arguably lay claim to being the best city in the UK for graduates.

I think it's they're the are really Charlotte But don't take our word for it, here's what graduates living in Manchester say.

? "There are lots of other young professionals. It feels like a young city" Charlotte Caley, 28, from Doncaster, graduated from the University of Manchester in 2012, with a degree in Spanish and Italian.

She said: "As cringey as it sounds, I think it's the people, they're the best.

They are really friendly and when I walk down the street someone will always say hello or good morning.

"The people here are really helpful and I always feel safe walking down the street.

"Lots of my friends moved to London but I like being in the north, it's close to home, and my sister and boyfriend also live here.

"The nightlife is great, too. I live in Ancoats and there are lots of young professionals around, so it definitely feels like a young city.

"I also love the diverse cultures, the amazing restaurants and all the different fitness options, like yoga and crossfit."

? "It is always buzzing" Unlike the others, Mike Swain did not study in Manchester. But he moved to the city not long after completing his university degree.

The 25-year-old is originally from Driffield, in east Yorkshire.

After studying journalism at Northumbria University, Mike decided to make the move to Manchester, just over a year ago after being drawn to its thriving nightlife scene.

Despite never having lived in the city before, he now calls Ancoats home and works in digital marketing.

He said: "I moved for work really. I went to Northumbria University the people, best. They friendly Caley in Newcastle, so after a year out travelling I started applying for jobs in Newcastle and Manchester but there are a lot more opportunities for young professionals here.

"It's a bigger city than Newcastle and it's got a lot going on, there's also a lot of different places to live, from Spinningfields to Ancoats, and part of the appeal is exploring different sides of the city.

"Obviously the nightlife has something for everyone; Warehouse Project keeps the weekends entertaining in winter and Northern Quarter is always buzzing throughout summer."

? What makes Manchester the best place for graduates to live? property For those looking to set down permanent roots and buy their own home, there are fantastic options.

According to the Land Registry, the average home in Manchester will set you back around £155,325, which, compared to London, where the average is around £575,352, is a bargain. …

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