Why Study In Manchester?

Manchester has a rich history of shaping the world. It’s where Rolls met Royce, where the atom was first split and where the first programmable computer was designed. Manchester isn’t just football and rain (although we definitely have both of those things), we are born change makers...

Bursting with cultural diversity, artistic energy and digital savvy, Manchester is one of the top cities in the UK to study, live and play in. Well-known for its progressive attitude, openness and friendly locals, it seemed only natural for the UK hub at Hyper Island to be based in this vibrant city.

Nestled in the city’s popular and dynamic Northern Quarter, Hyper Island’s UK HQ inhabits a grade II listed building dating from 1898 amongst Manchester’s vintage boutiques, independent coffee shops and buzzing nightlife. The sense of Manchester’s proud history and progressive attitude can both be felt spanning across both floors of Hyper Island, as 17th century warehouse meets post-it note punk.

Manchester itself is split into several districts. Each district has it’s own individual style to explore:

Northern Quarter

Home of Hyper Island UK, Manchester’s famous Northern Quarter is brimming with great artisan coffee, live music and vintage shops. Perfect for an urbanite who loves to be individual and expressive.


Glossy Spinningfields is the business district of Manchester, but it isn’t all work and no play. Spinningfields has some of the best restaurants and swankiest bars in the city for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

Market Street/Cathedral Quarter

Shop until you drop in Manchester’s shopping district, full of high street favorites and high-end shopping malls such as Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. Away from the hustle and bustle behind the shops, is one of Manchester’s most serene and beautiful buildings, the Manchester Cathedral.

There really is something for everyone in Manchester.

As a small, walkable city, Manchester has a community feel but it’s wonderfully well connected. Due to the central location of the Hyper Island school in Manchester, it means that you are only ever 10 minutes away from Piccadilly train station which has fantastic access to London (just over two hours away), Birmingham, Liverpool and the airport which has flights going to and from all over the world.

The city itself has trams you can hop on and off that let you explore the city further. Get on a tram to Media City for a tour around BBC North or ride 30 mins to the laid-back suburbs of Didsbury and Chorlton for great vegan cuisine and chilled out nightlife.

The symbol of Manchester is the worker bee, a motif of hard work and the importance of individual roles in an ecosystem, so be part of our hive here at Hyper Island UK and study with us in the wonderful city of Manchester.