Manchester skyline

5. Where the atom was split

Nobel Prize winner Ernest Rutherford successfully split the atom at Manchester University in 1917. Rutherford’s incredible scientific breakthrough led to the life changing developments of radiotherapy used in cancer treatment, as well as nuclear power.

6. Home to the annual World Pie Eating Championships

If you’re competitive and love a good pie, you could be crowned the ‘Lord of the Pies’ if you take part in and win the annual World Pie Eating Championship. Held at Harry’s Bar in Wigan since 1992, the Championships now feature a vegetarian pie option.

7. Named after boobs!

Yep, you read that right! Manchester is named after the shape of breasts. Supposedly, the Romans first named Manchester Mamuciam, which translates to ‘breast shaped hill’, after the point found between two hills near the River Medlock.

8. You can drink a pint in an old Victorian toilet

Offering a selection of global beers and a jukebox, The Temple is an underground bar in Manchester created from a repurposed Victorian public toilet. Bottoms up!

9. Rolls Royce was founded at The Midland Hotel

In 1904, car salesman Charles Rolls met engineer Henry Royce at The Midland Hotel for lunch and Rolls Royce, the iconic luxury British car manufacturing company, was born.

10. JK Rowling invented Quidditch

JK Rowling revealed in a tweet that she lodged at what used to be the Bourneville Hotel in Manchester for a single night in 1991 and when she left the next morning, had invented Quidditch.

Student Accommodation in Manchester

Anyone living in Manchester is spoilt for choice when it comes to food and entertainment. There are so many great areas in Manchester to hang out in and explore with friends and housemates. 

If you’re just starting your journey as a student in the city and are looking for Manchester uni accommodation in a central location, browse our collection of accommodation options for the best student living in the city.