I have lived in manchester for the past 3 years and plan to stay in the city for an additional year after I graduate this summer. Manchester is a truly diverse city offering something for everything and I believe that this is what makes the city so great, it welcomes people from all walks of life and caters for each of those individuals. Something that stands out to me is the quality of education. From red brick universities to niche technology centres, Manchester is a hub for learning and education in the north. Retail is also something that stands out in the city. The Trafford centre and Arndale centre are every shopping lovers dream offering a mixture of high-street retail stores and more luxury high end designer outlets in department stores such as selfrdiges and Harvey Nichols. The sports facilities on offer are also impressive. With an abundance of choice you are never far away from a gym or leisure centre. Manchester is a city that prides itself on its footballing legacy with 2 leading premiership stadiums within a stones throw from the city centre, you are truly immersed in the strong footballing tradition the minute you enter the city. The transport system is overall is efficient, however I believe the rail system could be greatly improved between the city and more suburban areas. The nightlife in Manchester is varied and can cater for a range of budgets and music tastes. The more expensive bars and clubs are generally found in the spinningfields/deansgate districts. One thing that I feel is lacking are bars that are open till later. Many bars close at 12/1am and the only way to stay out later than that is by moving onto a club with later closing times. This is something that I find a problem as sometimes I do not wish to go clubbing! I feel that many of the clubs play 2 types of music: chart music or indie music. As a city that has a strong musical reputation it is frustrating to see many of the clubs limiting their events to this type of music. It would be great to see more techno, house, garage and grime events in the city. The gentrification of places such as Salford has been hugely beneficial for the city's economy in terms of business and has also afforded many opportunities for graduates. Manchester, I'm my opinion is the 2nd capital of the country and a city I'm proud to call my home.