Services and facilities

Since the Materials discipline has been taught at Manchester for several decades, our library resources are extensive and continually being updated and expanded.

For studying, we offer a large communal area that you can use to meet together at any time in the day to discuss your courses and to complete assignments.

The Materials Science Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities, including an electron microscopy suite, advanced mechanical testing equipment, metal processing laboratories, nanofabrication equipment and cell culture laboratories.

You will use these facilities during practical laboratory sessions throughout the degree and you will find them particularly invaluable during your final-year research project.

Computers are available within our own self-housed computer suite (30 terminals) in the Materials Science Centre, which gives you access to databases, library catalogues, email and the internet. You also have access to many other computer clusters on campus, including several with 24-hour access.


Choose to study Textiles at Manchester and you will enjoy great facilities.

Our laboratories include materials-testing, manufacturing technology, textile chemistry, information technology and computer aided design (CAD). We also have dedicated creative design studios, state-of-the-art multimedia learning packages and the largest collection of textile publications in the world in our Joule Library.

Our international reputation for teaching and research attracts funding and sponsorship from industry and the retail sector. As well as helping us to maintain an exciting learning environment, this ensures the continuation of our excellent employment record for students after graduation.


The accommodation available in Manchester is one of the many advantages of studying here. At The University of Manchester we offer a greater number of places in university owned accommodation than any other university in the country.

There are more than 9,200 places available, almost all of which are within two or three miles of the university campus.

The accommodation available ranges from modern, self-catering flats, right through to traditional collegiate-style Halls of Residence. Your Hall is the place where you'll meet new friends and spend a lot of your free time. They are self contained communities with their own bars, common rooms and some offer a hectic programme of social activities.

It is not the policy of The School of Materials to recommend any particular Halls of Residence. The nearest group of Halls to the Materials Science Centre is Grosvenor Group, which is literally one minute away. These halls are in high demand, so it is recommended that you also select other halls where you would be happy to live. For Textiles-based courses, the nearest to the Sackville Street Building are Lambert and Fairfield, Weston or Wright Robinson. See the accommodation map to see how near they are.

However, many students opt to stay in the vibrant campus in Fallowfield, which has a student village style atmosphere. Although this accommodation campus is the furthest away, the bus route from there to where you will be studying is the busiest in Europe so you will never have long to wait. This accommodation campus is very lively and there are many social events going on there. However, for those of you wanting a quieter atmosphere, the Victoria Park campus provides a peaceful, leafy setting in which to relax and study.

If you want a hall with en suite facility you will have to apply early as these tend to be the most popular.

English courses

The University of Manchester offers English Language Support to improve the English of those who wish to study here.


Sporting facilities

Thanks to the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the City's two football clubs, Manchester is home to world class sports facilities, including the City of Manchester Stadium, the Manchester Velodrome (The North West's only indoor Olympic cycle track) and The Manchester Aquatics Centre, which was purpose-built for the Games and is now part of our campus.

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