The Oxford Road Corridor is home to two of the UK’s biggest universities, The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University as well as The Royal Northern College of Music, a leading conservatoire.

It was at The University of Manchester that the atom was split by Sir Ernest Rutherford, the world’s first programmable computer was born, Alan Turing pioneered artificial intelligence and cyber security, and graphene, the world’s first 2D material, was isolated. In 2019 they were ranked the world’s 8th and the UK’s 4th most innovative university by Reuters, as well as climbing to 29th position in the overall world rankings. The university attracted over £300m in research grants and contracts in 2018 and 83% of their research activity was judged to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. 

Manchester Metropolitan University’s iconic School of Art is the second oldest design school in Britain, established to provide design training to the manufacturing industry and to this day is still influenced by the specialist needs of industry. Art and Design research was ranked 6th in the UK for overall research power. It is also the UK’s greenest university and is home to the ground breaking Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre. 

The RNCM is rated the UK’s leading music college for research and 100% of impact arising from their research for Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts was ‘world-leading’. In 2017 it was ranked ‘Gold’ in the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s first Teach Excellence Framework. 

All Saints Library

All Saints Library is part of Manchester Metropolitan University, aiming to provide students with a full range of services and resources to complete their studies and research successfully.

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Brunswick Park

Enjoy views of some of the best architecture in Manchester in this green space which was opened in 2018 by The University of Manchester.

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Confucius Institute University of Manchester

The Oxford Road Corridor is the proud home of Manchester’s Confucius Institute, the second of its kind to be established in the UK.

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Grosvenor East Theatre

Grosvenor East Theatre is a high specification space at Manchester Metropolitan University and home to Manchester School of Theatre.

Henry Royce Institute

Opened in 2020, The Henry Royce Institute is the UK’s national centre for advanced materials research and innovation.

Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre

Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre is home to an impressive range of advanced equipment as well as specialist laboratories and spaces.

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Manchester Metropolitan Institute of Sport

Manchester Metropolitan Institute of Sport is a new, world-class facility designed to champion everything that sport can do.

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Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections

An extensive archival collection spanning art, design, history, technology and culture – open to MMU staff, students, and members of the public alike.

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Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester, is the UK’s largest university museum with a collection of about 4.5 million items from every continent.

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Manchester Poetry Library

Explore over 10,000 books and recordings at the North West’s first public poetry library, a brand-new addition to Manchester’s literary scene.

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Martin Harris Centre for Music & Drama

A venue hosting concerts, theatre, and literature events at the heart of The University of Manchester.


Engineering Buildings A and B are open for teaching and learning. MECD is the home of engineering and materials at The University of Manchester

Modal Gallery at School of Digitial Arts
Modal Gallery

Modal Gallery at SODA is the place to experience cutting-edge, immersive digital artwork from local and international artists.

Number 70 Oxford Street

Number 70 Oxford Street is the former site of the Cornerhouse and now a part of the Manchester Metropolitan University campus.


PrintCity is a 3D additive and digital manufacturing centre that collaborates with businesses to make ambitious ideas a reality.

School of Digital Arts SODA Oxford Road Corridor
School of Digital Arts (SODA)

The School of Digital Arts (SODA) is a purpose-built, interdisciplinary school at Manchester Metropolitan University that offers an interdisciplinary approach to creative courses.

The Holden Gallery

Manchester School of Art’s Holden Gallery curates an exhibitions programme that focuses exclusively on recent developments in international contemporary visual art.

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The National Graphene Institute

At 7,825 square metres and with £13m of state-of-the-art equipment, the National Graphene Institute is the home of collaboration on advanced materials, where academics and their industrial partners work side-by-side on new and exciting applications.

The Whitworth Gallery - Parkside
The Whitworth

A visually stunning art gallery located at the heart of Whitworth Park, with a collection containing around 55,000 items.

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University Green

University Green is a modern home for retailers and food and drink outlets as well as a tree-lined green space for the public to enjoy.

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University Place

Known for its distinct drum shape on Oxford Road, University Place is part of the University of Manchester and has the largest dedicated lecture theatre in the Greater Manchester.

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