About North Manchester

North Manchester's beautiful downtown picket fences along the sidewalks Enjoy the quiet and peace North Manchester is rich with history Walk across the Eel River on the covered bridge Swim at the public pool Kayak or hike along the Eel River Restaurants, shops and desserts all serve our downtown View the Peabody Tower as you leave the park Take a walk in the shade under a tunnel of trees Visit museums, historical sites and more


At the crossroads of America, nestled alongside the Eel River, rests the town of North Manchester, Indiana. Just over 5700 residents live within town where you’ll find everything from hiking trails and canoe trips to restaurants and nearby sporting events. Because of its small-town charm, it’s easy to see why so many of Manchester University’s students have found a place to affectionately call their home away from home.

The downtown is lined with Victorian architecture and walkways accented by cherry trees. North Manchester is on full display during the spring months of April and May when tulips flowers and cherry blossoms are at their peak. 

Downtown is walking distance from the University. MU's diverse students, faculty and staff positively impact the town of North Manchester by regularly participating in service opportunities and contributing to the local economy. 




Fort Wayne

A short half hour drive west is MU’s Fort Wayne campus and a bustling city of over 300,000 people. Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana, second only to the state capitol, Indianapolis. Fort Wayne is a perfect escape for foodies craving specialty cuisines, public parks or museums, and tourism abounds because of the many festivals held annually. Fort Wayne also boasts the largest musical showroom in the nation at Sweetwater Sound and the fabled Johnny Appleseed is buried here. For those looking to take in an evening of sports, check out Fort Wayne’s minor league sports teams! The Mad Ants and Komets host basketball and hockey matchups in War Memorial Coliseum, and the Tin Caps play their baseball games at Parkview Field. 

Theatre, artwork, houses of worship, off-the-rack shops and recreational facilities all call Fort Wayne their home. Whether you are up for evening coffee and dessert or out with a group for laser tag or even a local escape room, there is always something fun to do. 


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