Manipur University is located at Canchipur, Imphal, the capital city of Manipur, an Indian State bordering Myanmar. The University campus is spread over an area of 287 acres in the historic Canchipur, the old palace of the kingdom of Manipur. The Langthabal Palace(Konung) was established by Maharaja Gambhir Singh in 1827(October)A.D. just after the liberation of Manipur from Burmese occupation. Maharaja Gambhir Singh took his last breath in Canchipur. Canchipur is also the birthplace of Dr. Lamabam Kamal, a renowned poet of Manipur.
The University has 72 affiliated colleges and one constituent college i.e. Manipur Institute of Technology (MIT).