The Student’s Guide To Housing – Manchester

10 06 2013


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Manchester is one of the UK’s most vibrant cities and if you’re looking to spend three years studying here then you’re guaranteed a great time. With a huge live music scene, an incredible choice of restaurants and bars, evening entertainment in the form of The Warehouse Project or the Royal Exchange Theatre (depending on your tastes!) and lots more besides, you can be sure you won’t be bored. When it comes to finding accommodation in the city then searching though renowned property providers such as Mansion Student Manchester is the best option. Here’s a guide to some areas of the city to consider heading for.

City Centre

If you want convenience then why not start searching in Manchester City Centre. You’ll be right at the heart of the action with plenty of bars, pubs and clubs to hand – and of course the university buildings too! If you’re really keen to live in the centre, then the Oxford Road area of town, where the two universities are based, is probably one of the best places to start looking. Alternatively, you could head for the area around Victoria station which offers great transport links and easy access to venues such as The Printworks and Market Street where the majority of Manchester’s major shops are located.


Known far and wide as the home of the Curry Mile, the district of Rusholme has been a favourite spot for students for many years and even attracts international travellers who are keen to taste the variety of dishes on offer in the many restaurants. Platt Fields Park with its boating lake and large green spaces is perfect for long sunny afternoons spent swatting up, or perhaps simply for relaxing or getting some exercise. The South Manchester Parkrun is held here every Saturday morning for those people who can face making it out of bed for 9am!

Victoria Park

Situated close to Rusholme, Victoria Park is just one and a half miles from the city centre and therefore ideal for anyone who wants a little bit of breathing space but still have the opportunity to be in the thick of it within minutes. Large Victorian residences are scattered across the area and transport links are excellent if you can’t be bothered hiking in!


Situated just to the south of Platt Fields Park, the district of Fallowfield is known as ‘the student village’ and there are plenty of bars and pubs here to keep even the most dedicated socialite happy.

Chorlton and Whalley Range

Located to the south west of the city centre are Chorlton and Whalley Range. Filled with wide, tree-lined streets, these areas have become particularly popular with students in recent years thanks to their self-contained nature, with plenty of local shops, bars and restaurants. Getting into town is simple though thanks to the frequent bus services that run from many stops in the area and the Metrolink tram system that has a stop in Firswood, at the bottom of Whalley Range, and also in the centre of Chorlton. If you’re looking for a quieter life than is to be found in the city centre and yet still want access to plenty of nightlife then a home in this part of Manchester is well worth considering.