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Study in Manchester

More so than anywhere else, the uncrowned capital of the North epitomises the phrase, 'Everybody welcome'.


Arguably the most famous (and eventful) street in the whole country.

City life – Dave, graduate

'It's like London, but everything's closer together, there's less crowding and living costs are a fraction of the price.'

Manc music

Factory Records, Mad-chester, Britpop... Music buffs will be in their element here. Manchester has played a pivotal role in music history.

Nightlife – third year student at Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016

'There's many different pubs and clubs within the Village which cater to different age groups and sexual orientation. The Village is an extremely cheap night out. Always has the best drink offers which is easy on the student budget.'

City vs United

Home to two of the country's biggest teams, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Student life in Manchester

Local gems, tips and things to do, as recommended by students.
Treat yourself
Eclectic shopping at Afflecks indoor market, from vinyl records to vegan soaps
Low on cash
Cheap but tasty curries on the famous Curry Mile
Friday feeling
Pre-drinks in Fallowfield, then the Northern Quarter for live music and hipster nightspots
Catch up with mates
The Sandbar for quizzes, life drawing and talks
Grab a bite
Rudy's and Honest Crust have been rated top in the world by 'Where To Eat Pizza'
Feeling cultural
Head to the Victorian Baths for an exhibition or antique fair

Manchester trams

The Manchester Metrolink is the largest light-rail system in the UK, and a quick and easy way to get around.

Nightlife – third year student at Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016

'If you want proper cocktails, you have to go to the North Quarter. NQ has been criticised for being too "hipster" but it seems as if the trend is now dying out.'

Piccadilly Square

With a stunning water feature at its centre, this green space is the perfect summer's day location.

Second year student at University of Manchester, 2018

'Rusholme is generally the cheaper part of Manchester in terms of rent, so it’s quite popular with students. There are several pubs, shops and parks around, but nothing fancy. I'd recommend this area for students who want a quiet, cheap area to live in.'

City Centre

Described as 'The Original Modern City', Manchester is bursting with events, shops, museums and theatre.

Second year student at Manchester Metropolitan University, 2018

'Fallowfield is THE student area in Manchester. While there is a serious crime issue and a lack of police support, most students would not choose to live anywhere else. There is a good vibe and plenty of shops and bars.'

The canal

This historic canal now offers moorings for visitors, within walking distance of the city's facilities and attractions.

Living in Manchester

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips:

Average weekly rents*
  • Private landlord
  • £69 - £134
  • Average
Housing value for money*
  • Good deal
Local transport*
  • £7.50
  • Based on a Stagecoach term one bus pass (£120) split across Sep-Dec)
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Fallowfield
  • Withington
  • Rusholme
*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

 'Thursday Lates' at The Whitworth  free evenings of performances, screenings, and talks.

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

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