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Uni Life in Manchester

Famous as the capital of the north, Manchester is a city bustling with action. Over 80,000 students call the city home every single year, creating a vibrant atmosphere in the second largest city in the UK. With Manchester’s incredible food scene, an abundance of cultural attractions and plenty of shopping to get stuck into, students will be right at home while studying.

Student accommodation in Manchester can be found right across the city. The city centre has plenty of edgy apartment buildings with on-site gyms, cinema rooms and spots to socialise. Additionally, there are a number of larger shared homes towards the outskirts of the city, which can be found in student hubs like Victoria Park and Fallowfield.

Students at both the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University will be right at home in Rusholme, which is incredibly popular year on year. This vibrant student hotspot surrounds Wilmslow Road - Manchester's famous Curry Mile. Jam-packed with takeaways, eateries, restaurants and world food markets, the area is the place to be.

Key reasons to study in Manchester

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    Lots to do

    Manchester is the biggest city in the North and has a little bit of everything. Whether your priority is places to study, affordable housing, excellent nightlife, tons of shops, culture & history or anything really - you'll find it in Manchester. 

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    Huge student population

    The Greater Manchester district has four universities in it - The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Bolton and the University of Salford. That's almost 100,000 students across the four combined. You won't be short of help with studies and friends to make!

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    Employment opportunities

    Manchester is the north of England's most economically powerful region and many companies base their HQs or other significant offices in the city. Each university runs a graduate fairs throughout the year and there are always tons of jobs going. This is partially why more than half of graduates at Manchester universities stay in the city after graduation.

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    Transport links

    Manchester itself is served by a plentiful network of trams, buses and trains throughout the city, ensuring you'll always be able to get to where you need to go to quickly and easily. It's also extremely well-connected to all other areas of the country through its extensive network of national rail trains (mostly from Piccadilly station) and megabuses. For international students, you're right next to Manchester Airport - a three-terminal international airport that has flights to and from every continent.

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    Amazing nightlife

    Manchester is renowned for its incredible music scene. Dubbed 'Madchester' in the late 80s, the city has produced to a bucket-load of famous singers, bands and artists. From Oasis and the Stone Roses to the Smiths and Joy Division, it's safe to say there are some well-known names with roots in the Manchester. Nowadays, the music scene is still bustling, with plenty of indie venues to explore and legendary festivals to attend.The city is famed for its nightlife, with an impressive collection of bars, pubs and clubs lining the streets. Whether you're after a classy cocktail at Deansgate or a long night of dancing at the Factory, there's something for everyone among Manchester's selection. Particular highlights include budget cocktails at The Font and underground bands and artists playing at Night & Day Cafe.

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    A sporting culture

    Manchester is one of the first words in football history, with the iconic Manchester United and the increasingly powerful juggernaut of Manchester City located within the city limits. All of the universities boast excellent sporting facilities of their own. There's also a host of other sporting activities available, from ice skating and trampolining to go-karting and even indoor skydiving.

There is so much to do in Manchester. You will find it difficult to not be busy! The night life is perfect for students if that is a priority as there are a huge range of clubs, bars and more to choose from. You will meet amazing people everywhere you go.

Dannielle L Brand Ambassador

Universities in Manchester

University of Manchester

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Part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, The University of Manchester is the largest single-site university in the UK. The main campus is just to the south of Manchester City Centre, and is very easily accessible thanks to the major rail station nearby. In particular, the Manchester University Press is known globally for its excellent publications in the Humanities and Social Sciences fields.

Manchester Metropolitan University

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Manchester Metropolitan University, or MMU, is a large university located on the south side of the city. It is ranked the number 1 most sustainable university in the UK and has been offering a huge range of courses to students since the 1800s. MMU is particularly well known for its vocational courses and high employment rates post-graduation.

University of Salford

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Located over the River Irwin, Salford is one of Manchester's best-known suburbs, and is also home to the fantastic University of Salford. It's a red brick public research institute that welcomes almost 20,000 students annually. Students of the university usually live in the nearby suburb of Hulme.

Student Life in Manchester

The vibe of Manchester is very diverse and unique. There are so many types of people and things to do here, definitely something for everyone. The city has a buzz to it which makes it exciting and addictive.

Dannielle L Brand Ambassador

Frequently Asked Questions

October is the best time to start looking for student accommodation in Manchester. Properties will be available until February, but we would recommend starting a search for a property during the autumn. The most popular student areas in Manchester include Fallowfield, Withington and Rusholme.
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Tenancy periods in Manchester usually last for 12 months. Most contracts will start on the 1st July and end on the 30th June the following year. Occasionally, letting agents may offer tenancy periods that last for 10 or 11 months, starting in August or September. You can always enquire with the letting agent to find out how long your contract length will be.
Deposits are usually either 4 or 5 week's rent. The maximum legal amount a landlord can charge your for a deposit is 5 week's rent. You’ll get your deposit back when you move out of the property. That said, if the landlord is still owed outstanding rent or needs to pay for repairs to damage within the property, they may take deductions from the deposit to cover the costs.
UniHomes accommodation in Manchester usually costs £133 – £182 per person, per week. This price includes the cost of all bills you'll need to pay, which you won't always see on other student accommodation websites. Check out the full range of student accommodations available in Manchester.

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