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Manchester living

Home to one of Europe’s biggest student populations, the city and surrounding areas offer a vibrant, multicultural environment in which to live and work – with all the amenities you’d expect to find in a large and thriving city.

According to The Economist, Manchester is the best place to live in the UK and the 43rd most liveable city in the world.

Great location and connections

The hub of the north-west, Manchester is just two hours from London by train. We’re just minutes from the countryside too, with the wide open spaces and breath-taking scenery of the Lake District just over an hour away.

Regular train services offer easy access to the nearby cities of Leeds and Liverpool, and the rest of the UK, while Manchester International Airport provides direct flights to all major European cities. And, with comprehensive bus, tram and local train networks, as well as great motorway connections, your commute to work should be an easy journey.

Making a home

Property prices in Manchester and surrounding areas span a wide range, with great options for all budgets, whether you’re buying or renting. Here you’ll find amazing city penthouses sitting alongside a huge choice of contemporary apartments, Victorian terraces, semi-detached houses and traditional family homes. Whether you prefer city, suburban or rural living, you’ll find the right place to make your new home.

Religion and faiths

Manchester is home to people of many faiths, and there are places of worship for most religions. On campus we have two chaplaincy centres for the major Christian faiths. St Peter’s House Chaplaincy is supported by the Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed churches, while Avila House and Holy Name Church provide a Roman Catholic chaplaincy.

We have two prayer rooms for Muslim students and staff on campus and there are a number of mosques located near the University and student areas.

The city is also home to Buddhist centres, Jewish synagogues, and facilities for Sikh and Hindu worship.

Culture and leisure

Manchester’s culture is the envy of most world cities. It’s home to the Hallé Orchestra, bands such as Oasis and The Smiths, writers such as Anthony Burgess and the University’s own Jeanette Winterson, and the biennial Manchester International Festival, which brings world premieres to the city.

The University plays a big part in this, with our own Manchester Museum, John Rylands Library and the Whitworth – the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year in 2015 – among the city’s cultural landmarks, and the iconic Lovell Telescope just a short drive away at our Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

Manchester is a diverse, welcoming place, with up to 200 languages spoken by long-term residents. Festivals of all faiths and cultures run throughout the year, and there are amenities across the city to meet the needs of our many different communities.

The city is also famous for its sporting culture, particularly for its two soccer clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City. It is also home to Lancashire County Cricket Club, where international matches are often played, and the National Cycling Centre. Manchester was host to the Commonwealth Games in 2002.


If you’re bringing a child or children with you to Manchester, you’ll find a wide range of options for their schooling. For more information, please see Manchester City Council’s information on schools, education and childcare.

Living in Manchester