Manchester

Manchester is the second largest urban area in England, and is often thought of as the UK’s second city. Located in the north west of England nestled between Liverpool and Leeds, Manchester is also reportedly the UK’s fastest growing city economically. The area’s 2.8 million residents are incredibly proud of their city – and rightly so. In 2018 Manchester was officially named the Best Place To Live In The UK in The Economist‘s Global Livability Index. Read on to discover the developments rated by residents as the best places to live in Manchester and to read reviews from locals who own or rent in Manchester.

The landlocked county of Manchester is mostly urban and comprises ten boroughs: Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan and the cities of Manchester and Salford.

Historically, the textiles industry generated most of Manchester’s wealth. However, the city has developed to become a major exporter of media, music and football. It’s home to two international football teams – Manchester United and Manchester City – as well as popular TV soap Coronation Street and five universities.

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Best places to live in Manchester

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Street with tram in Manchester

Getting Around Manchester

If you haven’t visited Manchester for a few years you might be in for a surprise. The city’s skyline has changed dramatically in the last decade, with new residential development springing up around the city centre. More people are living in Manchester city centre than ever before.

“The tram station is a minute away which is a huge deal for me. Super easy to get around town because of that. We’re also in range of a lot of restaurants so deliveroo and Uber eats are awesome for us. So many choices. Overall we’re in a really great location.”  Mark-Christian, Verified Resident of The Trilogy

Spinningfields is one of the richest areas to live in Manchester. It is an area popular with footballers and soap stars. The amenities, array of restaurants and bars on the doorstep make this a highly desirable area; if you can afford the price. The River Irwell runs right through the heart of Spinningfields with developments Potato Wharf to the west and 10-12 Whitworth Street to the east. There are communal areas such as Hardman Square where local workers meet for lunch.

“The area is the best, its quiet but close to centre, close to the canal. Its close to the deansgate station. And its close to deansgate so loads of bars and restaurants there.” Anon, Verified Resident of Potato Wharf

Travel times to Manchester

Manchester is extremely well connected to the rest of the UK by road, rail and coach. London can be reached in two hours and 21 minutes by train, while Birmingham is only an hour and a half. For more details see our blog on Travel times to Manchester for connection times to all major UK cities.

Manchester from above

The Alternative Areas of Manchester

The reputation of Ancoats isn’t the best and was once viewed as the rough area of Manchester. A recent regeneration has allowed the dilapidated mills and deserted streets to become a much popular area. With new luxury flats like Flint Glass Wharf and The Ice Plant that are rated as some of the best places to live in Manchester, there are shops, bars, and new restaurants opening on a weekly basis and a flood of new residents moving to this area.

The Northern Quarter has a similar reputation to Ancoats with once empty streets now home to cafes, chic vintage shops or hip new bars. Local Mancunians are drawn to this area for the uniqueness and eclectic offering of property like Nuovo Apartments and Burlington House with sites between the two. Not as cheap as Ancoats it is not as expensive as other city centre areas. You are more likely to find quirky spaces, high ceilings, or conversions full of character. For many Castlefield boasts the best of both worlds. The convenience of town just a five-minute walk away but it is more peaceful, quiet and has some stunning views down by the canal. Many locals feel you get the best of both worlds living here. 

“The area is brilliant – we are so central to town – and Ancoats is really up and coming at the moment. The only downsides are the noisy road outside – but that is to be expected anywhere central!”  Naomi, Verified Resident of Nuovo Apartments

Manchester city

Outside the City Centre

For something new, visit Salford Quays. Whilst not the city centre every day the two seem to merge closer and closer. Salford Quays has become the media hub of not just Manchester but the UK with the iconic MediaCity. Many companies are relocating to the north west bringing with them new residents who are making this area of the city their home at developments like Middlewood Locks and Wilburn Basin. Both rated as great places to rent in Manchester. Salford Quays offers riverside living with shops, architecture and scenic views.

You can find out more about living in Manchester by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and discover great places to rent in Manchester. If there’s a Manchester property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

Best schools in Manchester

The city boasts some excellent schools, which we’ve covered in detail in our blog post on the 10 best schools in Manchester. Top of the list is Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, which is the 8th highest-rated school in the UK. The Altrincham Grammar School for Boys comes in second place.

Manchester universities

Manchester is home to no less than four major universities. The University of Manchester is the best-known, with 40,000 students, while Manchester Metropolitan is a similar size. The Universities of Bolton and Salford also fall within the Greater Manchester area.

For more details, see our in-depth guide to universities in Manchester.

Things to do in Manchester

Manchester’s reputation as a vibrant and characterful city continues to grow. Whether you’re into music, sport, food and drink, history, architecture or shopping, Manchester has a lot to offer. See our guide on the Top 10 things to do in Manchester for some ideas of where to start.

Reviews in Manchester

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Probably, the best rental apartment block in Manchester!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Nov 2022

Anco and Co are situated in the perfect location for city centre living. The property is in the heart of Ancoats, one of the most exciting neighbourhoods in Manchester right now – and a stone’s throw away from the Northern Quarter, and with Piccadilly Station being a ten-minute walk away it’s easy to commute in and our of the city.

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We loved our time living at Anco and Co and we’re only leaving to buy a house, otherwise, we would have stayed longer.

All the Anco and Co team are really friendly and personable, including maintenance and night security. We felt really secure and safe living at this property which is so important when you’re living in City Centre.

Prices are a little toppy but when you consider the free WIFI, gym and rooftop facilities, the rental costs aren’t too bad. Everything is top spec inside the apartments – the state-of-the-art lighting and heating system was our personal favourite.

If I had one grumble, it would be about the windows. They need cleaning 3/4 times a year. At the moment it’s every 6 months so after two months you’re living with dirty windows. That’s the one negative.

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The discount that Anco and Co members receive at Mule, next door. I think Anco and Co lack members’ discounts. Other developments have sourced lots of discounts for their tenants – I think a lot more can be done here to secure discounts in the Ancoats area for members and really make it feel like part of a members club.

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All problems were fixed in a speedy timeframe. Whenever I needed a metre reading, this was with us within a day or two. Thankfully we didn’t have many problems.

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Verified Resident
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Review Date Nov 2022

Living here has been a really pleasant experience for me. Anything is nearby and you can walk to most parts. For that reason I haven’t used any public transport yet. I just don’t need to.

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The building is amazing and the design is outstanding. There is an area where you can grab tea or coffee and enjoy the calming view while replaying emails in the lobby area. There is a meeting room as well which I find very helpful since I work from home and sometimes I need to change for better performance.

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I wish I knew how great the gym is. Is very well equipped.

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I still haven’t had any issues. The management is very helpful if I need help with my orders.

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Great location to experience the city life

Review Date Nov 2022

Great location to the city, great access to shops, cafes, bars and restaurant.
Given its location, sometimes it can be noisy due to the close proximity to the main road. Some of the roads leading to the apartment aren’t well lit

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Beautiful design, modern and sleek
Building maintenance team has been great, I haven’t had many issues with my apartment facilities but reported issues are fixed in a timely manner
However, during my stay, we had several problems with the lifts and it took a while to get fixed

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I wish took Gondavid’s advise and signed for a longer lease 🙂

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I had a couple of issues with the facilities but they’ve been handled effectively

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Manager Response

Thank you so much for your 5 star review Charlotte, it is much appreciated!

We are glad you are enjoying your current stay with us and hope you continue to do so. Your kind comments regarding the team have been passed on.

If you do encounter any issues during the remainder of your stay, do not hesitate to reach out to the team.

Best regards,

Paul Winterburn
Assistant General Manager

The perfect home!

Verified Resident
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Review Date Nov 2022

The Slate Yard is perfectly situated. I love being close to work, grocery shops and Arndale Shopping Center. We are also just a few tram stops away from Trafford Center.

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The Slate Yard is my dream aesthetic. Everything is modern and well maintained. I love that the apartments are pet friendly and the staff and management are amazing. I love having the gym on the premises. The bin area is always neat and clean which is great considering how many resident there are

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The staff prepared me for my move, guiding me to register for council taxes etc.

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Yes. The staff were really helpful and friendly. They’re always available to help

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