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

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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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Amazing place to stay

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Review Date Feb 2024

There are many option available for fine dinning near by and good range pocket friendly places too. there couple super markets near which makes it easy to buy home stuff.

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I like the location and it is being maintained very well. Coworking space is very well designed and have ample space to accommodate many people. Free coffee machine always add plus points. Gym is fully functional and have good space to perform Yoga.

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Nothing comes in mind now as this place seems to be good.. may be will able to tell after couple of months

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there are being very proactive so far. whenever I needed any help or had any question someone always available to help.

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Moda living, Moda life 🙏

Review Date Feb 2024

This is why I like Moda angel gardens, it is perfect for me, it’s right in the middle of everything. Many takeaways, restaurants and shops. So easy to get to the shopping centre, only five minutes walk.

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They are perfect, the building is very beautiful and the design is outstanding. The management is great, I know that I can always count on James to help me with any issues, he is always there to help when I am in need. I have spoken to Will before and he is a very nice building manager, he is always smiling and saying hello.

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No, I am very happy with the whole building, location and everything else.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I have had one issue with my sofa, and I haven’t had a replacement yet, but otherwise I have had no issues.

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The development is amazing

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Review Date Feb 2024

The area is fantastic, it’s in the heart of the city and a 2 minute walk to the tram station. There are tonnes of bars and restaurants all in walking distance from the development.

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The development is amazing. It has everything you need on site, the overall quality and finish is fantastic. The wellness and general amenities are excellent. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Vaira and Sophie helped me with everything prior and after moving in and have been excellent! The concierge staff in West Tower are all extremely friendly and helpful as well.

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I viewed the property with Vaira Luis who was excellent in explaining everything about the property and development. she made I knew as much as I could before moving in and was always quick to answer any questions I had.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They have put me in touch with contractors to help.

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Great place to live and highly recommend to anyone

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Review Date Feb 2024

The location is great, it’s soo close to the city and for me it’s the best location as I don’t drive. Perfect for my children and many sites to see in the local area.

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The design is amazing, it’s very easy to get around and very secure as the security doors are a fantastic idea for resident access. The management of the building is great and they are always happy to help. Concierge are always happy to help and James is an asset to the company, he’s always there when I need him.

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I have nothing to comment on this as I am very happy with the overall building and team that manage the building.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I haven’t had any issues but they reply to my messages within a very short space of time.

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