Manchester

A Guide to Living in Manchester

Often thought of as the UK’s second city, Manchester, with 2.8 million residents is the second largest urban area in England. Found in the northwest of England nestled between Liverpool and Leeds this is our Manchester Area Guide. Manchester is reportedly the UK’s fastest growing city economically. Locals, known as Mancunians, 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 ‘The Economist’s ‘Global Livability Index’. Read on to discover the developments that are rated as the best places to live in Manchester and to see reviews from residents who own or rent in Manchester.

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

The textiles industry has formed Manchester’s wealth, but the city has now emerged as an exporter of media, music and football. With two international football teams – Manchester United and Manchester City – it is home to popular TV soap Coronation Street and it has five universities.

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 cranes and construction bringing new residential developments to 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

 

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

 

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.
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Dope.

Review Date Jul 2020

Close enough to the city and even closer to all essential local amenities.

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Dope development in a very nice area, lots of green space close by though still very close by the city and all essential local amenities! Have and will continue to recommend to friends.

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The trains are extremely noisy…. they don’t help with sleep at all.

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No, haven’t raised any yet.

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Manager Response

Hi Ryan

Many thanks for taking the time to respond to our survey which is very much appreciated, we are delighted to know that you are happy in your home and enjoying the green space . If there is anything we can do for you at any time please do let us know. Thank you for recommending us and don’t forget to make use of our refer a friend scheme !

All the best
Kim

Highly recommend it

Review Date Jul 2020

I like west tower because of the location it’s in the edge of the city centre and it’s not outside of the city and I like all the easy access to everything

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I’m happy that’s I’m living in west tower with all the facilities gym and swimming pool and full atmosphere around the tower love and I recommend it to all my friends and family to live her I love the team who in west tower especially Yasmin and Ali
They most pest people that’s I dealt with
Big thanks to all the team in west tower

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If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Just one thing it’s that I’m facing to the south side and in the summer very hot

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Thanks a lot guys for all the service that u provide to us as resident on west tower

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jul 2020

It’s perfect and luxurious place to live in Manchester

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☺️☺️ thank you!!

West Tower is an amazing place to live in as it’s high spec, has pool and gym but specially for the staff. All staff are great but Yasmina has been brilliant from the beginning going out of her way to help. Highly recommend her and the building.

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All perfect

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Thanks a lot of everything and I’m happy to recommend all of our friends and family to west tower

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Great start to independent living as a young person

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Review Date Jul 2020

Very close to cornbrook team spot which makes commuting very accessible, the only down side is the feeling of being unsafe at night times when walking to and from the tram stop.

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The building has had a welcoming and friendly vibe throughout my residence and lockdown, which I hope is continued for future tenants. A design suggestion would be to incorporate a little more storage in kitchens. The coffee machine is also an excellent facility, and the socials on Fridays were a key feature to feeling at home.

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The building gets extremely hot in the warmer months with very little way of keeping the flats cool unless a cooling appliances are purchased which still doesn’t keep temperature down. My suggestion would to be to buy a fan for summer for any new comers

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There have been issues with lighting when first moving in which haven’t been fixed which is a comment I can leave but maintenance is usually fine other than that.

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