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

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.

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Review Date Sep 2021

I like living here, its close to bars, shops, cafes etc.
It is also easy for access to Uni and local things to do etc

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Its excellent! No other words, the staff are really helpful and friendly, they even helped me move my stuff in as it was raining, there is always staff around which makes you feel safe living here.
My apartment is nice, although its a studio it feels much much bigger.
Comfortable and designed to make you feel at home.
I have a terrace too, so I have that extra space compared to those with balconies which is great

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Just how helpful and happy every member of management and staff are, you don’t get this anywhere else!

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I have had a couple of issues, but this is normal for new builds.. all issues sorted literally within 30 minutes!

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Lovely place to live

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Review Date Sep 2021

Very close to everything being slap bang on Oxford Road.
Park area right outside, stores, bars and restaurants super close by.
Ideal location for me as the transport links are 2 minutes away and I get the tram to the office. There are 2 NCP car parks, one of which I did park in initially but due to the convenience of the location and the price I was paying for a car I wasn’t using, I decided to get rid of it and stick to walking, Uber’s and public transport.

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Really nice place to live. Great mixture of tenants from all over the country and abroad. People are really friendly and the events that are out on (majority of which are completely free!!), it’s easy to meet likeminded people. The staff are so friendly and helpful and the amenities within the apartment are gorgeous. The private dining rooms are incredible and it’s so nice hosting people in them without worrying about everyone fitting into the apartment.
The roof terraces are like your own 20 Stories and sitting up there with a glass of Prosecco is the perfect end to a day!
Really like my experience so far and I’d recommended it for anyone wanting a chilled but stunning place to live in central Manchester.
It’s not cheap but for the amount of facilities and everything you get included, there’s not much that does it all. I looked at the main competitors too in Salford Quays and central Manchester and they were all more expensive and parking wasn’t available or convenient (lots were full or offered parking at a nearby hotel…). It’s defo worth it.

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Council tax wasn’t banded when I moved in so we only guessed the band and charges, it’s quite expensive but city centre is. We just have to pay more each month as we didn’t get the full financial year

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Responded really fast as it’s all logged on the app. I had an issue with my sink and it was fixed within 48 hours.

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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are pleased to see you are enjoying your time with us so far and have got some good use out of the amenity spaces!

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The Vita Living Team

A breath of fresh air

Review Date Sep 2021

Great choice of restaurants, takeaways and bars just a 5/10 minutes walk away making getting to know the city easy.

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All the team at Vita Living go above and beyond to meet requests including holding events within the building to help meet new people which was a great help moving to a new city!

Super excited for the new building to open to explore the vast communal spaces provided – it’s definitely made working from home much more comfortable.

Would highly recommend this building to anyone looking for city centre living!

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Good to know dining rooms are free to book as from doing viewings elsewhere this isn’t the case.

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We got a parking fine for parking on Nobel Way when we moved in but this was sorted by management immediately.

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Ideal City Centre Living

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Review Date Sep 2021

– Location is ideal, can’t get much more city centre. Can walk everywhere and there are so many amenities around including places like Yes, Hatch, Salut then stores like Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Aldi on Market Street is walking distance.
– Transport links are so close by with trams all over Greater Manchester only 5 minutes walk. Piccadilly is only 10 minutes walk away. There are always Ubers around too.
– The new park area is a nice touch being a dog owner, usually there isn’t much space around apartment blocks so it’s great from that point of view. It’s only a mile down the road from Whitworth Park too.
– The area is a brand new development so there is some construction being finalised currently but most of Manchester has some level of building works being done. The windows are very soundproofed and I think you expect some element of noise living in a thriving city.
– There are 2 NCP secure car parks a minute away, I’ve parked my car there since moving and it’s very convenient. You also get a corporate discount passed on from Vita Living if you pay for a year (quarterly).
– It’s actually fairly quiet in the evenings as it’s set back from Oxford Road. I’ve only now noticed more activity in the evenings but as mentioned, the windows are very insulated so when closed, noise is minimal.

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It’s quite an impressive place from a design point of view. I’ve brought a number of friends and family round and they’re always in love with the dining rooms and communal spaces. There is such attention to detail, my dad was even impressed with the recycling and garbage shoots on each floor! The charging tables in the co-working space too is another tiny touch you’d never have thought about if it wasn’t there, but the detail is amazing. The apartments are also great and have so much storage for a flat! There are floor to ceiling cupboards in the dining / living area as well as 2 x double wardrobes in each bedroom (I’m in a 2 bed). For someone with tonnes of stuff, it’s been so easy to pack everything away!

The dining spaces are so popular and everyone uses them most days for work and most evenings for entertaining or a change of scenery. It’s so easy to book them though and compared to other places I went to view before, you don’t have to pay. They even set the table for you if you need crockery which is mad.

The gym is in the new building which opens soon, it was delayed due to Covid I believe but everyone is excited for this launch. Having a gym within the buildings is ideal really and saves monthly membership fees.

There are monthly events too, which I wasn’t expecting. They host food and drink events but have also done some wellness events too which are lovely. Sometimes there are drinks put up in the fridges on the 15th floor ‘just because’ as well which is a nice touch.

The staff within the buildings can’t do enough for you. They’re so friendly and always greet you with a smile. It’s really nice after a long day at work! They take in all your deliveries and if there are any issues in the apartments, they’re on hand to help or log on your app with you. If they ever step away from the desk, there is a number you can call so you’re never without support. You gain access with a fob or with your phone and you can invite your friends and family too so you don’t need to go down to let them in which is nice. It feels more secure than most apartment blocks where you just buzz anyone in.

Overall, happy here so far and have really enjoyed my experience.

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It was a pretty standard move-in process. The sales team were helpful and nothing was a surprise.

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

They’ve always been pretty quick in getting things sorted. We had a leaky sink and some plug sockets that were a little stiff behind the TV when we moved in and we were shown how to report on the app and the issues were resolved within 24 hours.

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Thank you for taking the time to leave such a nice review. We appreciate feedback as it helps us improve so we are really happy to see you are enjoying your time with us.

Thanks again for your kind words.

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The Vita Living Team

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