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

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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Grainger Review

Review Date Apr 2021

A few bars/restaurants in media city, but best to use the tram line to get to the city centre.

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Apartments are modern but fairly standard. Furniture is cheap and breaks easily. Location by the canal is great and good for walking. Best feature is that they are pet friendly (however we receive regular emails saying dogs have to be on a lead around the development, which seems unnecessary and there is an extremely strict pet policy). I think it is very overpriced for what it actually is, paying upwards of £1000 per month for an apartment outside of the city centre is very expensive and we have found that we can rent a house with more space and a garden for less money per month. Grainger also charge £100 per month on top of the already costly rent for a parking space, do not allow more than one space per apartment and issue fines if visitors park in any parking spaces.

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I wish we had known that we weren’t allowed more than one parking space per apartment, we have had so many issues finding a second space that is close by.

What is the best feature of your home:

Balcony space and view is good on our side of the building and the main reason we chose to live there is due to it being pet friendly.

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Avoid clippers quays

Review Date Apr 2021

Great location. Amazing in fact but move to a different development. There are plenty to choose from in Manchester and Salford quays

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Great at selling the benefits but in reality shocking service. Moved into an apartment with broken air filters and found out later on that they had been broken for months and nobody bothered to get them fixed. Closed all amenities and didn’t consider rent reduction throughout COVID. Staff are nice but management let them down by being unreasonable. Walls are paper thin and when viewing sound proofing was promised.. never happened. Repairs and defects take years to get done and when moving in they sent us a flat check list from a completely different flat dated years ago. Can’t wait till lease is up… avoid at all costs. Sloppy building, sloppy service. Front of house team are nice though

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how bad the build quality would be

What is the best feature of your home:

The balcony and kitchen. Furnishings are also nice

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Plenty of potential but poor communication and handling of the lockdown period

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Review Date Apr 2021

salford quays is a very nice and upcoming area with brand new apartments, offices, shops etc popping up all the time. It is a very vibrant and upcoming location for many young professionals and offers fantastic transport links with the trams and generally very accessible place. Only issue is parking

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Life at clippers quay was great for the first few weeks, but in the last couple of months the quality of the service has been below par. The shared facilities were closed for more than 20 weeks between March 2020 and April 2021 and the responses to apartment defect repairs has been disorganised, delayed and executed poorly. Concerns were raised collectively by residents and management have stressed that improving the service was a top priority but are not willing to temporarily offer rent reduction or some kind of incentive/compensation for the months worth of facilities closures/reduced service. This is a shame as the residential team are all really nice but ultimately the level of service that was expected at the signing of the tenancy agreement has not been upheld and the residents have had to take the hit by still paying full rent or not being offered any alternative compensation/support during the lockdown period. I hope to update this review once the service improves.

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that the company reserves the right to close the shared amenities and still charge full price for rent. It’s the first thing advertises and shown round on the viewing so it would be better if it was emphasises to potential new customer about this

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

better quality furniture, particularly in the lounge area

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Perfect!

Verified Resident
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Review Date Apr 2021

The location is perfect for me and my partner, right in the middle of us for work!

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Gorgeous apartments! So spacious for an open plan. We love that it’s furnished to a high standard. Our little pup loves running around and it’s so easy to find her when she’s running about, the carpet in the bedroom is great for mornings and little mocha is enjoying the flat just we much as we are.

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Nothing

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

We’ve had no issues, but we know if we do the vox team will sort it right out!

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