20 best places to live in Manchester according to residents

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Where are the best places to live in Manchester? Let’s ask the residents! Our reviews come from tenants and owners living in Greater Manchester. They’ve rated their developments on factors like location and facilities to reveal Manchester’s 20 best places to live in 2022. Whether you’re interested in stylish flats in the city centre or luxury apartments in Manchester’s suburbs, this list of the best new developments is essential reading.

20 best places to live in Manchester

The following list is based solely on the reviews of real residents living in Manchester. Their scores across five categories generate an overall ranking, which is then averaged out over all the reviews received for that development. This way, you get a transparent, clear and concise overview of the best places to live in Manchester.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

1. Eda, M50

Eda
4.99 (53 reviews) 4.99 (53 reviews)
Area guide to Salford
Image of Eda, M50

Smashing straight in at the top of the pile in Manchester is Eda. This development is certianly making waves in the city, and comes with almost perfect reviews so far from verified reviewers on HomeViews. A rental only development, the apartments all come fully-furnished, with free WiFi, private dining and stunning views of Manchester’s skyline.

Eda sits at the top of Erie Dock in the heart of Salford Quays. With paddle boarders, kayakers and an occasional brave swimmer, this is where the city meets the open water. As you follow the dock, you’ll find The Lowry Theatre, Imperial War Museum and Media City UK. And with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars within easy walking distance (and a tram stop right outside the door), you’ll be well connected to Salford, Manchester and beyond. You can get from sofa to city in just 15 minutes.

Read reviews and details of Eda, M50

2. Poplin, M4

Native
4.93 (35 reviews) 4.93 (35 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
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Second-placed Polin is another new entry on our list. The development from Native offers 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments to rent in a community of 144 homes. Residents benefit from flexibility, social spaces and rooftop views. Additionally, residents can enjoy a communal atrium garden, glass atrium and social lounge, and a bookable kitchen. Bordering Ancoats, Poplin is just a couple of minutes’ walk to the Shudehill interchange, and five minutes to Victoria Station. It’s also a short walk to spots such as Angel Meadow, Cutting Room Square and New Islington Marina – or onwards to any of the shops, bars, restaurants and supermarkets of the Northern Quarter.

Read reviews and details of Poplin, M4

3. Vox, M15

Allsop Letting and Management
4.90 (184 reviews) 4.90 (184 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
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Vox takes third place in Manchester, enjoying near perfect ratings from its residents. It sits on Trentham Street, located just off the A56, making Vox well connected as it offers a short bus ride into the city centre. The Vox offers a collection of one, two and three-bed apartments and residents benefit from 50 under-building car parking spaces and storage for over 280 bikes, which are monitored by CCTV and stored behind fob-operated doors. Other facilities include a gym, running track, studio, roof terrace and residents’ lounge.

Read reviews and details of Vox, M15

4. Duet MediaCityUK, M50

JLL
4.86 (159 reviews) 4.86 (159 reviews)
Area guide to Salford
Image of Duet MediaCityUK, M50
Now managed by JLL, Duet is adjacent to the bustling MediaCityUK on the waterfront in Salford Quays. There are wide range of local amenities, including 15 bars/restaurants, shopping outlets, leisure facilities, a cinema, a theatre, and a nursery. The development comprises 270 pet-friendly one, two and three-bedroom apartments to rent. In addition, the building also […] Read reviews and details of Duet MediaCityUK, M50

5. Chapel Wharf, M3

Dandara Living
4.87 (343 reviews) 4.87 (343 reviews)
Area guide to Salford
Image of Chapel Wharf, M3
Chapel Wharf by Dandara Living sits in the heart of Manchester. Comprising of a range of studios to 3-bed apartments, residents benefit from a pet friendly policy, an onsite gym as well as car/bike parking. In addition, there is a courtyard garden, a free 3,789sqft gym equipped with the latest range of cardio and functional […] Read reviews and details of Chapel Wharf, M3

6. The Green Rooms MediaCityUK, M50

AmroLiving
4.86 (200 reviews) 4.86 (200 reviews)
Area guide to Salford
Image of The Green Rooms MediaCityUK, M50
The Green Rooms, managed by AmroLiving, sits near Media City in Manchester. It offers a range of one to three-bedroom apartments for rent. Additionally,  the development benefits from being pet friendly, waterside views, a residents’ gym and bike storage. The Green Rooms is also just just a few minutes walk from a wide variety of […] Read reviews and details of The Green Rooms MediaCityUK, M50

7. The Trilogy, M15

Allsop Letting and Management
4.85 (240 reviews) 4.85 (240 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
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In seventh place, The Trilogy is located in the heart of Castlefield with access to a variety of transport links. Deansgate is only a three-minute journey on the tram, whilst Cornbrook Metrolink Station is a three-minute walk. In addition, MediaCityUK is just a 12-minute commute. The development comprises 232 pet-friendly one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Residents have access to a wide range of facilities, including a fully equipped gym as well as a landscaped communal garden. Likewise, the building provides a 24-hour on-site concierge service.

Read reviews and details of The Trilogy, M15

8. Angel Gardens, M4

Moda Living
4.70 (239 reviews) 4.70 (239 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
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Taking eighth is Angel Gardens, by Moda Living, which sits in the heart of Manchester within the NOMA innovation district. It features a total of 466 interior designed apartments to rent with a mix of sizes, ranging from studios to three beds. In addition, it offers no deposit and is pet-friendly. Likewise, residents benefit from 250MBPS WiFi, Samsung 50″ inch smart TV included in their rent. Plus, onsite amenities such as: a rooftop sports pitch, rooftop terrace, residents’ gym, sky lounge, private dining room, media room and atrium. Pay your rent, book community events or chat to your neighbours with the MyModa app. A free health check when you move in, wellbeing workshops and classes with hero, Moda’s health and wellbeing partner.

Read reviews and details of Angel Gardens, M4

9. The Residences Manchester, M15

Legal & General, urbanbubble
4.69 (264 reviews) 4.69 (264 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of The Residences Manchester, M15

In ninth, and situated in Deansgate Square, West Tower Residences is a Build to Rent development over two towers (North and West) featuring a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Residents have access to a wide range of shared amenities, including 20-metre indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym, yoga and dance studio, spinning room and amazing private dining facilities (including hire of a private chef). The development is only a three-minute walk from both Castlefield and Deansgate stations.

Read reviews and details of The Residences Manchester, M15

10. Kampus, M1

Native
4.60 (97 reviews) 4.60 (97 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of Kampus, M1

10th place goes to Kampus. Located in the Manchester Piccadilly district, Kampus is Manchester’s garden neighbourhood. In the centre of the city. By the canal, near the station – it’s literally minutes from everything. With secret streets, gardens and terraces, and independent food and drink, it’s a great location no matter what you’re into.

With 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, across 5 beautiful, individual buildings – available to rent from 2021 – an on-site team on hand whenever you need them 24/7. In addition, Kampus is pet friendly (with dog walking), has super-fast broadband included. Likewise, there is a gym, yoga terrace, cinema and a lounge in which to work (or play).

Read reviews and details of Kampus, M1

11. Simple Life at Coral Mill, OL16

Simple Life Homes
4.78 (6 reviews) 4.78 (6 reviews)
Area guide to Greater Manchester
Image of Simple Life at Coral Mill, OL16
Built on the site of a former cotton mill, Coral Mill is a rental-only development by Simple Life in Newhey. Also, its close to Rochdale’s many shops and leisure facilities, with the town centre perfect for socialising. In addition, Manchester is just 10 miles away. Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Coral Mill, OL16

12. The James Manchester, M4

The James
4.80 (6 reviews) 4.80 (6 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of The James Manchester, M4
Formerly a 19th century shoemaker’s warehouse, The James Manchester has been carefully converted to offer luxury apartments, providing residents with generous spaces to recharge mind and body in a prime central location known for being a creative and culture hub. Situated in the lively Manchester’s Northern Quarter, renowned for its blend of office spaces, shops, […] Read reviews and details of The James Manchester, M4

13. Crown Street, M15

Renaker
4.74 (6 reviews) 4.74 (6 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of Crown Street, M15

In 13th place in Manchester is Crown Street, which forms part of the new neighbourhood on Great Jackson Street in Manchester. The apartments are contemporary and spacious and residents can enjoy exceptional amenities such as the 20m swimming pool, which is located high above the city on the 44th floor.

Read reviews and details of Crown Street, M15

14. The Astley, M1

Savills
4.73 (29 reviews) 4.73 (29 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of The Astley, M1

14th place in Manchester is taken by The Astley, a rental development by Mulbury Homes owned and managed by M&G Real Estate. The development is situated in Manchester’s Northern Quarter in the city centre, an area which used to be the heart of a global textile and cotton industry and then later became home to the city’s artists in the 1990s.

Read reviews and details of The Astley, M1

15. East Hollinsfield, M24

Taylor Wimpey
4.64 (7 reviews) 4.64 (7 reviews)
Area guide to Greater Manchester
Image of East Hollinsfield, M24
The East Hollinsfield development by Taylor Wimpey is located at Hollin Lane, Middleton, M24 6DH.The development offers various features, including Venetian blinds in the lounge, kitchen, and all 3 bedrooms, a variety of kitchen options with integrated appliances, upgraded composite sinks, and spotlights. The WC, bathroom, and en-suite all include chrome trim finishes, with the […] Read reviews and details of East Hollinsfield, M24

16. Millfield, M24

Elan Homes
4.63 (7 reviews) 4.63 (7 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of Millfield, M24

In 16th place, Millfield is a new development of two, three and four-bedroom homes which is ideally situated for local schools, shops and supermarkets. The development is a short commute from Manchester City Centre.

Read reviews and details of Millfield, M24

17. The Mailbox, SK3

Rise Homes, Una Living
4.56 (20 reviews) 4.56 (20 reviews)
Area guide to Greater Manchester
Image of The Mailbox, SK3
The Mailbox, comprises of 117 one and two-bed apartments and 12,500 sq ft of commercial office space. Situated in the former Royal Mail sorting office in Stockport, the development features an open atrium, a roof terrace and high-speed broadband. Read reviews and details of The Mailbox, SK3

18. Wilburn Basin, M5

Renaker
4.63 (48 reviews) 4.63 (48 reviews)
Area guide to Salford
Image of Wilburn Basin, M5
Located only a 5-minute stroll from Castlefield district of Manchester City Centre, Wilburn Basin features a variety of apartments across four district blocks. Residents have access to a wide range of facilities and amenities, including a gym, cinema, residents’ lounge and meeting rooms as well as a 24 hour concierge service. Read reviews and details of Wilburn Basin, M5

19. Anco&co, M4

urbanbubble
4.57 (45 reviews) 4.57 (45 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of Anco&co, M4

Sitting in 19th place, we have Anco&co. Situated in the creative community Ancoats, Anco&co offers up 143 apartments designed by Bowler James Brindley. It offers flexible renting and a 24/7 club concierge alongside a range of onsite facilities. These include a private dining suite and rooftop terrace as well as an onsite co-working space with Anco&co’s very own café-meets-cocktail-bar, Mule. Likewise, the development is pet-friendly and apartments come fully furnished with voice controlled tech and intuitive heating. In addition, the development offers secure bike storage and 100mb/s unlimited broadband at no extra cost.

Read reviews and details of Anco&co, M4

20. Simple Life at Our Lady’s, M28

Simple Life Homes
4.55 (15 reviews) 4.55 (15 reviews)
Area guide to Greater Manchester
Image of Simple Life at Our Lady’s, M28
This development is located in the popular and well-located area of Little Hulton in Worsley. Additionally, this development offers 2, 3 and 4 bedroom family homes exclusively for rent. Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Our Lady’s, M28

What’s happening with Manchester’s property market?

The city’s property market has been booming in recent years, prompting billions of pounds to pour into property developments across Manchester. Even so, housebuilders and developers are still struggling to keep up with demand and average prices continue to rise. This brings the average price of a property in Manchester up to £246,885 for the past year, while the average monthly rent for a three-bedroom property in the city stands at £1,520 in January 2024.

View of MediaCity from across the river

Manchester is one of the UK’s most visited cities, after London and Edinburgh. It also has the busiest airport outside London. It’s celebrated for its architecture, sports clubs and venues, cultural heritage and scientific achievements. As a result, the city is often described as the UK’s second city, despite its status as the fifth largest.

Manchester has even acquired the status of UNESCO City of Literature. This is thanks to its connections with authors such as Elizabeth Gaskell, Friedrich Engels and, more recently, Carol Ann Duffy.

What’s it like Living in Manchester?

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The three universities in Manchester attract thousands of students every year. This is a significant source of demand for student flats in Manchester. A large number of new developments offer affordable studio flats to rent and buy, to cater for the constant flow of student tenants.

Manchester nightlife is also a major factor in making it a great place to live for students and long-term residents alike. The city’s ‘Madchester’ clubbing scene spawned a number of influential bands and artists throughout the 1980s. Oasis and BritPop then kept the city in the headlines during the 90s.

Manchester City or United?

Sports fans living in Manchester are genuinely spoilt for choice. Premier League giants and fierce rivals Manchester United and Manchester City both boast world-class players and stadiums. The city’s National Cycling Centre is the home of British Cycling, as well as Team Sky, while Old Trafford Cricket Ground hosted The Ashes back in 2013.

Etihad Stadium Manchester City

So you’re wondering where to live in Manchester? Then let’s get on and explore the 20 best places to live in Manchester. Remember that these rankings are purely based on what our verified HomeViews reviewers think of the developments they themselves live in.

Is Manchester expensive to live in?

Despite being a major city, Manchester is still a highly affordable place to live. Even though Manchester house prices have grown more than anywhere in England and Wales since the year 2000, they remain very competitive compared to the UK national average.

As for regular costs of living, Manchester is blessed with the generally lower costs that the north of England enjoys compared to the south.

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Is Manchester cheaper than London?

Happily (if you’re planning to move here) Manchester is a significantly cheaper place to live than London. While some living costs are roughly similar, there are a few categories where the northern city really shines.

For example, groceries and eating out in Manchester are about 13% cheaper than London. The really big saver is rent. Average rental costs in Manchester are a whopping 52% lower than in London. As a major monthly cost for students, young professionals and families, this is a huge savings factor to consider.

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What are the main pros of living in Manchester?

  • It’s the safest city to live in the UK
  • Manchester is a students’ paradise.
  • It has culture, history and big venue entertainment opportunities galore
  • The property market is buoyant but competitive. Whatever kind of home you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.

What do you think of our ranking of the best place to live in Manchester? If you’re interested in finding out more about Manchester new builds, and discovering more of what the city has to offer, check out our area guide by clicking the link below.

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