20 best places to live in Manchester according to residents

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Where are the best places to live in Manchester? 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 2020. 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.

The city’s property market has been booming in recent years. Housebuilders and developers have struggled to keep up with demand and average prices have risen by almost six per cent over the past twelve months. This brings the average price of a property in Manchester up to £203,196, while the average monthly rent for a three bedroom property in the city stands at £1,180 in April 2020.

Manchester is the UK’s third most-visited city 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.

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, starting with number 1: the stunning Duet building in Salford Quays.

20 best places to live in Manchester

1. The Green Rooms MediaCityUK, M50

Amro Living
4.90 (34 reviews) 4.90 (34 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of The Green Rooms MediaCityUK, M50

The best place to live in Manchester is currently Green Rooms, managed by Amro Living. This rental development sits near Media City in Manchester and has achieved a near-perfect rating. Comprising a range of one to three-bedroom apartments for rent, the development benefits from being pet friendly, has amazing waterside views, a residents’ gym and bike storage. The Green Rooms is also just just a few minutes walk from a wide variety of transport links and amenities.

Read reviews and details of The Green Rooms MediaCityUK, M50

2. Duet MediaCityUK, M50

More. ‘Superenting’, Allsop Letting and Management
4.85 (54 reviews) 4.85 (54 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of Duet MediaCityUK, M50

Glowing resident reviews place Duet in second place on our list of the top 20 places to live in Manchester. Situated in Salford Quays, Duet comprises 270 stylish one, two and three-apartments to rent. Residents have access to a 24-hour concierge service as well as a gym and fitness centre. Managed by Allsop, the development is also pet-friendly.

Read reviews and details of Duet MediaCityUK, M50

3. Chapel Wharf, M3

Dandara Living
4.88 (45 reviews) 4.88 (45 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of Chapel Wharf, M3

Chapel Wharf, by Dandara Living, sits in the heart of Manchester. Comprising of studio to 2-bed apartments, residents benefit from a pet friendly policy, an onsite gym and car/bike parking. As well as this, the development is just moments away from Manchester’s famous shopping, entertainment and cultural scenes.

Read reviews and details of Chapel Wharf, M3

4. The Slate Yard, M3

Legal & General, Urbanbubble
4.69 (71 reviews) 4.69 (71 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of The Slate Yard, M3

The Slate Yard is a Build to Rent development located in Spinningfields, Manchester’s city centre and only a 6-minute walk away from Salford Central. Residents have access to a wide range of facilities including a 24 hour on-site team, a residents’ gym, housekeeping services and a residents’ lounge. The development is also pet friendly.

Read reviews and details of The Slate Yard, M3

5. Wilburn Basin, M5

Renaker
4.68 (45 reviews) 4.68 (45 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Wilburn Basin, M5

Wilburn Basin is located only a 5-minute stroll from Castlefield district of Manchester City Centre. The luxurious development features a variety of apartments across four district blocks. Residents praise the 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

6. New Maker Yards, M5

Get Living
4.61 (68 reviews) 4.61 (68 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of New Maker Yards, M5

New Maker Yards features 275 homes with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments in the heart of Middlewood Locks. The development is located only 10-minutes away from Salford Central and 14-minutes from Spinningfields and Manchester city centre. In addition, New Maker Yards was built around three historic canal basins and is bounded by […]

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7. West Tower, M15

Legal & General, Urbanbubble
4.61 (46 reviews) 4.61 (46 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of West Tower, M15

Situated in Deansgate Square, West Tower is a Build to Rent development featuring a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Residents have access to a wide range of amenities including dry cleaning services and access to a residents lounge. Once completed in 2020, residents will be able enjoy a variety of facilities, which will […]

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8. Oxbow, M5

Greystar
4.63 (16 reviews) 4.63 (16 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of Oxbow, M5

Oxbow offers a collection of one, two and three-bedroom rental homes. Situated close to the River Irwell and only a 12-minute walk away from Salford Central train station, this INSTRATA Lifestyle Residence managed by Greystar gives residents access to an impressive range of facilities, including onsite gym and a 24-hour on-site team.

Read reviews and details of Oxbow, M5

9. Affinity Living Riverview, M3

Affinity Living
4.58 (17 reviews) 4.58 (17 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Affinity Living Riverview, M3

Affinity Living Riverview, by Affinity Living, is located in Spinningfields. Comprising of 319 one to three-bedroom apartments in a 17-storey building, residents benefit from a pet friendly policy, socials, co-working spaces and a TV area.

Read reviews and details of Affinity Living Riverview, M3

10. The Skyline 2, M4

L1 Capital
4.52 (54 reviews) 4.52 (54 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
The Skyline 2, M4

The Skyline 2 is a Build to Rent development in Manchester. Previously owned and managed by Way of Life, this development was bought by L1 Capital in 2020. It features a range of furnished one and two bedroom apartments, as well as an exceptional three-bed duplex. The Skyline 2 also has great views over the […]

Read reviews and details of The Skyline 2, M4

11. Hacienda, M1

Lendlease
4.60 (11 reviews) 4.60 (11 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Hacienda,  M1

Hacienda is an iconic development, situated in the heart of Manchester and is the former home to the world famous nightclub with the same name. The development offers easy access to all city centre amenities and transport links. Deansgate and Manchester Oxford Road train stations are both only short walks away.

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12. The Trilogy, M15

More. ‘Superenting’, Allsop Letting and Management
4.46 (58 reviews) 4.46 (58 reviews)
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The Trilogy, M15

The Trilogy is a HomeViews award-winning More. ‘Superenting’ scheme by Moorfield, managed by Allsop Letting & Management, located in the heart of Castlefield in Manchester with access to a variety of transport links. Deansgate is a three-minute journey on the tram whilst Cornbrook Metrolink Station is a three-minute walk away. In addition, MediaCityUK is a […]

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13. One Regent, M3

Renaker
4.46 (38 reviews) 4.46 (38 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
One Regent, M3

One Regent is situated in the historic Castlefield district of Manchester. It comprises of six town houses and 301 apartments rising to 26 storeys. The development is only a short walk away from the City Centre, Deansgate transport hub as well as only a 10-minute walk away from the Central business district in Spinningfields. BBC […]

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14. Deansgate Square, M15

Renaker
4.46 (24 reviews) 4.46 (24 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Deansgate Square, M15

Deansgate Square by Renaker is a residential development in the heart of Manchester city centre designed by SimpsonHaugh & Partners. The development comprises of four sleek glazed towers which reach as high as 64 storeys, providing 1508 luxury apartments and exclusive penthouses, some featuring private winter gardens.  The scheme incorporates high end residents’ facilities including 25m swimming pool, indoor tennis […]

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15. Uncle Manchester, M1

Uncle – Realstar Living
4.43 (25 reviews) 4.43 (25 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Uncle Manchester, M1

Uncle Manchester by Uncle – Realstar Living is a residential development designed by . 171 studio and one-bedroom apartments in grade II listed Orient House on Granby Row, transforming it into UNCLE Manchester. The building also has a gym, art studio and co-working space, which are free to use by residents, as well as live-on-site resident […]

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16. One Cambridge Street, M1

Renaker
4.43 (21 reviews) 4.43 (21 reviews)
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One Cambridge Street, M1

Located just a stone’s throw away from Manchester’s new entertainment hub, First Street, One Cambridge Street is Manchester’s 2nd tallest residential development. Residents have access to a 24 hour concierge service and parking facilities. The development is conveniently located only moments away from Oxford Road station, which has links to northern, Transpennine Express, Transport for […]

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17. Irwell Riverside, M3

Urban Splash
4.44 (8 reviews) 4.44 (8 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Irwell Riverside, M3

Irwell Riverside, by Urban Splash, sits in Salford, on the banks of the River Irwell. Residents here benefit from great views, resident gardens and parking and from being within walking distance of Manchester city centre. As well as this, the development was designed by shedkm, providing a unique design.

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18. GreenGate, M3

JLL
4.49 (60 reviews) 4.49 (60 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
GreenGate, M3

GreenGate is a JLL development located in Greengate. All residents benefit from a 24-hour concierge and a range of other communal facilities, such as: an on-site gym, a landscaped courtyard, a residents’ lounge, flexible parking and family and friends guest suite. The development is situated just a 10-minute walk from local amenities and the key […]

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19. Cotton Field Wharf, M4

Manchester Life
4.38 (63 reviews) 4.38 (63 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Cotton Field Wharf, M4

Cotton Field Wharf, by Manchester Life, comprises of 302 apartments for rent. Situated in Ancoats, Manchester, residents here benefit from a range of resident amenities. Including: car parking, cycle storage, a club room, gym, private terrace and 24/7 concierge service.

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20. Heyfields, M28

Live DifRent
4.05 (16 reviews) 4.05 (16 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Heyfields, M28

Heyfields, by Live DifRent, sits in Walkden on the outskirts of Manchester. Comprising of 1 & 2 bedroom apartments and 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes for rent, Heyfields is just a 25-minute drive from Manchester city centre. As well as this, residents have access to a wide range of local amenities in Walkden town […]

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House prices in Manchester

The current average property price in Manchester stands at £199,169 according to the latest estimates from Zoopla (October 2020). This drops to an average of £146,602 for a terraced house or £183,327 for a flat. This higher average price for a flat perhaps reflects the large number of new apartments being built in the city centre.

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