Studying at MMU or The University of Manchester, but don’t want to live in halls? There is plenty of fantastic quality student accommodation available in the city centre and beyond, so if you’re not sure which spots have the best student vibe or just want to be close to the action, then here are our five best places to live in Manchester as a student.
The City Centre
The beating heart of all Manchester, the city centre is a real hub of activity all year round. From amazing nightlife at the chic Milton Club in Deansgate to the quirky and uber-cool 42s which plays the best indie and dance around, you won’t be short of places to party when you choose student accommodation in the city centre.
With a pretty efficient Metrolink service which connects the city centre to other nearby neighbourhoods, it’s easy to get to your lectures on time (providing you don’t party too hard the night before) and there’s also plenty of high street shops and restaurants around that provide part-time job opportunities for students too.
If you’ll be studying at The University of Manchester, then Fallowfield is a great area to find a student let. Not only is the main university campus just a short walk away, but as the halls of residence are located nearby, there’s plenty of amazing bars, cool restaurants that won’t blow your budget and sports venues for you to burn off some energy too.
With plenty of green spaces nearby, it’s also easy to get from Fallowfield to MMU too, so no wonder it’s been seen as Manchester’s number one area choice for student accommodation since the Edwardian period.
Situated close to the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University’s All Saints Campus, Rusholme has a vibrant student community and plenty of excellent quality student accommodation to choose from.
Complete with everything you’d possibly need nearby, Rusholme also has some great music shops and clothing retailers too as well as a perfectly maintained park that offers the perfect escape from your studies or housemates for a few hours.
If you have a love of exotic spices, this area is also home to Manchester’s curry mile and has an amazing choice of cuisines from the Middle East and beyond, perfect if you’ve spent a few hours in a nearby pub and could do with soaking up some of that alcohol!
Home to some of the city’s best live music venues, Oxford Road is just a stone’s throw away from Royal Northern College of Music and an Olympic sized swimming pool if you fancy a dip post-lecture.
As well as being a hub for student accommodation in the city Oxford road also has some great cultural attractions on the doorstep, with the Whitworth art gallery, Manchester Museum, the International Anthony Burgess Centre and several theatres making it a great place to pass a few hours during a rainy afternoon or when fun funds are in short supply!
Whitworth Park is also just a few minutes’ walk away, so it’s perfect for a morning run or getting together with friends for some alfresco studying when the weather allows. As well as all of the fantastic cultural and entertainment options on offer, one of the best things about the area is that Big Hands, a legendary hang out of popular artists Elbow, is just around the corner. It is famed as one of the best nightspots in the entire city with some amazing events on its roof terrace during the summer months.
Hulme is an area that has undergone several transformations over the years, with its most recent development being the new MMU campus. You really can’t get closer to this University when you choose student accommodation in Hulme, so you can guarantee that this buzzing part of the city is super student-friendly.
A real artistic and creative hub, the newly developed Z Arts Centre on Stretford Road is a popular spot for students as are the many bars and restaurants that have popped up recently as part of the areas plans for redevelopment. Plus, if you fancy heading further afield, Hulme has excellent transport links that can get you into the heart of the city and further afield in no time at all.