Manchester has an excellent network of local bus, rail and tram services, all operating at very reasonable costs and with discounts for students.
Local bus and rail timetables are available in the student advice centre of the Students' Union.
There are several options, most at an affordable price:
Manchester's buses are students' favourite method of travel.
There are half a dozen bus companies in the city all competing for passengers, which means tickets are very cheap. You can go just about anywhere from as little as 50p.
The Oxford Road Link 147 bus offers free travel for University of Manchester staff and students between the Sackville Street and Oxford Road areas of the campus.
The buses run every ten minutes throughout the day, Monday to Friday between 7.15am and 6.51pm.
A single journey costs 50p (outside of the Sackville St and Oxford Rd campus zone) and a Day Rover, giving unlimited travel on the route, costs £1.
The service starts at Bus Stop C on Fairfield Street, near Piccadilly Rail Station, and calls at:
- The University of Manchester (Sackville Street area)
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- The Royal Northern College of Music
- The Dental Hospital
- The University of Manchester (Oxford Road area)
- Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
- Saint Mary's Hospital
- A+E and Manchester Royal Infirmary
Manchester has two main train stations: Piccadilly and Victoria. There are also other smaller stations within the city centre, including Manchester Oxford Road, which is just a ten-minute walk away from both the Oxford Road and Sackville Street areas of the campus. There are numerous bus links between stations, some of which are free.
Manchester's tram service, the Metrolink, runs every six minutes peak time and every 15 minutes off peak to Altrincham, Eccles and Bury. It also runs a service to the Trafford Centre and The Lowry. The nearest station to the University is St Peter's Square; alight here and then walk down Oxford Street which becomes Oxford Road.
A more expensive method of travel, a taxi across the city centre will cost at most £5. Getting hold of a taxi during the day is no problem, but like most big cities it's a little harder late at night. The city's main taxi rank is located at Piccadilly station.
Probably the cheapest method of travel, there are cycle paths running across Manchester, particularly in student areas.