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Accommodation area guide

Manchester is a student-friendly city. Many areas cater for students, with discounts offered at most places to eat and drink.

Some of the main student areas are:

City campus

The main advantage of living here is that you are both close to campus and at the heart of city life. Renting private property can be more expensive, but you save on travel costs.

The pedestrian route between the two ends of the campus takes only ten minutes; there is also a bus service between both, which is free to students.

Plenty of bus services are available to other residential areas such as Rusholme, Fallowfield and beyond.

University halls of residence in this area include:

  • George Kenyon Hall
  • Horniman House (family and partner)
  • Opal Hall
  • Weston Hall
  • Wright Robinson Hall
  • Whitworth Park

Find out more about the city campus on the Accommodation Office website.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is situated between the city and Fallowfield residential campuses, so halls here are ideally placed for both academic and social activities.

This leafy conservation area provides a pleasant and tranquil atmosphere in which to live. Only a 15-minute walk to the University’s academic campus, there are also frequent bus services, with the city centre equally accessible at only ten minutes by bus.

Adjacent to Victoria Park is Rusholme – popularly known as the Curry Mile – where the many restaurants and shops offer an unparalleled range of cuisine and produce, including kosher and halal foods.

  • Burkhardt House
  • Canterbury Court
  • Dalton-Ellis Hall
  • Hulme Hall
  • St Anselm Hall
  • St Gabriel's Hall
  • Victoria Hall

Find out more about the Victoria Park campus on the Accommodation Office website.

Fallowfield

Fallowfield is known as the student village and is Manchester's most popular student area. The area is alive with student pubs and bars, and has the University’s Armitage Centre nearby. Most halls are situated on the main bus route to the University and city centre, and services to both are frequent. The walk to the academic campus is a relatively short one too.

Halls are clustered together and offer a range of accommodation. Private accommodation comes mainly in the form of small terraced or large Victorian houses. University halls of residence in Fallowfield include:

  • Allen Hall
  • Ashburne Hall   
  • Firs Villa
  • Linton House (including family and partner)
  • Oak House
  • Owens Park
  • Richmond Park
  • Sheavyn House  
  • Woolton Hall

Find out more about the Fallowfield campus on the Accommodation Office website.

Other popular areas

Withington

A mile (1.5km) south of Fallowfield on the Wilmslow Road - or about five minutes away by bus. The high street has everything you need including shops and bars. Accommodation can be cheap, and the population is less student-heavy.

Didsbury

A mile (1.5km) south of Withington is the prosperous area of Didsbury. The high street is full of highly rated bars and restaurants, but it's a bit more expensive than other areas. The area is mainly residential, with most property catering for young professionals. Buses to and from campus are frequent.

Rusholme

One of the most affordable student areas, Rusholme is close to campus and along the main bus route. There are supermarkets and shops in the area, not to mention the multitude of curry houses along Rusholme's high street.

Whalley Range

Fairly near the city and University, Whalley Range has lots of reasonably priced accommodation. Amenities are in shorter supply, but it is leafy and close to Chorlton. Buses also run to and from campus.

Chorlton

Popular with young professionals and students alike, Chorlton is a good compromise in terms of distance from campus, affordability and standard of living. The area is up and coming with modern bars, cafes and restaurants. Property is affordable and generally of a good standard, while bus routes to the University and city centre are excellent.

Moss Side

To the west of Rusholme, Moss Side is convenient for the University and the city. This is a less expensive area so a large number of students choose to live here.