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Area guide

Manchester is a student friendly city. Many areas cater for students, with student accommodation and student discounts offered at most places to eat and drink. Some of the main student areas are:

City centre

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. University halls of residence in this area include:

  • Bowden Court
  • George Kenyon Hall
  • Grosvenor Place
  • Grosvenor Street Building
  • Horniman House (family)
  • Lambert and Fairfield Halls
  • Opal Hall
  • Ronson Hall
  • Vaughan House
  • Weston Hall
  • Wright Robinson Hall
  • Whitworth Park

Victoria Park

The major advantage of living in this area is that it is just one mile (1.5km) from the city centre campus. It is close to Rusholme and accommodation is reasonably priced. Many large Victorian residences cater for large groups of students wishing to live together. Pubs and bars are limited, but when you are so close to town it doesn't matter. University halls of residence in Victoria Park include:

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


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 a leisure complex nearby. 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   
  • Broomcroft
  • Firs Villa
  • Ladybarn House (including family and partner)
  • Linton House (including family and partner)
  • Oak House
  • Owens Park
  • Richmond Park
  • Sheavyn House  
  • Woolton Hall

Other popular areas


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.


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.


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.


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. While a large number of students do live in this area they tend to be older students who know the area well.