Accommodation: Everything you need to know

Starting university is an exciting time for any student and for many of you it’s the first time you have lived away from home. Where you live at university can have a big impact on your student experience so we’ve pulled together all of the information you need to make an informed decision about accommodation.

University halls

Accommodation guarantee

Accommodation guarantee

You’re guaranteed a place in student accommodation for your first year (and throughout your studies, if you’re an international student), as long as you meet certain criteria.

Manchester offers a wide range of options for your first year of university.  Between our three campuses (Fallowfield, Victoria Park and City), you have a choice of catered or self-catered accommodation. You can also choose your bathroom option  en-suite, standard room with shared facilities, or standard room with washbasin.

Staying in halls offers more than just a roof over your head and at Manchester we have loads to make your stay the best possible.

Everything included

Hall fees include utility bills, internet (WiFi/cable connection) and contents insurance. Catered halls provide two meals a day Monday to Friday and some offer weekend catering too.


Meet and mingle, compete and collaborate with fellow students through our ResLife programme of activities and events – and enjoy support on any topic from ResLife Advisers in every hall of residence.

Residents’ Association / Junior Common Rooms

Most University halls have one of these elected student committees, which organise social and sporting events galore. Join in – and maybe get elected yourself.

Hall sport

From badminton to body conditioning, you’ll find something to suit your preferred style and level of fitness in 35 hours of Hall Sports activities each week.

Peace of mind

Relax: CCTV coverage and access to security teams across campus 24 hours a day put you in safe hands.

Wondering where you might fit in best?

Get insider knowledge from our Q&As with students who have lived and breathed the different accommodation on offer at the University.

Getting the student home you want

Your five-step guide to applying for Manchester student accommodation.

1. Create your shortlist

Choose your five favourite student accommodation choices.

2. Secure our accommodation guarantee

Apply asap, by 31 August at the latest – or by 31 July if you’re a visiting or exchange student – in order to get a guaranteed offer of a place in our halls of residence.

3. Mention any special requirement

If you have any special requirements that might impact on your accommodation needs, tick the appropriate box on our application form and we’ll do our best to help.

4. Wait for our email

We’ll email details of your accommodation offer, and how to accept it, during the summer – once we have confirmation that you’re coming to Manchester. 

5. Don’t forget to pay

Once you accept your accommodation offer, we’ll ask you for an advanced licence fee payment of £400 – don’t worry, we will deduct this from your first rent instalment.

Private renting

You might decide to rent a property from a private landlord, especially if you’re moving to Manchester with a family, or looking to share with a group of friends. If so, we can still help you.

We work with Manchester Student Homes, an organisation that provides: 

  • accurate information on good quality student properties;
  • a list of accredited landlords;
  • contract checking;
  • mediation services.

+44 (0)161 275 7680

Check your contract length!

If you only want to stay in Manchester during term-time (41 or 42 weeks for undergraduates), be aware that private rental contracts often last a full year, so you might end up paying for 11 weeks that you don’t need.

At the University, we're committed to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students, visitors and the wider city community during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, certain areas in our halls, for example common rooms, sports facilities and study areas, may have to close. We follow UK government guidance when making these decisions.