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Living in Manchester

The vibrant heart of the North West

About Manchester

Vying with Birmingham for the title of the UK’s ‘second city’, the city of Manchester is the cultural and economic heart of the North West of England. Famous for being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Oasis, and two world-famous football clubs, Manchester has always been a cultural giant. Today, the city is one of UNESCO’s Cities of Literature, home to the BBC, and has more theatre seats per person than anywhere else in the UK, outside of London. If you head to Spinningfields - Manchester’s business district - you’ll also find some of the biggest names in finance and professional services. Manchester is typically seen as a very young city. There’s a large student population that attend the two world-leading universities, and many of these young people make their home in the inclusive and fast-paced centre of the city. However a little further out, suburbs like leafy Didsbury, and Stockport attract lots of professional families looking to put down roots.
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Internet speed
100 mbps

Crime rate

Every large city has its share of crime, and Manchester is no different. Crime rates in Manchester city centre are higher than the UK average, however you’ll find plenty of areas in the wider Greater Manchester area with much lower rates of crime.
Crime rating
Very low crime
Crimes last 12m
Crimes per thousand

The local area

If you’re centrally based, Manchester provides everything you need within a quick walk. The city centre is easy to navigate in just 20 minutes. Greater Manchester is a little less compact, offering a sprawling patchwork of different neighbourhoods, from densely packed urban areas, to large areas of countryside, and quaint market towns. Luckily the extensive transport network controlled by Transport for Greater Manchester provides easy and regular connections all over the area.
Things to do
18 restaurants in Manchester
Flight Club Darts
Hotel Gotham
Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
All Bar One
Vesper Cocktail Bar
King Street Townhouse
Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
Pizza Express
Miller & Carter
Starbucks Coffee
Black Sheep Coffee
Grand Pacific
Thai Kitchen No. 6
Croma Restaurant
Rosso Restaurant & Bar
St James's Club
City Arms
Stock Exchange Hotel - The Bull & Bear
Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house

Cost of living

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Avg. price
Price range
£0.53 - £1.20
£0.55 - £1.70
£1.00 - £2.70
£5.00 - £10.00
£1.00 - £3.00
£157.65 - £492.58
Preschool cost
£750 - £1,200


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Price range
Buy: 2 Bed house
£155K - £543K
Rent: 2 Bed house
£824 PCM
£440 - £1476
Rent HMO
£588 PCM
£352 - £1108

Public Transport

Manchester has an extensive public transport network comprising of regular bus, tram, and train services throughout the city and surrounding areas. Within Manchester city centre, there are free ‘hop on, hop off’ buses linking the four main rail stations with the shopping and business districts. If you’re looking to go out of the centre, the System One Travelcard is accepted by most bus, train and tram companies. For travel further afield, Manchester Airport is just 20 minutes away by train from Manchester Piccadilly. The service runs every 10 minutes, 7 days a week.
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Price range
One-way ticket
£1.95 - £4.20
Monthly pass
£50.00 - £115.00
Taxi starting tariff
£2.20 - £3.00


When it comes to sports and leisure activities, Manchester is top of the charts. The city's musical heritage remains important to this day, and you’ll be able to catch shows from musicians of all genres at one of the many venues across the city. If you’re after dramatic orchestral concerts, head to the Bridgewater Hall, or if you prefer to dance the night away, check out the offerings at The Deaf Institute. It’s hard not to be a sports fan in a city like Manchester. Home to two of the most famous football clubs in the UK (and the world), there are regular matches at the Old Trafford and Etihad Stadiums. If you prefer rugby, Union and League teams play in nearby Sale, Salford, Wigan, and Warrington.
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Price range
Fitness Club
£27 pm
£15.00 - £50.00
£7 pp
£5.00 - £12.00
Inexpensive restaurant
£15 pp
£9.00 - £25.00

Moving to Manchester

Given its importance as an economic and cultural hub living in central Manchester is slightly more expensive than average for the UK. However, there are more affordable options just outside the main central area, such as in Fallowfield - which is a favourite among students - or Salford - which attracts large numbers of creative professionals working at nearby MediaCity. Figuring out how you’re going to transport your things far in advance can make moving house less stressful - and help you budget effectively. As a general rule, it can be cheaper to move on a weekday, and to do your own packing in advance.

Help and information

Settling into a new neighbourhood can be tricky, but there’s lots of support out there.
Manchester City Council
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A city that thinks a table is for dancing on
- Mark Radcliffe
What Manchester does today, the world does tomorrow
- Roy Walters
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