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Living in Manchester

The vibrant heart of the North West

Costs Summary

  • Cost of living £396.68
  • Housing £1,151.09
  • Transportation £75.00
  • Sport and leisure £48.67
Total £1,671.43
A city that thinks a table is for dancing on - Mark Radcliffe
What Manchester does today, the world does tomorrow - Roy Walters

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 Princess Street

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.

  • Avg. monthly salary £2,394
  • Avg. rent £909
  • Pollution Low
  • Avg. house price £242,669
  • Avg. council tax £1,742
  • Internet speed 100 mbps



  • Labour and Co-operative 70%
  • Conservative 15%
  • Liberal Democrat 7%
  • Brexit Party 4%
  • Green 4%

Crime rate in Manchester

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 54
  • Crimes per thousand 12

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.

Local Cafes and Restaurants

18 restaurants in Manchester
  1. Flight Club Darts Pub/bar/nightclub
  2. Hotel Gotham Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
  3. All Bar One Pub/bar/nightclub
  4. Vesper Cocktail Bar Pub/bar/nightclub
  5. King Street Townhouse Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
  6. Pizza Express Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  7. Miller & Carter Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  8. Starbucks Coffee Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  9. Black Sheep Coffee Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  10. Grand Pacific Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  11. Thai Kitchen No. 6 Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  12. Croma Restaurant Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  13. Rosso Restaurant & Bar Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  14. St James's Club Pub/bar/nightclub
  15. Salut Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  16. City Arms Pub/bar/nightclub
  17. Stock Exchange Hotel - The Bull & Bear Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
  18. Costa Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen

Cost of living in Manchester

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Milk£1.04£0.78 - £1.35
Bread£1.15£0.50 - £2.00
Eggs£2.26£1.07 - £3.00
Wine£7.50£5.00 - £10.00
Beer£1.85£1.00 - £4.00
Utilities£181.90£179.19 - £513.83
Preschool cost£1,019£800 - £1,200

Housing costs

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Buy: 2 Bed house£337K£155K - £543K
Rent: 2 Bed house£824 PCM£440 - £1476
Rent HMO£588 PCM£352 - £1108

Public Transport costs

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.
Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
One-way ticket£3£1.50 - £4.60
Monthly pass£75£45.00 - £101.80
Taxi starting tariff£2£2.30 - £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.

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Fitness Club£26 pm£20.00 - £48.00
Cinema£8 pp£5.00 - £11.00
Inexpensive restaurant£15 pp£9.00 - £24.00

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.

Moving costs

The cost of moving to Manchester will vary depending on the day of the week, demand, and where you’re booking from, but on average you should expect to pay around £1 per mile on top of a loading and unloading fee of £800, and around £125 for dismantling and reassembling.

The following moving costs are based on a 3 bedroom family house and include loading and packing.

  • From Manchester to Leeds - £969
  • From Manchester to London - £1143
  • From Manchester to Liverpool - £959
  • From Manchester to Birmingham - £1019
  • From Manchester to Sheffield - £963
  • From Manchester to Edinburgh - £1143
  • From Manchester to Glasgow - £1138
  • From Manchester to Cardiff - £1120
  • From Manchester to Swansea - £1156
  • From Manchester to Bath - £1112
  • From Manchester to Bristol - £1100
  • From Manchester to Telford - £1005

More "Living in" guides

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Help and information

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