Manchester student accommodation

Up in the northwest of England, you’ll find Manchester, a city with an impressive industrial history, now known for its culinary and cultural scene.…
Up in the northwest of England, you’ll find Manchester, a city with an impressive industrial history, now known for its culinary and cultural scene. With a population of just under three million, it’s a popular destination for students due to its credible universities and buzzing community. See what this city has to offer with our student accommodation in Manchester.
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Student accommodation in Manchester at a glance

Vita Student Circle Square is a must-see when looking for private student accommodation in Manchester. Less than a ten-minute walk to Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester, and Manchester Business School, these conveniently located Manchester student halls feature spacious, modern rooms with private bathrooms, a kitchenette, and a comfy double bed. There’s also an on-site gym, bike storage, and 24/7 security.

Only a ten-minute walk to the city centre, iQ Fletcher and Hollingworth House is a great option when looking for private student accommodation in Manchester. This stylish accommodation offers a range of accommodation options from studios to three-bedroom flats, including duplex and penthouse options. You can also head on over to their other site, Lambert & Fairfield House, where you’ll find a cinema, games room, bowling alley, and 24-hour gym. Location-wise, it’s an 18-minute walk to the University of Manchester and conveniently only a 5-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly station.

When it comes to student accommodation in Manchester, River Street Tower should be top of the list. With 792 bedrooms, this contemporary tower offers a range of accommodation from en-suite rooms in shared flats to self-contained studio apartments. Boasting an incredible common room, on-site gym, games room, cinema room, and dine-in space, it’s no wonder this student accommodation is one of the most popular in Manchester. It’s also less than a 20-minute walk to the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Business School, and the Arden School of Theatre, so it’s conveniently located too. If this is your first time living with others, check out our advice on what not to say to your new flatmates to ensure you’re living your best student life.

If you’re after Manchester student halls that are out of the city, look to Mansion Point. Located in the buzzing suburb of Fallowfield, this accommodation has everything you could need and is only a short bus ride from the city centre. Mansion Point offers a shared ensuite apartment to enjoy with friends or a stylish mezzanine studio for those who prefer to live solo. The building has great common areas and a cinema room for when you need to relax. Mansion Point has great transport links right outside the building to take you to campus or to the city centre, but if walking is more your style, the University of Manchester, Manchester Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the University of Salford are all less than 40 minutes away by foot.

Manchester at a glance

  • Home to the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Business School, the Arden School of Theatre, and the University of Salford with lots of options for private student accommodation in Manchester.
  • Manchester was the heart of textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution and is the reason why some countries still call sheets and linen sets “manchester”.
  • Manchester has a scenic canal system that runs through the city with many beautiful walking routes for when you need a break from your Manchester student halls.
  • You’ll never be short on culture with Manchester’s extensive museums and galleries. Check out The People’s History Museum to find out all about democracy in Britain, head to the Manchester Museum which has all things archaeology, anthropology, and natural history, or learn all about the suffragettes at The Pankhurst Centre.
  • If food and drink is more your vibe, Manchester has you spoilt for choice. Check out the enormous open-air food hall Escape to Freight Island or do something a little out-of-the-box with a Manchester Cheese Crawl.
  • There are some incredible nightclubs in Manchester for students, so if you love cheap drinks and an incredible night out, you certainly won’t be short of options!

Student travel in Manchester

Manchester has some amazing public transport options including buses, trains, and trams. They also have great cycle routes and their bike hire program, The Bee Network.

By Tram

A local favourite, trams are a great way to get from your Manchester student accommodation to where you need to go. It features 99 stops along 103 kilometres of tracks and has connections to most major universities. Check out the journey planner to get prepared!

By Bus

The bus system in Manchester is a great option for those living further outside of the city centre. They’re operated by a number of different companies, including ArrivaFirst Manchester, and Stagecoach, and all provide convenient routes and timetables for student life in Manchester. There’s also the Free Bus, which allows you to hop on and off to useful places within the city such as major train stations and shopping centres.

By Train

A train is a good option for when you need to get away from your student accommodation in Manchester and head outside of the city. It connects you to neighbouring towns such as Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, and Wigan, and further afield to Liverpool, Birmingham, Coventry and London. Take a look at the facilities in Manchester’s biggest railway station, Manchester Piccadilly.

By Bike

Cycling is a great way to get around Manchester, that’s why it came in number four on our list of the 25 best universities for cycling in the UK 2020. Most student accommodations in Manchester will offer free bike storage, but if you don’t own your own bike, you can rent one through The Bee Network Cycle Hire.

Where do students live in Manchester?


One of the most popular areas for private student accommodation in Manchester is Fallowfield, mostly because of its proximity to the University of Manchester’s main campus but also because of its reputation for having one of the best social scenes in Manchester. Check out some of Fallowfield’s many charity shops, grab a delicious bite to eat at Allen’s Fried Chicken, or grab the gang and catch a pub quiz at The Beer Studio. Fallowfield is also a great area for students who love the outdoors. Go for a walk in Platt Fields Park, or hit up one of the tennis courts or BMX tracks.


Two miles south of the city centre, between Fallowfield and Victoria Park, is Rusholme. It hasn’t got as much on as Fallowfield, but that’s reflected in the cheaper rent prices. Everything you need is a convenient walk or short bus ride away, but on your doorstep is Rusholme’s crowning jewel, Wilmslow Road aka Manchester’s Curry Mile. Here you’ll find a mouthwatering collection of restaurants, shisha bars, and world food markets.


For those who want to live amongst the action, student accommodation in Manchester’s city centre is the best area for you. With everything you need on your doorstep and convenient transport links around the city to campuses, you’ll never be bored when taking a break from the books. Head on over to the Northern Quarter, a refurbished part of the city that’s full of cool barsvintage shops, or independent cafes. Check out our Drunk Food Index 2018 for places to hit up in Manchester at the end of a good night out. Or if you’re a sports fan, head on over to Old Trafford to wave on the local reds at a football game.

Is Manchester cheap for students?

Manchester is one of the UK’s most affordable places for students as far as city living goes. You can expect to pay anywhere from £135 per week for student accommodation in Manchester up to £355 per week, plus food, drink, travel and entertainment expenses.

Is Manchester a good student city?

With around 100,000 students, Manchester is a great place to spend your university years. It has many notable higher educational establishments, buzzing nightlife and a rich creative culture that appeals to students.

How can I rent student accommodation in Manchester?

Simply, choose the accommodation you like the look of on and get in touch with the provider for more information, to arrange a viewing or to book your place.

How much rent can I expect to pay for Manchester student halls?

You can expect your student accommodation in Manchester rent to cost between £135 and £355 per week, but average rental prices in Manchester can be significantly higher. The rental price of student accommodation in Manchester can vary, depending on location, amenities and facilities. For example, city centre accommodation options tend to be more expensive than those in the outskirts. Likewise, the type of room you choose, whether an en-suite, studio or shared flat, and the facilities available such as on-site gyms and communal areas cause the price difference.

What are the best areas for students to live in Manchester?

There are several great areas for students to live in Manchester, including:

  • Fallowfield
  • City centre
  • Oxford Road
  • Rusholme
  • Hulme
  • Didsbury

However, there are several factors to consider when choosing the best area for you to live in Manchester including your budget, needs, commute, social scene and accessibility.

Can I view my student flat in Manchester before booking?

You can! Both in-person and online viewings are available for most of our properties. Please get in touch with the property provider if you’d like more information or to arrange a viewing.

When should I book my student accommodation in Manchester?

While student accommodation in Manchester is available to book all year round, the most popular choices tend to fill up very quickly. So, we suggest that you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. This is generally around six months before you’re due to move in.

How much will I spend on bills?

The amount spent on bills will vary based on which accommodation and type you choose. However, most of the choices listed on have bills included in the rent price. Bills can include WiFi, gym, on-site facilities, common areas and security. Please get in touch with the accommodation provider for more information.

How do I pay for student accommodation in Manchester?

For more information on how to pay for your student accommodation, please get in touch with your chosen accommodation provider. If you are struggling with cash flow, we suggest looking to your university’s website for financial help, whether in the form of a grant, bursary or a scholarship. Check out our blog post on how students pay for accommodation for more information.

What different accommodation types are available for students in Manchester?

En-suite: An en-suite is a room with a bathroom in your accommodation that is yours alone, and the communal areas, such as kitchen, lounge or dining are shared.

Studio: Studio accommodation is one unit that contains a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen private to you.

Shared facilities: Our shared accommodation options refer to shared bathroom, kitchen and common spaces. Some providers offer shared bedrooms, but this does depend, so we suggest getting in touch with the individual provider if you have any questions about this.