Also known as “the Curry Mile”, thanks to a large number of curry houses, Rusholme is an area in Manchester with its own distinct culture and Asian influence. The M14 postcode has some of the most affordable rents in Manchester, too - which makes it popular with students.
High-performing schools make Rusholme an appealing area for families, while excellent transport links to the city centre make getting around a breeze. If you’re looking for somewhere with plenty all the amenities and great food,, Rusholme should be high on your list for places to live in Manchester.
Rusholme is an inner-city area of Manchester in the M14 postcode. It is located around two miles south of the city centre and neighbours Chorlton to the north and Victoria Park to the east.
Rusholme has one of the busiest bus routes in Europe with services going into the city centre, Didsbury, Fallowfield, Wittingham and the nearby university buildings. There is no train station or Metrolink in Rusholme - the nearest stations can be found at Manchester Oxford Road and Ardwick.
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The name Rusholme derives from ryscum, which is the dative plural of the Old English rysc, or, a "rush", meaning at the rushes. The Manchester Museum currently holds 200 gold coins, which were found in the Birchfields Road. The coins date back to the second and third centuries, which was during the Roman Times.
Rusholme doesn’t appear in records until the mid-13th century. “Russum” is mentioned in reference to a house that was constructed. The economy of the area was mostly reliant on agriculture until the 18th century. There was also a market for spinning, weaving and brickmaking.
The area was once a politically autonomous place which led to self-conception until it lost all political self-control to Manchester. The area changed dramatically during the interwar period with the construction of many low-cost terraced houses.
There is a mixture of modern residential developments and period properties in Rusholme, providing plenty of choice to renters. Larger homes tend to be more popular thanks to families that want to find accommodation near one of the local schools. However, there are still a decent selection of one and two-bed properties available.
Expect to pay in the region of £550 per month for a one-bedroom home in Rusholme. A two-bedroom property fetches around £800, while a three-bedroom house achieves in the region of £1,050. Four and five-bedroom properties tend to rent for between £1,300 and £1,700 per month.
Rusholme is famous for its stretch of Asian restaurants, and Ziya Asian Grill is right up there with the best of them. Part of the Curry Mile, Ziya Asian Grill serves up authentic Indian and street food. All of the dishes are personally created by the Head Chef and include a unique menu with an array of options.
Address: 65-67 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M14 5TB
First opened in 1987, Shere Khan was the first fully licensed restaurant in the Curry Mile. It helped usher in the new generation of restaurants that stand there today and still serves up a variety of Indian delights itself. It’s the pioneer of Manchester’s curry scene.
Address: 50-52 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M14 5TQ
With branches in Bradford, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester, MyLahore has gone on to become one of the UK’s most popular curry houses. The British Asian kitchen has been serving up treats for over a decade with a fun and funky menu.
Address: 14-18 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M14 5TQ
Rusholme Bars and Pubs
There isn’t a whole lot of watering holes or bars in Rusholme other than a select few. One of those is The Ford Madox Brown, a traditional pub that is a favourite with students in the area and is named after the artist, Ford Madox Brown, who was a Victoria Park resident.
Address: Wilmslow Park, Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M13 9NG
Nearby Hardy’s Well and The Bowling Green is a pub that serves a selection of ales and traditional pub grub. There’s a garden area, which is ideal for the summer months, while the interiors combine classic pub vibes with a modern feel.
Address: Brookburn Rd, Manchester M21 9ES
Billed as a “streamhub in a pub”, The Old Abbey Taphouse is more than just a pub. It was reopened in 2016 as a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Maths) focused hub in a pub with the aim of connecting communities through events, networks and delicious food and thirst-quenching drinks.
Address: Guildhall Cl, Manchester M15 6SY
You will find plenty of Asian-speciality shops in Rusholme, from places selling spices and vegetables to saris and bhangra CDs. Arndale Shopping Centre is under three miles away, and is one of the largest malls in Europe. Exchange Square, where you will find Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, is also only a short bus ride away.
Rusholme features a strong Asian culture, which can be experienced throughout the area. Just outside Rusholme is where you will find other prominent attractions in Manchester, such as the Manchester Museum, which displays works of archaeology, anthropology and natural history and is owned by the University of Manchester. Platt Fields Park is in the M14 postcode and is home to the Platt Hall art gallery.
Moving to Rusholme
Excellent restaurants, a thriving community and good schools for those with children stands Rusholme in good stead. If you’re looking to live close to the city centre but avoid the premiums that part of town throws up, Rusholme is the place for you.
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