As far as exciting cities go, Manchester is in the mix with the big guns. Not only is it one of the UK’s most exhilarating cities - it’s also one of the most vibrant and buzzing the world. And it comes packed with charm, friendly locals and innovation in abundance.
In 2017, over 10,000 people left London to head Up Norf to Manchester. From the city itself to Greater Manchester, everyone seemingly wants a piece of the Mancunian action. Job opportunities are high, with media and tech companies fluttering their eyelids at the Northern Powerhouse, while the student population is also substantial.
It’s no surprise to learn, then, that the rental scene is growing - a plethora of new residential developments that dominate the city skyline appeal to professionals and students alike. And if you’re someone who is thinking about renting in Manchester, we’ve put together a few handy tips so that you get the best out of your new home.
If The Price is Right
Renters in Manchester enjoy more affordable rents than many other big cities, especially in the southern part of the UK. If you’re relocating, then you are likely to be encouraged by rental prices. One bedroom properties average £700 per month, two-bedroom homes achieve in the region of £900, and three-beds-and-up obtain between £1,000 and £1800.
Even if you desire to move right into the heart of the city centre, a one bedroom flat tends to let for between £800 and £1,000, and often comes loaded with plenty of onsite amenities. As you enter the outskirts of the city and other parts of Greater Manchester, prices drop even further.
The type of accommodation you want mostly comes down to the area you live in...
Choose the Right Neighbourhood
Manchester is full of exciting neighbourhoods that appeal to a variety of tastes. Deansgate is centrally located and is popular with young professionals who want to be right at the heart of the action. It comes at a premium compared to other areas, but you get all the convenience of living centrally.
Castleford keeps it classy with quaint canals and is the perfect location for people that want city living with a touch of tranquillity. There is plenty of history in Castleford, including ruins of an old Roman fort. Property types include a mixture of modern buildings and period conversions.
Didsbury Village is predominantly family orientated and is known as one of Manchester’s more affluent areas. Located just five miles outside of the city centre, expect to find residential streets with Victorian houses. There is also a selection of schools and shopping amenities in Didsbury.
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Understanding Public Transport in Manchester
The city centre is pretty compact, so it’s easy enough to get from A to B on foot. But when you do need to jump on transport, Manchester is well connected. The majority of public transportation comes in the form of trams, trains and buses.
Manchester Piccadilly is one of the main four stations in the centre, along with Manchester Victoria, Oxford Road and Deansgate. Outside of the centre there are plenty of transport options that take you to the city and other parts of Greater Manchester.
There are more than 200 trains and trams overall, so you can be reasonably confident that you’ll have good access via transport - no matter where you live. There have also been extensive upgrades to the train and tram systems recently.
Gimme More. Gimme Luxury
Over the years, development in the Manchester property scene has increased dramatically. As a result, there are more than a few brand shiny new residential developments that feature a host of on-site amenities, from concierge services to state of the art gyms.
When you’re searching for a rental home, it’s a good idea to think about the “must-haves” and the “would be nice” amenities. Do you value size, maybe you want somewhere that’s brand new, or perhaps open space is an essential item on your rental wishlist.
And then some elements are even more specific to the city, such as parking. Plenty of people drive in Manchester, and having a car is perhaps more common than it is in London. It’s worth asking if the property you’re interested in comes with a parking space, as many of them do.
The sheer number of new developments means that you’ll likely get a few luxury amenities bundled in with your new home, especially if you’re renting in the city centre. Expect on-site gyms, concierge services and even some on-site restaurants and bars.
Relocating to Manchester
No matter where you’re coming from, if Manchester is next on your list of places to live, you can be sure that your time there will be filled with great rental homes and plenty of things to do. And with our handy guide, you’re getting off to the best possible start for your new journey in Manchester.