Music, culture, history, football, charm. Manchester might be nicknamed the UK’s ‘Rainy City’, but it makes up for every single raindrop by being one of the most dynamic, welcoming, and down to earth places you can choose to live.
It’s a city of contrasts, with a multicultural population, mix of architecture, and both red and blue football teams to support. One thing that’s always consistent in Manchester though is the sense of community.
The city’s made up of diverse areas and you can choose where to live based on centrality, peacefulness, or how close the nearest pub is (hint: it’s probably pretty close). Check out our Manchester area guides to make your mind up on where in the North’s biggest city you should hang your hat, and find Manchester rental properties today with Movebubble.
Where to live in Manchester
From Ancoats to Wythenshawe to the Green Quarter, there are dozens of areas that make Manchester special. You can choose to live in the city centre, with areas like the Northern Quarter and Castlefield offering all the hip amenities any self-respecting trend-chaser needs, or in the surrounding areas, with places like Salford Quays offering a refreshing breather from city life.
Manchester is bursting at the seams with up and coming areas and new modern rental properties spring up in the city centre on what seems like a monthly basis, but there are also plenty of established areas that you can settle into for a more traditional Manchester experience.
Choosing where to live in Manchester isn’t easy with so much choice on offer but read our area guides to get a better idea of which area best suits you.
History of Manchester
Think London’s historically significant? OK… it is. But so is Manchester! It’s the home of the world’s oldest public library, the very first modern computer, the first railway line, and the site of some of the most important historical public protests for gender equality and animal rights.
It’s also the stomping ground of two of the biggest teams in English (and world!) football; Manchester United and Manchester City. Both teams were founded over 135 years ago and have some stories to tell, if you’re interested in hearing them.
Manchester’s whole vibe screams ‘historically significant’ and you’ll see centuries old buildings, repurposed Roman viaducts, and even castles while you’re strolling around some of the older areas.
Explore the North
One of the less obvious benefits of living in Manchester is that you’re right in the middle of the north of England, just a short train ride from Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, and York. These cities almost form one northern megacity (think Megazords from Power Rangers) and make Manchester an even more attractive proposition.
In Manchester, you’ve also always got the opportunity to hop over the M60 ring road and explore the great outdoors, with the Peak District National Park, Forest of Bowland AONB, and North Wales easily accessible from the city centre.
It’s not just the north you can explore from Manchester, you’re also about as well connected to the south of England as you can be with national rail networks coming into Manchester Victoria, Oxford Road, and Piccadilly. HS2 is on the way too, so look forward to Manchester-London journeys of just over an hour!