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Best Places to Live in Manchester: A Round-Up

19 May 2020 Simon Banks Read time: 4 min
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Manchester is regularly voted the best city to live in the UK — and that shouldn't come as a surprise. It's a bustling metropolis that caters to a variety of tastes. Significant regeneration has put Manchester on the map, with people flocking from all over the world to move to this Northern powerhouse.

But where are the best places to live in Manchester? Recently, we offered our take on some of the de facto neighbourhoods with Where Are the Best Places to Live in Manchester, an article designed to explore the city's finest.

Now, we're creating a round-up of the best places to live depending on your tastes. From the most expensive areas to postcodes on a budget and everything in between, these are some of the best neighbourhoods in Manchester.

Best for opulence

Deansgate

A street in Deansgate

Naturally, neighbourhoods closer to the city centre command higher rents. That's certainly the case with Deansgate, the mile-long stretch that connects every part of the city centre. The historic thoroughfare is one of the liveliest areas in Manchester. Living in Deansgate literally puts you right in the heart of the action, and that's a premium worth paying for in our opinion. 

Expect to pay around £915p/m for a one-bedroom apartment.

Altrincham

Grand house in Altrincham

While the average rent in Altrincham is reasonable (£750 p/m), there's a particular street that sits high above the "expected rents". Rossmill Lane is the place to live if you want to kick it with Premier League footballers in a grand mansion and live the life of luxury. The average sale price on the road is around £2.5m, and rents easily reach several thousand per month.

Best for a budget

Chorlton

People socialising in Chorlton

You'll find Chorlton away from the busy city centre, meaning prices are lower, but the quality is just as good. Expect to find independent bars, restaurants and cafes in Chorlton and a strong sense of community. A local nature reserve also means you can enjoy the odd scenic stroll while being only a 15-minute tram ride away from the city centre.

Expect to pay around £550p/m for a one-bedroom apartment.

Levenshulme

Park in Levenshulme

Located on the A6 between Manchester city centre and Stockport, Levenshulme has more affordable rental prices than many other areas nearby. Yet, it's only a direct train ride away from Manchester Piccadilly, which means the M19 postcode is well connected. Levenshulme is gaining traction for its local cafes too: make sure you check out Antiques Village Tea Rooms or Trove.

Expect to pay around £550p/m for a one-bedroom apartment.

Best for village living

Didsbury Village

Building in Didsbury

As one of the most popular places to live in Manchester for families, Didsbury caters to the residential lifestyle with tree-lined streets and eye-catching period properties. There is a strong community vibe, as well as a selection of excellent schools in this local village neighbourhood.

Expect to pay around £690 p/m for a one-bedroom apartment.

Worsley

Houses by a lake in Worsley

The leafy suburb of Worsley is located in Salford, around seven miles from Manchester city centre. Known for its charming scenery and historical landmarks, there are 48 listed buildings to discover in the village. Part of Worsley is a conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Expect to pay around £560 p/m for a one-bedroom apartment.

Best for good connections

Green Quarter

Building in the Green Quarter, Manchester

Just north of Victoria station is where you will find the Green Quarter, an area that has seen plenty of regeneration over the years. Its central location means there are an abundance of travel connections, so it's easy to get around. In the Green Quarter, you will find exciting regeneration projects like the NOMA district, as well as new cafes, restaurants and bars.

Expect to pay around £800 p/m for a one-bedroom apartment.

Best for hipster vibes

Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter

The cultural and colourful hub of Manchester, the Northern Quarter is the place to be for creatives. From unique street art to independent restaurants and cafes, the Northern Quarter is full of individuality. It enjoys a location right in the heart of the city, and locals and tourists love the area for its eclectic vibes and welcoming atmosphere.

Expect to pay around £850 p/m for a one-bedroom apartment.

Best for riverside views

Salford Quays

View of Salford Quays in Manchester

If you're all about the riverside views, it's time to get yourself down to Salford Quays. As one of Manchester's most impressive regeneration projects, it's filled with cultural attractions, snazzy bars and restaurants. The visually distinct neighbourhood creates the buzz of a big city, yet enthuses chilled vibes with scenic water views.

Expect to pay around £700 p/m for a one-bedroom apartment.

Castlefield

Red brick buildings and canal in Castlefield

Cobbled streets, scenic waterways and a fusion of old and new provide Castlefield with bags of charm. It's one of the oldest parts of the city and was declared England's first Urban Heritage Site in 1992. Today, it's a trendy neighbourhood with working professionals who enjoy easy access to the city centre.

Expect to pay around £900 p/m for a one-bedroom apartment.

Best for foodies

Ancoats

Building in Ancoats, Manchester

Another neighbourhood that's seen plenty of regeneration, Ancoats is a foodie's dream with some of the best eateries in the city. Rudy's is well known for its Neapolitan pies, while Ancoats General Store is a hybrid of a convenience store, cafe and local street food haunt. Throw in the cool mill-conversion apartments, industrial settings, and projects like New Islington, and it's easy to see why Ancoats is one of the best places to live in Manchester.

Expect to pay around £850 p/m for a one-bedroom apartment.

Best for modern vibes

Spinningfields

New building in Spinningfields

As one of the city's newest areas, Spinningfields is about as shiny and modern as they come. Many buildings mirror the well-known Beetham Tower, and Spinningfields contributes nicely to Manchester's growing skyline. Make sure you head to 20 Stories and enjoy a bite to eat while taking in spectacular views of the city.

Expect to pay around £900 p/m for a one-bedroom apartment.

The Best Places to Live in Manchester

Few cities capture the buzz of Manchester while managing to maintain a tight-knit community feel. From plush apartments that overlook the city to quaint village cottages, Manchester has a bit of everything and is one of the best places to live in the UK. There will be a Manchester neighbourhood for you, whether you're a young professional, student or family.

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