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Student accomodation in Manchester: What's Hot?

30 June 2020 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

For many students, moving into new digs while you study is the start of an independent life. And if you’re a student looking for accommodation in Manchester, you’ll want to make sure that you move into somewhere trendy and exciting.

Manchester is a great city to study in, thanks to its buzzing nightlife, cultural attractions and a strong sense of community that’s found all over the city. Oh, and the universities aren’t too shabby either. But where should you live to make the most out of your experience?

We’ve put this handy guide together so you can find student accommodation in Manchester that offers the best living experiences in the city. Read on, and discover the best places to call “home” while you go on a journey of studying, partying and leaving your dissertation until the very last minute.

The best areas and places to live

Manchester is full of amazing neighbourhoods — and they’re all pretty close together, so you can make the most out of the city without needing to travel too far. From creative and vibrant areas like the Northern Quarter to waterside settings in Salford Quays, there’s something for all tastes in Manchester.

Northern Quarter

Graffiti in the Northern Quarter, Manchester

The Northern Quarter is Manchester’s creative hub, a neighbourhood filled with street art and a splash of the alternative. It’s popular with students thanks to its many bars and galleries and enjoys a location right in the heart of the city centre.

Situated between Piccadilly and Ancoats, the Northern Quarter is the city’s urban heart and is the place to find independent boutiques, quirky cafes and Afflecks Palace, a well-known outlet for designers and traders.

Living in the Northern Quarter: Kampus

If you’re looking for a snazzy new home that’s less than a mile from the Northern Quarter, Kampus should be at the top of your list. The co-living development is set on the former site of the Manchester Metropolitan University and features 500-plus apartments, a garden neighbourhood and scenic canal-side settings.


Salford Quays at night

Salford has seen plenty of regeneration over the last few years, which includes the reimagining of Salford Quays. With the University of Salford just a hop and a skip away, plenty of students will be looking for accommodation in the neighbourhood.

Fortunately, it’s a great place to live with its waterside settings that feature lively bars, restaurants overlooking the quay and cultural attractions like The Lowry. Salford is also the home of MediaCityUK, where there are internships and graduate schemes available.

Living in Salford: X1

Exterior of X1 Lettings development in Salford Quays

There are a wealth of new developments in Salford, with X1 offering a large chunk of them. The build-to-rent specialists offer student lets like The Campus and Chapel Street, as well as regular lets if you’re looking for your own place. Amenities at developments include on-site gyms and there are social activities throughout the year.

Innovation District

ID Manchester

The Innovation District, otherwise known as ID Manchester, is one of the city’s latest projects and incorporates a brand-spanking-new neighbourhood. The £1.5 billion scheme offers residents a dynamic community with new local businesses, shops, restaurants and bars.

The University of Manchester partners with the scheme, so there’s even more reason for students to embrace the city's latest hotspot. Manchester has seen exceptional growth, and ID is the latest in a long line of projects transforming the city.

Living in the Innovation District: Burlington Square

Inside an apartment at Burlington Square

Burlington Square is one of the shiny new residential developments in ID Manchester. You’ll start living the student life in plush settings as soon as you get the keys. Amenities include a communal coffee shop, central courtyard, on-site gym and 24/7 concierge service.


Ducks swimming in lake at Ancoats

Named as the 27th coolest neighbourhood in the world, Ancoats is located just north of the city centre and is a big hit for those seeking bohemian vibes. Once a notoriously rough area, river-facing apartments, co-working spaces and trendy restaurants line the streets of Ancoats these days.

It’s just a 10-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly station, which really sums up the area’s excellent location. However, it’s the cafes that draw the attention in Ancoats, thanks to a selection of large and small spots to grab a hot brew.

Living in Ancoats: Anco&Co


Inspired by Manchester’s iconic music scene, Anco&Co is a popular development that champions co-living. Apartments come in the form of stylish one and two-bed options, while amenities like a common room, cinema room and co-working spaces (for your uni projects) mean you can live your best life in Manchester.


Deansgate Manchester

Deansgate is somewhat of a central hub in Manchester. It’s thoroughfare is one of the liveliest spots in the city with its mile-long stretch that features plenty of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and shops such as The Arndale Manchester, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.

The area is also home to the first million-pound property in Manchester and has a range of exciting developments that are in high demand with students. Buses, trains and a Metrolink stop also mean Deansgate is well serviced by public transport.

Living in Deansgate: West Tower

West Tower in Deansgate

The sleek and stylish West Tower development provides the opportunity to live the high life in Manchester with a selection of one, two and three-bedroom homes. Apartments feature panoramic views of the city, and there’s even a dry cleaning service. West Tower’s location makes it the ideal hub to explore the best of the city.

The student life in Manchester

London is often the talk of the town when it comes to university cities, but we think Manchester might just eclipse the capital for living the student life. With great universities, affordable rents, and a plethora of entertainment and culinary options, you might find yourself living in Manchester long after your studies are over.

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