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What Do You Need to Move to Manchester

5 August 2020 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

As the UK’s unofficial second city, it’s safe to say that Manchester has plenty going for it. From some of the best restaurants in the country to two dominant football teams that are known the world over, Manchester has a bit of everything.

And we haven’t even mentioned the excellent places to shake a leg or all the cultural attractions. While London can sometimes feel like a big city where it’s easy to get lost, Manchester has a close-knit community feel. You don’t need to do much to become “our kid” to the Manchester locals.

But if you’re planning on making a move to Manchester, whether it’s from abroad or somewhere in the UK, what do you need? In this guide, we’re detailing everything needed to move to Manchester so that you can find your next home with complete confidence.

From the UK to LA and everywhere in between

There are two routes to Manchester: domestically, which will see you come from another city or town in the UK. Or from abroad, which means you’ve packed up your bags, hopped on a plane, train, boat or automobile and headed to UK shores.

Plane arriving in Manchester

If you’re coming from outside the UK, the move-in process will be different from domestic arrivals to Manchester. You can learn more about how Movebubble helps you move from abroad, but here’s a summary of what you need...

Moving from the EU

From December 31st 2020, anyone moving from within the EU to the UK will need to follow new guidelines which are yet to be set. You can keep up with the latest movements here. Meanwhile, if you’re coming from the EU, you can move freely and apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

From outside the EU

If you’re coming from outside the EU, say the US, China or South America, you will need a Tier 2 visa that shows you have a skilled job waiting for you in the UK. This lasts for up to five years. Alternatively, you can apply for a Short Stay Visa if you’re staying for six months or less.

Moving to Manchester from within the UK

The process of renting an apartment in Manchester is no different, whether you’re coming from Cardiff, London or Salford. From undertaking referencing and credit checks to doing the Right to Rent check.

A checklist for moving to Manchester


You are going to need to find somewhere to live, and Movebubble helps you do just that with thousands of homes on the rental market. We don’t merely help you find your next humble abode; you can secure it and move in without even needing to go on a viewing.

Features like Home Walkthroughs lets you watch an unfiltered video of a property, which provides an accurate representation of what it’s like to live there. While Instant Booking lets you place a holding deposit and start the renting process.

The main details

Renters who go through Movebubble and use the Instant Booking feature will also be verified with referencing. If you’re using another method, expect the letting agent or landlord to carry out credit checks and referencing once you’ve agreed on a price for the property.

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After verification checks are complete and you’ve paid the holding deposit, it’s time to sign the assured shorthold tenancy (AST). This is the contractual agreement between yourself and the landlord and states the conditions of the rental.

Before getting the keys to your new home, you will need to pay the security deposit. Expect to pay a maximum of five week’s rent for the security deposit, which will be held in a registered deposit scheme by the landlord and released once the tenancy ends, as long as you don’t cause any damage to the property.

Security deposit

Alternatively, the landlord may opt to use the Zero Deposit Scheme, which means you only pay one week’s worth of rent which isn’t refundable. Zero deposits are becoming more popular with renting, especially in Build-to-Rent communities.

Find more resources for renting an apartment in the UK.

Getting ready for move-in day

The contracts are signed, checks are complete, and it’s time to get the keys to your new home. Now all you need to do is ensure that the big day goes by without a glitch. If you’re moving into a furnished property, there will be less moving to do than if you’re bringing your own furniture.

No matter how much stuff you have to move, it’s worth looking at removal companies and getting quotes for the items you need help with. Arrange removal vans at least a month before you move so that you’re not disappointed if they’re fully booked. Once all that’s sorted, you can focus on enjoying your brand new Manchester home.

Mad for it in Manchester

These top tips will help you prepare for your move to Manchester, no matter where you’re coming from. Then you can enjoy your new pad, as well as all the great things one of the UK’s most sought-after and exciting cities has to offer.


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