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Student Housing Guide: Manchester 2022
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Student Housing Guide: Manchester 2022

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Apr 25, 2022
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Urban Curved Roads of Manchester
Culture that speaks for itself

Manchester, in addition to becoming a notable metropolis and metropolitan borough in the United Kingdom in recent years, but also has shown consistent expansion since the nineteenth-century industrial revolution. This location is well-known in the sporting world as the home of not one, but two of the most exciting football clubs in the world, namely Manchester United and Manchester City. In addition to its sporting credentials, it is well-known for its restaurants, music, and nightlife.

Manchester provides the opportunity to participate in a wide range of cultural activities in a modern city setting. It is the epicentre of the country's thriving arts and culture scene. As a result, it is an excellent location for international students to live. The fact that Manchester has so many universities adds to this picture. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester University, and Manchester College are just a few of the city's major educational institutions. The city's designated transportation modes, which include bus, tram, underground metro, and waterway alternatives, make getting around the city a breeze.

There are several affordable housing alternatives in Manchester that are close to the university and institutions.

Popular locations for accommodation

Out of so many places to visit and travel to; here are some top locations for accommodation:

  1. Fallowfield
  2. Rusholme
  3. City Center
  4. Salford
  5. Hulme
  6. Oxford Road
  7. West Didsbur

Types of accommodation

In Manchester, there are a variety of options for student housing (both on-campus and off-campus). The following are some of the most common housing alternatives for students seeking a place to live:

Halls of Residence

Most universities include hostels or dorms where students can live on campus. They include amenities such as eateries, WiFi, laundry, and other services provided by the management. Students must, of course, pay rent to live in these halls, but the amount varies depending on the type of residence.

Private housing

Off-campus housing that is often near to the institution is known as private student housing. The students prefer to reserve accommodations in shared rooms because it reduces the cost. Bills such as gas, water, and electricity are usually included in the rent. The cost structure varies depending on the type of housing and the area. Depending on your preferences, you can have a single room, an en suite room, or a studio unit.

Cost of living

Manchester is a city full of uplifting vibes and growth. In such a city surviving economically can be a challenge and especially if you are a student. So here's a rundown of your average expenses.

Rent takes up the most amount of money, it also depends on the type of accommodation you chose. On average it can cost you anywhere near 150-200 GBP

Then comes food which is also a major part of your expenses, it could roughly go from 44-65 GBP per week.

Travel depends on the distance you live from your university and city centre, it roughly costs you 60-100 GBP per week.

If you want to know more about how to save money as a student click here.

Things to keep in mind

Commuting: Ensure that you have access to public transportation and can get to your university quickly in order to save both money and time.

Security: Most housing zones nowadays have added security. Outsiders are not permitted to enter gated communities.

Cultural barriers: Student organizations and centers allow people from all backgrounds to mingle.

Lease and T&C

Deposit: is a one-time payment made to the landlord in the form of a specified sum of money. The deposit is recoverable at the end of your stay if the contract requirements are followed. The average deposit is between £150 and £400.

Admin Fee: Some apartment owners demand this fee from their tenants. It is a non-refundable fee of around £150.

Lease Duration: Property managers usually give preference to one-year leases. Landlords may even consider a six-month lease. Some property managers also provide the option of a three-month short-term lease. A longer lease time will usually result in a significant reduction in your monthly rate. Abandoning a lease can have severe financial and legal ramifications.

Guarantor: Only if you have a guarantor will you be able to pay in instalments. A lease guarantor is a third party who assists in providing rental security. You will not be needed to offer a guarantor if you pay the rent in full at the start of the tenancy.

Cancellation Policy: Most property owners allow you to cancel your reservation within 3-14 days of making it. You may be required to pay weekly rent (for each and every week or half week) until the room can be re-let if you cancel your booking after those 3-14 days. If the property management and the student are unable to find a substitute, the student will be required to pay the full amount of rent as stipulated in the contract.

Pet: Pets are generally not permitted unless they are licensed assistance dogs.

Booking Fees: This is usually the sum charged by the landlord as a deposit. If the admin fee is applied, the total cost that you may wind up paying at the time of booking is as follows: Admin Fee + Deposit

The number of tenants: The maximum number of tenants that can reside in an apartment is usually stated in the unit guidelines. In most cases, a single student is housed in a single room. Studio apartments may enable couples to share a room if they are both students.

Documents required

You may be requested to submit a copy of your University Admit Card in most cases. If you are an international student then probably your passport and visa. Aside from that, no documentation is necessary.

Scam and fraud alerts

When looking for housing and accommodation, there are many chances you can come across frauds and scams. To avoid this, you have to keep an eye on who you trust and how you do your business. Make sure you do a thorough background check before sending any amount or any of your documents to anyone.


1. How do I know which type of room is suitable for me?

There are so many room options to choose from, having confusion as to which one is the right one for you is common. To help you with this make a checklist for yourself starting from your budget to what are your needs and not wants. Once you have your category sorted choose your room accordingly. 

2. When should I book my student accommodation?

When your university sends you an acceptance letter, you should reserve your student housing and then decide whether you want on-campus or off-campus housing. There are student housing businesses, such as amber, that specialise in PBSA-style housing and may assist you in finding your ideal student residence.

3. What are some popular student hotspots in Manchester?

 The city does not disappoint when it comes to recreational activities. Escape to Freight Island, Albert Hall, "Ramona and the Firehouse," and Crazy Pedro's are all popular student hangouts in Manchester.                                                                                        

4. How to choose the right locality while choosing accommodation?      

When choosing your student accommodation make sure you live near to your university and/or near to from where you can easily access public transport. This will save your time and money. 

5. What are some of the popular locations for accommodation?                 

Below are some most popular locations for off-campus accommodation

Manchester Student Village (MSV)

Cambridge House

Vita Student Circle Square

Manchester House

Vita Student First Street

You can browse more accommodations in Manchester right now.


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