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Student accommodation in Manchester City Centre, Manchester

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Universities close to Manchester City Centre


Manchester Arndale


Picadilly Gardens


Northern Quarter


Manchester Picadilly


The University of Manchester


Manchester Arndale


Picadilly Gardens


Northern Quarter


Manchester Picadilly


The University of Manchester


About student living in Manchester City Centre


Student accommodation in Manchester city centre is just a twenty-minute walk from both the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as a fifteen-minute bus ride from the Royal Northern College of Music. With two train stations and a network of buses and trams running through the area, it’s easy to get around Manchester from the city centre.


When walking around Manchester city centre, you’ll find something new to explore on nearly every corner. Although the city centre is a distinctly urban environment, Piccadilly Gardens offers a small slice of greenery. Located right on the doorstep of student flats in Manchester city centre, Picadilly Gardens is home to a delicious street-food market, stunning fountains, and plenty of places to sit and relax.

Food and Drink

Manchester city centre student accommodation is surrounded by a brilliant selection of places to eat and drink. Enjoy pizza and cocktails at Ramona, or grab some loaded fries at Lost Cat. For tacos and bao buns starting at just £1 head to Wolf at the Door, or try Bundobust for delicious, fully vegetarian Indian food. Head to Hatch for events every week and a selection of drinks deals, or enjoy the music on the rooftop garden at Big Hands. In all your time living in student accommodation in Manchester, you need never go to the same place twice!


Manchester city centre has something for everyone. Watch a play at the Palace Theatre, expand your mind at the Science and Industry Museum, or enjoy an exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery. And, of course, who could ignore the nightlife scene right on the doorstep of student accommodation in Manchester city centre? Head to the Freemount for live music seven days a week, or Junior Jacksons for some throwback tunes. Be sure to make the most of the student nights at 42Street or Factory, and don’t miss The Warehouse Project for an incredible night out.


You’ll never be short of places to shop when living in student housing in Manchester city centre. While Manchester Arndale should meet all your shopping needs with its extensive selection of high-street shops, if you’re still feeling the itch to browse, the city centre also has a vast array of independent stores to explore. Exciting shops are just a stone’s throw away from student accommodation in Manchester city centre.

Student Housing

The wide range of student accommodation Manchester city centre has to offer means there is something for everyone. There are Manchester city centre student properties to suit every taste and budget, from shared student houses to purpose-built apartments. Have a browse of our student housing in Manchester city centre and find your next home, today.

FAQs about student accommodation in Manchester City Centre

Is Manchester city centre a student area?

Positioned within fifteen minutes of the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the Royal Northern College of Music, student accommodation in Manchester city centre is extremely popular. Thanks to the wide array of restaurants, bars, pubs, and clubs, student flats in Manchester city centre are highly sought after every year.

Is Manchester city centre safe?

The city centre has a higher crime rate than some other areas in Manchester. However, as long as you take sensible precautions like securing doors and windows when leaving the house and walking with others at night, you should feel perfectly safe living in student houses in Manchester city centre.

How big is Manchester city centre?

While Manchester has a lot to explore, it is not so big that you can’t get around the city centre on foot.

Where is Manchester city centre?

Manchester city centre is typically defined as the areas of the city that lie within the Manchester Inner Ring Road. These areas include Castlefield, the Northern Quarter, the Central Retail District, Spinningfields, Piccadilly, the Civic Quarter, Chinatown, and Canal Street (or the Gay Village as its known).

Does the University of Manchester provide accommodation?

Students at the University of Manchester can choose from halls of residence spread across three campuses in the city. Typically, students will live in halls of residence in their first year and then will move into independent student flats in Manchester city centre and the surrounding areas for their second and third years.

Is Manchester city centre expensive for students?

Manchester city centre student accommodation is more expensive than housing in some other areas. However, it benefits from excellent transport links and close proximity to the universities in Manchester.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Manchester city centre are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Whilst tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks' rent per person, it is more common for student deposits to be in the lower £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in Manchester city centre can be rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51-week fixed-term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52-week contracts are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in Manchester city centre are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose-built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses across Manchester.

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