The 5 most popular areas for student accommodation in Manchester

By Ekta• Last updated: Mar 28, 2024
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Home to around 85,000 students spread across 4 universities, Manchester is one of the most popular places to study in the UK

Not only is it known for its thriving music scene, but it is also an incredibly diverse city. More than half of the population are multilingual making it a great place for international students. 

But, when it comes to making the most of Manchester, where are the best areas for students to live? These are our top picks.

5 Best Areas for student accommodation in Manchester

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Read on to discover our round-up of the top 5 best student areas in manchester for international students.

1. Fallowfield

Home to thousands of students and a total of 8 halls of residence, it’s rare that you’ll spot anyone who’s not a student in Fallowfield.

Perfectly placed for students who are studying at the nearby campuses of the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan, it’s located to the south of the city and a convenient 30-minute walk from the city centre.

There are plenty of bars, late-night food, and a non-stop party atmosphere that you’ll struggle to find anywhere else in the city. 

However, if you’re a student who doesn’t enjoy going out and drinking, Fallowfield may not be the place for you.

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2. Rusholme

Situated between the city centre and Fallowfield, Rusholme is a great place for finding affordable student accommodation. However, you should be aware that the quality can sometimes be lower than in other areas too.

Perhaps most famous for its ‘Curry Mile’, here you’ll find bustling Indian and Thai restaurants which attract people from all over the city. 

The student population is lower here than in Fallowfield, but it’s conveniently located for getting to the city centre as well as the nightlight on Oxford Road. 

Levenshulme train station is not far either if you want to travel further afield, and the area has plenty of supermarkets and lots of lovely green spaces.

3. Oxford Road

Not really a student area as such, but it’s as close to the most popular student nightlife hot-spots as you can get which has to win it some points.

Big, busy and with a distinctive character that you’ll come to love, Oxford Road is not only home to Manchester Uni’s main campus, but loads of amenities, cool cafes, world-famous music venues and even its own train station.

Classed as part of the city centre. It’s hectic and slightly more expensive than other areas, but you’d be living right in the heart of one of the coolest cities in the world. 

4. Hulme

An area which has been transformed over the last 15 years, here you’ll find newly developed buildings, a high standard of accommodation (for the most part), and a charming atmosphere.

Although Hulme is still close to the city centre, which is just a 20-minute walk away, it’s quieter than some of the other options and not so packed with clubs and bars. 

Instead, you’ll find quirky cafes and quiet pubs which are perfect for students who want their study experience to be a little less hectic.

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5. Didsbury and East Didsbury

The area that lots of graduates and young professionals aspire to, this area is definitely at the top of the list when it comes to classy student accommodation. 

You’ll pay a lot more here than in other areas of the city, and you’ll need to travel to the centre as well as to the various campuses, but the lifestyle here is excellent with plenty of beautiful parks, independent shops, and high-end restaurants and cafes. 

Want to find out more about what best student accommodation in Manchester? Get in touch with one of our friendly advisors today and they’ll be happy to talk to you about your options.

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