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Life in Manchester: Is Manchester a good place to live and everything else you need to know

Are you looking at studying in England, and wondering is Manchester a good place to live? Or are you thinking of moving for work and wanting to know what life in Manchester is like?

Either way if you are moving to Manchester for work or study you probably have a lot of questions. In this guide we try and answer them all and provide you with as much information as possible about life in the city.

We both have a lot information to share as we moved to Manchester from Australia and Ireland respectively. We have been living here for close to a decade, and there are a lot of reasons we chose Manchester over other UK cities. Jobs, cost of living, and even dare I say it football, all factored in to our decision.

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Some Background

Ok for some people I know Manchester might not be the first place you think of moving to when starting a new life in the UK. It’s definitely not as busy as London for example, but there are a lot of pros to living here.

For those that don’t know, Manchester is a city located in the north west of England. It has a population of around 553,230 people.

It is also known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and has played a prominent part worldwide, in science, politics, music, arts, and sport.

Manchester is an excellent gateway city. It has a large international airport, making it easily accessible from many parts of the world. It is also around a 2 hour train ride to London, and about a 3 hour train journey to Edinburgh.

If you are planning to visit Manchester and wondering if it is worth visiting, here is a handy guide.

Why consider moving to Manchester?

There are a number of reasons you may consider moving to Manchester. For one thing Manchester is a lot cheaper than London. That goes for everything from pints at the pub, transport, and accommodation. That being said costs in Manchester including housing prices are increasing, and it’s not as cheap as it once was, but still better than compared to London.

Another good thing about Manchester is that it is a big city. There are lots of companies that have offices and bases in and around Manchester, which is good if you are moving to Manchester for work.

Manchester is also well located. It’s close to some beautiful places like the Peak District, Lake District, and even other cities like Liverpool. This means that there is a lot to do during your down time in the city.

Cons to life in Manchester

Like any city there are also some cons to life in Manchester that you may want to consider before you move.

One of the biggest complaints from us, but also others who have set up a life in Manchester is around the weather. Manchester can be quite rainy. And summers aren’t always the warmest. It’s probably more noticeable for people moving to Manchester from Australia like I did as I really had to adjust to this. Luckily I do like the cold!

Another con and again this might be something I notice more coming from Australia, but honestly the city can feel kind of dirty. I absolutely hate walking around town, or even country parks and seeing trash everywhere. In Australia people are way more conscientious about rubbish whereas here it feels like some people just don’t care.

Something else that you may want to consider is that salaries in Manchester are lower than say London and other parts of Europe. As a big city, with a rising cost of living you would kind of expect salaries to reflect this.

Views over Manchester

Working life in Manchester

There are a lot of big companies that have offices in Manchester. On top of that Manchester has a lot of bars, restaurants and shops, so there are definitely decent job opportunities here.

Pay in Manchester will vary depending on the job that you do. One thing we have noticed though is that the same job in London will usually attract at least a £5k more salary than Manchester. This does make sense though because the cost of living in Manchester is substantially less.

If you manage to bag yourself an office job there isn’t a Central Business District in Manchester like you would get in the US or even Australian cities. A lot of office type jobs though are based around Piccadilly Station, Piccadilly Gardens, Spinningfields, and even Oxford Road.

Student life in Manchester

Manchester is also a big student city. There are three main universities. You have the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the University of Salford. Although the later isn’t technically Manchester, it is close enough to the city centre, to still count.

The two main Manchester University’s are located on Oxford Road. There is a lot of student accommodation around them both, and a lot of students also tend to live in Fallowfield.

Oxford Road is where you tend to find a lot of student bars and cheap eats. There are also some great entertainment venues around the area, and it’s a great place to have a night out. The Courtyard, is one of the more popular student bars, and is known for cheap food and drink. It’s also got a fantastic beer garden. Another favourite that’s a little more hip is YES. They have 4 floors, including a rooftop bar, good cocktail deals, and excellent pizza slices.

Overall student life in Manchester is incredibly vibrant. There is a lot going on. You also have a number of international students who come to Manchester specifically so it is very multicultural.

Where to live in Manchester

If you are planning on moving to Manchester you might be wondering where the best areas to live are. Manchester has a lot of great places to live, and it’s difficult to mention every single neighbourhood, but here are some popular spots.


Ancoats is one of the super hip and happening areas of Manchester. It’s a real up and coming neighbourhood, with so many incredible bars, restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops. It’s perfect if you want to properly experience city life. Ancoats is within walking distance to the centre of Manchester, but is also far enough away to be a little less chaotic.

If you want to live here, it is mostly apartment blocks that occupy the area. It also doesn’t come cheap. Rent prices vary but on average you can expect to pay over £1200 for a 2 bedroom flat in the area. And if you want to buy a property the average prices here are over £250,000. Although take this with a pinch of salt because in this economy prices can change dramatically!

Chapel Street (Salford)

Chapel Street is technically in Salford, but close enough to Manchester City Centre, that it is walkable. It’s one of the areas in Manchester (or Salford really) that has changed drastically in the last 10 years or so. It’s become popular with students and young professionals. It’s mostly apartments here, although there are a few terrace style houses you can find as well. There are lots of cool bars and restaurants in the area, with lots of new ones springing up all the time.

Chapel Street, is close to Salford Central and Salford Crescent train stations, and there are also many bus routes that stop around here too.

Rent varies, but expect to pay around £1200 for a 2 bed flat. If you are looking to buy, apartments tend to go for anything between £230,000 – £300,00 on average.


Chorlton is a great place to live in Manchester if you can afford it. It’s popular with young professionals, and is one of the more sought after areas of the city. It’s well located and is about 15- 30 minutes drive from Manchester City Centre. You can also hop on a tram which takes around 20 minutes from the city centre.

Public transport links to Chorlton are fantastic, and there are so many cool bars and restaurants in the area. You get a combination of houses and apartments here, so there is definitely a bit of everything.

Because accommodation choices are so vast here, you do get a big range of rental costs. You are looking at average costs of £1200 per month for a 2 bedroom apartment. In terms of buying average prices here are £350,000.


Another up and coming area in Manchester is Levenshulme. It’s about 20 minutes drive from Manchester City Centre. Alternatively you can get a bus or train to the area.

Levenshulme is popular with first time home buyers, and young professionals. It’s definitely up and coming, with lots of cool cafes and bars in the area. This is a great choice if you are wanting to buy a house, but want to be close to the City Centre too.

Houses here go for around £200,000 plus if you are looking to buy. Rent prices really vary but on average you could pay around £1300 per month for a 3 bed home.

Salford Quays

Salford Quays is another up and coming part of Manchester. It’s changed a lot over the last few years particularly due to the BBC relocating from London to the nearby Media City. There are some great pubs and restaurants in the area, and a new food hall has recently opened here too.

One of the great things about Salford Quays is that it’s on the tram line. It takes around 15 – 20 minutes to get into Manchester City Centre by tram, and even less to drive.

It’s mostly high rise apartments in the area, and they vary in price. For a 2 bedroom apartment you can expect to pay £1200 – £1400 per month in rent. Apartments will cost you something around £250,000 on average. Although this depends on location, and number of bedrooms, among other things.

Tips for choosing accommodation in Manchester

The above are a few suggestions on where you can live if you are moving to Manchester. There are so many more places and we can’t possibly mention them all. But here are some tips when deciding where to live in Manchester.

  • Choose somewhere close to public transport. If you can find somewhere along the tram lines this is ideal.
  • Research your areas, as there are some parts of Manchester that aren’t always the best.
  • If you have kids you should also look at what schools are nearby.
  • Check to see if there are any future developments planned in the area you want to live as this could impact you later down the track.
  • Spend some time in the neighbourhood you are looking at getting accommodation in to decide if you really want to live here.

Is Manchester a good place to live for safety?

Before you pack up and start your new life in Manchester, you might be wondering if it is a safe city. As someone who lives here, I have never felt particularly unsafe. Yes there are sketchy parts of the city, and yes you get a bit of anti social behaviour at times, but all in all it’s relatively safe.

The crime rate in Manchester is high compared to some other bigger cities in the UK. But that doesn’t necessarily mean moving to Manchester is unsafe. There are areas you should avoid in Manchester, especially at night, but this is the case anywhere.

It might be a shock to some people, depending where you are moving from, to see homelessness, drug use, and other forms of anti social behaviour on the streets of Manchester. One of our least favourite parts of the city centre is Piccadilly Gardens. It seems to be a hotbed of anti social behaviour. But after living here for years it is an area we avoid. But that being said, even when we do walk through it we have no issues.

The main thing in Manchester is to research the areas you are visiting, have your wits about you, and take precautions. But this is the same advice we would give for any big city.

Is Manchester a good place to live for job opportunities?

A big part of your decision for moving to Manchester is obviously going to be related to job opportunities. In fact one of the reasons we decided to live in Manchester is because of this.

Salaries in Manchester vary depending on job type and industry. However according to Glassdoor, the average salary is around £36, 042. Of course this will vary massively depending on where you work. You tend to get paid more for example in the private sector than the public. That being said you get a lot more benefits in the public sector like job security and pensions.

Unfortunately in Manchester (and the UK in general) you tend to get paid a lot less in hospitality and retails type jobs. On the plus side it’s not as bas as the USA, where you depend on tips. But when I was a student over here I was shocked at how different the salary was to work in a bar or coffee shop compared to Australia.

The main thing is, do your research before you get here. Look at multiple websites to get a feel for what you might earn in your particular industry, and how this will impact your cost of living. Which nicely brings us onto our next question.

Is Manchester a good place to live for costs?

Costs are a huge thing when you start looking at moving to Manchester. And with the whole cost of living crisis it’s even more poignant. Costs will obviously be dependant on your own standard of living, how many people you live with, and so much more. For that reason it can be hard to gage.

In this section though we will try to look at standard costs just to give you an idea of how much life in Manchester will end up costing you.

Buying a home

According to Rightmove house prices in Manchester average at £294,889. This will of course depend on what you are buying. Where you buy will also make a difference. For example many people buy in places like Oldham or Rochdale where the average cost of buying a house is significantly lower. They then commute into Manchester for work. If this is something you are thinking of you definitely need to weigh up the benefits.

Another tip, if you are trying to buy an apartment in the city centre to live in, a lot of the buildings are buy to let only. So it might take you a little while to find your dream home.

One thing that you might find interesting when buying a home, is that a lot of places will charge you ground rent. It tends to be quite low at say £50 a year, and can be fixed or escalating. For me this was a strange concept, because unless you specifically pay outright for it (which you can sometimes do when buying a house – but not always) you are essentially ‘renting’ the land your property is on from a ‘landlord’. The leases tend to be for something crazy like 999 years. Honestly I had never heard of it coming from Australia and it is the strangest concept to me.

Renting accommodation

More people tend to rent in and around the City Centre. Rent prices have risen quite a bit in the last few years, probably to reflect a rise in interest rates. On average around the city centre a 2 bedroom flat can cost you around £1200 a month. Keep in mind parking is not always included in this and if you have a car you will probably need to pay extra.

Manchester is a huge student city, so rents are high. People want to live in the city centre, and more and more apartments are being built to accommodate this. I guess that is a good thing, but we have watched this city expand so much in the last 10 years it’s crazy.

What about bills?

I’m writing this article amidst one of the biggest cost of living crisis’ we have ever experienced. Food, electricity, and fuel costs to name but a few are rising quickly. Here is some information on the types of bills you can expect to pay.

TV License

Again moving to Manchester from Australia I was genuinely shocked you had to pay to own a TV! It’s £159 per year, and you have to pay it, even if you don’t have a TV but watch ‘TV’ on your laptop or PC.

Council Tax

Council Tax is another bill you have to pay in the UK. It’s worked out based on your postcode, and costs anywhere between £1312 – £3939 per year. You can have a look on the Manchester City Council website for more information.

It’s worth noting that there are some exemptions for Council Tax. Students don’t usually have to pay this, and there are discounts if you are living alone too. But always check with the council to determine what you need to pay.


Broadband on average will set you back around £30 per month. This will depend on which company you go with and things like speed. With working from home being more popular than ever though you should definitely invest in decent broadband.

The speed of your broadband will be dependant on your area, so do a speed test before you fork out for super fast broadband and realise you can’t get it. We also recommend looking at price comparrison sites like Compare the Market, Money Saving Expert, and Money Supermarket.


Water is another standard bill you will need to pay. The cost of this will depend on how many people in your home, and quite generally how much water you use. On average we would say this comes in at around £40 per month.

Gas and Electricity

Gas and electricity costs have increased a lot in recent years. Again what you pay will depend on how much you use so it’s hard to advise on this one. You could pay £100 plus per month for this. But this is on the low side.

Is Manchester a good place to live for transport links?

If you are moving from abroad, or even other parts of the UK, one of the most important questions you might ask is, is Manchester a good place to live for transport links. Fortunately the city does have excellent transport links which makes moving to Manchester so much easier. So let’s start with the basics.

The Trams

One thing I love about Manchester is that it has a really good tram network called the Metrolink. It links places like Eccles, Salford Quays/ Media City, Manchester Airport, The Trafford Centre, Bury, Altrincham, Didsbury, Oldham, and many more places to the centre. Fare prices vary depending on the number of zones you are travelling, and it’s literally a case of tapping your card before boarding, and then again once you have gotten off the tram.

The Buses

For the first time in years, Manchester buses including (Bolton, Wigan, Bury, Salford, and Manchester) are all under control of the local government. It’s called the Bee Network, and instead of having multiple bus operators you just have the one now. I honestly cannot tell you how annoying it was having to buy different bus tickets with different operators to get from one part of Manchester to another. You can find out more information here.

The Trains

There are several different companies operating various routes from Manchester to the rest of the UK. Piccadilly is the main train station where you will get most of these trains, however Manchester Victoria also operates more local trains to places like Leeds for example.

You should always purchase your tickets in advance to get the best option. And whilst the train network is decent, the trains themselves and companies running them sometimes fall short. Discussing and complaining about train disruptions is almost a national past time in Manchester. In the last year there has been a lot of disruption to services due to strikes over pay.

Train tickets are also really expensive. For example if you were to book a last minute train to London expect for fork out hundreds of pounds for the privilege. There are times when it is cheaper to fly to Europe and back then it is to get on a train from Manchester to London.

Another thing when moving to Manchester that I was so surprised about was the fact that the train are often cancelled due to random things. You often hear about train being cancelled because it’s too hot, too cold, it’s too wet, or my favourite there are leaves on the track. Coming from Australia it’s not something I have ever experienced before and so it stands out to me.

The Airport

Manchester is home to one of the UK’s major airports. Having a major airport is a big thing especially if you are moving to Manchester from abroad. It means that you can easily get home without having to travel halfway across the country to do so.

Manchester has a number of airlines that regularly fly here. There are a number of European airlines that fly into the airport plus your low cost carriers like Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2, and more. On top of that you have airlines like Etihad, Emirates, and Qatar flying to the Middle East.

You also have Singapore Airlines, and Cathay Pacific flying direct to Asia, as well as Virgin Atlantic, United, and Aer Lingus flying direct to the US. For a full range of destinations and airlines you can visit the Manchester Airport website.

Is Manchester a good place to live for things to do?

Life in Manchester isn’t just about working and studying. It’s also largely about things to do in the city too. I wouldn’t say Manchester is a huge tourist city, particularly when you compare it to London or even York for example. There is enough to keep you entertained during your free time though. Here are some highlights.

Tour a football stadium

Football is such a big part of the culture in the UK so if you are moving to Manchester you will probably visit a football stadium at least once. Both Old Trafford (Manchester United) and the Etihad Stadium (Manchester City) do tours.

Old Trafford

National Football Museum

If you do love football, you will be pleased to know that Manchester is the home to the National Football Museum. It’s quite interactive and you can take your photo with some of the trophies – if that is your thing.

Do a canal cruise

The canal network was a large part of Manchester industrial past, so a canal cruise is a must do when visiting. You start in the centre, and cruise down past Old Trafford, to Salford Quays.

Visit one of the museums

Apart from football museums, there are tons of other great museums to visit in Manchester. The Museum of Science and Industry  or the MOSI as it is commonly known, is a great place to visit for kids and adults alike. The museum provides a fascinating insight into Manchester’s contribution in science and technology, particularly during the industrial revolution.

You also have the Manchester Art Gallery which like the MOSI, is free to enter, and it is a great place to learn all about Manchester’s art history as well as admiring paintings from international artists

The Museum of Science and Industry

Explore the John Ryland’s Library

The John Ryland’s Library is like something out of Harry Potter. There are lots of old collections of books, and cosy alcoves where you can spend the day reading. It’s such a pretty place to visit, and in our opinion one of the hidden gems in the city.

John Ryland’s Library

Checkout Salford Quays

Salford Quays is a very quick tram ride from the city centre (just hop on the Media City UK Line and get off at Media City). Salford Quays is home to a number of water sport activities,  a monthly makers market, restaurants, bars, and of course the BBC and ITV studios. Also worth a visit is the imperial war museum.

And if you are into the arts the Lowry Theatre hold a host of performances from kids shows, plays, comedy gigs, and much more.

For more information on Manchester, including answers to important questions like is Manchester worth visiting, here is a handy guide.

Life in Manchester – Eating

One of our favourite things about life in Manchester has to be the food scene. Manchester does food and does it well!

Ok it might not be as fancy as London, and yes we may only have 1 Michelin Star restaurant (it’s Mana by the way, and it is located in Ancoats), but the food scene is awesome.

The city is incredibly multicultural, and this is reflected in the several food choices. You have high quality tapas restaurants like El Gato Negro, modern Chinese cuisine at Tattu, top quality brunch at Federal and some of the best comfort food ever at The Sparrows. And honestly these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to food in Manchester.

Brunch at Federal

Here is a more detailed guide to eating, drinking, and playing in Manchester.

Life in Manchester – Drinking

Manchester as a city knows how to have a good time. If you like to spend your weekend exploring bars, or just dancing the night away Manchester has you covered.

There are lots of different areas that are great for drinks in Manchester. Here are some of our favourites.


Spinningfields has a bit of a fancy vibe to be honest. It’s home to places like 20 Stories, and The Ivy, where the drinks are a bit more expensive. A lot of offices are in the area so you will probably find a lot of business types flocking here after work on a Friday. The area is also home to one of the best cocktail bars in the city, Schofield’s Bar.

Cocktails at 20 Stories in Spinningfields

Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter is our absolute favourite area for a night out in Manchester. There are so many different bars and restaurants. From your grungy dive bars, to trendy cocktail spots like Dusk till Pawn, and Behind Closed Doors, and pretty much everything in between.

The Northern Quarter is also great for craft beers. You have places like Northern Monk and The Peer Hat, which are two of our favourites for beers.

Cocktails at Dusk til Pawn


Ancoats is the new trendy area in Manchester. There are lots of bars and restaurants, with a more chilled out vibe. Some of the best include The Edinburgh Castle, for pints and cocktails, or the Jane Eyre for something a bit fancier.

Canal Street

Canal Street also known as the gay village is world famous, and a huge part of Manchester history. It’s a very lively night out, and always good for a party.

Some of the best spots include G-A-Y, and Churchills. And as a whole it’s a very open and welcoming area. A lot of the bars are located just along the canal, and it’s a popular spot on sunny days.

Oxford Road

This is the more studenty area as it is close to both University of Manchester and Manchester Met. The bars are a bit cheaper around here, although probably best to avoid it during freshers week! Some. of the best student spots include YES, Thirsty Scholar, and for something a bit fancier the Refuge.

Inside the Refuge on Oxford Road

Life in Manchester – Shopping

There are a lot of different shopping options in Manchester. For designer brands you have a lot of fancy stores around Spinningfields, and also King Street. In the centre, there is also Selfridges, and Harvey Nichols if you are searching for something special.

When it comes to high street brands, Market Street has a number of shops like H&M and Boots. Plus there is the Arndale Centre, again with shops like New Look, Next, and River Island to name a few.

You also have the Northern Quarter, including Affleck’s Palace for more quirky items, vintage clothes, and even art shops.

If you want to get out of the city centre, your best bet for shopping is the Trafford Centre. It’s basically the place to go for leisure, shopping, and eating.

Life in Manchester – Parks

One of the best things about life in Manchester is that there are lots of parks in the area. For starters it’s located near the edge of the Peak District, which means that green open spaces are never too far away.

Closer to home though there are so many beautiful country parks across the city that are a short drive from the centre. There are places like Daisy Nook Country Park, Clifton Country Park, and Reddish Vale all within driving distance from the centre.

Daisy Nook Country Park

Life in Manchester – Weekend and day trips

Another element of life in Manchester that you might be interested in, is what kind of day trips and weekend trips you can do from here.

We have put a guide together of the best places to visit within 2 hours of Manchester to give you a bit of inspiration. In the meantime here are some highlights.

The Lake District

The Lake District is great for a day trip or weekend trip from Manchester. Located in Cumbria it is a very beautiful park of the country perfect for hiking, water activities and so much more.

The Lake District


There is so much to see and do in Yorkshire, which makes for the perfect weekend break away from Manchester. Highlights include the city of York, Whitby, and Hebden Bridge.

Whitby, Yorkshire

Manchester is also close to cities like Liverpool, Chester, London, and so much more. They all make for great day trips if you are wanting to explore more of the country.

You can also hop on a plane in Manchester and in less than 2 hours you can land in places like:

Is Manchester a good place to live for weather?

Ok so getting real here, one of the more annoying parts of life in Manchester has to be the weather. Manchester sort of has this reputation of being grey, rainy, and downright miserable. In fact I know some people who have considered moving to Manchester and then decided not to at the last moment just because of this. But is is justified?

Personally we don’t think so. Yes it rains in Manchester, and yes it can be miserable particularly in the winter, but I don’t think it’s worse than other parts of the UK.

Summer temperatures in Manchester average at about 20°C (68F) during the day, although in recent years there have been a lot more 30°C (86F)days. It’s the perfect time the grab a cold drink, and sit in a beer garden and enjoy the atmosphere of the city.

Summers are great because it tends to be brighter for longer. On average you get about 16 hours of daylight in June, July, and August. Whereas in winter, it gets dark at around 4pm, and the sun sometimes doesn’t rise until after 8am. Coming from Australia this can have an impact on your mental health, so make sure you take advantage of the daylight when you can.

Speaking of winter, temperatures in Manchester can range between 3°C and 8°C. Snow is pretty rare particularly in the city centre, but not completely impossible. The winter months are best for indoor activities like shopping, eating, drinking, or even checking out the museums.

Realistically no one moves to Manchester (or England) for the weather, and it’s one of those things that you kind of have to just accept comes with life in Manchester.

Winter in Manchester

Our experience of moving to Manchester

Before we finish this guide on moving to Manchester, we wanted to go into some detail on what it was like for us moving here. We have lived in Manchester for nearly 13 years, and we have had ups and downs. Obviously the biggest down is being away from family. Thankfully Manchester Airport has excellent flight options. And if we need to get to Ireland, we also have the choice to fly out of Liverpool Airport too.

It was daunting at first getting jobs, and finding somewhere to live. If you are moving from abroad some landlords will ask you to pay 6 months rent in advance, especially if you are yet to find employment. Make sure you keep that in mind before moving to Manchester.

It also took us a bit of time to build up our credit rating so that we could get phone contracts etc. This can be incredibly frustrating especially if you had a good rating in your home country. You just have to be patient though as generally after about 6 months – 12 months you can start building a good financial picture.

One of the best things about Manchester for us has been the people. It’s such a friendly city, and there are so many people you will meet that will start to form part of your life in Manchester. It’s a very international city, and so many of our friends are in similar positions to us where they have no family here and that’s something that we bond over.

Overall we had a positive experience of moving to Manchester. Yes there have been ups and downs, but we have managed to really settle here and make a decent life in Manchester.

Final tips for moving to Manchester

Here are some final tips if you are thinking of moving to Manchester.

  • Spend some time here before you move if you can. It takes a while to get a feel for a city so the more time you spend here before you move the more you will understand life in Manchester.
  • Facebook groups for particular neighbourhoods are invaluable. They give you an insight into lifestyle, frequency of crime, schools, and so much more.
  • Facebook groups are also useful if you are wanting to get opinions from expats. There are lots of groups you can join like ‘(Your Country e.g Ukrainians/ Italians etc ) in Manchester to get a good understanding of what moving here is like.
  • If you do move there are lots of groups you can join to meet new people. There are things like professional women’s walking groups, young professional groups and so much more.
  • Give it time. It takes a while to build a life in Manchester, and to start afresh so don’t feel like you have to know everything and build networks straight away.

So is Manchester a good place to live?

So you have made it to the end of this article, and hopefully you now have an answer to the question is Manchester a good place to live. But if not here is a final recap.

We think Manchester is an excellent place to live, work, and play. It’s a lot cheaper than London for example, but it also has many job opportunities, great food, nightlife, and more. On the whole the city is a great mix of students, and working professionals.

Yes there are gritty parts of the city, but this is standard in all UK cities. And admittedly the weather isn’t its selling point. But Manchester has so much to give. It’s expanding rapidly, so now is definitely the time to consider life in Manchester.

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