Where to Live

Where is the best place to live while you're studying in Manchester? We've asked current students for their opinions about the best and worst places to live. Obviously, these are just our opinions and you probably won't want to buy a house based on what we say! However, we do hope to provide a flavour of the city.

Withington is as good a place to start as any. The CRUK Manchester Institute is situated in Withington so living here is very handy for getting in to work! It's pretty easy to get around if you're based here and there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants too. Withington tends to be pretty safe but, as with most parts of Manchester, walking around on your own at night or leaving valuables on display is not advised. A short distance south of Withington is Didsbury. This is a lovely area with plenty of nice bars, restaurants and shops. It's a really good place to live but it may be a bit expensive.

Slightly north of Withington is Fallowfield. This area contains many university halls of residence so it's the usual place for undergraduate students to live. There are plenty of shops, bars and takeaways – which is fine if you like to live somewhere lively but it can be noisy during term-time. It's generally not too expensive here so if you don't mind living amongst noisy undergraduates then it's ideal!

Rusholme is further up Wilmslow Road towards the city centre. Parts of Rusholme can be nice to live and it's very handy if you like curry! In general, the best parts to live are closest to main roads such as Wilmslow Road or Platt Lane.

Chorlton is another nice area but it's a bit further away from the CRUK Manchester Institute and public transport is not so good in this part of the city.

If you want to take a look in advance, there are plenty of websites of letting agents and estate agents to help you to look at what's available in the area. To search for places close to work, the Institute's postcode is M20 4BX.