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The best places to live and rent in Manchester

By Edited May 1, 2016 0 0

The nicest areas of Manchester

Manchester city is fairly small compared to many other UK cities with a population of under 500,000 people. Nevertheless, it is one of our most important centres for science and media and greater Manchester has a gigantic population of some 2.2 million residents. As a city parts of Manchester have a deservedly bad reputation but it’s a great place to live still. The art and culture in Manchester are fantastic, the shopping is world class and the nightlife and music scenes are amongst the best in the country. There are plenty of jobs, great schools and superb amenities so it’s an understandably popular place to live and work. With that in mind we decided to take a look at the different areas of Manchester and where is a good place to live.

Central Manchester

With its vibrant and lively atmosphere, great pubs, clubs and restaurants Manchester city centre remains one of the most popular places to live in the city. There are loads of high rise flat blocks including the gigantic 47 storey Beetham Tower. If you want to live with your finger on the pulse of the city then this is the place to be. In terms of areas Salford Quays offers some of the best waterside living and a variety of options to suit different budgets. Moss Side and Hulme have the worst reputations of the central Manchester areas but they have seen a significant amount of regeneration over the last decade. They offer cheaper places to rent and easy access to the city centre. Overall flats to rent in Manchester are at their finest here but tend to attract younger crowds.

North Manchester

North Manchester offers some of the cheapest places to live in the city and has plenty of student areas. The core areas are Harpurphey, Moston, Crumpsal and Cheetam Hill. The area is amongst the most ethnically diverse of Manchester with strong Asian, Eastern European and Jewish communities. The cheaper prices tend to attract lots of students so there are plenty of lively bars and clubs around.

South Manchester

Undoubtedly the most popular and expnsive section of the city south Manchester is home to some of the best places to rent and also some of Manchester’s most upmarket spots. Didsbury village and Chorlton are two of the most chic and expensive places to live in the city and offer a lot of luxury; though at a suitably high price tag. Old Trafford is here though there are a few rougher areas such as Wythenshawe. There is also a lot of student territory out this way so a good diversity of accommodation and entertainment.

East Manchester

This area is still relatively poor but there has been a lot of regeneration work in recent years and you can find some good places to rent for ot too much money. It’s nicer areas are now Clayton, Openshaw and Beswick which have seen huge rejuvenation and house prices starting to rise.

West Manchester

West Manchester ha a bit of everything with the already mentioned Salfod Quays offering the nicest living while Boothstown and Worsley attract a footballing crowd. There’s a good mix in the area so it’s not too hard to find somewhere nice to live providing you avoid the estates.



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