Basic guide to living in Manchester


The second city we’re going to talk about after Brighton. Before immigrating to Manchester, if you haven’t been to another city in the United Kingdom, read our 7 things you have to prepare before immigrating to the UK. Don’t forget to check how much it costs to live in the UK: on average it’s between £600 and £700 a month.

1. General information about the city

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Greater Manchester

Manchester aunque pueda parecer, no es tan grande como su nombre indica as it only has half a million residents. You need to remember that Manchester isn’t just the city, but its metropolitan zone, Greater Manchester (with 2.7 million residents), which includes the City of Manchester, Stockport, Tameside, Oldham, Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Wigan, the City of Salford, and Trafford.

It’s the second biggest urban area in the United Kingdom, after Greater London. Manchester is a city with a long industrial tradition, especially when it comes to textile factories, but years ago the crisis led to its urban redevelopment. The old industrial zones have been remodelled, and are now occupied by cultural centres, parks, or business areas with very modern buildings. This results in a curious combination of the old industrial atmosphere with the atmosphere of a lively cultural city.

Countless rock concerts and opera and theatre performances take place here – not to mention the city’s recent music history (groups like Oasis, Simply Red, and Take Red are from here). But what has been talked about most lately is football, because this is the home of Manchester City and Manchester United, two of the key teams in the English League.

Population: 502,900 residents

Postcode: M1 to M50

City council website

2. Public transport

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Map showing plans to expand public transport in Manchester

Manchester is a well-connected city in every sense. Buses travel around many parts of the city during the day and there are many special services at night, especially the routes in the south of the city passing through Oxford Road. The tramway circulates around the centre of the city and towards its outskirts in the north, west, and east of the city. The tramway operates until about 11:30pm seven days a week. Trains quickly connect you to many parts of the city, even though there’s no metro. There are express services for nearby cities like Liverpool and Leeds, and it only takes two hours to travel to London.

All the information you need about moving around the city and its transportation:

Maps of the city’s public

How to plan your journey to and from the towns of Greater Manchester:

MetroLink: Tramway system that circulates around the city and its outskirts:

  • Simple one-day ticket from £5.00 (off-peak)
  • Monthly pass from £50 and increasing.


The connection between the cities in the Manchester area isn’t bad and there are various “cheap” tickets. Railway map in Greater Manchester.

  • Rail Ranger Ticket (one day): £5.00
  • Monthly Traincard: £96
  • Monthly Countycard: £107, allows you to use the trains and buses of the cities in Greater Manchester.


  • In the centre of Manchester the bus is FREE
  • Simple bus ticket from £4.00 (depending on the company)


Map with bike lanes, routes, stops, etc.:


From Manchester there are direct flights to many European cities.

15 NOV 2015 UPDATE:

Thanks to the 2015 survey of Europeans in the UK that we published, we have the average figure spent on public transport by European residents in Manchester: £47/mes.


3. Tourism

Manchester is the third most-visited city in the United Kingdom after London and Edinburgh. I’ve been several times and I didn’t think it was that great: it’s big and has its ‘industrial’ charm and good nightlife, but I wouldn’t recommend going to the UK purely to visit it. But if you’re nearby, going to live there, or you’re curious to see it, there are many places to visit, like the city hall, the cathedral, Piccadilly Gardens, Oldham Street, the canals, and several interesting museums like the ones for football and science.

Advice for visiting tourists:

Places to visit:

And don’t forget the official website:

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4. Accommodation

I don’t know how accommodation in Manchester is right now, but I can tell you that, pero lo que sí puedo deciros es dónde viven la mayoría de españoles de la ciudad, el 30% residen dentro del postcode M14 (zonas de Fallowfield, Moss Side, Ladybarn y Rusholme). the average expense per room (including expenses, bills, and everything) is £300-400 a month, according to the 2014 survey we did.

We recommend using the following website to find a room:

If you rent, know your rights in the UK:

General information about living in the Manchester area:

15 NOV 2015 UPDATE:

According to the 2015 survey data, European residents in Manchester spend an average of £494/month on accommodation (bills included).

5. Work

There are two ways of looking for local jobs. One is to use the internet:

But the best way of ensuring success is to traipse around the city with a lot of CVs and hand them out.

15 NOV 2015 UPDATE:

2015 survey data: European residents in Manchester earn an average of £1,213/month net.

6. Leisure

Manchester is particularly famous for its nightlight and music scene. To stay up-to-date, my favourite website is TimeOut Manchester.

Other websites where you can see what’s cooking in the area:

7. Studying in Manchester

It’s a university town, so if you want to study or get qualified, it’s not a bad place to go:

University of Manchester:

Manchester Metropolitan University:

Bolton University:

Oldham University:

University of Salford:

Courses for adults at Manchester College:

If you’re from Manchester and you want to correct something or add info or advice, leave a comment or send me an email. 🙂

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