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Living in Manchester, England:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

23 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Manchester, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 23 people living in Manchester what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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The rain here is unbelievable. It’s as if the stereotype of England always being grey and gloomy is based upon Manchester alone. Aside from that it’s a relatively quiet city, and the homes here are beautiful – especially considering the fact that the prices for them are very reasonable. Also, Manchester is known as one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly cities in the UK I believe; we even have an area in town dedicated to them called ‘Gay Village’ which is pretty cool.

Pradyumn, says: 2020

Some say it’s the real capital of England but it’s not even second city. Manchester is vibrant, cool and modern. It is historical and traditional. Music and sport are woven in to it’s very soul. Familiar but brand new, neighbourly but dangerous. Proud but embarrassing, Red but Blue.

Upon moving to Manchester, I think it is integral that you consider the type of living arrangements you would prefer. The closer you get to the city, the more you will encounter high rise apartments and cosy flats. It isn’t until you head further away from the city centre that an appropriate family home would become the norm. This is a massive consideration in terms of employment within the city, and I think it important that people consider their commute, and their living conditions.

Hannah, says: 2020

Manchester is an excellent place to live with a wide range of public transport, bars, restaurants and shops. The city is very beautiful with a multitude of old buildings still standing that give the city centre a wonderful old-timey feeling which meshes surprisingly well with the more modern areas that are frequently only a short walk away.

Kayleigh, says: 2020

Considering that it is a large city in the northwest of England, you have to be able to adapt to the wide range of accents English is spoken with. Our location also means that it mostly rains with strong heavy showers. This city is also well known for its large cultural diversity which also means that racism is at an all time low.

Manchester is a gregarious city with a rich but diverse culture. There are many riveting (and delicious!) food outlet places that one should try – you can never be bored by the variety that is offered. Manchester is a beautiful place with stunning architecture and history and I strongly recommend visiting.

Manchester is a place of contrasts: Victorian gothic meets modern urban. I vastly prefer the Victorian and am horrified by the overcrowding that has taken place over the last decade. However, the urban regeneration has made Manchester a more glamorous and exciting place. You cannot venture further than one block without hitting a vegan pop-up!

Manchester is a vibrant city, steeped in history. It was a central point of the industrial revolution and many of its city centre buildings are old mills, now converted into stylish apartments. Manchester also has a strong rock-music culture and many of the UK’s biggest rock bands, including Oasis, The Smiths, and Stone Roses, were formed there.

Manchester is a glorious place; the people are friendly and the nightlife is first class. The weather can be appalling but the welcome is always warm. A place where many cultures merge comfortably. A top tip is to buy an umbrella and take it for a walk down King Street, sipping a coffee and taking in the sights.

Manchester is an extremely large city with many towns within in. The city centre, has multiple museums, galleries and cultural sites. Cobbled streets are lined with high street shops, in which many treasures can be found. Northern Quarter, which as its name suggests is within the north of the city centre, is one of my favourite areas of the city centre and offers many eclectic boutiques such as Afflecks Palace – a six storied building filled to the brim with unique finds from retro wrestling figures to custom made leather and lace gowns.

There add some beautiful restaurants and eateries in the Northern Quarter – only a few minutes walk from the centre of Manchester. Among the finest, strongly favoured by locals, is one named Common. The menu is delightful: fried foods, cocktails and fresh coffee. I have eaten there many times (most recently with family) and always find myself satisfied after good meal!

Kashif, says: 2020

Manchester is a bustling city with rich and varied history. In the 1800s its textiles industry played a pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution. It is also host to some highly influential bands, including Oasis, Joy Division and The Smiths. In the 1990s, clubs such as the Hacienda defined the UK’s Acid House genre. Today, each of its distinctive areas make up a city with character and flair. Mancunians have a famously kind and welcoming nature, which becomes evident when one visits.

Manchester is a brilliant city. It is small, but cosmopolitan; historic, but up-and-coming; wet, but with plenty of brilliant places to get out of the rain! My favourite thing about Manchester is that it has a “big city feel”, but you can walk across the city centre in about 30 minutes, and people are much friendlier than in London. My least favourite thing is probably the rainy weather (it gets a lot!), but there are plenty of bars and restaurants to hide away in, and, in less than an hour in the car or by metro, you can escape the Manchester bowl and see some stunning (slightly drier) countryside.

Qumran, says: 2020

People should know Manchester is an expensive city. The cost of house prices, particularly in South Manchester, have increased dramatically over the past few years. Many people have instead chosen to live in adjacent cities such as Blackburn, Bury and Wigan. These areas offer considerably more value for money, whilst still remaining close enough to allow a reasonable commute into Manchester.

Dominic, says: 2020

Be aware of the transport system as it can be terribly confusing for newcomers. Manchester is famous for its culture of football-lovers and matches can delay the transport to an abhorrent degree. In spite of this; Manchester is home to fabulous clubs and general nightlife and engaging and friendly people.

Manchester is often cited as the birthplace of the industrial revolution. It is a multicultural city with a large student population. The local accent is more pronounced in the north of the city, but is not too strong. It had a proud sporting tradition, with two Premier League football teams.

I recommend you research the Metrolink. It’s a tram service that has expanded rapidly over the last 20 years, now linking a majority of Greater Manchester together. If you don’t own a car, it’s by far the fastest and cheapest way to travel.

Muslima, says: 2020

Manchester is a beautiful and very diverse city which makes it easy for anyone who is new to accustom themselves in it. diversity as I like to call has a lot to offer, for example, there are many restaurants that offer a variety of cuisines giving you a taste of all the various cultures and traditions that make this city Manchester.

Antonia, says: 2020

Manchester is a tolerant city, with a very diverse population that brings various cultural influences to daily lives. For example, the ‘Curry Mile’ is notorious for its Middle-Eastern and Southern Asian cuisines: thousands of people visit this road in a day. Many festivals and events with non-British origins are celebrated each year, such as Eid Ul-Fitr and more. Most of the population is accepting of others.

Elizabeth, says: 2020

Manchester is a sprawling city with a beating heart. Saturated in the smell of meat pies and ale, Manchester is not to be missed by any ambitious traveller. One of my favourite places to visit is the Northern Quarter, in the city centre, it has many vintage shops and quirky coffee houses.

Kashif, says: 2020

Manchester is a densely populated city but there are areas of natural beauty nearby. The character of the average Mancunian is typically friendly and helpful although the evidence of community is often lacking. The city is steeped in a proud history of industry and innovation and takes its name from the Latin, meaning “Mother City. “

Camilo, says: 2020

If you moved to my city, it is important to know Manchester is far more than just football and ship canals. Manchester is a city with a unique culture and the people there have their own particular outlook on life. You should go to the art gallery which is next to Chinatown and try a Manchester Tart in the cafe.

Manchester Is a city of the people as you may presume from the word “man” however it doesn’t mean it doesn’t welcome women. This city is open with its full arms to whoever wishes just like a mother is to her children’s friends. People here stand behind each others back to support them in dire times whenever they need to.

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