Living and Working in Manchester


There’s so much to Manchester. It’s a centre for fashion, it’s a multi-cultural hub with diversity at its core. It’s proud of its roots and heritage, but passionate about reinvention and re-purposing. We’re home to some exceptional businesses, as well as being a global focal point for academia. The city’s population of over 500,000 is incredibly diverse, speaking at least 153 languages and with two thirds of its schoolchildren thought to be bilingual. People of all ages and cultures are building their lives in Manchester. It is a city brimming with opportunities, passion and ambition backed by a proudly distinct Mancunian identity.

Sparked by an entrepreneurial spirit, the city has reinvented and rebuilt itself as an important post-industrial city and is recognised as a major global centre for research and development, academic excellence and innovation. Resilient and independent, the city has transformed itself into one of the country’s most important post-industrial cities. Research and development with global impact takes place in the city. Proud to be one of the biggest creative and digital sectors in the UK, Manchester can point to an eclectic mix of theatre, poetry and performances, plus more music venues than anywhere else in the country based on our population. No surprise then just how many leading academics move across the globe to work here, or that so many of our students stay in the city after they’ve finished studying.

Living in Manchester

There’s an excitement and an edge to Manchester, our diverse, passionate and cosmopolitan city. There are so many aspects to Manchester – sport, commerce, art, music and culture. All the different sides and facets of Manchester combine to create a thriving and vibrant city, driven by an accelerating economy. Manchester is full of character, heritage and attitude. Historic buildings are having new life breathed into them and award winning new architecture is re-shaping our city. We’re home to a huge, diverse and growing range of communities.

There’s a part Manchester for everyone too. From the buzzing media city of Salford, a city centre with a skyline that shouts confidence and ambition, the exciting towns to the north of the city and the leafy suburbs of Didsbury, Altrincham and Middleton. We have an excellent network of trains, trams and roads to get you to work, to play, to explore, to make the most of living here.


Getting Here

Our campus, in the heart of the city is just five minutes from Oxford Road train station and ten minutes from Piccadilly Station. We’re close to the Metrolink tram system, an extensive motorway network and are well served by bus routes.

With the busiest airport outside London, Manchester acts as a gateway to the North West. The airport is just 30 minutes from our campus, providing access to more than 60 different airlines flying to more than 200 global destinations. Whether you’re visiting the University for the first time or planning your daily commute, you’ll find getting in and out of Manchester straightforward.

Helping You Relocate

Our University and our city are on a journey. And it’s a journey we can’t make alone. We need talent from across the country, across the world. We know too what a big decision and what a big undertaking it is to move jobs and move cities. Whether you’re doing it alone, with a partner or with a family.

Whether you’re relocating from within the UK or you are moving internationally to join us, we can provide advice and information on relocating and making Manchester your new home. We’re here to discuss any visa requirements, provide the information you require and confirm whether you’re eligible to work in the UK. For international colleagues, we also provide access to specialist advice for people moving internationally to live and work at UK based universities.