5 of the Best Student Accommodation in Manchester

by Allie d'Almo  |  Published October 23, 2021

Home to 100,000 students, Manchester is hailed as one of the UK’s most student-friendly cities. Thankfully, it has an excellent range of student accommodation to match. 

Chic Vita First Street is worlds apart from most grubby student digs (Photo: Vita Living First Street)

Britain’s second city boasts two top tier universities, world-famous music conservatoires and dozens of prestigious specialist colleges. Add to this a lively nightlife scene, affordable living costs and a well-earned reputation for friendliness and it isn’t difficult to see why it’s so popular with students– particularly with learners from other cities. If you’re interested in making the move, there are hundreds of accommodation options for you in Manchester. We’ve selected five of the best student accommodation in Manchester, based on location, price and facilities. 

Vita First Street 

Vita offers some of Manchester’s finest student accommodation, with two separate locations in First Street and Circle Square. First Street is a far cry from standard university halls, with plush interiors, housekeeping services and a range of membership options. It’s conveniently located a stone’s throw from the city’s best music venues, galleries and restaurants too. All studios are private with their own en-suite bathrooms and kitchen facilities, as well as added perks like free weekday breakfast, free bike rental and 24/7 security. Onsite facilities include a gym, cinema room and private study rooms if you don’t fancy sitting at your bedroom desk all day. 

Vita First Street (Deansgate-Castlefield Tram) 13 Jack Rosenthal Street.   Rooms from £217 per week, including bills. 

Sanctuary Students: Denmark Road 

A typical lounge area at Denmark Road (Photo: Sanctuary Rooms)

Offering purpose-built student accommodation opposite the University of Manchester Campus, Sanctuary Students Denmark Road is perfect for those looking for affordable, hassle-free student living.  There are a range of four, five and six-bedroom flats to choose from, each with ensuites, a spacious lounge with large screen TV and a modern kitchen. There’s also a common room and games room, 24 hours maintenance support and onsite security and free contents insurance. 

Sanctuary Students Denmark Road (Oxford Road Station), 12 Denmark Road. Rooms from £159 per week, including bills 

Dwell Student: The Grafton 

The Grafton is conveniently located just off Oxford Road, one of Manchester’s most historic thoroughfares. As well as being within spitting distance from the Manchester Metropolitan main campus, you’ll also have the city’s best curry houses, live music venues and an Olympic-sized swimming pool at your fingertips. You’ll benefit from being nextdoor to the busiest bus route in Europe too. You can choose from a range of two or three-bedroom shared apartments, each with a private balcony. There’s also a free onsite gym, supermarket and onsite laundry facilities. 

The Grafton (Oxford Road Station), 60 Grafton Street. Rooms from £119 per week, including bills. 

IQ Lambert & Fairfield House 

Situated just two minutes from Picadilly train station, Lambert & Fairfield House is perfectly positioned for both study and fun. There’s a wide range of student rooms, mini-studios and apartments to choose from, catering for a variety of budgets. The site also features excellent social and study spaces, including a cinema, karaoke room, gaming area and a bowling alley. There’s an exciting calendar of events, from parties to yoga, to get involved with too. IQ is one of the UK’s best-known student accommodation providers too, serving around 29,000 students across 69 sites in 28 cities. 

Lambert and Fairfield House (Manchester Picadilly Station) Granby Row. Rooms from £196 per week, including bills.

Mansion Student: Mansion Point 

Situated a few minutes from Manchester University’s Fallowfield Campus, Mansion Point is a great option for those looking for a well-connected location, away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. You can choose from a range of affordably-priced rooms, from shared ensuite apartments to mezzanine studios. Each apartment includes a queen-sized bed, flat-screen TV and high-spec modern kitchen for a more elevated student experience too. Communal spaces include a cinema room, games room with pool table and quiet study rooms. 

Mansion Point (Grangethorpe Park Bus) 1 Crowell Range . Rooms from £155 per week, including bills.