About the Area
Manchester – what a place to live and work
Manchester is now one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the UK, yet it retains its own unique character. Set in a region that offers great value for money, Manchester is a great place to live with its fine traditions of culture, music, sport and top-class events. Its vitality is expressed through its fascinating history, magnificent architecture and, most of all, the spirit of its people.
Manchester's housing scene is a very pleasant surprise if you're used to southern house prices and rents – or even UK averages.
Parts of Manchester have the highest proportion of under-35 households in the highest economic group outside London. These canny buyers and renters are here because even in our primmest locations house prices knock spots of southern equivalents - the Manchester averages are well under the UK averages – but rising!
City centre living is thriving here. Waterside apartments to converted warehouses, pavement culture to high-brow culture on your doorstep. Metrolink trams get you to classic leafy suburbs in minutes. Even the suburbs have a bohemian bent, if you want it.
Manchester's a great place to future-proof your children's education -- with four leading tertiary education institutions -- Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and the Royal Northern College of Music -- "Europe's largest campus." Manchester University gets more undergraduate applications than any other -- and it's not just their world-leading academic reputation. Super-affordable Manchester is a student magnet with digs fifty percent cheaper than London or Dublin.
We’re one of the fastest improving Councils for secondary educational attainment – 51% of students achieved five or more GCSE grades A*-C including English and Maths in 2014 – with 86.5% of our primary schools and 100% of our special schools classed as good or outstanding – higher than the national average.
Manchester – what a place to play
When it’s time for entertainment, the people of Manchester put on their glad rags and hit the town. Pop concerts, dramatic arts – the variety is mind-blowing. From real-ale pubs to cutting-edge clubbing, Manchester's nightlife is as varied as it is exciting.
Manchester has attracted international arts and culture ever since we held the famous Art Treasures of Great Britain exhibition back in 1857, with the biennial Manchester International Festival brings world premieres, unique concerts and one-off events to the city since 2005. Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the computer, the football league and Top of the Pops, Manchester has a heritage that is impressive to say the least. With its classical art, museums, galleries, and a spectacular range of architectural styles – including Modern, Contemporary, Georgian, Roman and Gothic – Manchester has a skyline to behold.
However, the city isn't just for grown-ups; it's an urban playground for kids too. Manchester's got it covered for keeping kids entertained with family events throughout the year. Here in our great city there is always something for them to do.
If you fancy some time out from urban life, there’s always somewhere you can escape to. There's nothing like a picnic in the park, and Manchester has some beautiful green places to take your family for a summer's outing. You've got the spectacular Greater Manchester countryside on your doorstep too.
Football might be our biggest export, but cycling, cricket and squash (to name a few!) are in Manchester's blood just as much as the beautiful game.
Manchester has a great reputation for food and drink. The increasing number of restaurants, delis and shops are sourcing their produce locally. These family-friendly restaurants deliver the little details that matter to make dining out in Manchester a fun experience for the whole family. Explore the world of flavours with Manchester's wide range of food shops, and experience the fine wines Manchester has to offer, or just enjoy a coffee.
Creativity and independence are the lifeblood of Manchester’s shopping scene. With such a wide variety of wares, the locals love to flock to Manchester’s markets and independent speciality shops to indulge in a spot of shopping with a difference. From fancy dress to fountain pens, you’ll find a world of goods on sale. All you need to keep fit or just dress like your sporting heroes is here in our specialist shops, which cater for any outdoor or sport activity. Or, with great choice under one roof, Manchester's shopping centres and department stores are often a destination in themselves.
Manchester's bursting with something for everyone. If you want to be part of the action, you'll find it all here.
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