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Manchester – a place to live, work and play

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, welcoming everyone with its fine traditions of culture, music, sport and top-class events. Its vitality is expressed through fascinating history, interactive attractions, 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.

Savills tell us that select 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 primest locations house prices knock spots of southern equivalents – the prime Manchester location average is £235,592 – well under the UK average – 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.

In spite of its qualities and popularity, Manchester is a cost-effective location, something that is reflected across the board from housing costs to leisure and entertainment. You get much more for your money in Manchester, an important factor in recruiting and attracting people to work here.

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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 with 86.5% of our primary schools and 100% of our special schools classed as good or outstanding -- higher than the national average.


Manchester is the regional centre for finance, commerce and retail. World-class transport links combine with an abundance of property offerings, making Manchester one of best cities in Europe in which to do business.

Manchester is an ambitious city and is continuing to develop itself as a centre of national and international significance, through unique strategic regeneration frameworks, city-wide redevelopment continues at a fast pace spanning commercial, residential and recreational offerings.

We’re very excited by the £600 million improvement to rail links between northern cities including Leeds, Manchester, Bradford and Sheffield. On top of that, HS2 is coming – the high-speed rail link improving services between London and northern cities. Along with more investment in the ports of Liverpool and Hull, and our own globally international airport, Manchester has got to be the nation's go-to relocation capital.

Sports and Leisure

Manchester is synonymous with sport. Ranked 8th in the world in the 2016 Ultimate Sport Cities index. If you fancy participating, there are lots of annual active events like the BUPA Great Manchester Run, or urban family cycling event Skyride. 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.

Adventurous sport enthusiasts can take advantage of the adrenalin pumping jumps at the indoor BMX Centre or climb to dizzy heights in Manchester Climbing Centre.
Sportscity has successfully developed world class sports and events venues that provide facilities for elite and professional athletes as well as developing a strong community programme. It is now the chosen venue for over 400 events each year and receives over 4,500,000 visits annually. It was developed for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 48,000 seat City of Manchester Stadium is now home to Manchester City Football Club. The site also features the National Squash Centre, the 6,500 seat Manchester Regional Arena, English Institute of Sport, Manchester Velodrome and the Tennis Centre as well as a state-of the- art-gymnasium.

Out and about in Manchester

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.

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.

Voluntary Organisations

Social work in Manchester

Manchester is arguably one of the most exciting and challenging places to practise social work in the UK. Within our diverse and changing communities, the range of problems our children and families need help with is wide, varied and often complex. Manchester is committed to enabling its Social

Workers to meet these challenges head on by supporting them in a strong team-focused environment. We will help them to develop a strong skills-and-knowledge base in an environment that provides the opportunity to work with families and our valued partner agencies to find the best possible solutions for Manchester children.

Ade Oyekan has been a social worker in Manchester for 8 years, after joining as an apprentice.

“I work with different families from different backgrounds and cultures – that’s one of the things I find most interesting. Manchester is a good place to learn our trade; I’m passionate about my job, and I love positive outcomes for families.”

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The City of Manchester

Manchester is the largest and fastest growing economy outside London with a proud tradition of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. The city has transformed itself into one of Europe’s most dynamic and exciting cities in which to live and work, boasting an increasingly diverse economy.