Manchester, the city and surrounding areas offer a vibrant, multicultural environment in which to live and work – with all the amenities you’d expect to find in a large and thriving city. The support you will receive from us together with the friendly nature of the Manchester people in general, you will discover that living, dining, shopping and entertaining is at your doorstep.

Centrally located and well connected

The hub of the North West, Manchester is just two hours from London by train. We’re just minutes from the countryside too, with the wide open spaces and breathtaking scenery of the Lake District just over an hour away. Regular train services offer easy access to the nearby cities of Leeds and Liverpool, and the rest of the UK, while Manchester International Airport provides direct flights to all major European cities. And, with comprehensive bus, tram and local train networks, as well as great motorway connections, your commute to work should be an easy journey.

Making a home

Manchester’s a superb place to live and work. From the surrounding Pennines and natural England to the inner city vibes that form this great city. The fact is, for anyone choosing to live here, both Manchester and Trafford offer a huge choice, and - importantly - easy access.

Property prices in Manchester and Trafford span a wide range, with great options for all budgets – whether you're buying or renting. Here you'll find amazing city penthouses sitting alongside a huge choice of contemporary apartments, Victorian terraces, semi-detached houses and traditional family homes. Whether you prefer city, suburban or rural living, you'll find the right place to make your new home.

With both The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester boasts Europe's largest urban higher education precinct.

Equally, Manchester and Trafford are home to a variety of great schools and colleges, to find more visit Education in Manchester and Education in Trafford. 

At your leisure

Manchester plays host to a range of music venues, both large and small, and caters for all musical tastes. We also enjoy a diverse arts scene, with a number of galleries and theatres showcasing the best of traditional and contemporary culture. And, from high street chains to designer boutiques and vintage stores, shopping is great here.

Whatever your taste in food, the city centre offers plenty to whet your appetite. You'll find international restaurants wherever you look, including Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Spanish, while the famous Curry Mile in Rusholme offers over 50 restaurants serving both Indian and Pakistani food. There are also plenty of Halal and Kosher retailers across the city, and a range of vegetarian and vegan cafes.

If you're a sports fan, you'll also find plenty to keep you occupied. As well as big soccer clubs like Manchester United and Manchester City, our city also has an Olympic size swimming pool at the Manchester Aquatic Centre, and a Velodrome, while Lancashire County Cricket club is close by.

To discover more of what our city and surrounding areas have to offer, visit www.visitmanchester.com and www.visitenglandsnorthwest.com.