Accommodation in Manchester
The Accommodation Quiz
1. Are you a type of person who really loves to sleep and do not want to wake up very early in the morning?
If Yes, you should live near MBS (find somewhere in postcode M15)
2. Do you love cooking or plan to cook a lot during your studying?
If yes, live near supermarket (or order online and get your shopping lists delivered)
3. Can you take care of yourself when walking at night? (because you might have to stay working at school until late)
If No, you should live near school. (Or find some company to walk home together.) Manchester is safe generally but it does not mean that you will not be careful.
4. Do you love cooking and eating but hate cleaning and always leave all the dishes unwashed?
If yes, your flatmate will hate you or buy your own kitchenware or live alone or live with the person who has the same personality!
5. Do you hate taking a bus? Hate spending a lot of time travelling?
If yes, live near MBS
You have a plenty of choices to stay in Manchester if you are an early bird. Most of the good ones are gone in July to Early Aug. Basically the price is around £100/week exclusive if you are sharing the flat with someone. (can be +/- 20% depend on where you live and the condition you want)
1. Victoria Hall.
The first time I see the room I told myself that I can’t live in this place. I can’t wait to move out. The room is too small, the bed is so tiny that I have to be careful not to roll on the bed (it used to be my fav things to do) , and there is not enough spaces to keep my clothes, bags, and shoes…..
Oh well, after a while, I get used to it and it is not bad at all. (You can ask my flatmate ‘Panos’ He is more than 6feet height and he was literally living in his room – not going anywhere else) I found that the place is super convenience. It is very close to school. 7 mins walk to classroom 4.37!! You can to go back to have lunch and come back to school for your afternoon class. During your project, you might have to stay at school until late at night, you do not have to walk very far from school to your bed. I love this place! Oh…you have to share kitchen and living room with your MBA friends, so at least you (might) have your friends help you clean the flat when victoria hall do the flat check (every 2-3 months)!
2. Sir Charles Groove
This place is even closer to school than Victoria Hall. You don’t have to share anything with anyone because you are going to live in a studio (with your own bathroom and small space to cook + fridge + microwave + internet). Your neighbour will not limit to only MBA student. It’s the university dorm but majority of the students who live there is the student from college of music. So if you like the movie ‘Nodame no cantible’, this dorm is just like that. This is the only dorm that students are allowed to play music So you will be able to hear your neighbour playing or singing the music but according to my friend who used to live there (Claire), She told me it’s not noisy at all. It’s ok! and you might have an orchestra music as your alarm clock.
However, this dorm opens on Sept till Aug (51 weeks) but our MBA program starts August you might need to find other places to live before the dorm opens. (Check Victoria Hall Short-term accommodation)
3. Other private flats/apartments!
You have to contact the agents. Arrange for viewing the flat (or you can just see from the online pictures, if you don’t have choices). Check google map for the school postcode M156PB with the postcode of your flat to see how far your flat is from the school so you know whether you are ok with it. Normally, 1st year class starts at 9am!
Cost £750/month to £980/month exclusive for 2 bedroom to £2,000/month for 4 bedrooms, etc
I stayed in Victoria Hall during my 1st year. It’s quite nice. I am quite a lazy person when it comes to search a place to live. VH is the best place for me because MBS will do it for you. However, you will find later on that I have to move at least 5 times during my MBA (Manchester, London, 2 times in Milan, and back to Manchester again for final term, IB) Key take out for this is to be an early bird and if you find the place you like, just take it. Property is just another kind of FMCG!