The land of Coronation Street, Oasis and world class football - but what more does Manchester offer? Here’s our ultimate guide to living and working in the city.


Why Manchester?

In the famous words of Stone Roses’ lead singer, Ian Brown: “Manchester’s got everything except a beach.” So if you’re a marine fanatic, turn away now, because the one thing Manchester is not known for is its proximity to coastal regions. But if you’re looking for myriad employment opportunities, a vibrant culture, affordable cost of living and a good dose of edginess, then Manchester is the place for you.

Yes it may be a bit drizzly and it’s not big on greenery, but Manchester offers so much for someone seeking an exciting place to live and work after graduation. And there’ll be no shortage of places to go for a curry, that’s for sure.


Employment opportunities

Outside of London, Manchester is becoming one of the biggest hubs for employment and investment. Between 2010-15, there were 14,000 jobs created in the professional centre in the city, and big name companies are increasingly turning to the Northern powerhouse for investment and opportunities.

Outside of London, Manchester is becoming one of the biggest hubs for employment and investment

They’ve got MediaCity, home to the BBC and ITV, so for anyone interested in a career in broadcast media you couldn’t be in a better place. More of the sciencey type? There’s Manchester Science Park, home to over 120 innovative businesses. So basically Manchester is home to a tonne of innovation, and is attracting exciting new business ventures all the time. In fact, Manchester has one of the fastest growing job rates in the country.


Top employers

So if you’re starting to wonder what kind of companies you could be working for in Manchester, we’ve got a few examples to get you going.

Virgin Media’s Manchester office is one of its busiest hubs and, in it’s own words, is designed to be ‘the daddy of all contact centres’. It’s home to the business’ customer service, complaint handling and social media customer support, as well as Business Sales and Field Operations. It’s an exciting and dynamic place to work, and also home to the company’s training programme.

Barclays’ Wealth and Investment Management office is based in the city, offering banking services, planning, investment solutions, and financing options. In this office you would be advising clients on how best to invest their wealth, prepare for the future and borrow funds.

Other companies, such as Costain, BT Cables, and Network Rail also have operations in Manchester.


Cost of living

It’ll come as no surprise that the cost of living in a Northern city like Manchester is far cheaper than the likes of London. In fact research has found that it’s a whole 30% cheaper here than in the capital, meaning that if you’re looking to save some pennies, there’s no better place to be.

You’ll be pleased to know that a pint of beer is on average £1 cheaper than a pint in London. You’ll be looking at just under £1,000 a month for accommodation in the city, and you’ll be paying under £4 a pint at your after work drinks. It’s one of the cheapest cities in the UK and still at the heart of a vibrant cultural scene – what more could you want?

Manchester is a whole 30% cheaper than the capital



    • Do we even need to tell you Manchester is big on sport? Home to Manchester United and Manchester City football teams, Mancunions are footie mad and you’ll never be short of a big game to attend at Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium. The city is even home to the National Football Museum, if you fancy brushing up on your footie general knowledge.

      Beyond football though, you can watch a game at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground, or make use of some of the world-class facilities created for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in SportCity.

    • Manchester is the home of some iconic music legends – and no, we’re not talking about Take That. Think Oasis, Stone Roses, The Smiths, The Chemical Brothers, Joy Division, Everything Everything and The 1975. The city is a musical melting pot, and continues to nurture some of the best talent. Manchester Arena, The Apollo and Day and Night Cafe are just some of its iconic venues, and every year the city hosts Parklife festival.

    • If you fancy a bit of education and culture on a weekend, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Manchester. There’s the Imperial War Museum North, the Museum of Science and Industry and the People’s History Museum, as well as the Whitworth Art Gallery, which recently underwent a £15 million revamp.

      It has also recently been announced that the city is soon to receive a £110 million arts centre, The Factory, which is being hailed as a ‘genuine cultural counterbalance to London’. Plus you’ve got the biennial Manchester International Festival and cutting-edge theatre and film space HOME. Who wouldn’t want to be living in the city at such an exciting time?

    • A vintage-lover’s paradise, the Northern Quarter is full of edgy gems. Affleck’s Palace is a goldmine of quirky finds, and there a numerous record shops dotted around this coolest of areas.

      If you want to go more mainstream you’ve got the Trafford Centre or Arndale, or more upmarket still you’ve got Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. Oh, and not forgetting the Christmas market in Manchester has been named 9th best in the world.

    • If you’re big on food then you’ll be right at home in Manchester. In the past five years, the number of restaurants in the city has increased by 48%, and a number of venues have opened their doors to the latest big name restaurant brands.

      Plus there’s the famous Curry Mile, the largest concentration of South Asian restaurants outside of the Indian subcontinent and a whole street of eateries in Chinatown. Fancy some 3am chips and gravy after a night out? You’ll be spoilt for choice.


What’s nearby?

In the North you’re never too far from sprawling countryside. In Manchester you’ll be close to the Lancashire countryside and Pennines, so what the city might lack in inner-city green spaces, it certainly makes up for with some stunning beauty right on its doorstep.

Not only that, but the entire world is on your doorstep, as Manchester’s airport is the third busiest in the UK, with direct flights to hundreds of destinations.

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