Go shopping! Manchester is...
Go shopping! Manchester is definitely the shopping capital of the North-West. It has a unique mix of high-street chains, exclusive fashion stores, individual companies and traders, all with a typically Mancunian touch. Finding a lovely, big Take That picture for the bargain price of £2.99. I didn't realise at the time that I'd have to carry it separate from the rest of my luggage all the way home. I had so many comments from people about it (how embarrassing!).
If you are coming to...
If you are coming to Manchester to live, perhaps as a student, you will be looking for accomodation.
Obviously, when you don't know an area, you can only be governed by your economic situation..as such, the properties you see for rent will be meaningless except for the price... be aware, there are some very unpleasent places to rent and quite a lot of rough areas..
I can give you a few tips, but I am going to be honest (this is my opinion, other people may disagree)..ok
I personally would suggest you find a property in South Manchester, the North has pockets that I personally believe are Racist, now.. obviously not everyone is, and I apologise hugely if you live in the North of Manchester and object to this comment, but I admit to generalising for the sake of eliminating risk to a stranger to the city, not that any parts are risk free sadly :(
The areas you are most likely to find other students are:............................
There are always properties available for rent here, they are cheap, I lived here for 8 years and it was ok, but..I wouldn not necessarily recommend it to a stranger to Manchester, unless you are street wise and aware...
I wouldn't move here if you are a female on your own. Problems associated with Moss side are a lot to do with the prejuduice of the 'outside', many taxi's will not take you home after a club to Moss side, getting jobs can be affected if you have a Moss side address, getting credit, getting hire equipment..(ie sunbeds etc), friends may be reluctant to visit...
I am not talking rubbish here, I experienced all these things, and it is really offensive to the majority decent people who live here...
Also Moss side is a largely family housing area, so again if you live here as a single student, respect that your neighbours may well have little kids and won't appreciate party's every night, be respectful.
The communities living here, largely white/Irish/West Indian, Multi Racial/Somali/Pakistani/Indian/Arabic
Rent likely to be cheap
There is a new complex on the Rusholme end(Wilmslow Rd)of Great Western street, right next to Aldi and the Somerfield garage.
My friend lives here and it is very modern, clean and secure.
Rent for a room with own shower and toilet, in a shared flat approx 50-60 pounds per week.
This complex is specifically for students and young professionals, very 'mixed', predominantly Asian students/workers... its in the heart of the Asian community/restaurants..etc.Security guards.
Lots of loud music late at night!
Rent reasonable (around 40 - 60 pounds per week for room in a shared house .
I live within this vacinity, its ok, again mixed coommunity, LOTS of students during term time, pubs/bars etc geared up for students...
If you move into a family street, please be respectful of neighbours with young kids, in terms of noise and disposing of household garbage..
More expensive, lots of property agencies to be found in Withington village. Nice shopping area, couple of small restaurants, few B &B's, also a swimming pool, old fashioned but functional. Small library too.
Very expensive, very attractive, lots of trendy bars, little private schools, nice shopping area, Parrs Wood new complex furthur up, through Didsbury Village, offering multiplex Cinema, bowling, fast food, Bingo!, and a very nice Secondary School, also Tesco (24 hours)
... Manchester University has departments in Didsbury, include Youth and Community/teaching dept's.
It is very difficult to get rented accomodation in Didsbury, because it is over priced and popular.
Although Disbury is considered more 'respectable' than the other areas I mention, be aware that in the evening and weekend it is very busy with peripheral revellers wanting to explore the numerous bars and restaurants, also lots of foolish people (actually all along the massive Wilmslow rd that leads from Rusholme to East Disbury) who do and will walk into the road..regardless of that loaded weapon:-the CAR..because alcohol of course delivers that strange notion of immortality...so be warned :)..
Peak District National Park
It's just about an hour by train or car from the centre of Manchester to the beautiful scenery of the Peak District National Park.
To see photos and for details of how to get there, please have a look at my Peak District page via the following link :-
Peak District National Park
The Peak District is enormous, it covers an area of 555 square miles (1,440 square kilometres) and attracts over 22 million visitors a year, making it the most visited national park in the western world.
The official Peak District website address is shown below.
Affleck's Palace. You may not...
Affleck's Palace. You may not be interested in this place, I actually didn't like it, but I thought I'd include it for all those people who have 'alternative' tastes. I went there because I'd heard it was a favourite place of Mark Owen's (I know, I know - but I told you I was obsessed with Take That). It's an interesting collection of shops, tattoo parlours and things like that.
Barton Arcade is a Grade 2 listed building dating back to 1871. There aren't that many shops in it and to be honest they seem to change hands quite often, but it's a delightful building and is worth passing through if you are in the vicinity -- it's just off St. Ann's Square and Deansgate.