Moving To Manchester: A Newcomer’s Guide

Local Guides, 18 March 2019

Manchester has become a popular place to settle in recent years, with graduates and professionals flocking to the city. Over two thirds of students in Manchester remain in the area after graduation, and the Build to Rent (BtR) sector is booming.

We’re excited to take the Manchester renting lifestyle to the next level with Anaconda Cut and its many exclusive amenities, and we’ve put together a guide to newcomers making the move to Manchester.

The location

Anaconda Cut is situated in Greengate, an area of Salford located next to Manchester city centre. The closeness of Salford and Manchester, and their ambiguous boundaries, can lead to confusion, and even locals aren’t always sure of the differences between the two!

Often mistaken for a town due to its lack of a conventional city centre, Salford is actually a city. It received its city status in 1926 – more than 70 years after Manchester – and its current incarnation was formed by absorbing neighbouring areas including Pendleton, Swinton and Eccles through various local government reforms.

Some Salfordians are particularly proud of being separate to Manchester, but the two cities share a lot of culture and history, and some of their place names seem to be interchangeable. For example, Salford Quays – now the home of the BBC at MediaCity – used to be known as Manchester Docks.

Both cities have a rich history of art and culture, giving the world the gifts of The Smiths, LS Lowry, and Joy Division – so we’re proud to exist on the boundary between these two fantastic locations.

The culture

Manchester and Salford are incredibly creative places, with plenty to offer entrepreneurs and visionaries. Freelancers can take advantage of the various affordable studios to rent, while Salford is home to the BBC and ITV, both based at MediaCity, and both major employers for the area. In fact, Manchester and Salford are renowned for their creative job opportunities; the top sectors include advertising, design, media and digital.

As well as being fun, Manchester is a pretty friendly place, too. You’ll receive a warm welcome from the locals, and it’s easy to strike up a conversation in a pub – you’ll make new friends in no time at all! Manchester is also very community-spirited, and there are always plenty of events to get involved with to meet new people.

When it comes to recreation, Manchester has you covered. Mancunians love their music, and the Manchester Arena is one of Europe’s biggest indoor music venues – and just a short walk from Anaconda Cut, too. The Northern Quarter is famed for its stylish bars and Spinningfields provides a glamorous spot for a night out.

And if sport is more your thing, then you’ve come to the right place. Home to Manchester City and Manchester United, the city is famed for its love of the beautiful game. In fact, it has such a proud history of football that it hosts the recently revamped National Football Museum. Manchester was also named the UK’s Greatest Sporting City in 2015.

The food and drink

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the vast array of places to eat and drink! From light bites and delicious coffees to decadent cocktails and three course dinners, Manchester has everything a foodie could want.

For lovers of quirky cafes, we recommend the delightful Folk and Soul on Thomas Street. This plant based eatery also includes a bar – the perfect place to try a vegan beer! The Northern Quarter has many other great little coffee shops too, including Icelandic-inspired Takk, and artisanal beverage experts North Tea Power.

20 Stories, meanwhile, sits in the heart of Spinningfields and lets you dine among the clouds. With exotic cocktails and a private dining area available to hire, this is the place to be if you fancy adding a touch of glamour to your dining experience. Of course, no guide to Manchester would be complete without mention of Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, which both offer exquisite onsite dining experiences – ideal for weary shoppers following an intensive shopping session.

The transport

Anaconda Cut is within walking distance of many of Salford and Manchester city centre’s amenities, but, should you need to travel further, you’re in good hands.

A comprehensive network of buses, trains and trams serve Greater Manchester and beyond. Park and ride services are also available. Tram tickets can be purchased on the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) get me there app, in TfGM travel shops, and at tram stop ticket machines, and passes for daily, weekly and monthly passes can help you save money on travel. Trams serve four Metrolink zones across Manchester which all come with different ticket prices, so make sure you know which zones you’ll be travelling to when you buy your ticket.

You can reach London via Manchester Piccadilly in just over two hours, while Manchester Airport, a 40 minute drive from Anaconda Cut, connects you to the rest of the globe!

If this sounds like the kind of place you’d like to call home, contact our team today.

Moving To Manchester: A Newcomer’s Guide
Moving To Manchester: A Newcomer’s Guide
Moving To Manchester: A Newcomer’s Guide
Moving To Manchester: A Newcomer’s Guide

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