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Manchester’s city centre is bustling with excitement these days, and if you’re moving to the north-west to live and work, there’s no better place to rest your head every night than right in the heart of it all.

With so much to do on your door step, transport links within spitting distance and the ability to fall out of bed and into work, why would you not want to live in the heart of it all?


Without a doubt, Manchester has the most vibrant nightlife in the north-west, with something for absolutely everyone’s taste, from those who like to throw shapes until the sun’s coming up to people who want to settle down for a tasty ale in a warm pub and everything in between.

If you love to groove the night away to the best and biggest DJs pumping out dance floor filling hits, then Sankeys will be your port of call. If you see yourself as more of a rocker, pumping your first and singing along to more distorted guitar-based tunes, then you will no doubt find yourself in Satan’s Hollow soon after moving to Manchester city centre. The basement venue hosts the best alternative nights in the city and has some of the most intriguing decor you will have ever seen, including a giant devil.

The Arndale Centre offers many of the mainstream high street stores you would expect in a big urban location, such as American Apparel, H&M, La Senza, Lush, New Look and The Body Shop. Other similar shops can be found at the back of the Arndale Centre in the Millenium Quarter, which hosts a five-floor Selfridges and a Harvey Nichols.


There’s a wealth of culture available on your doorstep with some of the country’s best attractions and important sights.

In the northern part of the city centre, there is an array of beautiful buildings, including the grand Manchester Town Hall and the beautiful Gothic Manchester Cathedral. The impressive John Rylands Library is well worth a visit and is currently hosting an exhibition of rarely seen Egyptian mummy portraits found at an archaeological excavation close to Cairo.


Don’t forget how well Manchester is connected to rest of Greater Manchester and the UK as a whole, so when you feel like a change of scenery you can quickly and easily get out of the city centre from one of the three train stations or nearby airport.

For the Manchester residents who prefer a quieter evening, there’s plenty of great bars and pubs. If you want to experience the warmth of an old country pub in the heart of the Northern Quarter, head to The Castle Hotel. They offer the best range of hand-pumped cask ales in the city and often have great gigs in the backroom, which offers excellent acoustics in an intimate environment.


Greater Manchester residents may have easier access to the famed Trafford Centre, but there’s no need to be jealous as there is an abundance of great shops in the city centre.


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