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Relocating to Manchester
If you’re relocating to Manchester, but unsure of whether student halls or a flat-share option would suit you better, perhaps consider these options when looking at student halls.
There are a lot of student halls around Manchester. They are generally going to be considerably more expensive than a house/flat-share but have the benefit of being generally an all-in-one package – so your rent and bills are included, with the internet setup etc.
Student halls differ depending on what you want and your budget – some are self-contained flats, others you may have to share a bathroom or kitchen with other students.
Which area is right for me?
School of Electronic Music is located to the North West of the city centre, just a 10-minute walk into town. If you’re only in Manchester for a short stay, we would recommend staying in the city centre as you can walk to SEM and get a feel for what is going on in Manchester. Check out our short-stay suggestions below.
Prices quoted are for basic en suite single private rooms (where applicable) and inclusive of V.A.T (midweek). Weekend discounts may be available. Check accommodation details at time of booking.
Relocation: Different areas of Manchester
If you are relocating to Manchester, then depending on your budget we would recommend any of the following areas – which are all well connected to SEM via bus, tram and train. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we would always recommend coming and looking at the areas in person if you can.
If you’d like to know more about how to travel from a certain area into SEM, use the school’s postcode ‘M3 6DB’ as the destination. We recommend using this route planner.
Areas with an asterisk* are those most lived in by SEM Students.
*Chapel Street, from Salford University to Blackfriars Road
This is the road SEM is on so is by far closest, and has a large variety of student accommodation options, such as X1 Lettings and Vimto Gardens. We would advise anywhere between Salford University, coming into town past SEM to Blackfriars Road. This also has Islington Mill on it, a great arts and music space.
Travelling in to save money
It is worth noting that Manchester has a fantastic transport network, with one of the best bus networks in Europe, 3 train stations and an ever-growing tram network. This means that living a little bit further out and travelling in could save you a lot of money compared with living nearer the city centre. As a diploma student, you can get a student railcard saving you a 1/3 on your rail travel, and a student bus pass if travelling by bus – these are detailed below.
If you’re travelling in by tram, have a look at the Metrolink network map. Unfortunately trams tend to be more expensive than buses, and do not offer student discounts on travel. Our nearest tram stops are St Peter’s Square in the city centre (15 minutes walk to MMS) and Deansgate (10 minute walks to SEM). With regards to the accommodation areas we would advise, the Metrolink lines to look at are East Didsbury, Manchester Airport and Altrincham.