Cost of Living

Cost of Living in Manchester

Manchester is an affordable option for both British and international students, making the city an ever- popular destination in which to live and study. The cost of living is cheaper than many other big cities in the UK.  The following gives you some useful information when thinking about your budget before you arrive.


Like in any town or city, the cost of food will depend on your lifestyle while you study with us. With a large number of low-cost supermarkets and fresh food markets, it is possible to eat well and cheaply on a day-to-day basis. However if you want to dine out while you are here, Manchester has a fantastic and diverse range of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets!


The public transport system is very regular and reliable in Manchester, and it is very easy to travel to Manchester city centre by bus, train, tram or even taxi. Taxis of course are the most expensive option, with buses being the cheapest mode of transport in the city. If you are studying with us for a longer period of time, consider buying monthly, or longer-term bus, train or tram travel passes to benefit from lower prices.


In terms of cost of living, this will likely be your biggest expense during your studies, and it is important to consider your options carefully when choosing where you would like to live. If you choose accommodation arranged by The Essential English Centre, the price will include all bills and internet connectivity. If you arrange your accommodation separate to the school, other bills may be included.

If you organise your accommodation on your own, we will be happy to advise you on this before or after you arrive in the city.

NUS Card!

Remember – The Essential English Centre is a member of NUS (National Union of Students). Apply for your NUS card when you arrive, and benefit from a wide range of discounts across the city, on travel, food, shopping, cinema and more.

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