Students who study at our school can arrange their accommodation with us. A £50 non-refundable booking fee is charged for this service.
You can choose to stay with one of our hosts in Manchester or at a local student residence ( please check our age restrictions below)
In homestay accommodation, the host treats the student as a full member of the household, eating together and sharing the common living areas; no more than four students will be accommodated in homestay accommodation at any one time ( usually no more than 1 other student)
The student residence is a private building, usually accommodating several hundred students, in single rooms, and is always self-catering.
Homestay is a popular option for students who want to speak English with their host and have wider access to British culture. There will be additional opportunities to learn and speak English in the home.
Student residence accommodation is for students who are 18+ and would like more independence.
No deposit is required for student residence or homestay accommodation, although you will be liable for any damage caused and you must sign an accommodation agreement contract during enrolment.
Choosing the correct accommodation can have a big impact on your overall experience and so you should speak to our bookings team if you are unsure about which option is best for you and we can offer up-to date advice.
Staying with a local Homestay host provides the opportunity to truly experience a warm Manchester welcome. It also allows you to practise your speaking and listening skills in a natural environment with friendly people. We carefully select our host families and they are within easy reach of the school with a commuting time of approximately 20 – 35 minutes using public transport.
In Manchester, hosts live outside of the busy city centre and it is not possible to place students within walking distance from the school. However, transport links to the city centre are excellent and a travel pass will cost approximately £15 per week. Choosing this option means you will travel to school with the daily Manchester commuters which will create an authentic experience of living in the city.
When you book homestay accommodation, the host details will be given you to approximately 2 weeks before arrival and we encourage you to contact your host before you arrive so you can get to know each other beforehand.
Choosing this form of accommodation allows you to:
With your homestay family, you will have a comfortable room of your own, with space to study. Bathroom facilities are normally shared. Our adult students normally choose to have breakfast and evening meal with their hosts, although if you have different requirements, just speak to one of the team at The Essential English Centre.
We carefully place each of our students with a homestay host that we believe is the right match for them, and because our hosts are warm, friendly and welcoming, our students find the experience to be enjoyable and rewarding.
The Essential English Centre works with several professional residences in Manchester who offer quality student residence accommodation for our students.
The residence options provide everything you need to make the most of your student experience. We can accommodate short and long-term stays in two, three and four-bedroom apartments for our students. All facilities and bills are included, and it is situated just a short distance away from our school.
Staying at our student residence means you can immerse yourself into the famous Manchester student life and enjoy independent living during your studies. You will live in a secure and safe environment, surrounded by other students (both British and international students).
When you book student residence accommodation, the details will be given you to approximately 4 weeks before arrival..
Minimum age – 18 years
Arrivals on a Saturday or Sunday. Mid- weeks arrivals are subject to availability.
An additional charge may apply over the Christmas and New Year period
Prices are per week
(1 week = 7 nights)
(with private bathroom)
£135 per week
£190 per week
£24 – £30 per night
Minimum stay 1 week
14 night +
£30 per night
£27 per night
There are many issues to consider when planning to live in another city or country. The Essential English Centre has an experienced team who can help you with accommodation advice and guidance, and will be happy to help you with anything you may need. Below are some common questions that students often ask about accommodation in Manchester.
When booking private accommodation you will be required to sign a legally binding contract. Contracts are often several pages long and the type of English language used is often complex. Before signing any contract we recommend asking the following questions.
Council tax is paid by every household in the UK although in some circumstances a person is considered to be exempt (you do not have to pay). If you are a full-time student you may be exempt from paying.
However, if you live with a person who is not exempt then you MUST pay council tax.
When renting a property you need to be aware of all costs involved so you can ensure you budget appropriately. Additional costs could be any of the following:
You should always check which additional costs will be added on top of the rent
When moving into rented property, the landlord will often ask you to sign an inventory as part of your agreement. An inventory is a list of all the contents, fixtures and fittings of a property which records the condition they are in. You should always make sure that you agree to this at the start of your contract and it is a good idea to take pictures of anything which is broken or in a state of disrepair. Many disputes take place at the end of an agreement because this was ignored in the beginning.
If you are staying for a short period of time then the added cost of buying bed linen, towels and kitchen equipment may seem excessive. Always check if this will be provided.
Deposits will be required for most properties and this is standard practice in the UK. Ensure you get a receipt for the deposit and ask exactly what it covers. For tenancy agreements lasting longer than 12 weeks, the deposit should be paid by the landlord to the DPS (Deposit Protection Service). The Deposit Protection Service is a government organisation which aims to protect both the landlord and the tenant when returning deposits.
If you choose to live in shared accommodation it is a good idea to ask which nationalities you will be living with. If the sole purpose of your visit is to learn and improve your English then it is important to live with mixed nationalities to avoid speaking in your native language.
Other accommodation options are available in Manchester. Our team are happy to offer advice with alternative accommodation choices, which should be booked directly by the student.
Of all other accommodation options available, shared housing is the most popular amongst our students. Manchester is home to many native and international students and shared housing is very common. This type of accommodation is usually advertised on dedicated shared student housing websites or through Facebook or student blogs. You should read our Accommodation Advice page before entering into any agreement.
If you intend to stay in the UK for more than 6 months, you may wish to live independently in private rented accommodation. You will be asked to sign an agreement and will be required to pay a deposit. The deposit is usually 4-6 weeks’ rent. Negotiating contracts in English may be difficult for some students. Read our Accommodation Advice page before entering into an agreement in privately rented accommodation.
There are a wide range of hotels available within walking distance of our school. Prices vary and range from £45 – £145 per night. Rooms can be booked as ‘room only’ or ‘bed and breakfast’.
It is possible to rent private apartments on a short-term or long-term basis. Apartments are located in the city centre and are usually furnished to a high standard. These apartments are intended for holiday purposes and are usually a lot more expensive than standard private rented accommodation.
There are two main Youth Hostels in Manchester; YMCA and Hatters hostel. Youth hostels are a low –budget option in which you will share a room with up to 12 other people. Staying in a Youth hostel is not considered to be a good long-term option as you will find it difficult to find space to study and may find the noise of other tenants distracting. However, if you want to visit Manchester for a few days before booking your course, this option may be suitable for you.
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