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 during your stay.

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.

  • All students who are under 18 must stay in homestay accommodation, arranged by us.
  • We do not accept individual students who are under the age of 16.
  • Students who are aged 12 -16 must always travel as part of an arranged group.
  • Students who are 18+ can arrange homestay or student residence accommodation with us.


Host family ManchesterHomestay Manchester

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:

  • immerse yourself into local British culture
  • speak English every day in an authentic environment
  • share meals with your hosts
  • make new friends – many of our students stay in touch with their hosts long after they have returned home!

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.

Student Residence>

Student Residence ManchesterStudent residence accommodation manchester

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..

Typical features

  • 24hr Security
  • Maximum 2.3 miles from school
  • Secure Fob Entry
  • CCTV
  • 24hr Dedicated Staff
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • TV and games room
  • Library with free printing facilities
  • On-site gym (free for residents)
  • Half basketball court
  • Fully furnished launderette
  • Fitted kitchens: hob oven, fridge, freezer, toaster, kettle microwave
  • Hospitality welcome and service

Minimum age – 18 years

Accommodation prices>

Prices are per week
1 week = 7 nights

Prices include arrival on a Saturday or Sunday. Mid- week arrivals are subject to availability.

A non-refundable booking fee of £50 applies to all homestay and residence bookings.

Homestay accommodation

Homestay|single room|half-board|shared bathroom £145 per week
Homestay|single room|half-board|private bathroom £220 per week
Homestay|shared room, double bed or twin bed|half-board|shared bathroom £135 per week
Special diet required.
Applies to gluten free, halal, vegetarian etc…
£25 per week

Summer supplement.

Applies to July + August bookings

£20 per week

Additional nights


Residence accommodation

1-4 weeks £210 per week
4 weeks + £190 per week
Additional nights £27-£30


Accommodation rules>

Homestay rules

  • Be friendly, polite and respectful. You may be asked to leave your homestay accommodation if you do not follow this rule. It is important to remember you are staying as a guest in someone’s home and it is not a hotel.
  • Communicate any foods which you do not eat
  • Tell your host if you do not need an evening meal or if you will be late for a meal
  • Give your phone number while in the UK.
  • If you are under 18, you must return home by 22.30 (10.30 pm) every night.  Your host will contact your parents or our school emergency phone number if you are not home by this time.
  • Keep your host informed of your activities outside of class times, including what time you will be home each day.
  • Keep your bedroom tidy
  • Clean up after use in the kitchen, and to keep the bathroom area clean and dry
  • Other guests can not stay in the home unless this has been agreed with the host and the school in advance
  • Lock the house door when leaving the house (if you are the last person to leave)
  • Return the house key at the end of your stay.  If the key is lost, a payment of £10 per key should be made to the host to replace it.
  • To follow any other house rules as requested by your host.
  • Take care not to break or damage any household items belonging to your host.  You will need to pay a fee if anything is broken or damaged. 

Student residence rules

  •   The residence cleaner does not clean your private bedroom or bathroom. Please keep this clean.
  • Please clean up after yourself in the kitchen and keep the area tidy.  Wash your dishes and clean any space that you have used after cooking.
  • Please keep the kitchen fridge and your kitchen cupboards clean at all times.
  • Please do not have guests to stay in your room overnight
  • Please be respectful of other students in the residence by not making noise after 22.00 at night or before 07.00 in the morning.
  • If you cause damage to your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, or any area or item of the residence, you will need to pay for this damage.
  • If you lose your key / key card, you need to pay for a replacement.
  • Keep your bedroom door locked when you are not there. You are responsible for your bedroom and your belongings.
  • If you wish to change or cancel your residence accommodation after your check-in date, it will not be possible to give a refund.
  • The school Accommodation Officer will require one week’s notice if you wish to change your accommodation after your check-in date.
  • If you endanger any students or staff of the residence in any way, you will be asked to leave the residence and you will not receive a refund for the remainder of your stay.
  • If you do not follow the rules, you may be asked to leave the residence and you will not receive a refund for the remainder of your stay. 

Accommodation Advice>

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.

What is included in the price?

  • Does your rent include internet or do you have to pay extra for that?
  • Are any other bills included in the rent such as gas, electric and council tax?

What is Council tax and do I have to pay it?

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.
You must

  • Be 18 years or over
  • Your course must last 24 weeks (minimum)
  • you must study for 21 hours per week (or more),studying for more than 21 hours each week and for a minimum of 6 months then you do not have to pay council tax.

However, if you live with a person who is not exempt then you MUST pay council tax.

Are there any additional costs?

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:

  • Registration fees payable to an estate agent
  • Additional bills such as gas, electric and council tax
  • Deposit

You should always check which additional costs will be added on top of the rent

Will you carry out an inventory?

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.

Are bed linen, towels and kitchen equipment included?

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.

How much is the deposit and do I have to pay it?

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.

Will I be living with mixed nationalities?

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>

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. 

Shared housing

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.

Private rented accommodation

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’.

City centre private apartment

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.

Youth Hostel

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.