Often referred to as the UK’s ‘second city’, Manchester is fast rivalling London as the best place to live and work for young professionals seeking dynamic city centre living. Given everything on offer in the city, it’s no wonder that The Guardian announced Manchester as the UK city offering the best quality of life for young graduates, listing the excellent employment and top-quality housing options that the city provides as just two reasons why Manchester is proving popular for the UK’s surplus young professionals.
However, it is not just graduates keen to make the most of all that the thriving city of Manchester has to offer. Manchester’s reputation has been going from strength to strength of late, with Manchester recently being named one of the world’s top tourism destinations by the New York Times. Manchester is known for its distinct districts within the city which offer diversity and culture in abundance. Each district is more unique than the last—while Chinatown is a stunning celebration of Asian culture within the city centre, the Northern Quarter is a trendy neighbourhood of independent shops, bars and restaurants, known as a regular haunt for students and young professionals alike. Castlefield makes use of Manchester’s picturesque waterways by setting beautiful bars and restaurants on a stunning waterfront, whereas New Islington is the newest hotspot for young professionals, mixing stunning residential developments with all the shops, bars and restaurants synonymous with city centre living.
As well as distinct districts, Manchester is also proud of its unparalleled transportation infrastructure—the transport links in Manchester are widely considered some of the best in Europe. As well as the Metrolink (the largest light rail system in the UK), bus, train and coach links are easily accessible, with even the capital city of London quickly reachable from Manchester by train, taking just over 2 hours.
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Manchester Piccadilly Train Station