Umass Advice

Choosing accommodation

A big part of the student experience is deciding where you are going to live and who with. There are a number of different types of accommodation that you can choose depending on your preferences. Alternatively, many students choose to live at home while they study.

Halls of Residence: Most universities will provide accommodation to their first year students. Known as Halls of Residence, this form of accommodation offers a wide range of pastoral care and offers a good social environment to help students to make friends from all different backgrounds. When considering which halls you would like to live in, you should think about the following criteria:


Ashburne Hall dining room

Catered or self-catered: Would you rather make your own food or have it prepared for you each day? In self-catered halls, you can choose when you’d like to eat. In catered halls, you are provided with specific times that food will be served and a set menu of what is available.



Sheavyn House kitchen

Living in self-catered halls tends to be a cheaper option overall, but you need to be confident that you can maintain your food shopping budget and cook your own meals. If you have a basic knowledge of how to cook, university can be a great opportunity to hone your culinary skills (you’ll be a professional in no time!).


Ashburne Hall bedroom

Ashburne Hall bedroom

En-Suite or shared facilities: In en-suite accommodation, you will be provided with your own wash facilities in your room; usually a shower, toilet, and sink. Here, you are responsible for the cleanliness of these facilities. In shared facilities, you will have to share a set of toilets, showers and washbasins with other students in your hall which will normally be cleaned for you. En-suite rooms are more expensive and are less common within halls of residence at The University of Manchester.


Location: It is important to look at the location in relation to the campus. How close or far away would you like to live from your university? Would you want to walk to campus everyday or use transport links? Are there any supermarkets or shops close to your halls where you can buy your groceries?

Size: Halls of residence vary in their sizes. Some halls cater for over 1000 students each year, whereas others will only have around 100 rooms. Larger halls of residence will often have more facilities attached to them, such as sports teams and social committees.

Character: Each hall will have its own character. Some halls may be busier and lively, whereas others could have a more peaceful and quiet reputation. Make sure that you research what your hall is like before you make a final decision on where you would like to live.

To find out more about our halls of residence, such as cost, locations and facilities please visit the accommodation website.

Life in halls (video)

Living at home in Manchester

There are lots of reasons why you might choose to live at home whilst studying at university – it could be about saving money, caring responsibilities or if you just don’t feel that living in Halls of Residence is for you. However, despite the benefits that come from living at home you might have concerns about meeting other students or travelling back home in the evening.

The University of Manchester Students’ Union is here to support students whether you live at home, or in halls. They organise events and activities specifically for students who live at home.

In September 2015 they hosted the first living at home overnight residential to bring students together from across Manchester to make friends, go to  socials and to take part in lots of different activities from Human Football to Wellbeing. During Welcome Week, they also had a dedicated space for living at home students  to rest, relax and enjoy free tea, coffee and cake as well as meet other students who live at home. There are plenty of opportunities to meet other living at home students across the year with events and activities at regular events organised by the Living at Home Students’ Society!

They have lots of information for living at home students on their website – take a look for FAQs, car-parking tips & more.