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A Moda Guide to Living in Manchester

04 / 12 / 2023

There are so many reasons to love living in Manchester. From thriving nightlife to Insta-worthy brunch spots, Manchester really does have it all.

A Moda Guide to Living in Manchester

There are so many reasons to love living in Manchester. From thriving nightlife to Insta-worthy brunch spots, Manchester really does have it all. Add great public transport links, friendly locals, and a lively music scene, and you’ll find that Manchester is a very appealing place to call home.

So, are you ready to move to Manchester? Here's our guide to the ultimate best things to do in this incredible city...

What is the cost of renting?

When taking the plunge to move somewhere new and exciting, you want to make sure you have your budgets in check so you can have fun and live comfortably.

At Moda, Angel Gardens, apartments start at £1,625 per month. As our apartments are fully furnished, set up with WiFi, and decked out with Samsung appliances, you won’t have to worry about these extra costs when you move to Manchester. And guess what?! You’ll also have access to the outdoor terrace, cinema room, and gym facilities - all included in your rent.

Fun things to do

Located in the heart of Manchester, Moda, Angel Gardens is in the perfect spot for you to easily enjoy all the fun things that Manchester has to offer. On top of this, Victoria Station is just around the corner so you can get wherever you need to go with ease, whether it be venturing to other nearby cities, to the countryside or even escaping to the beach.

Whatever your interests and passions, Manchester has something for all…

Canals of Castlefield

When the sun is shining and you want to get some fresh air, a visit to the canals in Castlefield never goes amiss. You can admire the beautifully-restored Victorian houses there or take to the water on a relaxing Bridgewater boat tour.

Science and Industry Museum

Are you fascinated by all things science? Take a trip to one of Manchester's best museums, situated in the oldest railroad station in the world. Perfect for one of those rainy days, with steam-driven machines, vintage cars, British planes and so much more.

Old Trafford

For football fanatics, Old Trafford is a must-visit. On non-match days, you can take a stadium tour around the world-famous grounds, home to Manchester United. Walk in the footsteps of your favourite footballers, explore the museum, have a bite to eat, and grab a souvenir from the gift shop to remember the experience for years to come.
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Old Trafford Manchester United - Free photo on Pixabay

The Lowry

For something a little more cultural, catch a show at The Lowry. There’s always a diverse range of performances, from operas and musicals to comedy shows. You can also explore the gallery or get involved in a creative workshop. Whatever you do, you’ll come away from The Lowry feeling inspired and with a fresh perspective.

The Trafford Centre

Shop ‘til you drop and grab some new outfits at your new favourite shopping destination, the Trafford Centre. It houses must-have brands and a range of restaurants, as well as a cinema and adventure golf. The options are endless.

The Cube

Think you can beat The Cube? Now’s your chance to prove yourself at the live experience in Manchester, which brings the hit ITV show to life. You’ll take on 7 games that will put your abilities to the test. Whether you win or not, a fun-filled night out is guaranteed.

Crystal Maze

For the ultimate friendship bonding experience, look no further than The Crystal Maze Live Experience. You and your team will solve puzzles and test your skills, just like in the beloved 90s TV series.

Manchester Arena

The AO Arena in Manchester always has lots going on, as one of Europe’s largest indoor arenas. Grab tickets to see your favourite artists when they come to the city or catch that show you’ve always wanted to see.

Chaos Karts

Experience go-karting like never before at Chaos Karts. Race your friends on an immersive course that looks like something straight out of a video game, collecting jewels and power-ups as you go.

Events in the city

There’s always something going on in Manchester, whether it be a gig, a festival, or a night out hitting the clubs; make great memories from the comfort of your Moda, Angel Gardens, apartment. Why not meet your neighbours on the rooftop for relaxing yoga or a communal BBQ? Alternatively, take part in a cooking demo or even host your own in the large dining room.

For when you want to get out and explore Manchester more, take a look at our top picks…

Bongo’s Bingo

Bongo’s Bingo is not your typical bingo night. Add drinks, epic dance-offs and crazy prizes for the ultimate night out with friends. Bring your A-game and wear your lucky socks - you could win big!


Parklife is a festival fan favourite and, if you live in Manchester, you have to go at least once. You can see your favourite artists in one place, with big names like Frank Ocean, Rudimental and Sam Smith all having taken to the stage before. If you get chance to go, it is one not to be missed.

Warehouse Project

For those all-night ravers, The Warehouse Project (WHP) is one of the best clubbing experiences Manchester has to offer. With world-class DJs, this is a night out you won’t forget… as long as you go easy on the appletinis!

Christmas Markets

When December hits, Manchester is transformed. The city is famous for its Christmas markets, which host beautifully-crafted stalls selling food and festive drinks. You can also find unique gifts, so it’s a great spot for last-minute Christmas shopping.

Restaurants galore

Calling all foodies, Manchester is the place to be. There really is something for anyone and any occasion, with enough options to suit picky eaters, meat lovers, veggies, or vegans.

Escape to Freight Island

For when you’re feeling indecisive and unsure of what you fancy, Escape to Freight Island is always a good idea. This cultural hub of food, drink and entertainment brings all the chilled vibes, so it’s the perfect place to relax with friends. From fried chicken to burgers, sweet American pies and tacos - it has all of your faves.


Shop, eat, drink and socialise at Hatch in Manchester. Home to a range of independent traders, Hatch offers everything from Asian street food to açaí bowls and NYC-inspired sandwiches.

Pot Kettle Black

The ideal setting for coffee breaks with coworkers, Pot Kettle Black is definitely worthy of a visit. They serve up next-level avocado on toast, along with baked goods and delicious salads.

Salt & Pepper

Manchester’s beloved Chinese street food spot, Salt & Pepper, is a must-visit if you’re new to the city. Feast on their famous salt and pepper chicken, prawns, tofu or hash browns to eat in or take away.

Keeping fit and healthy

City living can be exciting and fast-paced, which is why we love it! But it’s important to take some time out of your jam-packed schedule to focus on your health and well-being is super important too. At Moda we want to help you do just that with a range of wellness facilities on-site. Feel the burn at our 24-hour gym, clear your mind with mindfulness classes, or try a new sport on our rooftop court.
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Grab your hiking boots and explore one of the many walking routes in and around the city. About an hour’s drive outside of Manchester is Tegg’s Nose Country Park, which is a popular spot for good reason. Be sure to snap some photos when you get to the top!

Fitness Classes

Getting fit and having fun at the same time? Count us in. There are plenty of fun fitness classes in Manchester to keep you occupied, from Pilates and Zumba to netball and ice hockey.

Chill Factore

If you want to impress your mates on your next ski trip, a day out at Chill Factore is in order. Whether you’re a beginner right now or a seasoned pro, you can enjoy exhilaration on the slopes at this Manchester attraction.

There we have it, our rundown of what it's like to live in Manchester. Now, are you ready to experience it for yourself?