Moving to Manchester

Are you considering moving to Manchester?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods depends on several factors: the nature, volume and the weight of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation.

How do I choose my Man and Van contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the Man and Van traders who said they operated within your chosen area and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man and Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfil your demand.

Removals to Manchester made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you move to Manchester. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you are move to Manchester or within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
when you’re moving to Manchester

City council

Whilst the Manchester City Council website provides essential information for local residents from planning and building to recycling and parking, Greater Manchester is formed of a further nine boroughs; Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. The websites for these councils are especially useful for families looking for information on local schools as well as all matters regarding the local areas, communities and facilities.

Public transport

Transport in Manchester and the Greater Manchester area includes an integrated tram system, run by Metrolink, Bus services from Arriva, Stagecoach and First Manchester, train services from Northern Rail and TransPennine Express, and extensive cycleways. There are six main cycleways in the Greater Manchester area including the Airport Cycleway, Ashton Canal Cycleway, Bridgewater Canal, Broughton Cycleway, Mersey Valley and Stockport, and Wilmslow Road.


There are 4 universities in Greater Manchester (University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford and University of Bolton) that account for about 100,000 students. It is one of the largest student populations in Europe.

Manchester at a glance

  • Adopted in the 19th Century, the Manchester Bee symbolises the industrious nature of the city and its people. The bee can be found on many of Manchester’s street furniture and can be seen within the mosaic floor in Manchester’s Town Hall, as well as being introduced into the official coat of arms in 1842.
  • In 1903 Mancunian Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, later known as the Suffragettes. Emmeline dedicated her life to the campaign for women’s votes and the Pankhurst Centre, previously Emmeline’s home, displays the work and struggle of the women Suffragettes.
  • Ernest Rutherford won the 1908 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on radiation – the youngest person ever to do so – and is widely credited with first “splitting the atom” in 1919. The University of Manchester named their physics lab The Rutherford Building in his honour.
  • Manchester was fundamentally shaped by the industrial revolution, with the arrival of the Bridgewater Canal in 1761. Dubbed “Cottonopolis”, Manchester became a centre for the textile industry in the 19th century.
  • It was in 1904 that Charles Rolls and Henry Royce first met in Manchester’s city centre Midland Hotel. Two years later the company Rolls-Royce Ltd was formed. Visit the Midland Hotel for afternoon tea and see the statue dedicated to their meeting.
  • In 1948 Manchester University professors developed the first computer to have a stored programme and memory. Nicknamed ‘Baby’, it has made the computer what it is today. A replica can be seen at the Museum of Science and Industry.
  • Manchester is home to the world’s longest running TV soap opera – Coronation Street. Starting on December 9th, 1960, it has been on screens every week, ever since.
  • As well as being famed for its warmth and hospitality, Manchester has been named as the ‘top UK city to live’ in 2018 by The Economist, and ‘one of the top ten friendliest cities in the world’ by the Rough Guide.
  • The city underwent major regeneration in the late 1990s and in 2002 was the host city for the Commonwealth Games.
  • Notable Mancunians include Anthony Burgess – author and critic, Emmeline Pankhurst – suffragette, Thomas de Quincy – author, John Thaw – actor and two Nobel Prize winners; John Charles Polanyi and JJ Thompson

Over 200 languages are spoken in Manchester – a testament to the multicultural and diverse nature of the city. Chinatown, in the city centre is the second largest in the UK, a hive of restaurants, supermarkets and an impressive programme of events.

Rusholme hosts the famous Manchester ‘curry mile’, sited between Manchester City campus and Fallowfield. Restaurants sit aside shops for the South Asian and Middle Eastern communities and this is a truly diverse area of the city.

Throughout the year, Manchester plays host to a number of festivals and events, bringing tourism and communities together covering all things film, comedy, music and cuisine. The Manchester International Festival brings world film premiers to the city biannually. The Manchester Mega Mela is the largest celebration of South-East Asian culture in the North of England. The Caribbean Carnival, Manchester Irish Festival and Italian Procession are community led festivals celebrating native heritage and culture and the UK Jewish Film Festival and Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival are nationally renowned cinematic celebrations. Holi One Colour Festival is an Indian inspired celebration at Manchester’s Heaton Park where the city bursts into colour.

Alongside the many multicultural festivals on offer, Manchester also offers some of the best art, digital culture and music and performance acts during Future Everything Festival. Parklife and Dot to Dot are national music and dance festivals that draw in huge crowds annually and Manchester Pride is one of the longest-running and most vibrant LGBTQ festivals in the country.

Manchester Arndale

The UK’s largest city-centre shopping centre with over 200 retailers with fashion and beauty stores making up over half of it. The original Arndale Centre was built between 1971 and 1979 by developers, Town & City Properties, the successors to the Arndale Property Trust.

Lowry Outlet Mall

Manchester’s only outlet mall with 85 stores on two floors, with up to 60% off designer shopping all year round. After your shopping unwind at the 400-seat food court with restaurants and cafes. The centre also has a health and fitness centre and a seven-screen cinema. The multi-story car park is conveniently situated for access to the Mall.

Intu Trafford Centre

Located about five miles west of Manchester city centre and with great transport links, Trafford Centre is Manchester’s shopping and entertainment complex. The shopping centre has free parking for 11,500 cars, including disabled and parent and child spaces.

Whether live music or comedy be your thing, or a night out on the town, Manchester is bursting at the seams for opportunities and nightlife.

For international bestsellers head to Manchester Arena, O2 Apollo or Manchester Academy. And for lesser-known and up-and-coming acts the Soup Kitchen, Band on the Wall, Mint Lounge or Deaf Institute are not to be missed.

Whilst modern pop, rock and alternative music are aplenty, Manchester is also famed for its BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and ‘Halle’, both of who regularly play at the Bridgewater Hall. The Royal Northern College of Music hosts a full programme of music throughout the year, with discounts for students and young people.

Manchester’s nightlife scene includes a variety of clubs, bars and venues. For dance, house and DJ sets The Warehouse Project proves ever popular and has played host to headlining shows such as Thom Yorke, Rudimental and The Prodigy.

The Printworks is a complex of venues, primarily chain brands including Tiger Tiger, Hard Rock Cafe and Bierkeller and is particularly popular over weekends for large groups and visiting tourists.

Canal Street is the heart of Manchester’s famous ‘Village’; a pretty, canal side cobbled street full of bars, restaurants and colourful characters. The summer months see the street itself take on a carnival atmosphere as revellers spill out into the bars’ outdoor seating areas.


Moving to Manchester is moving to a city that is itself formed of several distinct areas, notable for their physical characteristics as well as the functionality.

Albert Square is located in the city centre, dominated by the 19th Century Town Hall and holds many of the city’s major festivals including the festive markets and music concerts throughout the year.

Castlefield is one of the quietest areas of the city with impressive historic architecture including a Roman fort and the world’s oldest canal. It is a protected conservation area and so developments tend to be restricted. It is a popular residential for young professional renters and city centre workers commuting to the financial district.

Deansgate is a popular destination for food, drinks and shopping. It also houses some of the cities most famous landmarks including Beetham Tower and John Rylands Library. This area houses Market Street, the Cathedral Quarter and Manchester Arndale – providing over 240 high-street retailers and departments stores, as well as Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, are the superior luxury shopping destinations.

The Northern Quarter is far more independent in nature and vibe. With vintage fashion stores, independent cafes and bars as well as alternative music venues, this area is extremely popular with students and young professionals alike.

Piccadilly is the main transport hub of the city. With the main train, bus and tram stations as well as Visitor Information Centre, Piccadilly is a key intersection of the city.

Spinningfields is located to the West of the city and is home to the business district and cosmopolitan cocktail bars, restaurants and designer boutiques.

Given the scale of the Greater Manchester Area, and the numerous boroughs covered, accommodation on offer varies considerably with several urban and suburban options for students, families and individuals.

As a general guideline, properties in the south are more sought after than in the north of Greater Manchester. In the north, Worsley is particularly popular but with a price-tag to match. It is home to a number of the area’s sporting talent and local celebrity culture. Prestwich and Monton offer more reasonably priced alternatives.

In the south, Timperley, Sale, Altrincham and Hale are extremely sought-after areas due to high-quality schools and a very wide choice of properties types and scales.

Areas such as Macclesfield offer a real suburban environment with enhanced green spaces such as the Macclesfield Hills. Situated at the foot of the Peak District, this area is an easy 30-minute commute to the city centre and yet feels entirely rural and peaceful. Likewise, Saddleworth is home to some extremely picturesque villages if it is the quieter family life you are looking for.