How Much to Budget for Living in Manchester

How Much to Budget for Living in Manchester


So, you want to come to Manchester for an internship. You may be wondering, ‘How much money should I budget for daily life in Manchester?’ Well, good news! If spent wisely, your money can get you far. Daily costs are decent and you can dine out well compared to other European destinations. Food comes at a higher price, with an average restaurant charging around £15 for a meal. Drinks can also vary with prices, but can be a little pricey with a local beer costing £4. However, if you spend your money wisely, you can enjoy everything Manchester has to offer.

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**Exchange rates as of 18/02/2022

What kind of budget in Manchester is right for me?

Your individual lifestyle is the main factor that will determine your budget. It will vary depending on what transportation you decide to take, personal dining preferences, nightlife and more.


Below, we have put together some budget estimates of your expenses in daily life during your time on your internship. In general, you can live on a low budget and still be able to live quite well. For those looking to spend a little more, there are also medium and high budget estimates. See which budget is right for you!

For transportation, most people use the tram, train or bus system as it is the most convenient and affordable way to get around the city. For transportation in zone 1 a single ticket is £1.40, weekly pass is £10.60 and a monthly pass is £36.40.

You can take a look at ticket and passes here:

(For food, all apartments will have kitchens, so you will have the option to cook your own meals.) Food at supermarkets are affordable, but you may find that some discount shops such as Aldi will make your money last.

Low Budget

For those looking to save money while still having fun and trying new things.

 Expense TypeCost per weekDescription
 Transport£37Metro monthly pass (£37)
 Food£40Shop at Aldi (£25); Dinner out (£15)
 Treats£25One night out with a few drinks and taxi
 Extras£51Going to museums/cinema
 Avg weekly£153 
 Avg monthly£612 

Medium Budget

For those who go to the gym, eat out more or spend more in other ways.

 Expense TypeCost per weekDescription
 Transport£37Metro monthly pass (£37)
 Food£50Mix of shopping at Aldi and market shopping (£30); Dinner out – expensive (£20)
 Treats£40Couple nights out with drinks and taxi
 Extras£45Going to museums/cinema/gym
 Avg weekly£172 
 Avg monthly£688 

High Budget

For those who would like to spend more on cocktail bars, taxis or shopping. 

 Expense TypeCost per weekDescription
 Transport£37Metro monthly pass (£37)
 Food£65Organic market shopping (£40); Lunch out (£10); Dinner out (£15)
 Treats£60Nights out at classy clubs with drinks and taxi/clothes shopping
 Extras£63Going to museums/cinema/gym/individual travel
 Avg weekly£225 
 Travel£150Going on a weekend trip
 Avg monthly£1050 

As you can see, you don’t need too much money to enjoy life in Manchester. Be careful when you have a craving to buy a Pret a Manger coffee or give into temptation of using cheap Ubers to get to work instead of taking the metro. Manchester is quite an expensive city, and all the little costs can quite quickly add up. So it’s important to find the right budget for you.

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