The Church Inn, Manchester

Europe’s biggest student city is the focus of one of Alumno’s latest proposals to provide a greater choice of high-quality university accommodation.

Location: Manchester
College/University: TBC
Status: Pre-planning
Scheduled completion: TBC

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Setting a new benchmark

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Boasting the largest university population of any city in Europe, students are key part of the fabric of Manchester, helping to make it such a vibrant, cultural urban hub, while contributing significantly to the local economy.

Over 100,000 descend on the North West city every year across a range of institutions, including Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Salford, UMIST and the University of Manchester, which is home to the UK’s largest number of students.

Despite the economic benefits and the boost to Manchester’s skills base that students bring, they also put major pressure on housing in the city. Purpose-built university accommodation helps to relieve this as well as satisfy the demand for high-quality, convenient places to live from the students themselves.

To increase the housing options open to students in Manchester, Alumno has commenced pre-planning work on a well-located city centre site.

“Formerly the location of the Church Inn pub, the currently vacant site is within the MMU campus boundary and just a five-minute walk from the University of Manchester,” explains Alumno managing director David Campbell. “It offers excellent potential for a bespoke and modern student community and hub.

“Designed by Carson & Partners, we have high hopes that this will set a new benchmark in this location and enhance the choice available to students, who continue to make Manchester a major destination for both study and the excellent student experience.”

Alumno’s proposals are subject to public consultation and subsequent amendment, therefore act only as guide at this stage. More details will follow shortly.