Home to 614 students, Sir Charles Groves Hall is in the perfect location for anyone studying at Manchester Metropolitan University or the University of Manchester, with both institutions just a few minutes away by foot.
Living here gives you the choice of an en-suite room or a range of studios and flats. No matter which you pick, you’ll have your own bathroom. Studios and flats will also give you your own kitchen facilities, while en-suite rooms come with a fully-fitted kitchen and living space that you’ll share with your flatmates.
Step away from your flat and you’ll be able to relax and socialise in the building’s common areas, which have comfortable seating, a TV area and a pool table. Outside, you’ll also find an external courtyard and BBQ area that are ideal for sunnier days.
Sir Charles Groves Hall is also well placed for culture. The Manchester Museum is just a couple of streets over, while the O2 Apollo and O2 Ritz regularly host some of the country’s biggest music acts and are just 15 minutes away by foot. Slightly less exciting but equally as important, nearby Asda and Lidl are ideally placed when supplies are running low.
Sir Charles Groves Hall is located in a central location, in the metropolitan city of Manchester. The residence is located a few moments from the city centre, and is on the doorstep of the Royal Northern College of Music(RNCM). The position of the residence means you will never be far from the diverse and exciting social scene the city has to offer.
If you aren’t the greatest chef, or just aren’t in the mood to cook, there are some great restaurants available around the centre. Manchester is one of the biggest cities in the UK, so you will discover a variety of cultures and cuisines.
There are many restaurants in the Northern Quarter Manchester, the fashionable, quirky area of the city centre – just 15 minutes’ walk away and crammed with places to eat. Some tasty favourites include; Dough Pizza Kitchen, Simple, Cane and Grain, and Wood Deli and Wine Bar.
The city centre is also home to a variety of national chain restaurants to suit everyone, including; Nando’s, TGI Friday’s, Frankie and Benny’s and many more.
Manchester has it all when it comes to nightlife; there is literally something for everyone, so you won’t be disappointed. The most popular areas are Canal Street (Manchester’s Gay Village), Deansgate Locks (a 10 minute walk away) and the trendy Northern Quarter (a 15 minute walk away).
Closest to the residence is Oxford Road where you will no doubt find some great bars to hang out in with your friends. Revolution, The Paramount and Sound Control are just to name a few.
With two of the biggest universities, there is no wonder that the student life in Manchester is epic. Some of the city’s best nightclubs are; Tiger Tiger – 8 rooms of fun, Gorilla – introducing international DJs each week, Factory 251 – a bargain at just 1p entry, or 42nd Street – a popular indie club. Manchester is also famous for ‘The Warehouse Project’. The event takes place each year from September through to New Year’s Day and plays host to an array of International famous DJs.
Located on Booth Street West just off Oxford Road, Sir Charles Groves Hall is ideally located for students studying at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester Business School (MBS), the University of Manchester (UoM), and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).
There is plenty to see and do in Manchester to keep you entertained in your spare time and during weekends. Whatever you’re into there will be something for you.
When it comes to shopping, Manchester certainly does it well; the centre offers an extensive range of high street stores, boutiques and designer shops. Manchester is home to large department stores; Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, and House of Fraser. There’s also the Arndale Centre, right in the middle of town. Don’t forget to visit the Trafford Centre (one of the largest indoor shopping centres in Europe) – a 30 minute bus ride just out of the city centre.
If you enjoy live shows, comedy, gigs and concerts, the Manchester Arena is the major gig venue in the city – 12 minutes car ride away. Other venues like this include Manchester Academy and the Apollo – both 15 minutes’ walk from the residence.
Something to look forward to is the ‘Pangaea’ festival which is run twice a year by the University of Manchester Students Union. The festival is a large celebration marking the end of exams, and it always features famous guests.
Other seasonal attractions include Manchester’s Christmas Market (one of the best in the UK) featuring ice skating and hundreds of quaint stalls. The huge festival, Parklife, also runs each year and is 10 minutes away from the accommodation.
For something more culturally enriching, visit the Manchester Museum; 5 minutes’ walk from Sir Charles Groves Hall. It’s free entry and it displays works of archaeology, anthropology and natural history.
There are numerous cinemas around the city including the quirky Cornerhouse on Oxford Street – 5 minutes’ walk away. It has three screens, an art gallery and a cafe. Additionally, Manchester is home to a number of theatres, like the Royal Exchange Theatre Company, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra.
If you enjoy the outdoors, visit Hulme Park; perfect to relax between and after lectures and have a game of Frisbee or a BBQ with friends.
If you like to keep fit, there are loads of gyms close by which offer student discounts and great rates. The nearest gym to the accommodation is The Gym on Faulkner Street – 20 minutes’ walk away.
The big question on everyone’s lips in Manchester is ‘are you red or are you blue?’ Both Manchester United and Manchester City Football Clubs are based in the city. Old Trafford (Manchester United’s ground) is approximately 20 minutes’ bus ride away and Manchester City’s (Etihad Stadium) is around 30 minutes away. If you get chance to see a local derby game, you won’t be disappointed – but be prepared for a few rowdy fans or two!
If you enjoy swimming, the Aquatics Centre is located less than a 5 minute walk from the accommodation and features an Olympic sized swimming pool which was used during the Commonwealth Games.
Alternatively there are plenty of open spaces located south of Manchester if you like running or jogging. Why not try the weekly Park Run at Hulme Park – it’s free and 15 minutes from Sir Charles Groves Hall.
Travel and Transport
Sir Charles Groves Hall is located a few moments from the city centre and a minutes’ walk to the Royal Northern College of Music.
Piccadilly train station is a 20 minute walk away, so popping home or to see friends at the weekend can be done easily – if you can tear yourself away, that is. The city is well served by bus, train and tram and Manchester is just over 1 hour away from Newcastle, and 2 hours away from London.
The bus system in the city is cheap and reliable; you will find a free bus shuttle system which runs through the city centre, and bus numbers 1&3 go to all the main spots in and around the city centre, too.
For a cheaper alternative, National Express and Megabus serve Manchester and go to many UK destinations for a low priced, reasonable fare.
There are also a lack of hills around the city, which means walking and cycling around can be done without too much effort!
For those who live outside the UK; Manchester International Airport is less than a 20 minute drive away, just south of the city. The airport offers a range of widespread routes across the world.
The residence is located within the city centre, a few moments from Oxford Street where you will find a range of small supermarkets to keep your cupboards full, including; Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. For a larger selection, there is an Asda supermarket in Hulme; 10 minutes’ drive away and an Aldi on Urban Exchange – 15 minutes’ walk.
All high street banks can be found around the city centre, as well as a Post Office and a Bureau de Change. Oxford Street is a 5 minute walk away and has a variety of shops, cafes, takeaways and restaurants to choose from.
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester University and Manchester Metropolitan all have libraries on campus, with all necessary resources you may need. For the nearest library, try John Ryland’s Library at Deansgate, which is a 20 minute walk from Sir Charles Groves Hall.
You will be able to receive free confidential advice regarding finances, careers and general welfare when studying at any of Manchester’s universities. Sir Charles Groves Hall is located close to campus so you will never be too far from the help you may need.
The nearest GP Surgery to the residence is Vallance Centre, less than a 4 minute walk from Sir Charles Groves Hall.
For any emergencies, Manchester Royal Infirmary Hospital is a 15 minute walk from the residence and has an A&E unit and a walk-in centre, should you need any urgent medical assistance.
At Sir Charles Groves Hall, you’re in good hands. The Residence Team are on-site 24 hours a day to guide or assist you throughout your time with us.
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