2 bedroom houses to rent in Manchester: highest rated developments

Cosmopolitan Manchester is a centre of culture and sporting excellence. The thriving, diverse city is a powerhouse of northern England. With five universities in the Greater Manchester area, the city is popular with students. Manchester also attracts large companies thanks to the quality and diversity of the city’s workforce. Verified residents at some of Manchester’s newest and most popular developments have provided HomeViews with their reviews on the best 2-bedroom houses to rent in the city. Reviewers provide first-hand accounts of living in some of the most desirable new housing developments in Greater Manchester. Read on to find out more about living and renting in this exciting city.

What’s it like to live in Manchester?

The Greater Manchester urban area is home to some 2.8 million people. It’s the second-largest urban area in England is the second-largest urban area in England. The city’s multicultural population makes it one of the most diverse places to live in the country. The city is home to the UK’s fastest growing economy, with recent years bringing significant investment to the city.

Manchester is a popular choice with students and young professionals. The city is home to world-class universities and has one of the UK’s most renowned bar and club scenes. More than 50% of students choose to stay in Manchester after graduating, second only to London in the UK. Manchester has also been recognised as the best city to start your career outside London.

Culture, nightlife and entertainment in Manchester

Central to the city’s identity is its thriving, vibrant and diverse cultural scene. The city has produced some of Britain’s most legendary bands, shaping Britpop, the rave scene and other cultural trends. Manchester’s selection of live music venues, theatres and arenas attract the world’s greatest performers. The city also boasts some of the country’s most popular museums and galleries, including The Lowry and The Whitworth.

The city centre is a first-class shopping and dining destination, with designer brands, boutique shops and reputable names in the foodie scene. The latest Michelin Guide features 12 restaurants from the city, with Manchester’s reputation as a gastronomic destination growing by the year.

Manchester is perhaps best-known around the world thanks to its famous sports teams and sporting venues. It is home to two of England’s most successful football teams in Manchester United and Manchester City. The city also boasts a test cricket venue, the National Cycling Centre and an Olympic pool at the Manchester Aquatics Centre. Living in the city provides some of the best opportunities to watch world-class sport anywhere in the world.

Is Manchester expensive to live in?

Manchester strikes a good balance as a popular and desirable city with a reasonable cost of living. Compared to some other UK cities, Manchester is relatively affordable to live in. House prices and rental rates are increasing in the city, though it remains competitive compared to the UK average.

Living costs in northern cities are generally lower than their southern counterparts, and Manchester follows this trend. The cost of living in Manchester is significantly lower than London, with everyday costs such as groceries around 8.5% cheaper. Manchester residents save the most on rental costs though, with renting in Manchester more than 50% cheaper than London.

What is build to rent?

Build to rent properties are purpose-built for renting, rather than for selling. A relatively new trend in the property sector, the design and build of build to rent properties can be different to traditional developments.

The design of the developments encourage a sense of community and security for tenants. The focus is on delivering high-quality homes with excellent services. Developments can offer benefits that the traditional rental sector doesn’t provide, including on-site management teams, communal areas and green spaces. Some packages include perks like health clubs and spa facilities or concierge services.

Rental only developments can offer the security of longer-term tenancies, with the promise of a hassle-free renting experience. Because the developments are purpose-built for rental, the rental process is designed to be as smooth as possible. This can include transparent contracts and a choice of optional extras. Choosing a built to rent property can be more expensive, but can have numerous benefits that may outweigh the additional cost.

2 bedroom houses to rent in Greater Manchester: top 10 developments rated by tenants

Let’s take a look at the best 2 bedroom houses you can rent in Manchester. Each development is included based on the reviews of residents, who have taken to HomeViews to rate every aspect of their experience of living in the building. Reviews consider everything from design and facilities, to the management team, services, location and value for money of the developments. Take a look at the list to find the best 2-bedroom rental houses in Manchester.

First in our list of 2-bedroom houses to rent in Manchester, is Simple Life at Our Lady’s. Located in the popular and conveniently situated area of Little Hulton in Worsley, the development provides 2, 3 and 4-bedroom family homes exclusively for rent. Residents can enjoy excellent transport links and a peaceful, quiet environment.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Our Lady’s, M28

Second place in the list belongs to this Simple Life development in the community of Atherton, 12 miles from Manchester city centre. Atherton has easy access to the M61 to Manchester, as well as connections to Liverpool (via the A579). Hamilton Square’s collection of houses is close to the town’s amenities, with the town centre just half a mile away. Reviewers highlight the quiet area of the development as well as the excellent design of the houses.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Hamilton Square, M46

Norwich Green is a new Simple Life development of 70 properties, situated close to the centre of Rochdale. The development boasts access to excellent transport links and comprehensive amenities, with the M62 within easy reach. The development is praised by residents for the superb design of the houses and their high-quality fittings.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Norwich Green, OL11

In fourth place on our list is Canal Side, another development of rental-only homes by Simple Life. The development is located close to Wigan town centre, and is less than 20 miles from both Manchester and Liverpool city centres. In addition, there is excellent connectivity via road and rail, with the M6/M58 interchange just three miles away. Residents enjoy the well-designed layout of the development and highlight the quality of the property management team, who are always on-hand to help.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Canal Side, WN6

At fifth place is Shrewsbury Close, a build to rent development in popular Rochdale. There is a selection of high quality 2, 3 and 4-bedroom family homes in the development. Set in suburban Middleton, Shrewsbury Close has easy access to the local motorway network. Residents mention the splendid design of the homes and the friendliness of the neighbourhood.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Shrewsbury Close, M24

Baytree Lane is a Simple Life development, located within easy reach of Middleton town centre. The local train station, Mills Hill, is less than half a mile away and has good links to Manchester and other neighbouring towns. The M60 is a five-minute drive away, giving easy access to the rest of Greater Manchester. Reviews mention the helpful management team and the attractive finish of the houses.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Baytree Lane, M24

New Broughton is situated in Salford on the outskirts of Manchester. Comprising 2, 3 and 4-bedroom houses, this development has great commuting links, being close to Salford Central and Manchester Victoria stations. New Broughton is close to the University of Salford. Residents of New Broughton praise the management team and superb value for money of the development.

Read reviews and details of New Broughton, M7

At number eight in the list, Bridgewater Park sits in Patricroft on the outskirts of Salford and Manchester. The development has a mix of 1 and 2-bedroom apartments and 2, 3 and 4-bedroom houses in a picturesque canal-side setting. Residents have great transport links to Manchester city centre, with Patricroft Station just moments away. The houses are praised as well-built, with attractive gardens in a superb location.

Read reviews and details of Bridgewater Park, M30

Belmont Place is located between Manchester and Liverpool in the village of Hindley Green. The development provides good access to regional road and rail networks. The nearest station, Daisy Hill, provides regular direct services to Manchester city centre, making it a great option for those who prefer the pace of village life, but need easy access to the city.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Belmont Place, WN2

Rounding off the top 10 of two-bedroom houses to rent in Greater Manchester is Heyfields. Set in Walkden on the outskirts of Manchester, the development includes 1 and 2-bedroom apartments and 2, 3 and 4-bedroom houses for rent. Heyfields is just a 25-minute drive from Manchester city centre, while residents have access to a wide range of local amenities in Walkden town centre, less than a mile away.

Read reviews and details of Heyfields, M28

What do you think of our list of the highest-rated 2-bedroom houses to rent in Manchester? If you’d like to find out more about what it’s like to live in this vibrant, diverse city, our dedicated area guide has all the information you’ll need. You can click through to the guide below. From there, you can read more about life in Manchester, including the most popular areas of the city, and find rental opportunities in the Manchester area.

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