Princess Street: An Area Guide

Posted Aug 12, 2019
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Princess Street: An area guide

Interested in living in one of our Princess Street apartments? Surrounded by red brick buildings, Princess Street has some of the best architecture in the city. We’ve got three apartment buildings on Princess Street; 90 Princess Street, 115 Princess Street and Salisbury House, our apartments are fully-furnished with all bills included. Princess Street is situated in the heart of the city, close to Manchester’s universities and all the amenities you could ever want. If you’re new to Manchester, or just want to know what it’s like living on Princess Street, we’ve put together this guide to help you make the most of your living experience with Manchester Apartments.  


Princess Street is conveniently located 10-minutes’ walk to both Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations. If you’re a student, you’ll be within walking distance of Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester. If you don’t fancy the walk to university every day, there’s a regular bus service from the India House bus stop, just a two-minute walk from your door. 

 Manchester Train

So, what’s local?

You’re spoilt for choice with local amenities close to Princess Street. Your closest local shop is Spar, selling food, drink and essential items. For larger shops, M&S food hall, Tesco Metro and Aldi are all within walking distance of your apartment. 

Closest pharmacy 

If you’re feeling unwell, Boots pharmacy is your closest for all things medicinal. Boots is located on Portland Street and is only 0.2 miles from your apartment. If you need a late night pharmacy, Cameolord Pharmacy is open until midnight and is only 0.3 miles from your apartment.

 eating out in Manchester

Best for food

When you live in Manchester City Centre you can rely on having countless food options right on your doorstep. If you don’t feel like leaving the flat, Uber Eats and Deliveroo will deliver food from around Manchester directly to your door.

The second largest Chinatown in the UK is less than a 10-minute walk from your apartment, so be sure to check out the culinary delights on offer there.

If you’re looking for familiar restaurant chains, Manchester’s central retail district has plenty to choose from. If you want to explore something new, head to the Northern Quarter and you’ll find plenty of independent bars, cafes and restaurants.

Close restaurant recommendations

Samsi, located on Whitworth Street West, has been serving Manchester’s finest authentic Japanese food for over 15 years. Since opening, they have been recommended by local newspapers and magazines, including The Sunday Times.

Bouzouki by Night is another great option for tasty food. Discover deliciously fresh Greek food and live music entertainment whilst you eat. Another bonus? It’s situated on Princes Street, so you won’t have to venture far to satisfy your taste buds. 

Best for a drink

The recently opened YES barv, on Charles Street, is a short walk away from your apartment. The venue offers four spectacularly decorated floors, a pizza bar and kitchen. Their botanical-inspired roof garden is also a must-see.

Hatch is another local venue filled with a variety of food, drink and gift outlets. With over thirty independent traders, Hatch is quickly becoming one of the best independent shopping areas in the city. Their vast outdoor seating area, adorned with fairy lights, is the perfect spot for an afternoon drink.

Best for a dance

Manchester is world-renowned for its nightlife, so there’s no shortage of bars, pubs and clubs within walking distance of your apartment. Joshua Brooks and Factory are both great venues to dance the night away, with the added bonus of both being in close proximity to Princess Street. 

shopping in Manchester

Best for some retail therapy

Manchester is a shopper’s paradise, with the perfect mix of luxury, high street and independent shops. The best destination for shopping is the Trafford Centre, situated 4 miles west of Manchester City Centre. The Trafford centre houses a vast array of shops, restaurants and even an IMAX theatre. If you don’t fancy the journey to the Trafford Centre, The Arndale is within a 15-minute walk of your apartment, boasting both high street and high end favourites.

Best for a haircut

From time to time, we all need a little pampering. Luckily, you have lots of choice whilst living on Princess Street. Village Hair Salon is one of your local establishments, offering a range of treatments for both men and women. Village Hair Salon also has offers for students and is highly rated by locals. Fretwell Bennet is another great local option, and existing clients get 20% off, so it’s worth becoming a loyal customer.

Best for a workout

If you’re looking to join a gym or attend fitness classes, your closest gym is the Bannatyne Health Club on Whitworth Street, approximately 3-minutes’ walk away. The Manchester Aquatics Centre is another popular choice for both students and locals, with three gyms and a 50m swimming pool. 

Best for nature

We understand the importance of connecting with nature and being based in Manchester City Centre doesn’t mean you have to compromise that. Just a short walk from Princess Street, you’ll find Sackville Gardens, an attractive open space surrounded by Manchester’s beautiful Victorian architecture. Vimto Park, which has become somewhat of an iconic spot in Manchester, is also close to Princess Street. Vimto park is named after the giant wooden Vimto bottle erected there as a memorial to the soft drink created nearby over 100 years ago. Take a look at our blog post for all your local parks in Manchester City Centre.

We hope this guide has given you an insight into the lifestyle you can expect when living on Princess Street. With limited availability remaining for 2019, be sure to contact us today to book your place. If you love Princess Street as much as we do, tweet us your favourite things to do locally on Twitter

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