We advise that you do not book accommodation prior to receiving confirmation of your clinical education campus allocation from the University, as you may be placed at Preston or have placements at district hospitals/hospitals around the north-west region.

You may already have begun to arrange accommodation but please read the information below which may be helpful to you when planning.

The University of Manchester accommodation

Most medical students from Year 3 onwards prefer to live close to their clinical education campus in private accommodation.

Existing medical students in Year 3 and above will do this as they will have been in University halls of residence in Year 1, and do not get priority for University accommodation in subsequent years of study.

As new students to the University, direct entry students in their first year can be given priority for University of Manchester halls of residence.

You can apply for this once you have a University of Manchester student ID (which you will receive in the summer once application forms have been received and processed and we have a copy of your DBS certificate on file).

If you decide to take this option, please ensure you mention that you are a St Andrews or IMU student starting at Manchester when you apply to the Accommodation Office, so that you are given priority.

Other housing websites


  • Try to view properties before signing any tenancy agreement.
  • Remember, inevitably, there will be some travel involved to placements (even if you live close to your clinical education campus). There will be placements in the Community and at District General Hospitals so you should consider your transport options.


You may already have started to arrange accommodation but please read the information below which may be helpful to you when planning. 

Useful Websites

Estate and Letting Agents

  • Dewhurst Homes
    347 Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9UP
    01772 788811
  • Reeds Rains
    284 Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9RX
    01772 717752
  • Easthams & Co
    206 Black Bull Lane, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9XY
    01772 654624
  • Bridgfords
    284 Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9RX
    01772 830505
  • Fox & Co
    50 Cubic building, Birley Street, Preston, PR1 2AQ
    01772 494050

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), based in Preston, also has accommodation to offer students, either privately or in university halls.

See: UCLan accommodation

Our Programme Student Rep has provided some advice on the geographical areas near each clinical education campus where students tend to live:

  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – Oxford Road (MFT Oxford Road) (formerly known as CMFT, MRI or Central)
    Central Manchester/Victoria Park/Rusholme/Fallowfield
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (known as SRFT)
    Salford Quays/Central Manchester
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – Wythenshawe (MFT Wythenshawe) (formerly known as UHSM or South)
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (known as LTHTR or Preston)
    Fulwood, Preston City Centre
    The Tramshed - student homes in Preston

Green impact

Travelling to placements?

Where possible, we recommend car-sharing with other students. Why not try the University's Car Share scheme?