Travelling from Manchester Airport
University shuttle service to residences
We offer a free shuttle service to University halls of residences from Manchester Airport for students who are arriving on their own and staying in University accommodation.
If you are travelling with family or staying in private accommodation, you will need to arrange your own transport from the airport.
Further details will be available in May 2018.
Other travel options
If you are not able to use our shuttle service, it is quite easy to make the journey from Manchester Airport to your residence using other transport.
The easiest way to travel from the airport to your accommodation is by taxi, especially if you have a large amount of luggage. There are taxi ranks outside all three terminals and the fare should be between £20 and £25 to University accommodation. Only black cabs, also known as hackney cabs, are licensed to take passengers without a booking in advance, so ensure you use one of these.
There is a train station at Manchester Airport. A shuttle bus service is available to take you from the airport terminals to the train station, or you can easily walk to through the airport and follow the signs for the train station.
There are direct rail links from the airport to Manchester Piccadilly railway station in the city centre and to Manchester Oxford Road railway station which is close to the main University campus. The cost of a single ticket is around £5.
Taxis are available from the train stations to take you to your accommodation, which should cost no more than £12. Follow the signs for the taxi rank. Only black cabs, also known as hackney cabs, are licensed to take passengers without a booking in advance, so ensure you use one of these. It may also be possible to walk or take a bus from the train station to your accommodation, depending upon where your accommodation is located.
There is a bus station at Manchester Airport. To get there from the terminals follow the signs for the bus station. The number 43 public bus departs from the airport bus station and stops close to many accommodation sites, including those in Fallowfield, on the main University campus and in the city centre.
Tell the driver your destination when you board the bus and ask the driver to let you know the best stop at which to get off the bus. The bus departs approximately every ten minutes during the day from Monday to Saturday, and approximately every 30 minutes throughout the night and on Sundays. The cost of a single journey should be around £3.
You can travel to Manchester from Manchester Airport by the Metrolink tram system. The Metrolink stop is inside the airport.
Trams from the airport will run as far as Cornbrook initially, until Metrolink’s transformational second line through the city centre is completed in 2017. There are frequent connections to the rest of the network from Cornbrook, with trams heading towards Altrincham, Bury, Ashton, East Didsbury, Eccles and Rochdale. For more information on the network visit the Metrolink website:
Services run every 12 minutes on the airport line. Tickets are available from ticket machines on all platforms but not on-board, so be sure to purchase before you travel.