8 essential apps for expats in Manchester

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New to living in Manchester? Getting setup in a new city always has it's hurdles. From finding a place to live to getting around town - every city is different. But, if you've got a smartphone, we've got you covered. Here are our top apps for navigating expat life in Manchester:


Manchester's Tram network is one of the best ways to get around town. But using the trams can be confusing for newbies in the big city. Award winning Tramchester isn't strictly an App - but it works on most smartphones, and is a quick and easy way to plan your journeys.

Check it out here.


Struggling with the language? Duolingo can help. This great app makes learning a new language (or improving your language skills) super easy. And if it's not the one for you, check out our blog on the best language learning apps here.

Duolingo is available for iPhone and Android.


An essential aid for exploring in Manchester is CityMapper. Simply put in your location, destinations and choose how you want to get there. The app does the rest.

Available for iPhone and Android.

Spare Room

Looking for new digs? Flatsharing is the best way to save money on rent (and still live within a reasonable distance of the centre of town!). SpareRoom is the UK's most popular site for finding a flat share - or new roommates.

Download for iOS and Android.

Time Out: Discover your city

Manchester has some of the most vibrant nightlife and culture in the UK. But you already knew that. Time Out is a great resource for finding Manchester's best things to do, restaurants, theatre and nightlife - all in one place.

Download it for iOS and Android.


Manchester has some great eateries. And now, with Deliveroo, you can get your grub delivered. This isn't just normal takeaway food - so if you're missing your home cuisine have a browse on the app to track down the best local restaurants.

Available on iOS and Android.


You've probably heard of Uber. In fact you've probably used it in your home city. If not we recommend downloading it. Here's why: - It's a super cheap way of getting a taxi. - No language barriers. If you know where you're going you can just add the destination in the app. Simple.

Available for iPhone and Android.

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