Inside Manchester’s brand-new ‘co-living’ development Square Gardens

It’s revolutionising the way we rent.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 20th March 2024

A brand new rental development that’s bringing the ‘co-living’ concept to Manchester city centre is nearing completion, as Square Gardens launches a show apartment giving a look inside its beautiful spaces.

The scheme between First Street and the Mancunian Way will provide more than 1,772 new homes, and will boast one of the largest outdoor green spaces in the city.

There’s a mixture of accommodation options too, from shared three to five bed co-living apartments to one-bed and studio apartments.

The co-living concept means that you can rent your own en-suite bedroom within a shared apartment.
Renting a whole apartment solo can be intimidatingly expensive, so co-living is a much more accessible way to get yourself a foothold in the city centre.

It works much like student halls, but with considerably less alcopops (unless you’re still into those…)


The spaces have been carefully designed to maximise space too, and come fully furnished.

Each en-suite room has huge wardrobes, under-bed storage and desks with more built-in storage.


The apartments boast high specification living spaces with light, fresh and contemporary design with beautiful furniture pieces. Features include integrated appliances, comfortable living spaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the southern side of Manchester city centre.

Then if you do want your own space completely to yourself, there are one-bedroom apartments and studios where you have your own kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom.

Each monthly rental fee includes all your utilities, super-fast WiFi, and access to the shared amenities across the neighbourhood.


Square Gardens amenities for residents include a gym, wellness centre, and co-working spaces.

There are also lounges, a cinema room and a private dining area that you can book.

And the whole development is being built inside what will be the largest private landscaped garden in Manchester at 2.5 acres – which as those of us who already live in the city centre know, is a huge selling point.

There’ll be a series of community events, activities and clubs held for residents of Square Gardens, all year round.

Square Gardens is set to be the largest co-living development in the UK when it opens this September.


The first phase of the Square Gardens development, known as Acer, is where the show apartment is located and is now available to view.

You can book a viewing and find out more here: www.squaregardens.com.

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Featured image: The Manc Group