Moss Lane East student accommodation Manchester building, Alumno PBSA residences, Cityside UK

Moss Lane East student accommodation in Manchester

10 August 2023

Design: Carson Sall architects

New Manchester student residence gains planning permission

Location: Manchester, north west England, UK

Moss Lane East student accommodation Manchester building

Moss Lane East student accommodation in Manchester, north west England

Purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) specialists Alumno are set to develop a new project on Moss Lane East in Manchester following a successful planning application submitted by Cityside UK. Manchester City Council recently approved the development, which is designed by architects Carson Sall and comprises a newbuild nine-storey block along with the refurbishment of an adjacent listed Georgian Villa overlooking Whitworth Park.

The scheme will house 261 students in a mix of cluster en-suite rooms and self-sufficient studios, including a proportion of affordable accommodation. Residents will also have access to a hub of amenities including private study booths, collaboration space, lounges, cinema, gym, karaoke zone and a wellbeing room. The location is highly convenient for students, with Moss Lane East, which runs north-south, populated extensively by facilities from both Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester.

Moss Lane East student accommodation Manchester

“We are excited to help the city deliver much needed PBSA bed spaces and see this come forward with Alumno,” said Daniel Cohen, Director at Cityside.

Commenting on the new development, Alumno Managing Director David Campbell said: “We are delighted that, working with our partners Cityside, planning consent was granted for our next project in Manchester, which involves the construction of a new block and refurbishment of a listed building. We are looking forward to commencing work on the site later this year. This will be our second project in the city in quick succession following the successful delivery of Church Inn in 2022, and it will further help relieve pressure on local housing in a city chronically underserved by PBSA by 65%.”

Moss Lane East student accommodation Manchester design


Alumno, established in 2006, partners with universities, colleges and other stakeholders to provide high quality living space for over 7,000 students to date across the UK, including London, Birmingham, Norwich, Glasgow, Durham and St Andrews.

Alumno delivers distinct and sensitive designs, carefully engaging with local residents to integrate its developments for the benefit of the existing community. Its schemes introduce a mix of other uses alongside the student accommodation.

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Location: Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M1 5HA, Manchester, Northwest England, UK

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