3 Best Hostels in Manchester, UK - Not exactly a Guide you'd expectLooking for the absolute best hostels in Manchester? You have come to the perfect place. We are Hostelgeeks, and we do all the leg work for you, so you can find the coolest hostels in Manchester.

We condensed it to the 3 top ones.

There is really no need to go beyond any of these. And quite frankly, this might not be a guide you expect.


Because unless you are on a very tight budget, Manchester Hostels are not the best ones. The quality is low compared to other European destinations, and there is literally only one place we would stay at (again).

Shortcut for you:

  1. YHA Manchester – the only place we can really recommend
  2. Hatters at Hilton Chambers – for backpacker
  3. Hatters on Newton Street – for super budget traveler

Manchester is an upcoming and unique city, the area boasts of a diverse social scene and a thriving energy.

There is much more to see than just the two world famous football clubs.

In this guide we will give you the best roof above your head, so you can sleep well at night, and explore the city well rested.

What we cover in this article?

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Quick Introduction to Manchester

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Manchester start from x€ per night up to x€ per nights for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from x€ up to x€. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Hostel Quality: Please, do not expect too much of hostels in Manchester. They are not really good quality, and some lovely bnb or guesthouse may also do the trick.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:

The 3 Best Hostels in Manchester

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Manchester.

Quick overview:

  1. YHA Manchester – the only place we can really recommend
  2. Hatters at Hilton Chambers – for backpackers in Manchester
  3. Hatters on Newton Street – for super budget traveler

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. YHA Manchester Hostel

The only hostel we would personally stay at (again) is YHA Manchester. Let’s be frank!

If you’re looking for a hostel that perfectly represents this lively atmosphere, look no further than YHA Manchester.

This hostel prides itself on it’s vibrant and colourful interior, a welcome change from the often rainy British weather!

Aside from the stylish decor, YHA is also perfect for those wanting to meet new people as there is a large and spacious lounge area, the perfect place to catch up and relax after a long day exploring the city!

If relaxing is not your thing, the hostel offers a games room equipped with a pool table and an on-site bar to carry on the party.

Book YHA Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best Hostels in Manchester - the YHA Hostel YHA Manchester - the only place we can really recommend Rooms with a view? Sure! The YHA Hostel has some cool dorm views

Travelling solo?

No need to panic!

YHA offers 152 beds in 37 different rooms, so you are bound to meet like-minded people during your stay.

You can choose to stay in male or female dorms ranging from 6 beds to 2 beds, if you’re wanting more privacy. Each bed is also fitted with USB ports and reading lights, so no worries about those pesky early risers waking you up with the main light…

The atmosphere in YHA Manchester is both warm and inviting.

What about the location?

When you want to venture out of the hostel, you’ll find the city centre right on your doorstep!

YHA is conveniently only a short walk away from one of the most exciting areas in Manchester, the Northern Quarter. This quirky part of Manchester is packed with bars offering live music and streets filled with impressive street art, ideal for those Instagram shots!

Catch the free shuttle bus which is only a 15 minute walk away from the hostel. Don’t want to stray too far from the hostel? YHA has you covered with outdoor picnic tables by the canal, the perfect place to chill out in the sunshine.

Everything about this hostel is designed to ensure a lively social atmosphere combined with modernity and style. A combination that captures Manchester as a city and will leave you wanting more!

YHA Hostel Manchester one of the best hostels in Manchester for

  • Solo-Traveller
  • Families
  • Groups
Book YHA Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Simple dorms at YHA Hostel Manchester The Outside of YHA Hostel in Manchester, one of the coolest hostels in Manchester

2. Hatters at Hilton Chambers

Manchester is known for being the home to a whole bunch of unique and varied individuals.

Diversity in this city is everywhere. So surely when booking a place to stay, you want to find somewhere that celebrates this and is able to transform a hostel into an exciting social hub.

A stay in Hatters at Hilton Chambers will guarantee you this social experience and much more.

The hostel reflects the city in that it definitely doesn’t lack character.

It has rooms ranging from 12 bed dorms to private rooms with en-suites, with each bed having it’s own power socket and light.

Upon entering, the decor is very modern and sleek, adding an element of old-school class.

Despite the polished first impressions, you are instantly made to feel at home with free cookies and tea/coffee which are provided by the friendly staff.

You can enjoy these freebies in the hostel’s

  • shared kitchen,
  • relaxing lounge area or TV room
  • and even a PlayStation!
Book Hatters Hilton Chambers

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hatters at Hilton Chambers Hatters at Hilton Chambers

This inviting atmosphere certainly doesn’t end with free biscuits!

The staff have gone above and beyond to ensure that everybody feels welcome at Hatters. There are plenty of activities and themed nights to get involved in, including

  • film nights,
  • book exchanges,
  • games night and
  • even free food night!

Who would say no to free food?!

Speaking of food… there is also an on-site restaurant which exclusively offers guests 15% off, sound appetizing?

Feel free to take advantage of the freebies and discounts (including free WiFi), but don’t let this distract you from the variety of cool restaurants and bars surrounding the hostel.

Hatters is located right in the centre of Manchester, so you are truly immersed in the lively social buzz, both inside and outside the hostel.

If you are looking for cheap rooms in manchester city centre, then you have just found it at Hilton Chambers. They offer private rooms and dorms alike.

Be warned, the area can get pretty loud at night, but if you are eager to experience the distinct Manchester nightlife, why not join them? Other benefits of this fab location include being only a 10 minute walk away from Manchester Piccadilly, the main station in the city.

The location is absolutely great.

Hatters at Hilton Chambers does not offer perfection, but it will give you the chance to have a memorable social experience and absorb the fun Manchester madness.

A true backpackers Manchester experience. FUN!

Hatters at Hilton Chambers is the best Manchester hostel for

  • young travelers
  • Backpacker
  • party traveler
Book Hatters Hilton Chambers

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hatters at Hilton Chambers

3. Hatters on Newton Street – Super Cheap

One of the best things about staying in a hostel is that you’re able to travel whilst on a budget! Are you a savvy traveller looking for a good price?

Hatters on Newton Street may be the bargain you’ve been looking for.

The rooms at this simplistic hostel range from private bedrooms to 18-bed dorms, with prices starting as low as £13 a night! So here you have it, here you find your cheap hostel in Manchester.

Don’t let the price fool you into thinking this place lacks taste.

The hostel itself used to be a hat factory, an unusual quirk which only adds to the industrial charm of Hatters. Sticking to the working-class roots of Manchester, this basic hostel offers no frills or fancies. Instead, it provides a warm, down to earth atmosphere with plenty of friendly faces.

You will find no extravagant decor here, instead cool looking posters line the walls. It is really not a special hostel, but has a top location and is cheap. It does the trick; that’s it.

Book Hatters Newton Street here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hatters on Newton Street - Super CheapHatters on Newton Street comes with a bar; one of the coolest party hostels in Manchester

Despite being one of the cheapest hostels in Manchester, Hatters still offers all the basic facilities you would expect.

This includes a shared kitchen, free WiFi in common areas and a 24-hour reception, so you can enjoy the city well into the early hours!

No need to worry about security either as you will find a safe baggage room and lockers for your belongings, as well as your own secure key card.

What makes this hostel special is the inviting family atmosphere you will experience, made possible by lack of pretence and the good nature of the staff. There are plenty of opportunities to get to know other travellers with all the events and activities Hatters offers!

You can unwind in the TV lounge during film nights, or if you fancy a bit more adventure why not join the popular bar crawl, there’s certainly so shortage of bars in the area!

And…what about the location?

That leads us onto the excellent location of Hatters, seriously you won’t find a more central place to stay at such a good price! The hostel is slap bang in the middle of the city, close to Picadilly Gardens, meaning you are only a short walk away from all the sights and public transport.

You get what you pay for at this hostel and a little bit more.

A comfy bed, a welcoming environment and a location that simply can’t be beaten. Bargain!

In town to watch a football match? Hatters is a popular place to stay for football fans. Make sure you book early; accommodation is hard to get!

This is one of the best hostels in Manchester for

  • Super Budget Traveler
  • Football Fans
Book Hatters Newton Street here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Cool Backpacker Hostels always come with a billiard pool or foosball table. At Hatters Hostel Manchester you have both How about a drink at night? Hatters on Newton Street comes with a bar

Comparing all 3 Top Hostels in Manchester

Here is an overview of our handpicked top hostels in Manchester. In this chart we compare the main facilities and things to expect.

It will help you to take a decision.

YHA Manchester HostelHatters at Hilton ChambersHatters on Newton Street
Recommended for…
  • Overall the best hostel for all types
  • Backpacker
  • Super Budget Traveler
WiFiFree (Good)Free (Good)Free (Good)
BreakfastBuffet BreakfastFor groups onlyNo
SpecialOverall the BEST oneQuality facilities
Super cheap
ActivitiesYesYesIn-house Bar
Lockers – and safe?YesYesYes
Facilities for disabled guestsYesYesNo
How to book?HostelworldHostelworldHostelworld

This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.

What about cheapest hostels in Manchester?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels.

If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Manchester.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Manchester
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that. Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price. Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.

Bare in mind, the cheapest cool hostel is the Hatters on Newton Street.

Best Hostels in Manchester for Solo Travellers?

What is the best hostel in Manchester for solo-travellers?

Make it YHA Hostel.

As mentioned above, YHA is a big hostel and chances are high you will meet more cool travelers.

Book YHA Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Fancy a billiard pool? YHA is a cool place to stay in MAnchester for young people

How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Booking.com is the biggest and safest platform for hotel and hostels reservations. Their cancellation policy is one of the best, normally 100% refundable until 24h before the stay.

Hostelworld is also super safe and the biggest booking platform for hostels.

On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview again:

  1. YHA Manchester – the only place we can really recommend
  2. Hatters at Hilton Chambers – for backpacker
  3. Hatters on Newton Street – for super budget traveler

Airbnb in Manchester

As you know by now, Manchester Hostels do not reach a very high standard. And it is really a pity to say so. Yet, this is an honest guide, and we only share where we stay ourselves or would send our friends to.

We recommend as well to keep an eye on Airbnb.

Airbnb has a lot of rooms and apartments, also good places to stay in Manchester.

Read our guide how to use Airbnb, and of course make sure you get our 35€ discount for Airbnb.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Manchester. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.

All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Manchester hostels on a map.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • Old Trafford
  • Science and Industry Museum
  • The Lowry
  • National Football Museum
  • Etihad Stadium
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • Manchester Cathedral
  • The John Rylands Library

Going up North? Then make sure you read this guide on the best places to visit in North England. You might be surprised by these cute villages and the landscape. Also, in Durham you can actually stay in a real Castle.

Here’s our map with the best cheap accommodation in Manchester.

Flights to Manchester?

We enjoy Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Manchester.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over United Kingdom and Europe, and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

Cheap Flights in Europe

More guides

Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Manchester.

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Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best places to stay in Manchester on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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