Manchester Centre

Address: Saint James Buildings, 61 – 95 Oxford St, Manchester, M1 6FQ

Opening hours: 

  • Mon: 08:00 – 17:30
  • Tues: 08:30 – 21:00
  • Weds: 08:00 – 17:30
  • Thurs: 08:30 – 21:00
  • Fri: 08:00 – 17:30
  • Sat: 08:30 – 17:30
  • Sun: Closed

Positioned just minutes away from Manchester’s Oxford Road Station, our Manchester Centre is embedded within the city’s thriving community. Such a central location provides students with an excellent opportunity to take advantage of one of the country’s fast-growing business communities. Classes take place in one of QA’s refurbished spaces to offer a state-of-the-art learning environment with modern facilities.

The Centre is conveniently located near many key transport links that assist students with getting to and from the campus. The city’s excellent tram and bus network run close to the building as well as Manchester Piccadilly station, offering train services across the UK.

View our Manchester city guide here.

The city is a hive of activity and there is something to suit everyone. From theatres, art galleries and museums, to restaurants and coffee shops, Manchester is an exciting place to study.



Manchester is well connected city with excellent motorway links. This makes travelling to the centre very easy via the M60 ring road that connects the city to motorways north, south east and west.


Parking facilities nearby 

Although we don’t have on-campus parking, the nearest car park is at The Palace (Whitworth St, Manchester, M1 6NE). This is a multi-storey national car park that offers a discount for visitors who arrive before 9.00am. If you arrive after 9.00am QA has discounted tickets for this car park. Please ring the facility for more information.


There are three train stations located in Manchester City Centre; Oxford Road, Piccadilly Station and Victoria. With direct rail services running from across the country. We recommend travelling to Oxford Road or Piccadilly as they are located just a short walk away from our campus.

You can plan your journey and book tickets in advance using the National Rail journey planner.

Oxford Road Train Station

Manchester Piccadilly Station

From Manchester International Airport


Manchester International Airport is only a few miles south from the city centre. The quickest way into the city centre is by car or train which takes roughly 20 minutes, depending on traffic. However, you can also take the metro, coach, bus or taxi from Manchester Airport into the town centre.

By Train: Take the train from Manchester airport to Manchester Piccadilly station, which is located between terminal 1 and terminal 2. Train service runs every 10 minutes and the approximate journey time is 20 minutes. The cost of a standard one-way ticket is roughly around £5. You can book you train ticket in advance from or at the station.

By Metro: Metrolink tram service connects Manchester airport to Cornbrook station, from where you take another tram to the city centre. The metro runs every 12 minutes and takes around 40 minutes to Manchester city centre.

By Coach: National Express coach services operate day and night from Manchester Airport to Manchester Coach Station, which is a 10-minute walk to the centre. The cost of a standard ticket for a single journey is roughly £5 and discount cards are available for students and young people. Remember to book your coach tickets in advance from the correct terminal and leave plenty of time when checking out.  For more information visit National Express.

By Bus: Alternatively, you can take the 24/7 skyline bus (Service no. 43) to Manchester Piccadilly bus station, which is 10 minutes away from the centre at walking distance. The bus service runs every 10 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes at night. The average journey time is 45-75 minutes to the city centre depending on traffic and a single ticket costs approximately £3.

By Taxi: There are official airport taxis at your service 24/7. There are also many taxi companies serving Manchester Airport and the nearby areas. You can select your date, time, number of passengers and luggage to book your taxi in advance from Manchester Airport Taxi.

Manchester has an outstanding metro and bus network which runs close to the centre. Buses operate from Monday to Sunday, from early morning till late evenings. There are multiple buses which stop nearby the centre within walking distance. This makes travelling to and from campus for students very convenient. More information for bus services, routes and ticket prices to Manchester city centre can be found at Transport for Greater Manchester.

The Manchester Metrolink is a tram service which runs throughout Manchester city centre, consisting of 8 lines and 99 stations. The trams operate every day and runs approximately every 12 minutes. Find more information for tram times, ticket prices and stops at Transport for Greater Manchester.

Alternatively, you can plan your bus or tram journey from your destination to the centre using the Transport for Greater Manchester Planner.

If you are travelling and looking to stay overnight before or during your visit there are plenty of hotels nearby the centre. These include The Principal Hotel and The Premier Inn.


The Principal Hotel


The Premier Inn