Very much so. I'd suspect the student population are by far the biggest demographic living within city centre Manchester. And some of the outer city centre areas (Hulme borders particularly) have been transformed over the past 10-15 years.
I guess the queston there is how much of the regeneration area is open to the general population/non-student locals, or is it all protected private space? I know the blocks down by Home on First Street are approx £400 a week. Per room. A student room £400 a week. All of the nice areas outside and around are fob access only. It'll be the same with the old BBC building. Mega expensive student flats and the nice gardens/outside space kept out of the reach of the plebs. Most of the city is like that these day though.
Saw some grim advertising for a new build block the other day and one of the selling points was you basically never have to speak to anybody else or interact with the locals. Everything is on-site. Sounds great .
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