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How to find the College

Abbey College Manchester is situated in the heart of Manchester city centre.

The College is within easy walking distance of the main public transport stations. Driving to the college is fairly straightforward but please note that we do not have any on-site car parking facilities. However, there is street parking available and there are several car parks within a few minutes walk of our front door, the closest of which is at Kendals on Deansgate.

Please click on the link below to see where we are: Manchester Map


The College is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). It is accredited by the AQA and EDX examination boards for GCSEs and A-Levels and the Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE) for its International Foundation Programmes.

The College also holds Tier 4 Sponsor Status with the UKVI, which allows it to recruit international students from outside the European Union and European Economic Area.

The College Day

Classes start at 9.00 am and finish at 3.10pm, 3.50pm or 4.30pm. Each class is 40 minutes long and there is a morning break of 15 minutes and an afternoon break of 10 minutes. The lunch period for students is from 12.40pm until 1.30pm.

Registration is held at 8.50am and 1.30pm for Year 11 students and at 1.30pm only for students of Year 12 and 13.


The College is fortunate to have a wide range of cafes, takeaways and other food outlets near to its premises. Students are able to return to the College to eat their food in the designated areas should they wish to do so.

Train/Metrolink Shuttle

The four central Manchester train stations are all located close to the college a follows:

Piccadilly station, 12 minutes walk
Oxford Road station, 10 minutes walk
Victoria Station, 8 minutes walk
Deansgate-Castlefield station, 8 minutes walk

There is a free Metrolink shuttle bus (number 3) that runs every 10 minutes or so from Piccadilly station. This has a dropping off/picking up point on King Street opposite the entrance to Cheapside where the college is located.


Piccadilly Gardens bus station, 5 minutes walk. Shudehill bus interchange, 7 minutes walk


The closest tram stops to the College are Exchange Square (3 minutes walk), Market Street (4 minutes walk) and St Peter’s Square (5 minutes walk).

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