About two miles south of the city centre, Rusholme is surrounded by Fallowfield, Moss Side, Victoria Park and Chorlton-on-Medlock. It is not an area that would traditionally be classed as a suburb; however Rusholme has experienced a massive increase in property value over the last five years, and as a result, is becoming more residential every day. An interesting fact is that Rusholme was the home of Tops of the Pops from its inception up to 1971 when the BBC moved to its current city centre location.
Rusholme is the beginning of South Manchester, and is a place that never sleeps. There is always a lively vibe, and its mix of races and cultures forms a vibrant community which can be often seen in its many aspects on the leafy Platt Field Park with celebrations, fairs and events.
Rusholmes famous ‘curry mile’, has more than 70 restaurants and take-aways, traditional jewellers, dress-makers, fabric shops and grocery stores. It is also home to the Museum of Costume.
Housing in the area is predominantly low cost terraces with some larger new developments such as The Main Place on the former site of Manchester City football club.
There are larger student halls located on or close by to Wilmslow Road.
It is an easy walk, cycle ride or quick car journey into the city centre, although the traffic can build up through the narrow curry mile. Being on Wilmslow Road- the busiest bus route in Europe- it benefits from very regular buses coming every minute during peak times.
The area is in the catchment for several primary and secondary schools.
Platt Fields Park is close by in neighbouring Fallowfield. It is a large park with has a boating lake, children’s playgrounds and picnic areas.