Ellen Wilkinson Building

Ellen Wilkinson Building. Photograph by Stephen Richards (CC BY-SA 2.0).


This year, mFiL takes place in Ellen Wilkinson Building on the main campus of the University. If you are coming from the city centre or Piccadilly station, the best way to get to Ellen Wilkinson is by taking bus 42, 43, 142 or 143 from Piccadilly Gardens, alighting at the University of Manchester Students’ Union. From there, it is a one-minute walk to Ellen Wilkinson.

Location of venue in Manchester

Directions from Piccadilly Gardens to venue

Directions from Students’ Union to Ellen Wilkinson

Travelling to Manchester

It’s very easy to get to Manchester by train and it is worth noting there are three main stations in the city centre:

  • Manchester Piccadilly is the main station and most trains, particularly those located further away, will arrive here. The easiest way to get to the conference from here is to catch one of the buses 15, 42, 43, 142 and 143 from nearby Piccadilly Gardens. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the venue from Piccadilly on foot.
  • Manchester Oxford Road. Many trains from cities closer to Manchester pass through Manchester Oxford Road. Buses 42, 43, 142 and 143 stop at the junction of Oxford Street and Whitworth Street, in front of the Palace Hotel, very near to the station.
  • Manchester Victoria is on the other side of the city centre, close to Deansgate. Walk down Market Street towards Piccadilly Gardens where you can catch a bus to the university. Alternatively, the free Metroshuttle bus no. 2 runs from Victoria to Oxford Road (see above point).

Arriving by plane

Manchester Airport runs a regular train to Manchester Piccadilly (see ‘arriving by train’) and Metrolink tram service to Manchester Victoria. You can also take the 43 bus, which passes by the University and can take you up to Piccadilly Gardens in the city centre. If coming straight to the conference venue, alight the 43 at the University of Manchester Students’ Union.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport may be cheaper to fly into for some European flights. You can easily get to Manchester from there by coach services such as Terravision, or by train.

If you have any questions or concerns on getting here, drop us a line, we’re happy to help: mfilconf (at) gmail (dot) com.

Moving about in Manchester

The best way to move about in Manchester is often by bus. Oxford Road, which runs literally through the University from the Curry Mile in the south up to the very heart of the city centre, is served by a number of bus lines. Try to look for numbers 142 and 143, operated by Stagecoach under their MagicBus brand, for a cheap fare (£1.50). “Dayrider” tickets are also available for £4.50.

The best way to experience Manchester, however, is on foot. Walking from the conference venue to the city centre along Oxford Road takes around 30 minutes. The city centre itself is relatively compact and getting from one place to another on foot is easy. Alternatively, Metroshuttle operates three bus services (1, 2 and 3) which will take you around the city centre for free.


Once you have decided to attend the conference, it is strongly advised that you not leave accommodation to the last minute. There are plenty of rooms in Manchester, but prices can rise if rooms are not booked in advance.


For a site listing many hotels in Manchester, try Visit Manchester.


If you’re on a budget, Manchester has many good quality youth hostels. We suggest you try Hostelworld for a listing.


Alternatively, AirBnB is a popular choice among conference attendees.