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 train station, the best way to get to Ellen Wilkinson is by taking any of the 42, 43, 142 or 143 buses from Piccadilly Gardens and getting off 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

Arriving by train

It is very easy to get to Manchester by train and it is worth noting that there are three train 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 near Piccadilly Gardens. It takes about 30 minutes to arrive at the venue from Piccadilly train station 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 a 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 from the airport, alight from the 43 bus 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 via coach services, such as Terravision, or via train.

If you have any questions about getting here, send us an email at mfilconf (at) gmail (dot) com. We are happy to help.

Moving about in Manchester

The best way to move about in Manchester is often by bus. Oxford Road, which runs by 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 cheaper fare (£2). Stagecoach dayrider tickets for £4.80, or magic dayrider tickets for £4, are also available.

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.


On-campus accommodation is not provided. While plenty of off-campus accommodation is available, it is strongly advised that you promptly secure your stay once you decide to attend the conference, as prices can rise if bookings are not made in advance.


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


If you are 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.