Nicholls Campus

Central Manchester


Nicholls Campus
Hyde Road Ardwick
Manchester M12 6BA

Nicholls Campus offers courses for school leavers, adults and university level students. Subject areas include business, care, IT, nursing and medical sciences. The campus is home to the Arden School of Theatre, offering professional training in the performing arts as part of The Manchester College. The campus also hosts courses in skills for life and independent living for students with learning difficulties.

Nicholls Campus is a specialist centre for sport. It’s home to the Nicholls Community Football Centre of Excellence and the college’s Sports Academies in football, rugby and basketball.

Facilities at Nicholls Campus include:

  • full size grass football pitch
  • synthetic five-a-side pitches
  • sports hall
  • fitness suite
  • IT suites
  • science labs
  • library resources centre (LRC)
  • canteen
  • a student common room with pool tables, table tennis, CD player and quiet seated area

Local area

Ardwick is close to Manchester’s city centre and the city's universities. Nicholls Campus includes an impressive Grade II listed building with its own gardens. There’s a small park within walking distance of the campus and a green space across the road.

The nearby Manchester Apollo is a 3,500 capacity live music venue. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are five minutes away by car. There are a post office, supermarket and other shops nearby. The campus is on a main bus route from the city centre and is close to Ardwick train station.

Did you know?

Lancashire Eccles Cakes are made near Nicholls Campus.

Bus routes to Nicholls Campus include:

192, 201, 203, 204, 205, 206.


Ardwick train station is close to the campus.


Nicholls Campus has two car parks (one at the front and one at the back) accessible from Ford Street. The football centre has its own car park (accessible from Dolphin Street).

Opening times

Monday to Wednesday: 8.30am-5.00pm
Reception open: 8.30am-6.30pm

Thursday: 8.30am-5.00pm
Reception open: 8.30am-5.00pm

Friday: 8.30am-5.00pm
Reception open: 8.30am-4.30pm

Accessibility of college sites

Detailed information about the accessibility of the college's sites and facilities is provided by DisabledGo, an organisation that specialises in producing online access guides to venues.