Unfortunately, I can't speak on behalf of the other unis you have mentioned, but I can give you some insight into being a student in Manchester based on my own experiences. Student life in Manchester so far has been great, there really is something for everyone. I quite enjoy a night out but also love a chilled night with my friends so I like to have a variety of places to go to when I'm not studying. There are so many different bars and clubs to go to in the different areas of Manchester. Fallowfield is a great area to go out in if you are conscious of your spending. If drinking isn't your thing, there are so many interesting restaurants to go to as well as museums, art galleries, nice parks etc.
Living in Manchester, like all cities, can be expensive if you fail to budget; as long as you are smart with your student loan, I would say living in Manchester is affordable.
My experience with accommodation at MMU in my first year was great! I stayed in Archway for my first year at uni and I thought the value for money was great. The building was modern, clean and felt very safe. This accommodation was less than a five-minute walk to the University. I now live in a student house as I am in my second year, this is definitely cheaper and I am still only about a 20-minute walk from campus.
Overall, I love Manchester and I couldn't imagine being a student anywhere else.
I hope this helps give you a feel for what it is like being a student in Manchester. Please don't hesitate to ask any other questions you may have, I'm happy to help 🙂
MMU Student Rep, Molly