Manchester’s local council and Mayoral elections are happening on 6 May 2021.
As a student in Manchester, you’re a really important part of the Mancunian community and you should have your say in how your city is run. Local government make decisions that can have a massive impact on your experience in Manchester: from public transport, to night-time safety to wellbeing support, this is your chance to elect the candidates that represent your interests and the issues you're passionate about.
Check out our FAQs below to find out more about the election.
*Manchester has 10 boroughs, split into 32 wards, each with three councillors. You elect local councillors, who then elect members of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
You will be electing the Mayor for Greater Manchester.
Local councillor candidates:
You will be electing three councillors in your ward.
The Mayor and local councillors make important decisions about the services you use every day, from housing and transport to healthcare and education. As a student in Manchester, you’re an important part of the community and having your say in the election will ensure your local authorities represent you and the issues you care about. Take time to research the candidates in your area so you can make your vote count!
It takes just 5 minutes to register to vote – so make sure you do it!
You must register to vote by 20 April. (registration closes at 11:59pm on 19 April).
Yes, you can! You can be registered at both your university and term-time address at the same time. If you’re not sure where you’re registered to vote, register again as you can always register in two places!
If you're not physically in Manchester but have a student address in Manchester, you can still register with your student address and apply for a postal vote to vote in Manchester elections - you can have your ballot paper sent to any address!
You can register to vote if you're citizen of the UK, EU or Commonwealth, British Overseas Territories, Isle of Man or Channel Islands. The full list is here.
If you have to self-isolate on 6 May, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote and send someone else to vote on your behalf. Find out more here.