Comedian Peter Kay and influencer Molly-Mae Hague have made the top 10 of the celebrity flatmates that Mancunians would most want to live with, according to a survey of 1,000 people currently living in Manchester.
Peter Kay came top, while Molly-Mae (8th) beat her partner Tommy Fury (10th) in the poll.
Manchester United star Marcus Rashford and teammate Cristiano Ronaldo were the top footballers in third and fifth respectively, while City forwards Jack Grealish and Phil Foden came ninth and eighteenth.
Actors Michelle Keegan (2nd) and Jason Manford (4th) were among the local faces most popular in the survey commissioned by Get Living, the neighbourhood operator, which has just launched 500 more new homes for rent at New Maker Yards, Middlewood Locks, M5.
The rest of the top 20 included Gemma Atkinson (6th), Kym Marsh (7th), Noel Gallagher (11th), Ryan Thomas (12th), Olivia Attwood (13th), Maura Higgins (14th), Pep Guardiola (15th), Raheem Sterling (16th), Jorgie Porter (17th), Coleen Rooney (19th) and Claire Foy (20th).
The survey comes as New Maker Yards gets ready to host a new immersive play by Manchester’s award-winning Hope Mill Theatre about friendship and community.
Titled ‘Mates,’ play-goers are immersed the lives of three characters living at 114 New Maker Yards. The performance takes place over three apartments, in the new phase of homes which have just launched this autumn.
Looking at what makes for an ideal flatmate, the poll also revealed that people who can work from home without making a racket, give you some of their leftover takeaway, and don’t mind throwing a house party are among the traits people in the city look for when choosing who they live with.
Other top traits include being older than 32 and taller than six feet, a Manchester United fan, not flashy with their stuff, and a dog person.
Elsewhere in the poll, three quarters (75%) said Manchester was friendlier than any other city, with 138,935 Mancunians claiming they never want to move out of the city.
The top three most popular neighbourhoods in Manchester include the Northern Quarter, Spinningfields and Salford, the latter of which are within a 10 minute walk of New Maker Yards.
Furthermore, almost a third (31%) thought the city’s best feature was the fact there’s so much going on despite it being less expensive than London.
Commenting on the results of the survey, Tom Gatzen, co-founder at ideal flatmate, said: “When it comes to what people look for in a flatmate, this survey showed that in Manchester, it is all about having a great time and living with people you can build a friendship with outside the barriers of a standard flatmate relationship.
“It is clear the people of Manchester value social qualities and spending time with people that can make them laugh and bond with over the same taste in TV programmes, all while eating a home-made meal.
“That said, my advice would be to ensure that you live with people you can see yourself spending time with rather than just passing each other in the corridor.”
Alongside launching a further 500 fully-furnished new homes to rent at New Maker Yards, Get Living has opened an additional amenity space for residents to use for co-working: The Lock. The Lock is also home to 92Degrees’ second coffee shop in the city.
“Since launching our first homes two years ago, we’ve loved seeing the sense of community at New Maker Yards’ get stronger and stronger,” said Kim Quickfall, general manager of New Maker Yards at Get Living.
“Our residents here are always up for a good time – whether it’s pet owners getting involved in ‘drag race’-style competition for their dogs, having a wine and a natter at book club, taking part in free fitness classes, or simply seeing familiar faces in the co-working spaces, there’s always something going for meeting new people and building connections.
“Our homes are perfect for sharing with friends old and new, and we’ve partnered with ideal flatmate to help potential residents find someone who shares their interests.”
Homes are available to rent now at New Maker Yards, starting from £940 per month for a one bedroom apartment, £1,190 pm for a two bed and £1,695 pm for a three bed.
Renting with Get Living means flexible tenancies with no fees and no deposits (subject to referencing and terms and conditions). Homes come ready with superfast WiFi included and pets live free.