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On these pages you'll find everything you need to know about moving to Manchester.

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Orientation programme - January 2014

Our next Orientation Programme will be running from 20 to 24 January. By attending, you will find out about starting your life and studies at Manchester.  

The programme will give you practical advice and introduce you to the University and the city of Manchester. You will get the opportunity to meet other new students as well as students who have been here for some time.

You will find that some sessions are mandatory for students coming to us through one of our International Programmes Office schemes – ERASMUS, Study Abroad, Worldwide Exchange and Science Without Borders – and there are some events for which you will need to pick up a ticket in advance.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at Alternatively, please feel free to ask any questions you may have on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Connect with other students

You can find out about Orientation events, meet other new students and get advice from the Orientation Team by joining our Facebook and Sina Weibo pages, following Orientation on Twitter, or by emailing us at

Before you travel

The International Office arranges a range of pre-departure briefings in many cities around the world. The briefings cover topics ranging from the visa application process and academic life to accommodation and payment of fees, all aimed at helping our incoming international students.

If we are arranging a pre-departure briefings in your area and you hold an offer from us, we will contact you to invite you to the briefing.

British Council pre-departure briefings

If we are not organising a briefing in your country or city, or you are not able to attend, you might wish to book on one of the in-country briefings organised by the British Council or other external provider. These will not tell you specifically about Manchester but they will give you good general advice about coming to the UK and about living here.

Arrival Guide

Our 2014/15 Arrival Guide is now available. This guide will give you lots of advice on planning your move to Manchester. 


Have a look at our webpages to find out more about University accommodation and about renting in the private sector.


Having a UK bank account is essential for many of the services you may need during your stay in Manchester. There are some things you can do to prepare before you leave your home country.

Immigration and visas

You must make sure that you have fulfilled the necessary immigration requirements before leaving your country.

Recommended vaccinations

We strongly advise students to get vaccinated against meningitis C and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) before arriving in Manchester.

Online registration

Completing the online registration process confirms you as a member of the University and entitles you to attend lectures and use University facilities. 


If you are arriving at Manchester Airport you have a variety of options available to you when making your way to the University or your halls of residence.

We have also made a film about travelling from the airport which you may like to view when deciding how you would like to finish your journey. You can watch this video on our Facebook and Sina Weibo pages.  

Upon arrival

Health care

International students who are here for longer than six months are entitled to free heath care under the National Health Service. Find out more about registering with a doctor, emergency care and other health services.

International student check-in

International student check-in is a service we provide for our new international students. Here we are able to assist you with checking in to the University, collecting a bank letter, making an appointment with the police (if indicated to do so on your visa) and with answering any IT-related questions you may have. Here you are also able to pay your tuition fees and collect your student card after fee payment.

This service was run as part of September Orientation and Welcome, and has now closed. For any help with international check-in, fee payment or collecting a bank letter, please go to the Student Services Centre. 

September orientation

Our four-day Orientation Programme each September will help you settle into your new home quickly and is a great way to meet new friends before the start of term.

Registering with the police

Visitors to the UK from certain countries will be required to register with the local police. The University can help make this process quick and easy.

Staying safe

Manchester is a safe and welcoming city. But, like anywhere else, there are some simple things you can do to make sure you and your belongings stay safe and secure while you are living here.

Greater Manchester Police have also produced a leaflet on being safe in the city which you might wish to look at: