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Pre-arrival information

Once you have been accepted onto the Study Abroad Programme we will send you a pre-arrival document. You will receive it a few weeks before you depart for Manchester, providing you with essential University information on important dates, insurance, banking, working, registration, courses and more. In the meantime, this page gives you some general information on preparing for your arrival in the UK.


The points-based system (PBS) affects international students from outside the EEA/EU who are applying for a student visa to come to the UK, or those who are already studying in the UK and applying for a new course.

  • The visa process and the points-based system for immigration

If you are unable to find the information you need, please email the International Advice Team at Please note that the International Programmes Office cannot give any immigration or visa advice directly.

Arrival and orientation

You should ensure that you arrive in Manchester in time for the start of the University's compulsory  International Orientation Programme. You will need to book your place in advance of your arrival.

  • More information about the Orientation Programme

The University's Arrival Guide also contains lots of useful information to help you prepare for your time in Manchester.

What to bring with you

Travel light! Remember that you will need to get your luggage through the airport, on and off a bus or train, from the bus stop to your accommodation and possibly up the stairs at your residence. Remember that the weather in Manchester can be changeable, so make sure you have a jacket to hand for your arrival. Don't forget to label your luggage inside and out with your name and address, and attach a distinctive ribbon or strap to it so that nobody else mistakes it for theirs at the airport carousel.

Make sure you have all relevant documentation in your hand luggage, as well as the full address and telephone number of your residence in Manchester. Make a copy of your passport, driving licence, prescriptions etc and keep them in your hand luggage. Leave a copy with your family at home too. Pack any prescription medications in your hand luggage.

You can purchase a bedding pack when you arrive at your residence, so there is no need to bring bedding over in your luggage. Most students will already have a cellphone but may find it cheaper to purchase a 'pay as you go' phone when you arrive in Manchester, rather than bringing a non-UK phone.

Do not carry large quantities of cash, but make sure you have enough local currency (pounds sterling) to pay for your transportation from the airport on to your residence. Speak to your bank before you leave to check whether it has any partnerships with UK banks. This may allow you to withdraw money from your current account using your debit card, without incurring transaction fees.


Students who are staying in the UK for more than six months will be covered for medical treatment under the National Health Service (NHS). Non-EU students staying for less than six months are not covered by the NHS and must make sure they have adequate health insurance. All students should ensure they have travel insurance in place.

Getting to Manchester and the University

The University runs a Travelling to Manchester service on designated days during the September Orientation Programme, but if you are arriving outside these dates/times, or if you are not arriving via the airport, you may wish to check out the following sites for information about your onward journey:

If you are arriving in the UK before your university accommodation contract starts, you may wish to check out alternative accommodation in the city.

What's on in the city

There's always lots going on in Manchester! Check out the Visit Manchester website to see what's happening in the city when you've arrived: