We provide assistance for international students with their arrival in Manchester before departure and when they get here.
Find out more about the support we offer.
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 emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Orientation Facebook page
- Orientation Sina Weibo page (please note that we only update this site between August and September each year)
- Orientation updates on Twitter
Make sure to check out Natasha’s blog to follow the Orientation Team's preparations for your arrival in September.
We arrange 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.
Our 2014/15 Arrival Guide will give you lots of advice on planning your move to Manchester.
- 2014/15 Arrival Guide (PDF document, 4.1MB)
We offer a wide range of University-managed accommodation, while you can also rent 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.
We strongly advise you to get vaccinated against meningitis C and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) before arriving in Manchester.
Completing the online registration process confirms you as a member of the University, and entitles you to attend lectures and use University facilities.
Travelling to Manchester
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.
International students who are here for longer than six months are entitled to free health 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. Please note that this service runs 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.
Through the international student check-in service, we can help you with checking in at the University, collecting a bank letter, making an appointment with the police (if indicated on your visa) and with answering any IT-related questions you may have. You may also pay your tuition fees and collect your student card after fee payment.
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. We can help make this process quick and easy.
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 produced a leaflet on being safe in the city:
- Decisions Decisions leaflet (PDF document, 7.8MB)