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Pre-arrival

Once you have been accepted on to 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 let us help you get a head start with your preparations.

Immigration

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.

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

Arrival and orientation

We offer a comprehensive programme of orientation events to help international students settle in following their arrival in Manchester.

Our next orientation programme will run from Sunday, 21 January until Friday, 26 January 2018. A full programme of events is available here.

Our orientation programme offers practical advice about starting your life and studies at the University, alongside valuable information to introduce you to the city of Manchester. The Welcome social events offer fun and informal opportunities to meet other students and are especially useful for our new arrivals on study abroad, worldwide exchange or Erasmus+.

Student ambassadors are available to support you and answer any questions you may have.

If you have any queries or concerns about your arrival, please email us at orientation@manchester.ac.uk. Alternatively, please feel free to ask any questions you may have on our FacebookTwitter or Weibo pages.

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.

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.

Insurance

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.

Getting to Manchester and the University

We run 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:

What's on in the city

There's always a lot going on in Manchester. Find out more about what the city has to offer: