The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group. It offers an extremely broad range of subjects and expertise, and caters for 40,000 students, making it one of the largest single-site universities in the UK. Ranked in the UK's top 15 universities (Complete University Guide 2020), it scores well for research quality and graduate prospects.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

15,300 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • The university helps international students prepare for studying in Manchester by sending a step-by-step guide offering detailed advice. University staff also deliver pre-departure briefings, either in applicants' countries or via a webinar presentation, where students can ask specific questions or raise any concerns they may have.
  • In September, at the beginning of the academic year, the university runs a welcome service at Manchester Airport.
  • A comprehensive Orientation programme helps students with settling in during the first few days at university. Providing practical information on living and studying in Manchester, it's also an opportunity to meet other students. The programme runs alongside the main Welcome events at the university to ensure that international students receive plenty of support to integrate and make friends with UK students.

English Language Requirements

  • Evidence of English language proficiency is required for all courses at the university. Requirements vary depending on the programme of study; please refer to the university website course pages for details.
  • Registered students of the university are able to attend support classes in academic English free of charge.

Accommodation for International Students

  • All international students are guaranteed a place in university-owned accommodation for the duration of their studies, providing they are coming to university alone, and apply for accommodation by the deadline in the autumn they intend to start their course.
  • The university has a range of self-catered or catered, en-suite or shared facilities, with mixed or single-sex halls available, providing for around 8,000 places. Most residences are within 3 miles of the university campus; many are on the main bus route to the university and city centre, with frequent bus services.
  • Accommodation is at three locations: City, with facilities such as the libraries and Students' Union on the doorstep; Victoria Park, between City and Fallowfield and ideally placed for both academic and social activities; and Fallowfield, two miles south of the city centre – a popular suburb with a vibrant and diverse local community.
  • Undergraduate rooms are let on a 40, 41 or 42-week basis (from September through to June or July) and there is no need for students to vacate their room during the Christmas and Easter holidays. Costs vary depending on whether halls are catered or self-catered, standard or en-suite. Free Internet access is provided.
  • If students prefer not to live in a university hall, there is plenty of private accommodation for rent in and around the city. Manchester Student Homes is a university-owned and managed agency that can help students locate a property or a room in a shared house either before or upon arrival.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Ongoing Support

  • All international students have their own dedicated academic and personal advisers. They can access the full range of support offered by the Student Services Centre, including a team of advisers to assist with student immigration matters.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance