Whether you’re coming from just down the road, or have travelled thousands of miles, welcome to Manchester. There are plenty of fairs, events, workshops and ‘meet and mingles’ this Welcome to help you get settled in to University, meet new people, make new friends, and help you navigate your way around the University and city.
There’s lots happening during Welcome week, from school presentations to big fairs. Here are our top three recommendations for any student during Welcome:
1) Check out the Welcome fairs
There are three major fairs taking place on campus during Welcome.
The Students’ Union Freebie Fair will be running on Monday 16 – Tuesday 17 September in The Academy. For new students, you’ll be able to find out about life in Manchester, the student deals available from major brands, and let’s not forget – plenty of free stuff’s up for grabs!
The Start of Year Fair takes place on Tuesday 17 – Wednesday 18 September just outside University Place. This is where you can find out about all the services which the University provides, including health and welfare.
The Societies Fair is happening on Wednesday 18 – Thursday 19 September in The Academy. There are over 400 societies which the University has to offer, so it’s worth having a quick browse before going to the Fair so you have a chance to ask questions when you’re there! And it’s never too late to join a society for those returning students – give one a go!
2) Go along to other Welcome events
We have plenty of other events taking place across the University.
Want to find out more about the University you’ll be studying at? Why not join a secret campus hunt.
Or chill out after a busy day with Films@5 at the Students’ Union.
There are also events held by the International Society, including a traditional English afternoon tea, and live folk music. Check out their website for more information.
Take a look at our full calendar of Welcome events here.
3) Get all of the practical stuff out of the way
Before you begin your studies, you may as well get all of the annoying practical stuff out of the way!
You need to make sure you have registered for the 2019/20 academic year. Otherwise, you won’t be able to access any of our services.
New students also need to collect their student cards so you have access to facilities such as the Main Library and the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons.
There are also things you need to do outside the University. It’s really handy to be registered with a GP here in Manchester as, otherwise, you’ll have to trek all the way home for a GP appointment.
With some much happening, and so many people around Welcome might feel a bit daunting. If you need help or have a question look our for some of our friendly student ambassador’s in purple, or anyone with an ‘Ask Me’ badge, who will be happy to help. Remember lots of students are in the same situation and will be starting here too.
And don’t worry if you think you’ve missed out on something in Welcome week, there is plenty of time to join societies, sports teams, discover the city and meet new people. You don’t need to cram everything into one week!