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What to expect when you arrive at your accommodation

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We’re looking forward to welcoming you to campus, and if you’re joining us in Manchester, your new home. Our accommodation teams have been working really hard to make sure we’re ready for your arrival. We want you to have a great experience, but just as importantly we want to keep you safe and help you keep others safe. This does mean things might look a bit different this year and there are a few additional things you’ll need to know and do.

Book your arrival

If you haven’t received it already, you’ll shortly be sent your e-induction, and as part of this you’ll be asked to book an arrival slot. Please make sure your travel arrangements work with the time you choose and that you stick to that time.

If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 when you are due to arrive please do not travel to Manchester. You should self-isolate in accordance with UK guidance and only arrive when it is safe for you to do so.

Know where to collect your key

You can double check where you’ll need to collect your key here, and as part of your e-induction you’ll need to print off your key release form. Please remember to bring this and the ID mentioned. Wherever possible we’ll be issuing keys outdoors, but if you have to go indoors please go alone and follow all safety signage. Your keys will have been bagged up and not touched by anyone for at least 72 hours prior to your arrival.

Moving-in helpers

We know that this is a big day for you and your friends and family, but this year we need to restrict how many people are accessing accommodation. This means only one person can help you move in. They can help you move your belongings into your room but must not enter communal areas (such as the kitchen) or the bathroom if it’s shared.

If your friends or family are planning on staying in Manchester, the University has a discounted rate at the Hyatt Regency on Oxford Road. Visit this website to book a room at the discounted rate.

Follow the signs

We’ve looked carefully at how to manage the flow of people through our buildings, please help us by following the signs. Access to lifts might be restricted, so please just be patient. We’re also asking that you and your helper wear masks during move in.

It might seem like a lot of things to take notice of, but please rest assured we’ll be on hand to help – and not just that weekend. Your Res Life team will be available all year to support you, help you settle in, stay safe and have a great experience.

If you haven’t already, you might want to connect with other students moving in and so we’ve set up Facebook groups just for that.

Find out everything you need to know about your arrival and first few weeks here and take a look at our video explaining what we’re doing in halls to keep you safe. If you are required to quarantine on your arrival into the country, you must book your accommodation in advance – please see the accommodation pages for all the information you need.

Other accommodation and travel

If you are moving into non-university managed accommodation, please make sure you check with your halls or landlord for any new requirements that might be in place. If you need further advice please contact Manchester Student Homes. You can email them via

If you are commuting to campus once semester starts please follow all the latest guidance. Transport for Great Manchester has published extensive guidance for people who need to use public transport. Some companies such as Stagecoach have apps which indicate busy services.

Happy packing, safe travels and we’ll see you soon!

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