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Welcome to Manchester: here’s everything you need to become a student

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We can’t wait for you to join us and begin your studies in just a few short weeks. We know you’re going to have wonderful experiences, achieve ambitions and explore everything our University and city has to offer; and we’ll be here to support you every step of the way.

What happens now?

You will not be able to register fully until you receive an email from us inviting you to do so in early September, however there are a few processes you need to complete ahead of this:

  • Set up your IT account: If you haven’t already, you will shortly receive an email about this and it’s important to complete it as soon as possible to enable you to fully register and complete all the checks that you need to. As part of the IT account activation process you will be prompted to set up 2-factor authentication from Duo. This is an additional layer of security that prompts you to verify your identity when you log in to certain University systems.
  • Complete your Right to Study check.  All applicants or offer holders need to complete this check regardless of their nationality.  You will receive an email with a link to the form in My Manchester when it is time to complete the check, please make sure you do it as soon as you can
  • Complete your Criminal Conviction Declaration.  All applicants or offer holders, except those who are required to complete a DBS check for their course, need to complete this declaration. If you haven’t already access and complete the form in  My Manchester as soon as possible, 

Now is also a good time to revisit your Get Ready Guide to make sure you’ve done all the important things you need to do in terms of your accommodation and any travel and visa arrangements.

International students

If you’re an international student, here is a reminder of some of the things you need to know or you’ll need to do:

Check your visa documents: It’s important that you have applied for your visa and know where you will collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). When you are applying for a visa, we strongly recommend you choose the University as the place where you will pick up your BRP card, using the collection code 2HE372. Once your card arrives at student services we’ll email you with collection arrangements.

Check whether you need ATAS clearance: The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) requires that students studying certain subject areas at MEng/MPhys/MSci undergraduate level, master’s or PhD level obtain ATAS clearance. The scheme is managed by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)  and if your course requires one, it is your responsibility to apply for one.

Travel arrangements: We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Manchester and have lots of information and advice on travel arrangements, including our Airport Support Service which will run from 13-18 September 2022.


We know that there is a lot to think about as you prepare to start University; from what to pack, to understanding your studies and making friends. Try not to worry, you’re not expected to know everything and it will take time to find your way – but you will, and we’ll be here to guide you.

Stay connected by following the University on our official social media channels (links below) and by regularly checking your inbox for further emails.

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