Orientation Events


Orientation is organised especially for non-UK students coming to Manchester. It begins on Friday 14 September, and consists of a range of presentations and workshops to prepare you for studying in the UK.

All Orientation events are free of charge. Although there is no need to book, it would be very helpful if you could let us know your preferences here so that we can plan properly for your arrival!

Take a look at all of the Welcome presentations and workshops here:  

Presented by staff from across the University, these sessions cover essential information relevant to all new international and EU/EEA students.

Although not complusory, we strongly recommend you attend one of these sessions as they'll be invaluable to helping you settle in! Each sessions will cover the same content, so there's no need to attend more than one Welcome presentation.

There are four sessions to choose from:

  • Friday 14 September, 11am
  • Friday 14 September, 2pm
  • Sunday 16 September, 10am
  • Sunday 16 September, 2pm

Please arrive between 30 and 15 mintues early so we can start on time. All presentations take place in University Place. 

These workshops are not compulsory, but are very useful and come highly recommended - choose which ones suit your interests, and plan your activities. 

Some of the workshops will run more than once during the week, for your convenience. 

Banking and Life in the UK (Chinese students only), Saturday 15 September, 3pm, University Place. This session will be delivered in Mandarin by staff from the Bank of China (UK).

English language support, Friday 14 September, 12pm, University Place/Sunday 16 September, 3pm, University Place. Find out how the University can help you improve your English and academic skills during your studies. (This sessions is aimed at non-native speakers of English)

Getting involved in your Students' Union, Friday 14 September, 12pm, University Place/Sunday 16 September, 3pm, University Place. Discover how you can get involved with activities and societies, in student activism, and how the student representative system operates.

Healthcare in the UK, Friday 14 September, 4pm, University Place/Sunday 16 September, 10am, Kilburn Building. Staff from the University's Occupational Health Service will explain how the UK National Health Service (NHS) works, how to register with a doctor, where to buy medicines and how to access emergency care.

Inclusive Manchester, Friday 14 September, 12pm, University Place/Sunday 16 September, 10am, University Place. An opportunity to reflect on your own approach to different cultures and to find out about the positive steps that the University is taking to achieve equality for all.

Introducing peer support, Friday 14 September, 1pm, University Place/Sunday 16 September, 12pm, University Place. An introduction to the benefits of working with your peers to create a supportive learning community.

IT on campus, Friday 14 September, 3pm, Kilburn Building/ Sunday 16 September, 1pm, Kilburn Building. Staff from the University's IT Division will introduce you to the IT provision and support at the University, with advice on security and social media.

Living in private accommodation, Friday 14 September, 2pm, University Place/Sunday 16 September, 12pm, University Place. Colleagues from Manchester Student Homes will offer advice and support on finding and securing a private rental. (This session is aimed at students who will not be living in University accommodation)

Meet HOST UK, Sunday 16 September, 3pm, University Place. HOST UK arrange for you to spend time with a UK host in their own home. It’s a great way to experience British culture, see more of the UK and meet people away from university life.

Money and banking, Friday 14 September, 2pm, Kilburn Building/Sunday 16 September, 1pm, University Place. Come along and receive information on cost of living, UK banking, how to open a bank account and managing your money.

Presentation by the Chinese Consulate (Chinese students only), Saturday 15 September, 4.30pm, University Place. Representatives from the Chinese Consulate will welcome you to Manchester. You will also have the chance to meet current Chinese students from the University. The majority of this session will be delivered in Mandarin.

Reaching your academic goals, Friday 14 September, 12pm, Kilburn Building/Sunday 16 September, 11am, Kilburn Building. Staff from the My Learning Essentials Team will offer advice on academic matters, including teaching and assessment methods, avoiding malpractice, and learning facilities.

Staying Safe, Friday 14 September, 1pm, Kilburn Building/Sunday 16 September, 12pm, Kilburn Building. Colleagues from the University Security service and Greater Manchester Police will give you the information you need to help you protect your valuables and ensure that your time in Manchester is as safe as possible. You can also come and chat to these same colleagues at our Global Village Fete on Saturday 15 September between 10am and 3pm.

Successful start for postgraduate research students (PhD/MPhil), Sunday 16 September, 2pm, University Place. A member of academic staff and a current PhD researcher will lead a discussion on what it means to be a postgraduate researcher at The University of Manchester.(This session is aimed at all new PhD and MPhil students.)

Successful start for postgraduate taught students (Masters and MRes), Sunday 16 September, 2pm, University Place. A member of academic staff will take you through the essentials of being a postgraduate taught student at The University of Manchester. (This session is aimed at all new Masters and MRes students.)

Successful start for undergraduate students, Sunday 16 September, 2pm, Kilburn Building. A colleague from Student Recruitment will give an overview and introduction to studying at degree level. (This session is aimed at all new undergraduate students.)

Thinking about your future, Friday 14 September, 4pm, University Place/Sunday 16 September, 3pm, University Place. Staff from the University's Careers Service will help you understand how the University can help secure a graduate job.

University Support Services, Friday 14 September, 3pm, University Place/Sunday 16 September, 11am, University Place. Staff from the Student Advice and Guidance Team will give you an overview of the Support Services available, and how you can get advice on a range of academic and non-academic matters.


On Saturday 15 September we will celebrate the diversity and talents of our students at our Global Village Fete, giving you a glimpse of everything we have to offer at the University. We'll have stands showcasing some of our national and faith societies, a stage area with music, dancing, singing, and performances of all kinds. Take tours of the campus and city led by our student ambassadors. Come along and bring your friends and family members, get something to eat at the market stalls, relax in our spacious marquee and prepare to be amazed by the skills and flair of our lovely students.