Register as a student (new and returning)

Registering online is a crucial part of becoming a student at Manchester.

We have registration starts throughout the year and recommend getting this done as close as possible to your planned start date.

To begin the process, go to My Manchester, the University's student portal, and follow the instructions to confirm your attendance and complete registration online below. You'll need your central username and password which you were given when you activated your IT account.

Confirm your attendance

Once you have your IT Account you need to confirm you'll be joining the course and 'confirm your attendance'. 

To confirm your attendance in My Manchester, go to 'Tools' in the top right-hand corner, select 'Student System' from the drop-down menu and click on 'Student Centre'.

You will be asked to accept or decline your place at University. Click 'Accept' or 'Decline'. 

Scroll down to the 'Admissions' section and click 'Confirm Attendance/ Withdraw'. 

Once completed you will have full access to the My Manchester student portal and you can complete registration. 

Please wait 24 hours after confirming your attendance to register. 

Complete your registration

Registering online is a crucial part of becoming a student here at Manchester. It's an online process that requires you to confirm your personal details, check course information, and pay – or make arrangements to pay – your tuition fees. 

What do I need?

  • Your IT account username and password (the one you set up when you activated your IT account).
  • Personal details and contact details.
  • Your term time address – you may need to confirm where you’re living before you complete this. This is the address where you’ll be studying from in the first term, for some of you that will be your student accommodation address. If you’re studying online then it will be your home address.
  • Your course details.

How do I do it?

  • Go to and login with your new IT account details.
  • Go to the ‘Registration’ tab and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • If you don't see the 'Registration' tab in My Manchester, go to 'Tools' in the top right-hand corner, select 'Student System' from the drop-down menu, click on 'Student Centre' and then 'Register'. 
  • You have ten sections to complete. At the end of each step, a green 'completed' tick will appear. To go back to a previous section, simply click on the step you want to return to; do not use the back button on your browser.

You'll need to fill in all ten sections to complete your registration, but don't worry, you can come back to it at any time if you need to. 

Upload your student photo

You must upload a photograph in My Manchester before you arrive in Manchester so that your student card can be prepared ready for when you get here. There are some restrictions on the size and style of your photograph.

Once you arrive in Manchester you'll be able to collect your student card.

Students’ Union membership

Once you've completed registration you’ll automatically become a member of the Students' Union. We encourage you to get involved fully with the Union's activities.

Under the Education Act 1994, you may choose to opt-out of your membership of the Students' Union during the first ten days following registration. Your decision to opt-out will affect the remainder of that academic year.

Non-members will be able to use the services of the Students' Union, such as the advice service, but you won’t be able to take part in Union affairs, including voting in Union elections, or become a committee member of a society. If you wish to opt-out of membership, you should inform the General Secretary of the Students' Union in writing no later than ten days after you register.

Please note that the Students' Union is an independent body but has strong links to the University. How we are linked is defined in our Code of Practice.

Confirmation of Attendance Letters

Students who have completed the 10 steps of registration will be automatically sent an e-mail to their University e-mail address with a confirmation of attendance letter as an attachment. You should expect to receive the letter within a week of completing registration. 

This letter can be used for a number of purposes, including supporting an application for council tax exemption and proving you are a student to your landlord. 

Bank Letters 

EU and international full-time students will also automatically be sent a Bank Letter to their University email address after they have completed the first nine steps of registration. This letter can be used to support an application to open a UK bank account in advance of completing registration.

To meet UK bank requirements the letter must include your home country address and your Manchester address in full, including your flat and room number where appropriate, so you must check that your address details are correct on MyManchester. 

Schengen Visa Letters 

If you require a letter to apply for a Schengen visa, you should email from your University e-mail address and tell us the name of the country that you will visit in the e-mail as this information may be required in your letter. 

You must make sure that your home country address and your Manchester address is up to date in MyManchester as both of these addresses will appear in your letter.