Health, wellbeing and safety

As the UK government gradually lifts COVID-19 restrictions and we welcome more staff and students back to campus, our top priority is keeping everyone as safe as possible.

Last updated: Thursday, 24 February 2022

While student life is exciting and fun, we know it can also be challenging. At Manchester we take the health, wellbeing and safety of our students seriously and offer you the encouragement and support you need to stay happy and healthy at university.

Register with a GP

GP (General Practitioner) is what we call local or family doctors in the UK. You can register as soon as you know your Manchester address, to get access to a range of medical services. Find out how to register with a GP.

Travelling from outside the UK

If you're travelling from outside the UK you'll be required to follow quarantine procedures, which vary according to which country you're arriving from. We have financial and other support in place to help students arriving from abroad - find out more about quarantine requirements and support.


Our student support pages outline all the help we have to support your wellbeing – including our Counselling Service and online resources. This online module covers some of the challenges you might face when you first come to university, and resources to help you cope with them.

Travelling around Manchester

For such a major city, Manchester is surprisingly simple to get around. The city centre is accessible on foot from our campus, or you can use the cycle lanes and travel around quickly by bike.

  • Walking and cycling: There is a convenient walking and cycling link between our Oxford Road campus and Fallowfield, with cycle lanes that are separated from motor vehicles. Bike stands are available around campus. If you want to start cycling, support and training is available from both our University and Transport for Greater Manchester.
  • Bus: The Stagecoach/Magic Bus app can help you plan your bus journeys within Manchester. It shows you the live location of buses, as well as how busy they are.

SafeZone app - stay safe on campus

Our mobile app SafeZone is designed to give you extra peace of mind when you're on campus or in University accommodation. The app is free to download, easy to use, and connects you with our campus security team at the touch of a button if you are in an immediate emergency or require first aid. Find out more about SafeZone.

COVID-19 safety, vaccination and testing

We’re adjusting our COVID-19 guidance in line with the latest government recommendations and updated information will be published as soon as possible. For the latest advice, please use the UK government’s coronavirus information.

We will continue to move forward with caution to protect ourselves, each other, and the most vulnerable in our society.

  • We strongly recommend everyone wears a face covering while moving around indoors on campus. We expect that you will wear face coverings in lecture theatres and large teaching spaces, and they may be required in other areas – this will be indicated by clear signage. This recommendation will be reviewed in the week beginning 21 February.
  • Social distancing is no longer legally required, however please continue to follow any safety signage and guidance you receive from staff, both in teaching settings and elsewhere around campus.
  • Wash hands and use hand sanitiser regularly. Sanitiser dispensers are still available at key points around campus.

In addition, we encourage you to: 

  • Get vaccinated if you can: A recent student survey told us that 95% of students are already either fully or partially vaccinated, but if you’re still looking to get your first or second jab we can support you.
  • Get tested twice a week (even if you have no symptoms): If you have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive, you’re legally required to self-isolate. Find out more in our self-isolation guidance for students.


Do I need to have the COVID-19 vaccine before I come to campus?

No, you do not have to be vaccinated to return to campus. We strongly encourage all students to have one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine before arriving in Manchester, but you can also get vaccinated after you arrive at one of the regular walk-in vaccination clinics near campus. Find out how to get vaccinated

How do I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Everyone in the UK aged 16 and over is eligible to receive the vaccine for free – this includes EU and international students.

There are a few different ways to get vaccinated, find out more on our vaccination and testing page.

How can I prove my vaccination status?

UK students

  • You may be asked to show your COVID-19 vaccination status at some places in England as a condition of entry to a venue or events and when travelling abroad.
  • Find out more about the NHS COVID Pass and how to get one (currently only available to those vaccinated in the UK).

International students

  • If you have been fully or partially vaccinated against COVID-19 outside the UK, make sure you have registered with a GP (General Practitioner) in the UK where you can book an appointment and seek advice on the best course of action relating to your current vaccination status and if a booster is required. You can also attend any of the pop-up and vaccination centres

When should I self-isolate?

If you're living or studying on campus and you get COVID symptoms or test positive for the virus, you must follow the instructions on our COVID student safety page. This includes immediately notifying the University and self-isolating.

Support is available to all students who are self-isolating – for further information see our self-isolation guidance for students.