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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
As more students and staff start to arrive on campus for the new academic year, we encourage you to follow our safety guidelines – this will help us protect each other and reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 on campus. Enhanced cleaning is still in place and we're ensuring all ventilation systems work effectively.
Remember - hands, face, space:
- Wash hands and use hand sanitiser regularly. Sanitiser dispensers will be available at key points around campus.
- 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. Face coverings will be available in all teaching spaces and other locations around campus.
- 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.
In addition, we encourage you to:
- Get vaccinated if you can.
- Get tested twice a week (even if you have no symptoms) – testing kits will be available from catering outlets on campus as they reopen. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive, you're legally required to self-isolate and not come to campus for ten days. Find out more in our self-isolation guidance for students.
We encourage all staff and students to continue wearing face coverings while indoors on campus, wash hands regularly and follow all safety signage and guidance they receive from staff.
We also encourage everyone on campus to get regular COVID tests and get vaccinated.
No, you do not have to be vaccinated to return to campus.
However, we strongly encourage all students (if possible) to have one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine before arriving to Manchester, or as soon as possible after you come.
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.
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.
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.
University is exciting, but we know it can be challenging too. This module will help you start to think about some of the things you might encounter, and resources to help you.
Six ways to wellbeing
When it comes to your wellbeing, a small action can make a big difference.
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