Health, wellbeing and safety

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. To access a range of medical services, you can register as soon as you know your Manchester address, including at the on-campus Robert Darbishire GP Practice in Crawford House. Find out how to register with a GP.

Travelling from outside the UK

If you're travelling from outside the UK, we have financial and other support in place to help students arriving from abroad.


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 Support and 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

We’re adjusting our COVID-19 guidance in line with the latest government recommendations.  

We will continue to move forward with caution to protect ourselves, each other, and the most vulnerable in our society. For the latest advice, please refer to the UK government’s coronavirus information.


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

What should I do if I test positive?

If you receive a positive test result or have the symptoms of COVID-19, including a high temperature or persistent cough, try to stay in your accommodation and avoid seeing other people. You should try to remain home for the first five days and avoid seeing people at high risk from COVID-19 for up to 10 days.

If you live in University halls of residence, email ResLife or Accommodation at Manchester to let us know about a positive test result. This is so we can ensure that the right support is in place for you. If you need to report a positive result out of hours, please contact your Duty ResLife Advisor.

If you do need to leave your home, wear a face covering that fits snuggly over your nose and mouth. Keep washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water whenever you can, and use hand sanitizer when this isn’t possible.

Follow the NHS for the most up to date advice.