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.

Safety guidelines on campus

If you're visiting or arriving on campus over the summer, we've adopted some continuing safety guidelines until 31 August – we strongly encourage everyone on campus to follow these. 

We expect that there will be no restrictions on campus from Wednesday, 1 September – but we won't be able to confirm this until Thursday, 19 August. We'll keep you updated as we confirm whether there will still be any safety guidelines in place when you arrive. 

We're planning carefully for the new academic year. This includes making plans for any government restrictions that may be imposed in the future, so we can quickly change our ways of working if required.

Health and wellbeing

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, which will then give you access to a range of medical services. You can find your nearest GP surgery and complete registration online. We also have some helpful advice on UK healthcare

Student support services

Our student support pages outline all the help we have to support your wellbeing  including our Counselling Service and online resources. 

Starting university

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.

What to do if you have COVID symptoms

You must self-isolate immediately following UK government guidelines if: 

  • you, or someone you have had recent contact with, has any COVID-19 symptoms;
  • you’ve tested positive for COVID-19;
  • you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app (you should download and activate this before arriving in Manchester). 

Our self-isolation guidance for students has all the information you need  including how to notify the University that you’re self-isolating, and what support is available. 

You should also immediately get a COVID-19 PCR test. When you receive the results of your test, this will include guidance on what to do next.

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.