Help and support

There’s so much to do and think about in your preparation for starting your studies.

We try to provide as much help and support as possible to make the process of becoming a student straightforward. If you find yourself confused or in need of some help then we're here for you. 

To help you get started, whether that’s during the registration process or once you've become a student, here's how you can get help and support.

Activate your IT account

To gain access to our systems, including email, your online learning and much more you'll need to activate your University IT account.

For best results, IT sign-up and registration should be completed using a computer, rather than a mobile phone or tablet. If you encounter an error, you can try using another web browser such as Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Apple Safari.

If you're unable to complete IT sign-up before you start your course, you can get help from the IT Support Centre, either by telephone on +44 (0) 161 306 5544 or the IT Guest Portal. If you receive an error message (referred to as a ‘halt code’) or if you have previously had an IT account at The University of Manchester, please mention this (and your date of birth) when you get in touch.

Telephone support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on +44 (0)161 306 5544.

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This is a crucial part of becoming a student. You'll receive an email notification to register and it's important to do this before you start your studies.

For any registration queries, please contact the Student Service and Registration Helpline on +44 (0)161 275 5000 between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. If you have any queries regarding your tuition fees, please contact the Student Finance Team via our online Student Services enquiry form.

Paying tuition fees

The payment of your tuition fees, or making an arrangement to pay your tuition fees, is an important final step in the completion of your registration. Visit our Pay Your Fees page for further information.

To pay your fees, please submit your query by completing the Student Services Enquiry form

If your account does not appear, or for any financial queries, you can let us know by submitting the Student Services Enquiry form.

Once you have completed this final step, you'll be fully registered for the year.

Student card collection

You'll be eligible to receive a student card once you've completed your registration and arrived in Manchester.

Once you've completed registration you'll receive an email inviting you to collect your student card from your Student Support Hub or Doctoral Academy.

University accommodation

If you need to speak with a member of the Accommodation Office team, you can email Further information can be found on the accommodation website.

Once you've arrived on campus, if you wish to speak to a member of accommodation staff you can email them to arrange an appointment.

Bank Letters

EU and international full-time students will be eligible to receive a Bank Letter once 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 My Manchester

To request this letter, complete the Student Services Enquiry Form.

Confirmation of Registration

Students who have completed the 10 steps of registration will be eligible to request a Confirmation of Registration letter. This letter can be used for a number of purposes, including supporting an application for council tax exemption and proving to your landlord that you're a student.

To request this letter, complete the Student Services Enquiry Form.

Right to Study

All students commencing a new course of study should have completed the Right to Study task as part of the admissions process.

If you have any questions regarding immigration or need further support, please email

COVID-19 and self-isolation guidance for students

We understand that you may have questions if you or fellow students need to self-isolate. We have compiled advice and will update this in line with national and local guidance.

Disability Advisory and Support Services (DASS)

We provide support for students with disabilities, including those with specific learning difficulties, mental health and medical conditions. If you want to speak to someone on the team, you can email

For more information about the service and support available, you can visit the DASS website

For directions on how to find DASS at Manchester, check out out helpful video.

Student finance

For the latest information, please visit our dedicated finance and funding pages.

This information covers paying your fees, setting up a bank account and postgraduate funding.

Finance preparation

By now you will hopefully be aware of the financial support packages we have in place to help eligible students. There is no application process for the bursaries that you may be eligible for; so long as you completed your Student Finance Support application by 26 May, funding will be guaranteed to be in place at the start of term. If you didn’t manage to get your application in by this deadline, please do so as soon as possible. While it can’t be guaranteed funding will be in place by September, the sooner you complete the application the better.

If you’re worried about how you are going to manage your finances at university we’ve put together advice on budgeting and cost of living in Manchester to help you prepare.

Students' Union and societies

The University of Manchester’s Students’ Union is run by students, for students. It will provide you with the space, resources and support to make the most of your time at Manchester.

Tailored support for specific communities

We recognise that some student groups will need specific support during their time at university. You may belong to one or multiple groups and we’re here to ensure that you can access the help you need. To see if you identify as belonging to one of these communities please see our Student Support website page to find out what extra help may be available to you.

Student Support Hubs and Student Services

The Student Support Hubs are a great source of advice and support within your School or Faculty. Watch our 'What is a Student Support Hub?' video.

Centrally, Student Services is open Monday to Thursday, 9am-5pm and Friday, 10am-5pm. Find out more on the Student Support website.  

If you have a query about immigration, please email

University services A-Z

To help you get started, whether that’s before you arrive on campus or once you're here, we have put together an A-Z list of services that can support you during your university life. This list may be helpful should you have a particular query or issue but are unsure who can best help you.