Coronavirus: Frequently asked questions

Find out the latest information and advice for current students on coronavirus and your studies at the University.

Last updated: 19 January 2021

The University is reflecting the advice from Universities UK, Public Health England, UKCISA and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. 

Safety on and off campus

When should I come back to campus for semester 2?

As of 4 January the UK Government has announced a national lockdown. This will be reviewed in mid-February, but will likely remain in place until the end of March. 

All our teaching and assessment will now be online, except for a few exempt courses. Some of these exemptions are described in our message last week and in government information.

Unless you are on an exempt programme, or you have specific personal circumstances, you should not return to University. If you stayed at University over the Christmas period or have already returned, you should stay on campus. Study areas and the library will remain open and we will continue to provide support.

How will campus be kept safe?

Feeling prepared and equipped at the present time inevitably brings thoughts of health and safety. Many of our academics are undertaking world-leading research on public health and our pandemic response protocols are founded on the latest science and expertise. We’re busy making our campus safe, putting appropriate social distancing and new cleaning measures in place.

When arriving on campus, you’ll notice the changes we’ve made to keep everyone safe. For example, our buildings will have clearly marked entry and exit points; we’ll be asking everyone to sanitise or clean their hands immediately on entry; and markings on floors, stairwells and doors will help maintain social distancing.

We are also requiring everyone on campus to download the NHS COVID-19 app and use the venue check-in at key locations around campus. The app is completely anonymous and has a number of tools to help protect people including contact tracing, local area alerts, a symptom checker and test booking. Read more about using the app on My Manchester News.

Read our detailed safety guidance here.

What should I do if I have concerns?

It’s important for everyone to follow the guidelines on campus to keep themselves and others safe. We have faith that all members of our University community will do the right thing. You can politely remind people of the guidelines if they aren’t following them. If you still have concerns, you can report these to our COVID-19 team via coronavirus-info@manchester.ac.uk.

Breaches of COVID-19 guidelines may be subject to University disciplinary action.

For any concerns or questions related to self-isolating in halls, please email coronavirus-isolation-support@manchester.ac.uk.

For general covid-related enquiries email coronavirus-info@manchester.ac.uk.

How can I keep safe off campus?

A diverse range of people live in the local area, some of whom may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. We must all make a commitment to protect the health and safety of the wider community. Read our guide to off-campus safety and being a good neighbour.

Once you’re here, you need to take action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You should follow UK government guidance at all times, including the additional restrictions currently in place in Greater Manchester.

What will happen if I break the rules currently in place in Manchester?

If you break the rules, for example by having a flat or house party, or meeting up inside bars or restaurants, with anyone outside your home, the police can take action against you, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices (fines) of up to £3,200.

Breaches of COVID-19 guidelines may also be subject to University disciplinary action. Serious cases could result in exclusion from the University.

How can I register with a GP (doctor)?

It has never been more important for all students to register with a GP. In the UK the term we use most often to describe a local or family doctor is ‘General Practitioner’, which we shorten to ‘GP’. Registering gives you access to a range of medical services, including tests for COVID-19. 

As soon as you know your Manchester address, register with a local GP, preferably before you arrive in Manchester.

Self-isolating

When should I self-isolate?

If you are 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.

What should I do if self-isolation (or another issue) affects my studies?

If issues relating to ill health, technology failure, or new care responsibilities prevent you from engaging with your studies for seven days or less, you should complete the student self-certification of absence form and send this to your School support team.

If these issues prevent you from engaging with your studies for more than seven days, and you believe that this will impact your ability to complete an assessment, you should submit a claim for mitigating circumstances to your School support team. You will need to provide supporting evidence of the issues you are experiencing.

Studying, teaching and assessments

How will I be assessed in Semester 1?

As of 4 January the UK Government has announced a national lockdown. This will be reviewed in mid-February, but will likely remain in place until the end of March. 

All our exams and assessments will now be online, except for a few exempt courses. Some of these exemptions are described in our message last week and in government information. Your programme team will let you know the arrangements for your assessments.

We want to ensure that our students are supported to succeed, despite the extraordinary events of this year. We are making a five-point Assessment Pledge to all our taught students - this outlines the additional measures that will be in place around exams and assessments, to reassure you that you will not be disadvantaged as a consequence of the pandemic.

What will teaching and learning in Semester 2 look like?

As of 4 January the UK Government has announced a national lockdown. This will be reviewed in mid-February, but will likely remain in place until the end of March.

All our teaching and assessment will now be online, except for a few exempt courses. Some of these exemptions are described in our message last week and in government information.

Unless you are on an exempt programme, or you have specific personal circumstances, you should not return to University. If you stayed at University over the Christmas period or have already returned, you should stay on campus. Study areas and the library will remain open and we will continue to provide support.

I have been vaccinated - will my lectures now be delivered in person?

We’re aware that our students and staff will likely receive COVID vaccines at different times in the coming months, as they may have access to different vaccination programmes (for example in their home country).

A mass vaccination programme has begun in the UK, but due to government prioritisation of vulnerable groups it is likely that most of our lecturers and students will not be vaccinated until the summer or autumn of 2021.

While many people are still unvaccinated, we must maintain a COVID-secure environment for everyone’s safety.

Can I study remotely in Semester 2?

You will have received information from your programme team on your study options for Semester 2.

If you are an international student graduating in summer 2021, be aware that choosing to study remotely may affect your ability to apply for a UK post-study work visa (if this is your intention). See the FAQ below for international students for further details.

Will I get a partial fee refund if I study remotely?

No – students will be charged the full published tuition fees whether studying on-campus or remotely in Semester 2. We’re committed to delivering the highest-quality learning and student experience. The current situation has brought forward our development of a blended, flexible learning model – we’re confident that you will be able to engage with your studies effectively, no matter the circumstances. See a breakdown of what the tuition fee is spent on.

If you're experiencing financial hardship, you can seek assistance from the University’s Living Cost Support Fund. This offers both small grants and loans, and is open to all University of Manchester students.

I’ve submitted a formal complaint – do I still need to pay my fees?

Yes – you must continue to pay your tuition fees by the published due date. Where a tuition fee payment remains outstanding beyond this date, an indicator will be applied to your student record. You will be notified of this via your University email account and asked to contact Credit Control to arrange payment. Until payment or a payment plan has been agreed you will be unable to re-register or graduate.

I am studying an online/blended learning course – have my term dates changed for 2020/21?

Most online and blended learning courses are maintaining their originally advertised and communicated term dates for the 2020/21 academic year. Should this change, your School will contact you directly.

I am having difficulties accessing online learning, what should I do?

If you are having difficulties accessing the University network, or need advice and support with accessing online services, you can email helpmegetonline@manchester.ac.uk for help with accessing online learning and assessments.

Alternatively, you can also call +44 (0) 161 306 5544 between 8am and 5pm weekdays. The out of hours telephone support service, on the same number, is available at all other times.

We have also updated our guides to accessing learning online.

How can I access library resources and return books?

Find out more about our University Library resources and how to access them on our library pages. You can return all Library books to the book return bin in the entrance of the Main Library. For further information on Library services see the Library FAQ.

I am having difficulties engaging with my studies – what should I do?

If illness, technology failure, new care responsibilities or other personal circumstances prevent you from engaging with your studies for seven days or less, you should complete the student self-certification of absence form and send this to your School support team.

If these circumstances last more than seven days, or impact your ability to complete an exam or assessment, you can either:

  • Request a seven-day automatic extension on a piece of coursework or an assignment, if this will help you (you may request this on up to two pieces of work this academic year).
  • Make a mitigating circumstances claim.

For further information, see the student support mitigating circumstances webpages.

University Halls of Residence

I can't return to my University accommodation due to lockdown, do I still have to pay rent?

If you live in University halls of residence and have not returned since the national lockdown announcement on 5 January, you will not pay any rent until the end of the current lockdown restrictions or the date that you return. 

We're also giving all students in our halls of residences a reduction for semester 1 (September 2020 – 31 January 2021) totalling 30%. This will be given whether you stayed in halls over the Christmas holiday period or not, and will be applied to your next payment taken.

This is part of our new accommodation pledge to students living in halls.

Can I break my accommodation agreement and give up my place in University Halls? If I do, can I return later?

If you live in University-owned accommodation, you can break your accommodation agreement, clear your room and hand back your keys once during term time in the 2020/21 academic year without financial penalty. If you want to return later in the academic year, we'll do our best to find you a place. This is part of our new accommodation pledge.

Where can I find information about arrival into Halls?

We know some students will be moving into their Halls for the first time in January, having studied remotely in Semester 1. We are currently making arrangements for these arrivals and will confirm the details shortly on our accommodation pages.

Where can I collect my keys?

If you arrive Monday to Friday 8am-6pm, you can collect your keys from the relevant Hall reception (listed below).

If you plan to arrive outside these hours please let us know in advance at accommodation@manchester.ac.uk. When you arrive, contact the on-duty ResLife Advisor for your hall - they will issue your keys.

Hall receptions:

Ashburne Hall, Oak House, Owens Park, Richmond Park, Sheavyn House, Unsworth Park, Woolton Hall - Fallowfield Campus Reception

Burkhardt House, Canterbury Court, Dalton Ellis Hall, Hulme Hall - Dalton Ellis Reception

George Kenyon, Horniman House, Whitworth Park - Whitworth Park Reception

Brook Hall - Brook Hall Reception

Denmark Road - Denmark Road Reception

Weston Hall - Weston Hall Reception

Wright Robinson - Wright Robinson Reception

 

What do I need to bring?

We provide each room with a bed, desk, chair, desk lamp, wardrobe, and chest of drawers.   We don’t provide any bedding or towels.  If you are in self-catered accommodation you also need to provide the items you will need for cooking.

If you don’t want to travel with lots of items, we partner with UniKit who can provide bespoke packs to suit your requirements and then deliver to your hall prior to arrival. 

More information and what to bring and UniKit is available here.

Will I be placed in a flat where fellow students have COVID-19?

We will not place newly-arriving students into households where there are confirmed COVID cases. This may mean an adjustment to your initial allocated room - we ask for your patience as we seek to support all our students and their various circumstances. If anyone in your 'household' of shared accommodation subsequently shows symptoms or is confirmed as positive for COVID-19, you will need to observe UK requirements for self-isolation - see the section of this page on self-isolation for further information.

What safety measures are in place in halls?

We ask that everyone in Halls adheres to all signage and maintains social distancing at all times. Watch our short video about the other measures we have in place in Halls.

If there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in my shared household can I move into different accommodation?

To avoid spreading the virus, we cannot relocate members of a household with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case. If there is a case within your household, all residents must self-isolate for 10-14 days as per current Government guidelines. Further information and support are available on our COVID student safety page and self-isolation guidance for students.

What does the contents insurance I get with my licence fee cover?

We provide cover for all students in University Halls through Endsleigh insurance. It’s important to confirm your cover so that you understand what is and what isn’t covered. To check the cover matches all your requirements please view the policy here.

Private accommodation

Below are frequently asked questions for students renting private accommodation.

Manchester Student Homes (MSH) is a department of the University that works with accommodation providers in and around Manchester. You can search on their website to find private accommodation that suits your needs. You can contact Manchester Student Homes at manchesterstudenthomes@manchester.ac.uk or on +44 (0)161 275 7680.

How do I find accommodation for next year?

Manchester Student Homes will be running their annual Accommodation Fairs virtually this year to allow you to meet accredited accommodation providers. To find out more visit their Accommodation Fair page or their Facebook page.

There are some things you should consider before speaking to landlords/ agents / private hall management teams:

  • How big is your group/ do you want your group to be
  • How much you want to spend per week
  • Do you want an en-suite room or a shared accommodation
  • How far are you willing to travel/ walk
  • Are you/ Is someone willing to manage your own bills? If not, a bills inclusive may be an option

 See top tips and a viewing checklist

I have signed a contract for a house/ apartment/ private hall room (for the 2020/2021 academic year), but I want to defer my move in date?

You have signed into a legally binding contract for a fixed period, you can speak to your accommodation provider to see if they will defer the contract. However, this would most likely mean that your contract would end at a later date.

I have signed a contract for a house/apartment/private hall room but I don't want it anymore. What do I do?

A tenancy agreement is a legally binding -contract and all tenants are obliged to its terms until the end of the fixed period. To avoid any contractual breaches there are a couple of things you should make sure to do. These are as follows:

  • Inform the other tenants (if you are on a shared agreement)
  • Inform your accommodation provider
  • Seek an alternative tenant by advertising on Manchester Student Homes’ Message Board and Manchester Student Homes’ Facebook page
  • Once an alternative tenant has been found, contact the accommodation provider and the tenants to arrange for a transfer of names to occur.
  • Ensure that your name had been removed from the tenancy.

The replacement tenant must be accepted by all parties (where applicable) involved in the contract. If a replacement tenant is not found you are still liable for the contractual obligations (including rent) of the tenancy.

You are welcome to post as many messages as you like and in more than one section of the Manchester Student Homes’ Message Board. In the message you should include as much detail as possible:

  • Whether it is a house or a Private Hall
  • The number of tenants the house/flat accommodates
  • How much the room is
  • Whether or not bills are included in the rent
  • Location of the property
  • Facilities
  • Distance from the University campus
  • Time it takes to get to the campus
  • Your contact number (if you prefer)

It will be beneficial for you to reply to existing posts where students are looking for accommodation.

How do I deal with my belongings that I have left in Manchester?

Tenants are legally protected by Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977. There is a legal duty on the accommodation provider to take reasonable care of the goods until they are returned to their owner, they also have a responsibility to protect and keep secure any belongings that have been left in a property. If an accommodation provider sells or disposes of the goods without taking the correct steps the tenant could advance a civil claim against them.

In scenarios where accommodation providers believe that belongings have been abandoned, with no intention from the tenant to collect them, they should ensure to receive express consent from the tenant before disposing of belongings. Accommodation providers should be able to demonstrate that several attempts were made to contact the tenant and a reasonable period of time had lapsed before disposing of the goods.

Tenants should liaise with their accommodation provider and housemates regarding plans for packing belongings in a reasonable time limit. This is also to ensure that there is enough space for tenants, and their family, to collect belongings whilst continuing to social distance. Please ensure that communications are detailed in writing and any telephone conversations are followed up with written confirmation (this should be standard practice for any dealing with your accommodation provider).

I have left Manchester and will not be returning. What does this mean for me?

Tenants who have been repatriated to their home country or do not intend to return to Manchester will need to seek assistance from their accommodation provider, housemates and/or friends in the city. Personal belongings should be organised, packed and shipped to the tenant’s overseas or UK address. It should be noted that although the accommodation provider is obliged to secure a tenant’s personal belongings, it is not for an extended period and there may be storage and ultimately removal costs involved. Tenants should liaise with their ‘packer’ and arrange for the shipper to collect packed items at a convenient time.

I need to ship my belongings, is there someone I can contact?

Student tenants that have gone home who may have left their possessions but can’t, or don’t wish to, return to Manchester to collect them before their tenancy ends, will need to arrange for it to be stored or collected. The University of Manchester has been working with Flexistore, the student storage partners, to provide a solution for students living in University Halls.

Flexistore are offering a packing and storage and/or shipping service. Student tenants can arrange for Flexistore to gain access to their private rented room to pack and then move their property either to the Flexistore storage facilities in Manchester or ship directly to their preferred address. Packing costs vary and it is best to contact them directly for a quotation – Storage and shipping charges will be variable. Insurance is usually included but can be topped up if necessary.

I am moving into my Student Accommodation in a few weeks, what should I do?

The Government advice for people moving into new properties is to take care and follow social distancing advice to minimise the possible spread of coronavirus.

If you are intending to take up residence in your new accommodation from the first day of your tenancy it would be really helpful to communicate with your landlord so they can make plans to prepare the property for you. In addition to this, if you are able to then it is also advisable to liaise with your new housemates in order to ensure that you can organise move in following the social distancing guidelines safely.

I am thinking of looking for accommodation for next year, what do I do?

We understand that students may be worried about their accommodation for the next academic year as a result of Covid-19. Students may have queries around searching for accommodation, tenancy agreements and stay in Manchester.

Manchester Student Homes (MSH) is a department of the University that work with a number of accommodation providers in and around Manchester. Students can search on their website to find accommodation that suits their needs, including houses, flats, studios and Private Halls of Residence.

MSH will be running their annual Accommodation Fairs virtually this year to allow you to meet accredited accommodation providers. To find out more visit their Accommodation Fair page or their Facebook page.

A Top Tips and a Viewing Checklist is available.

We are pleased to hear that a number of Approved Accommodation Providers have already considered the impact of Covid-19 and the flexibility that students require in order to plan than subsequently sign into a legally binding contract with confidence. These Accommodation Providers have implemented additional clauses to their contracts to increase flexibility in order to adhere to student needs, and provide the support and care students require during this difficult period.

Flexibility will vary between accommodation providers but the information will be readily available on the MSH website.

You can search for properties with the Coronavirus Amendment Policy by:

  • Visit www.manchesterstudenthomes.com
  • Click on ‘Everything’
  • Click on ‘Search Tool’ to get the black panel on the left-hand side of the screen
  • Click on the filter ‘Coronavirus Amendment Policy’

 

Alternatively you can search for accommodation using the search criteria on the main page and look out for the following message on the search results:

screenshot of text that read 'coronavirus amendment policy in a yellow box

An example of the Coronavirus Amendment Policy offered by:

screen shot of coronavirus amendment policy on MSH website

I am not ready to sign a contract for accommodation yet, is there a deadline?

There is no deadline for signing a contract in the private rented sector, but rooms/houses are available on first come first serve. If you are looking for something specific then it is advised that you sign sooner rather than later. However it is best to speak to Manchester Student Homes directly with your unique circumstances/criteria before signing. You can email them at manchesterstudenthomes@manchesterstudenthomes.com with the following information:

  • Number of rooms you needs
  • Do you want a property for you/ your group only? Or do you want to share with others?
  • What are your preferences regarding the type of accommodation? Eg House, Flat, Private Hall.
  • What are your preferences regarding a private bathroom?

It is important that students view the property/room and carefully read their tenancy agreements before the contract is signed. MSH offers a free contract checking service and will be able to help students understanding their contract or any clause within it. If you would like to speak to someone from MSH please call them on +44 (0)161 275 7680.

How to I find short term/ single semester accommodation for January 2021?

Manchester Student Homes (MSH) is a department of the University that work with a number of accommodation providers in and around Manchester. Students can search on their website to find accommodation that suits their needs, including houses, flats, studios and Private Halls of Residence.

Currently there is short term accommodation available however they will be for the first semester/ autumn term. Short term accommodation for a January (or later) move in will become available at the end of October/ beginning of November.

You can search for short term properties as follows:

  • Visit www.manchesterstudenthomes.com
  • Click on ‘Short Let’
  • Review the list of results and ensure that the ‘available’ date fits your criteria

Please email us on manchesterstudenthomes@manchester.ac.uk with your requirements if you cannot find what you are looking for.

Are there any flexible contracts available?

Manchester Student Homes (MSH) is a department of the University that work with a number of accommodation providers in and around Manchester. Students can search on their website to find accommodation that suits their needs, including houses, flats, studios and Private Halls of Residence.

We are pleased to hear that a number of Approved Accommodation Providers have already considered the impact of Covid-19 and the flexibility that students require in order to plan than subsequently sign into a legally binding contract with confidence. These Accommodation Providers have implemented additional clauses to their contracts to increase flexibility in order to adhere to student needs, and provide the support and care students require during this difficult period.

Currently there are 91 properties, owned by individual Landlords and Private Halls, totalling thousands of rooms that are offering the Coronavirus Amendment Policy, with this number increasing with each day. Flexibility will vary between accommodation providers but the information will be readily available on the MSH website.

What do I do if I want to view a property?

We understand that you and your friends may be excited in searching for next year’s student house. Currently the Government has not restricted viewings or house moves but landlords and estate agents may be reluctant or unwilling to conduct physical viewings because people should not be meeting anyone outside their household. Students’ safety is the first priority of our accredited accommodation providers. You should use virtual viewings before visiting properties in person where possible, in order to minimise public health risks. We understand that there are situations where physical viewings may be necessary.

Find out what to do by visiting Manchester Student Homes’ information and top tips on viewings page.

Support and wellbeing

What support is available during lockdown?

We’re very much aware of the continuing challenges that lockdown and local restrictions present to students. If you need support don’t worry – go to our support services during lockdown page for further information on how to get help.

Is there any financial support available?

We know that a number of students have started to struggle financially because of a sudden change of circumstances (e.g. through the loss of part time work). We want as many students as possible to be able to continue with their studies and so from today, we are widening access to our student hardship fund and making it easier to make an application.

The fund, which can award both small grants and loans, is now open to all students, regardless of mode of study or nationality. Further details can be found on the student support webpages or by emailing: funding@manchester.ac.uk.

As a student receiving financial support, will this continue uninterrupted?

All students in receipt of financial support e.g. the Manchester Bursary, will continue to receive their instalments as planned. We are committed to maintaining support for all of our students.

I have an existing condition, for which I am registered with DASS which has become worse and I am studying online/am too ill to study online?

Please notify your School if the impact of the exacerbation of your condition means you need support and/or advice.

I am a student on work placement, should I still be working?

Government guidance is very clear that workplaces should make every possible effort to enable working from home (with appropriate support provided to help facilitate that) and that individuals should only be asked to attend their workplace where this is not possible. As such, we expect that, in the vast majority of cases, students on work placement will be working from home. Some of our students are attending work, such as those carrying out essential work in healthcare services. 

If working from home is not possible and your placement provider asks you to attend work, then they must follow Government guidance, including making every effort to comply with the social distancing guidelines. There are also additional considerations in relation to individuals who are vulnerable or live with someone who is vulnerable.

Your health and wellbeing are our priority and if you have concerns about any aspect of your placement (including being asked to attend your workplace) which you cannot resolve with your supervisor or manager at your placement provider, then please contact your School for advice in relation to the options available to you.

How can I get involved in volunteering to help in the current crisis?

As the country mobilises to meet the challenge of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic many hundreds of thousands of people are volunteering. This is also true of our University, where many staff and students are stepping forward to apply their knowledge and experience, and to benefit society. We want to support you if you are considering volunteering and the guidance below should help you to decide the best way you can contribute.

Emergency Volunteer Leave for students with specific health and social care skills

A temporary new form of statutory leave has been created by the Government through the Coronavirus Bill. This is a duty upon employers to grant leave in blocks of 2/3/4 weeks for employees with specific health and social care skills, who wish to volunteer their time.  The University will do its best to recognise requests in the same way from students where that student has particular skills which would be valuable. Noting that you would need to discuss the implications of any such leave on your studies, if you are a student interested in considering this option you should speak to your Academic Adviser in the first instance. Faculty of Medicine Biology and Health students may be able to help in clinical settings or in specific NHS related roles. Again, please speak to your School about opportunities that may be relevant for you.

All other Students

There’s lots of information for students on volunteering is available at www.manchester.ac.uk/volunteers including directing people to the best local and national opportunities related to the current situation. Please remember to not put yourself at risk and you must at all times follow NHS rules on social distancing, which are designed to protect everyone.

EU and international students

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has published advice for students planning to travel in the UK or oversees, and the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has published their advice for international students.

Are there any travel restrictions for students coming to the UK?

All UK travel corridors have now closed (Monday, 18 January 2021).

Travellers arriving in the UK also have to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test to be allowed entry. The test must be taken in the 72 hours before travelling and anyone arriving without one faces a fine of up to £500. On arrival you will need to self-isolate for up to ten days. 

Your passport or identity card will be checked when you arrive at a UK port or airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. You may also need a visa.

The travel corridor closure will be in force until at least Monday, 15 February.

For full details, please visit:

   

I am an EU/EEA or Swiss student, how do I get a UK study visa?

From 1 January 2021, EU/EEA (except Republic of Ireland) and Swiss nationals will need a visa to study in the UK – unless they have pre-settled or settled status in the UK (or have applied for such). This is not related to COVID-19, but is part of the arrangements surrounding Brexit.

You can apply for a visa via the UK Government website and you’ll usually get a decision within three weeks.

To arrange this visa, you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number from your School or department. Please request this as soon as possible if you will arrive in January but no later than 11 December. Email your Admissions team (including a photo or scan of the information page of your passport):

Undergraduate students (select 2020 entry and your programme from the drop-down menus)

Postgraduate taught students (select your programme from the drop-down menu)

Postgraduate research students (select your programme from the drop-down menu)

For further information go to our student immigration and visas pages.

I was already granted a visa, but I haven’t entered the UK yet and the entry vignette has run out – what should I do?

If the 90-day entry vignette on your passport has expired and you haven’t yet entered the UK and collected your Biometric Residence Permit, you must get a replacement vignette before travelling. For further information go to our student immigration and visas pages.

Will studying remotely affect my visa?

Some Schools / departments currently allow remote study for some or all students. If this option is available to you, you should be aware of any possible consequences for your visa (and future work visa applications):

  • If you have already obtained your biometric residence permit (BRP) card, your student visa will not be affected by studying remotely.
  • If you have not yet applied for your student visa, or you have obtained the 30-day or 90-day visa vignette in your passport but this will expire before you will travel to the UK, please see the guidance on our student immigration and visas pages on what steps you should take.
  • If you plan to apply for a post-study work visa under the new Graduate Immigration Route programme, you must complete your last semester of study within the UK. This means if you are due to graduate in summer 2021, you must enter the UK by 6 April 2021 at the latest to be eligible to apply for this visa programme. For further information go to our student immigration and visas pages.

Will moving my studies or research temporarily online affect my visa?

No. If you are studying or researching online temporarily, are self-isolating or are unwell and unable to study or research, we will continue sponsorship of your visa. Please make sure that you keep your programme administrator, student support administrator, or academic supervisor updated about your situation.

 

I’m an international student, what should I do if I miss a police registration appointment due to COVID-19 restrictions?

Police registration appointments have now been suspended by Greater Manchester Police in response to the January 2021 national lockdown. Once the lockdown has been lifted, any available appointments can be booked through your MyManchester portal. You should expect a delay in being able to obtain an appointment even after the lockdown has been lifted.

Greater Manchester Police has advised that the delay in completing police registration will not affect your immigration status and no penalty will be given for missed or late registrations under these exceptional circumstances.

I am worried about my visa status. What should I do?

If you are concerned about your immigration status, please contact the Student Immigration Team for advice.

 

I am planning a trip abroad and have a non-UK passport, what should I do?

If you are planning to travel to other countries please be aware that if you have a non-UK passport, some countries are adding visa restrictions in efforts to contain the virus.  Please ensure your visa is valid before making any bookings. You should also check whether you will be required to quarantine on your return to the UK.

Can I access COVID-19 medical treatment?

There is no charge to international students or overseas visitors for COVID-19 testing, even if the result is negative. There is also no charge for any COVID-19 treatment provided if the result is positive or up to the point that it is negatively diagnosed. The same is true of most other infectious diseases.

I am on a placement - what should I do?

If you are an undergraduate on a study or work placement overseas and you have any concerns please contact ipoincidentsupport@manchester.ac.uk.

If you are a Masters student or PhD student on placement overseas, please contact your School office or Supervisor.