Coronavirus: Frequently asked questions

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

Last updated: 23 November 2020

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

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 additional restrictions are in place in Manchester?

The Government announced new National Restirctions which came into effect on Thursday, 5 November 2020. 

From Thursday, 5 November until Wednesday, 2 December you must;

  1. Stay at home, except for specific purposes (e.g any in-teaching you may have).
  2. Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.

The Government's announcement made it clear that schools, colleges and universities should remain open. In the light of this government guidance, The University of Manchester will continue to operate with the current mix of online and in-person teaching. Our current provision already means that in-person teaching is taking place only where it is essential and in line with the necessary health and safety precautions. The infection rates amongst our students have fallen dramatically and staff infections remain much lower. We will continue to liaise with Public Health England (PHE), but at present we anticipate this level of provision will continue until the Government’s review of the National Restrictions on 2 December.

What are the arrangements for Christmas?

We're working hard to help students get home this term with our rapid testing offer, safe travel arrangements and support for those staying here over the Christmas break. Find out more about Christmas arrangements here.

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

When will Semester 1 in-person teaching end?

All in-person teaching will end on or by Friday, 4 December. Online teaching will continue until the end of the semester on Friday, 18 December. This is a government requirement, to enable students to travel in the government-designated student travel window (3-9 December). There are exceptions for healthcare and other students currently on placement. For further information, see our COVID-19 testing and Christmas travel pages.

How will I be assessed in Semester 1?

We don’t know what the government guidelines will be in January 2021, but we do know that under current guidelines, it wouldn’t be possible for all assessments to take place face-to-face. So we’ve taken the decision now to do most January 2021 assessments online, even if restrictions are relaxed by then.

There will be a small number of exams and practical assessments that still need to be on campus, where students need to demonstrate a specific skill as part of a professional accreditation; decisions on this will be made and communicated in early September. We’re also listening to student feedback about assessments to consider what changes we might make longer term, for example by using more online methods where this has proved popular and makes sense, academically. We want our assessments to be more inclusive – and ideally to give students greater choice.

Can I still collect a Welcome Pack when I arrive at the start of Semester 2?

A Welcome Pack will be made available to all students, new and returning, when arriving on campus. Check the Welcome packs page for the most up-to-date collection points.

What will teaching and learning in Semester 2 look like?

We’re committed to an on-campus experience as part of our blended, flexible learning model. We’re keen to offer teaching activities on campus when we can safely and practically deliver them, alongside high-quality online teaching and learning.

Provided that external factors are favourable, our aim is to deliver teaching in Semester 2 as outlined below:

  • All of your lectures online.
  • An average of two hours in-person, on-campus teaching per week for every student in Manchester (where it is safe and feasible to do so).
  • Prioritising laboratory, clinical and practice-based teaching (these tend to be essential for particular programmes). Your Faculty will work with your programme team to figure out the right mix of on-campus and online for you.
  • Online academic advising and project and dissertation supervision, with an on-campus option should you require and request this, or where in-person supervision is essential (for example in some laboratory-based projects).

Our Library and on-campus study spaces will aim to further extend their opening hours into evenings and weekends, and our suites of on-campus computers will be accessible in-person and via remote login.

While this is our current plan, we will also be prepared to adapt should circumstances change and a different approach be needed to keep everyone safe.

Can I study remotely in Semester 2?

You will shortly receive 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 toYou will shortly receive 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. 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 you have issues relating to ill health, technology failure, or new care responsibilities that 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.

University Halls of Residence

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?

Our support services are available to offer advice and guidance remotely, as they would on a face to face basis. You can find the full list of contacts on the student support website, which also includes lots of other resources to help support your wellbeing.

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?

There are no restrictions on entering the UK, however there are quarantine requirements in place for some countries. The UK Government currently requires travellers from any country to provide their journey and contact information before they travel to the UK.  

I am an EU student, how do I get a UK study visa?

From 1 January 2021, EU 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 but no later than 11 December by emailing your Admissions team (including a photo or scan of the information page of your passport):

  • UG Students (select 2020 entry and your programme from the drop-down menus)
  • PGT Students (select your programme from the drop-down menu)
  • PGR 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?

If you plan to apply for a post-work study 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 resumed by Greater Manchester Police, however there are fewer appointments available than is normal at this time of the year.

Please keep checking MyManchester for appointments and book the first available slot. If you have left the UK and will not return before the end of your course, please retain evidence that you had an appointment that was cancelled as evidence that you did what you could to meet the conditions of your visa.

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.