Settling in


University is an exciting time in your life – a new city, new friends and new responsibilities. It’s a huge change in a short space of time and for a lot of students it’s the first time living away from home.  All of this means it can often feel difficult to settle in to your new surroundings. Homesickness or nerves about getting to grips with University life is something a lot of students go through – so you aren’t alone. Whether you’re from the UK or beyond, there are plenty of things you can do to feel right at home in Manchester.


Before you arrive

Once you're here

Setting in and making friends

Getting to know the city

Settling in academically

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Students Union:

The Student's Union has over 400 societies open to all students. Joining a society is a great way to meet new people and settle in to university.

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International Society:

The International Society is open to all and offers regular trips around the UK. Plus, it's a great way to make friends from all over the world.

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Volunteering gives you the opportunity to get to know your local community and offer help to those in need.

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Res Life:

For any questions or issues you may have relating to Halls of Residence, your ResLife team are there to help.

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Peer Support:

Peer Support schemes are designed to help you settle in to all aspects of university life, not just academics.

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Have any questions? Here's a complete A-Z of all the University's support services to help you find the answers you need.

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We hope you have found the information on this page useful to help support the transition to university life. If you have any further questions or need more advice, please take a look at our information for parents, relative, friends and guardians.