Admissions advice for new International students


The University is committed to providing the best possible opportunities for students coming to Manchester for the first time.

We have a wide and varied range university-managed accommodation options which are safe, affordable and convenient.

For international students, there are huge benefits. The main advantage is the opportunity to live and study alongside British students.

Our accommodation has a number of unique advantages:

  • Guaranteed accommodation for international fee-paying students for the duration of your academic course
  • Over 9,200 places available in halls of residence - the largest of any university in the UK
  • Huge range of choice, including self-catered flats, fully-catered halls, single sex options, campus-based or further afield
  • Ethernet connection in most rooms, providing free 24-hour access to e-mail and internet facilities
  • Safe, supportive and secure environment


Studying in the UK can be great value for money. UK degree courses are generally shorter than in the US and Australia because they are more intensive.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your study at the University and include charges for registration, tuition, supervision, examinations and graduation.

Payment of fees will also entitle you to membership of the Library, the Students' Union and the Athletic Union.

To provide you with certainty in your financial planning, we have fixed tuition fees for new international students for the duration of their course. Integrated foundation courses where there may be a lower fee in the foundation year are an exception to this.

Any offer of a place at the University is made on the understanding that you have sufficient funds to pay for your tuition fees and your living expenses for the entire duration of your period of study

There are several ways that you can pay you tuitions fees. For more information on methods of payment please visit the Crucial Guide for Students website:


Cost of Living

It is important to budget sensibly while you are a student to ensure that you have enough money to live on and to complete your studies.

The table below gives a breakdown of the essential living costs of an average Manchester student for one academic year.

The estimates are based on average annual expenditure of an undergraduate or postgraduate single student on a full-time course.

Estimated living costs 2018/19

40 weeks
52 weeks
(average cost for self-catering halls)
4,955 6,535


1,525 2,025
(including provision of warm clothing and footwear)
400 520
Local transport 375 465

Other general living expenses
(eg books, equipment, photocopying and printing, laundry, phone bill, consumables, entertainment, sports, socialising etc)

2,000 2,500
Total 9,255 12,045

The International Student Calculator website may help you to plan and manage your money for your studies in the UK, although please be aware that costs of living may vary slightly from region to region.


Visa Guidance

Further information on Visas can be found on the main university website.

Tier 4 (General) student Visa guidance

Receiving your CAS number

The University will e-mail you a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number when your offer becomes unconditional. Your CAS number, which you need for your visa application, will be emailed to you in a 'CAS statement' which lists the information that we have sent to the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). This email will also tell you our Tier 4 Licensed Sponsor number, name and address.

You cannot use your CAS number to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 15 September 2018, the earliest you can apply for your visa is 15 June 2018. 

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Guidance on how to apply for your visa

The earliest you can apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa is three months before the start date of the course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 15 September 2018, the earliest you can apply for your visa is 15 June 2018.

Find out where and how to apply for your visa in your home country from the UKVI website.

Please be aware that visa applications may take extra time if your country sends applications to another country for processing.

Tier 4 time limits on study

If you have previously studied in the UK, please be aware that the UKVI has introduced a limit on how long a person can hold a Tier 4 visa. The time limit depends on your level of study.  Please visit the UKCISA website for further advice on Tier 4 eligibility and requirements.

Planning fee payments to fit in with your visa application

As you make preparations for your visa application/appointment, please bear in mind that any fee or accommodation prepayments to the University will need to clear in the University’s bank account and be receipted in order for them to be reflected in your CAS.

Arrival and connect with other students

There are many steps a new student will have to go through when they arrive at to study at The University of Manchester. You can find full details and advice on our University arrival web pages.

You can also find out about Orientation events, meet other new students and get advice from the Orientation Team by joining our Facebook and Sina Weibo pages, following Orientation on Twitter, or by emailing us at

FacebookOrientation Facebook page

WeiboOrientation Sina Weibo page (please note that we only update this site between August and September each year)

TwitterOrientation updates on Twitter

International Advice Team

Our International Advice Team offers help and advice to international students studying at The University of Manchester.

International Advice Team
Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 5000
Location: Student Services Centre

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