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Living at INTO Manchester in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University

An energetic, multicultural city

Manchester is perfect for students looking to live in a large dynamic city, but who also want a diverse, welcoming atmosphere.

As an INTO student you'll have access to modern, secure accommodation close to everything that this fantastic city has to offer.

World-class sporting facilities, a variety of English and international cuisine, and numerous places of art and culture to visit – it's all right on your doorstep!

Affordable, student-friendly living

Manchester is welcoming to international students, and offers more cost-effective living than other big cities. It's been named the best UK city in which to live, and for good reason.

Whatever your tastes, you'll find plenty to enjoy. From listening to the freshest live music, to visiting over 50 museums and galleries, and browsing more than 250 stores at the Trafford Centre mall.

And when people think of Manchester, they naturally think of sport.

Home to two of the UK's most famous football clubs, the city also boasts the Manchester Aquatics Centre and the Manchester Velodrome – both of which were built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. And the renowned Sportcity complex is less than 2 miles from the INTO Manchester Study Centre.

Get a head start in your career

Manchester Metropolitan University's (MMU) careers and employability service staff are on-hand to help you get ahead in your chosen career. You can get one-to-one help from expert advisers, take workshops to develop careers skills, and attend career fairs to network with industry professionals.

Many of MMU's courses include placement years in industry. These often include multi-national companies such as IBM, Mercedes, Sony, Intel, and Disney.

Enjoy the region's widest range of activities

As an INTO Manchester in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University student, you'll have access to MMU's outstanding range of library, sports and social facilities.

The Students' Union has one of the widest ranges of sports and activities in the region. Your brand new £10 million Students' Union building is located in the middle of the Manchester campus, and offers you over 130 sports clubs and societies to try.

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Jing Ting Khau from Malaysia

"INTO Manchester provides an excellent
quality of education in a great study location."

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Meet Jing Ting Khau from Malaysia who:

  • 2012 - completed the International Year One programme
  • 2012 - progressed to BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2014 - graduated with First Class Honours
  • 2014 - is now employed as an Auditor with KPMG in Malaysia

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

The education available here is of high quality. There are definitely some differences between studying in the UK and in Malaysia. Additionally, I wanted to strengthen my English language skills and understand the difference between the cultures of the UK and Malaysia more. I had heard from my friends that Manchester was one of the biggest cities in the UK and that it was a student focused city.

What are you thoughts about Manchester now you have lived here for a while?

Manchester was once an industrial place and you can still see some of the old structures and buildings as you walk around. You’re visiting history whilst you study which is exciting, it’s very rare to see buildings built with bricks in Malaysia.

Why did you choose the International Year One in Business?

I want to be a businesswoman in the future. This course gives you a quick route and a sturdy foundation to be able to do this.

Have you acquired any important skills?

Since studying in the UK, my writing skills have improved immensely. This skill will be useful to me when I’m at University and in my future career. Furthermore, my speaking skills have developed and I have learnt to speak English fluently. English for Academic Purposes (EAP) was very helpful overall. I learnt Writing, Speaking, Listening and Presentation skills. I was required to present my assignment to my peers, which helped me to build my confidence in public speaking.

What were your teachers like?

The teachers in the UK are different from the teachers in Malaysia. They are more efficient and they encourage students to email them when they have a question about homework. They also respond very quickly! This is what I like about them.

What do you do in your spare time in Manchester that is different to home?

I have chosen to go to other parts of the UK and Europe. The UK and Manchester are very convenient, traveling to other places is not very difficult or expensive when compared to Malaysia. I have gained more of an understanding of different cultures. This knowledge is something that I could never have learnt through books alone.

Do you have any advice for future students?

Life here might be different when compared with your own country, but enjoy the opportunity to experience the UK. They have four seasons unlike in Malaysia where it feels like summer time the whole year. Enjoy the climate here, in the winter my friends and I built a snowman, it was a lot of fun!

A safe, secure environment

You can choose to live in one of our carefully selected halls of residence, or experience a 'home from home' with a British family homestay.

As well as providing assistance 24/7, the INTO Accommodation Officers and Residential Ambassadors will help you settle in to your new home. Each accommodation has it's own 24/7 security and manned reception desks.

Bedding packs are supplied for all students in all accommodations. They include 3/4 size duvet, fitted sheet, 2 x pillows, 2 x pillow covers.

Foods from around the world

Manchester's diverse population is reflected in its food. With over 300 restaurants and specialist food shops to choose from, you'll always be sure of a good meal – whether it's trying something new, or revisiting that old favourite from home.