INTO Manchester pre-arrival guide
Are you ready to step into one of the UK’s best and largest student cities? Be prepared. Feel confident. Your study abroad adventure is about to begin!
In this guide, you’ll find out what you can do to prepare before you leave home. Once you arrive, our friendly team will be there to provide you with all the support you need.
What do I need to do before starting at INTO Manchester?
The easiest way to pay your fees is using INTOPay – our secure online payment system.
You can use this system to pay by credit card or debit card, or you can find our details for a bank transfer there.
You’ll receive a link to INTOPay and instructions on how to use the system in your offer letter.
Remember to reference your application ID when you pay via INTOPay.
All INTO students must have full travel, medical and health insurance. Unless proof of suitable insurance is provided during the application process, Uniplan Insurance will automatically be added to your course fees.
You may have applied for accommodation when you applied for your course. But if you didn’t, it’s not a problem. Please contact your education counselor to arrange your accommodation.
Spaces fill up quickly, so we advise that you book and pay to confirm your place in a student residence available for INTO students as soon as possible. Students under 18 must book accommodation with us.
Find out more about your accommodation options at INTO Manchester.
Most international students on an academic course with INTO will need to apply for a Student Route visa to study in the UK. As the UK is no longer part of the EU, most EU citizens planning to study in the UK will now need a visa too.
You’ll be provided with the documents you need to apply for a visa once you’ve accepted your unconditional offer and paid your deposit.
As part of your visa application, you may need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge – this gives you access to the UK’s National Health Service. You can check how much you’ll need to pay by using the UKVI calculator tool. Follow the Government’s Student Route visa guidance for the most up-to-date visa information.
You should arrange your flight(s) to ensure that you arrive on your INTO accommodation start date.
Please submit your arrival details as soon as possible. Your flight details, including arrival date and flight number(s), should be shared in our arrival details form. Providing your arrival details before you travel will ensure:
we'll be able to meet you as soon as you land, if you opt for an airport transfer
staff will be on-hand remotely to help you if any issues occur during your travels
your room is ready for you to move in as soon as you get to your accommodation.
Manchester Airport is the closest to INTO Manchester – and the biggest UK airport outside London. To make your journey seamless, we can arrange a transfer to your university accommodation. This is compulsory for students under 18.
Simply complete the arrival details form, selecting an airport pickup, at least 7 days before your arrival.
If you haven't opted for an airport pickup service, you should make your own travel arrangements. Please plan the journey to INTO Manchester before you arrive in the UK.
Helping you every step of the way
Start your UK studies with confidence – free program
INTO’s Get Ready to Study online pre-arrival program will help prepare you for UK student life, study and employability.
Confirm early to access this free program. Available to students starting their studies with INTO in September or January.
Your pre-arrival questions answered
Manchester has a mild climate – the summers bring warm temperatures of 20°C to 22°C, while the winter temperature can drop to 4°C. Consider packing clothes appropriate for the weather. You can also shop for your essentials when you get to Manchester.
Stressed with packing? Don’t be. Watch our how to pack video to check that you’ve loaded your suitcase with all your study abroad essentials.
We advise arriving in Manchester during the weekend before your course starts. You may be able to arrive earlier if your accommodation contract allows. Don’t forget to provide us with your arrival details beforehand.
The Center is at Bridgewater House, 58/60 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 6LT.
In the heart of the city center, INTO Manchester is easy to get to, with plenty of transport options. If you’re traveling from Manchester Airport, there are several local taxi services within the area.
The campus is also a short walk from 3 of the city's major train stations: Manchester Picadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.
You’ll receive your academic timetable via email, towards the end of your first week.
Living far from your family and friends can make you feel sad and miss home. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Our dedicated Student Services team always put your well-being first and are there to provide all kinds of support you need. You can also talk to your Personal Tutor about any academic or welfare concerns you may have.
Your first week at INTO Manchester
Get ready for an exciting first week! You’ll meet your classmates, teachers and support team here at the center. Our in-person induction may also include:
expert visa support
help registering your details with the police
how to open a bank account
how to register with a doctor and dentist
information on the British legal system.