Umass Advice
Making the most of Manchester

For many people, studying at university will be a big change, but there are various measures and activities in place to help you adapt. Watch the film below to hear from recent graduates about the help and support they used to help them settle into student life.

Whether you are living away from home for the first time or experiencing a new city, support is in place to make you feel as comfortable as possible when making the transition into first year study. Even though taking up undergraduate study may feel daunting, it also offers a wealth of opportunities and possibilities, which can lead to exciting graduate careers and opportunities. This is echoed by our graduate interns, who have begun careers at the University, having developed valuable skills and attributes during their undergraduate study.

UMASS student life film

Quotes from recent graduates

“I have really enjoyed being a student at the University of Manchester, the campus has everything you need and the staff within my academic school were always there whenever I needed extra help. Being at University has given me the opportunity to make lots of new friends and Manchester is a great city to socialise in.” Nicola Beer, Psychology graduate

“Being a student in Manchester meant a lot more than just studying. Manchester is lively- there’s always something going on both at uni and in the city. Although it’s a big university I always felt supported and part of the community.” Ellie Morris, Speech and Language Therapy graduate

University of Manchester Students' Union

Student life is not just about studying. It’s also for making friends, gaining skills and experience, taking a stand, earning a crust, exploring a new city and getting the right support from the University.

We have the UK’s largest Students’ Union, providing students with space, resource and money to amplify student life.

The Students’ Union is run by an elected Exec Team of eight students who work full time for you. The Exec Team are either taking time out from their studies or have just finished their degrees, and lead on implementing your ideas, running Union campaigns, supporting student led activities and raising your voice with the University at every level.

There are over 450 student societies here, covering everything from politics to performance, campaigning to gaming, flight simulation to scuba diving.

At the Students’ Union building, you can relax with a coffee at Biko’s Café, pick up a meal deal from Grab & Go or enjoy one of the food and drinks deals in the Union Bar. They are a charity, so every penny you spend at the Students’ Union is reinvested into developing and improving services for students. They’re also home to the Academy gig venues and run a vast array of music concerts all year round in Manchester Academy, the building next door to the Student’ Union.

The Union also has its own Advice Service, a free, confidential service where students can get information and advice on personal and academic issues. It is run by professional Advisors who are independent of the University, and will always endeavour to get the best outcome for you.

Further information on the Students’ Union and its activities can be found on their website.