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Students coming for one semester only are not guaranteed a room, but under normal circumstances are almost always allocated one. Manchester offers a wide range of residential accommodation, ranging from modern self-catering apartments through to traditional collegiate-style halls of residence with meal plans. All students are given their own room with many facilities available including en-suite bathrooms. Students live in as single room in a suite, sharing a kitchen, dining and living area. If you choose a catered hall (with meal plan) note that they do not provide catering during University vacation periods.
The choice of housing in Semester 2 (January to June) is often very restricted. The Accommodation Office will try to allocate you to one of your preferred halls, but please understand that it is common for Semester 2 students to be offered a place in an alternative hall.
Applications for housing are made online via the Accommodation Office website. You will need to wait until you receive your University ID number from the Study Abroad Office before attempting to apply for housing. Students applying for entry in Semester 2 should ensure their application is submitted as soon as possible after receiving their offer letter from the International Office with the Manchester University ID.
Accommodation fees are paid directly to Manchester (via credit card or bank wire transfer). Once you are made an offer of accommodation, you will need to make a pre-payment the £400 ($535) to secure your room. Bedding packs will be available for purchase from your hall.
Most accommodation is in “self-catered” halls, meaning that you would buy food and cook for yourself in your flat and or eat at restaurants or cafes on/off campus.
Getting to Manchester
It is recommended that you fly to Manchester Airport. The easiest way to travel from the airport to your accommodation is by taxi, especially if you have a large amount of luggage. There are taxi ranks outside all three terminals and the fare should be between £20 and £25 to University accommodation. Only black cabs, also known as hackney cabs, are licensed to take passengers without a booking in advance, so ensure you use one of these.
Personal expenses include laundry, cell phone, entertainment, and incidentals.
Independent Travel Costs
Costs for independent travel (on weekends, during break) vary widely depending on choices of destination and accommodation, and frequency of travel. Make sure to take this into account.
Student Entry Clearance is required only for students studying more than 6 months, or if students plan to intern or work while in the UK. The cost is Student Entry Clearance is GB£322 ($430). Students studying in the UK for one semester are not required to obtain Student Entry Clearance, but will obtain a student visa by providing documentation to UK border officials upon entry to the UK. There is no cost for a student visa for US citizens. Citizens of other countries may need to apply for a student visa prior to arrival in the UK and pay $125. All students are required to attend a UK visa meeting at UMass as part of the application process. UMass will provide you with guidance/instructions for obtaining a visa, but note that it is your responsibility to obtain the appropriate visa and/or residence permit.
If you are applying for a Tier 4 visa, you are eligible for full health insurance coverage while in the UK under the National Health Service of Britain (surcharge paid along with visa application GB£150 for the year and GB£75 for a semester). In general, specialist care for pre-existing conditions may not be covered. If you enter the UK on a Short-term Study Visa you are not covered by the British National Health plan. In all instances, you are covered by the UMass International Travel Insurance, which covers emergency and urgent care coverage and some travel services to UMass students participating in university sponsored and approved international study abroad programs. If you are not covered by the British NHS, you will have to pay up front at the time of treatment for any medical services you receive and submit receipts to the UMass insurance for reimbursement.
Students are only covered while actively participating in the study abroad program. So during any semester breaks, you are still covered, however, if you choose to arrive in the UK earlier than the official start date of their exchange or choose to extend your stay beyond the end of the semester, you are not covered. You may wish to obtain coverage for those periods not covered by the UMass plan by purchasing the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) http://www.myisic.com. The ISIC, which includes a comprehensive travel insurance policy, costs only $25 dollars and is valid for one year from date of issue.