Manchester Metropolitan University

Arriving in the UK

To make sure your arrival in the UK goes as smoothly as possible it is a good idea to learn as much as possible about what to expect.

Welcome to Manchester Metropolitan University

This may be the first time you’ve lived away from your home and family and we understand that the thought of spending time in a different country can be a little overwhelming. Each year we organise a number of welcome events to help you settle in to our University and make new friends.

Airport Welcome

We want to make sure your arrival at Manchester Met goes as smoothly as possible so we run a free airport pick-up scheme, which is available all year round. All new international students arriving at Manchester Airport when beginning their studies are eligible, but you may need to book depending on when you arrive.

For full details please see our Airport Welcome Service page.

International Welcome Programme

Your introduction to Manchester Metropolitan University will begin with a formal welcome followed by informative events and social activities. These events are open to all new overseas, study abroad and exchange students, including Erasmus and Worldwide. See the International Welcome and Pre-enrolment Programme 2017 (subject to change).

The Welcome Programme for 2017 starts on Wednesday 13 September and ends on Friday 15 September. All events take place in the Geoffrey Manton Building. After the Welcome Programme, you can enrol online and start your academic journey at Manchester Metropolitan. You can get personalised academic welcome information from the University's welcome website.

Join us on Sunday 17 September to meet new classmates and enjoy free carnival games on the Manchester Campus.


As part of the International Welcome Programme, you are required to attend pre-enrolment. This is where the University takes scanned copies of your passport, immigration permission (visa) and qualifications that helped you get entry to the University (these would normally be the certificates/transcripts listed on your CAS letter). The Home Office requires that the University keep copies of these documents so we can retain our Tier 4 Sponsor status, which enables you to study with us. For your reference, all documents submitted to the University at Pre-enrolment are stored securely on Manchester Met’s student record system.


If you are an overseas, study abroad or exchange student, you must attend pre-enrolment before you can complete online enrolment with the University and begin your studies.