Living in the UK

Life in the UK may be very different from what you are used to, here you can learn more about what to expect.

Coming to live in a new country is a big step, and we want to help you make the transition to your new home as smooth as possible. Here are a few basic things to know about the UK that will help you settle quickly into your new surroundings.

Safety and Security

The UK is usually a safe place to live but you should always be aware of your personal safety both inside your home and when you’re out and about.

The police in the UK are usually unarmed, and are not connected to the military. Part of their job is to help people and they are very friendly and approachable, so don’t be afraid to ask for their help. In an emergency, you can call 999 to get help from the police, ambulance or fire service. If you need to report a crime or incident that is not an emergency you can call 101.

For more information and advice please see Education UK's guide to safety in Manchester.

Transport in Manchester / Cheshire

Public transport in the UK is generally reliable and of a reasonably high standard. Most travel companies offer student discounts, so remember to carry your student ID card with you to qualify.

Our campuses and student accommodation are all well-served by bus routes. Buses run regularly, every few minutes on a variety of routes, so getting around is quick and easy.

In Manchester you can buy bus passes in shops around the city and we have Stagecoach annual and term passes on sale in the The Union. Passes are also sold on-line by Stagecoach.

Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for bus timetable information in Manchester and Cheshire.

Travelling around the UK

From Manchester or Cheshire, it is very easy to explore the rest of the UK and there are some exciting cities, including London, Liverpool and Birmingham, less than two hours away.

Travelling by coach is convenient, relaxing and relatively inexpensive. National Express is one of the biggest operators and has direct routes to many destinations around the UK. Students can get discounts of up to 30% on coach fares with a Young Persons Coachcard, which costs £10 a year. To plan and book your journey, visit the National Express website.

Central Manchester has three main train stations – Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria – and students studying at our Cheshire campus can walk to Crewe train station. Students can get discounts of up to 30% on rail fares with a 16-25 Railcard, which costs £30 for a 1-year Railcard. To apply, visit the 16-25 Railcard website. Visit National Rail to get up to date timetable information and to book your train tickets.

Climate and Clothing

Average daytime temperatures in the North West of England are 5 ºC in winter and 19 ºC in summer. Hours of daylight can vary – from 8am until 4pm in the winter, to 4am until 10.30pm in the summer.

We have quite a lot of rainfall all year round, and you will need to dress warmly in the winter – a warm, waterproof coat, good shoes and a sturdy umbrella are essentials! It is worth adding extra blankets or a thick duvet to your bed in winter and wearing warm clothing indoors as well as outdoors, so you can keep your heating down and reduce costs.

For up-to-date information on our climate, visit:

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