University Guide

University of Manchester

The University of Manchester can trace its origins back to 1851, but it wasn’t until 2004 that it took on its present form when it merged with the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. The university currently has 40,000 students which includes 11,000 international students.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Manchester.

  • Rankings

    Manchester ranks 41st in the world, 10th in Europe and 6th in the UK in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2023.

  • Employability

    University of Manchester graduates are highly sought after and the University was recently ranked 67th in the world for graduate employability.

  • Fees

    Fees for UK students are £9,250 per year. For international students, fees start at £19,000, rising to £44,000 per year for clinical years within medicine and dentistry degrees.

  • Bursaries

    The University of Manchester has a number of bursaries available for students who are eligible. These range from £1,000 to £4,000 depending on the student’s individual circumstances. Details can be found here.


An accommodation guarantee is provided to all undergraduate students in their first year of study, provided that relevant criteria are met. The University operates over 20 different halls of residence which includes both catered and none-catered options. For none University owned accommodation AFS has the largest selection of privately owned places to live.

Students' Union

One of the largest in the country, Manchester Students’ Union is famous for its live music offering which has seen bands like Kings of Leon, Oasis and The Manic Street Preachers headline. The Union is renowned for its diverse range of societies and inclusive atmosphere.

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Famous for

So far the University has produced 25 Nobel prize winners and includes actor Benedict Cumberbatch and comedians Jack Whitehall and Joe Lycett as famous alumni.


The University of Manchester has been awarded a Silver Award – one of only two Higher Education Institutions in the UK to now hold this award. The result follows the submission of a Race Equality Charter (REC) submission to Advance HE in July.

AFS says

“Manchester is pretty perfect; just imagine a smaller London, with a slightly edgy and hipster vibe minus the traffic and bank-breaking prices. It almost feels like it’s made for students, and no matter what your passion in life is, be it sports, arts, food or just plain partying, Manchester has it all".

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