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Transitioning to
life at University

A resource for pre-arrival students

We’ve worked with our students and our expert colleagues to think about the best advice we can offer to help get you ready for university. The resources on this page will help you to consider your next steps to prepare for studies at Manchester. You will find out about support available to you and some practical steps you can take to get ready.

How it works

  1. Read through the information on this page where you will find some suggested tasks to help you prepare for your studies.
  2. If you want to add a suggestion to your to-do list, click the checkbox next to the text.
  3. You can look at your to-do list at any time by clicking on the icon at the right of the screen.
  4. When you’re finished, click the ‘Email my list’ button to create a draft email to yourself so you don’t forget. Or you can click the ‘copy’ button to use your notes app or similar to keep track.
A message from

Our students to you

Watch the video below from the Library’s Student Team who discuss what its like to be a student here at Manchester.

Support from the University

There are lots of services you will come into contact with at university. Below is a list of a few of the most important ones. If you want to read more about how students are supported at the university read this blog post written by the Library Student Team.

  • ResLife

    There are ResLife advisors (RLAs) at every Halls of Residence. Each RLA is a post graudate student or a member of staff at the University. They are there to help you and you can find out more about the ResLife team at your halls at the link above.

  • Counselling, mental health and wellbeing

    If you’re having a difficult time there is lots of support available to you including, a 24 hour help line, one to one sessions, workshops and group sessions. Find out more on the Counselling Service website.

  • Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS)

    Contact DASS if you received support at school, such as extended time in exams, or special equipment etc. DASS can help with practical support, equipment and advice. Get in touch with them early so everything is in place for when you start your studies.

  • Student Support

    This Student Support website lists all the support available at the University. It’s a good site to bookmark and refer back to in the future.

  • Alternative Freshers’ Guide - Podcast | mp3 | transcript

    The Library Student Team discuss their experiences as students, some of which you might not hear so much about, including living at home, not drinking, juggling part-time work, and how your relationships with friends and family may change.

Preparing for

Academic life

Getting ready for learning

Take control of your learning at university and let our resources guide you through your next steps. Read some ‘top tips’ from current students, who have all successfully made the leap to higher education.

  • Transition videos

    Hear from students through a collection of short video interviews about their move to University study. If you have trouble accessing, see the blog version.

  • Group work

    At University you will need to work alongside new peers, and group projects can often be challenging without the familiarity of old friends. Let our Library Student Team take you through their ‘top tips’ for groupwork.

  • Assessment at University

    The Library Student Team discuss some of the assessments they have faced and how they went about tackling them.

  • Flexible Learning glossary

    Information from the University on commonly used terms you may come across in your learning.

Being prepared

With the freedom and independence of university life comes the added responsibility of managing your workload, understanding your new surroundings and thinking about where you want your studies to take you. To help you get prepared, our students share their expertise on managing the new workload, reflecting on their goal setting and challenging their thinking about imposter syndrome and the jump from college.

  • Managing your time

    Our students reflect on how they manage their time, adjust to their workloads, dealt with procrastination and share some tips and further resources.

  • Goal setting

    Our interactive Goal Setting resource is a chance to consider how all the pieces of university life can fit together to make your own unique picture of where you want be.

  • Imposter syndrome - Podcast | mp3 | transcript

    Our Library Student Team discuss Imposter Syndrome, how to recognise it and what to do about it.

  • Difference between University and A Levels - Podcast

    Our current students reflect on the challenge they overcame in making the transition from A Level in a reflective podcast to inspire and support in the knowledge that you are not alone!

Digital Skills

Throughout your time at The University of Manchester, we will support you to develop your digital skills and confidence to help with your studies and prepare you for your future career.

Developing your digital skills can enable you to make the most of your time at University and could even boost your degree result. For example, they can help you to analyse information, design solutions to problems, organise your thinking and influence others.

Being able to use technology effectively is frequently listed as one of the top graduate skills sought by employers. Most jobs involve using technology to do the role more effectively or efficiently. At Manchester we will help you prepare for the future and provide you with the opportunities and the support you need.

  • Develop your Digital Capabilities - When you have a University account, this resource will enable you to learn more about your digital skills, how your skills are progressing and the ways you can develop them further to suit your studies and your interests.
  • Looking after your wellbeing online - The Student Support Team have created resources to help you consider how you can promote your digital wellbeing as you study. Have a look at their top tips and create three priorities you can take forward that will help you build digital wellbeing into your life.
Joining a new


Become a Volunthero

Every year thousands of Manchester students get involved in their local, national and international communities through volunteering. They learn new skills, make friends, feel good by helping others and get to explore Manchester. Some also have the chance to explore further afield with Manchester’s overseas volunteering programme! Whatever you study, whatever your interest, there’s something for you. The University provide lots of help to get involved, including lists of opportunities with local organisations, support for student projects and one-off taster opportunities to try. Visit our website for more information


Our amazing Careers Service is the place to go if you need to balance part time work alongside your studies. They can also help with internships and employment after you graduate.

  • Careers website

    Here you can find lots of helpful advice about starting you career, gaining experience and applying for jobs.

  • Careers blog

    Take a look at the Careers blog for careers-related news, advice from staff and students.

Peer Support

To help make the transition to university easier every new undergraduate student is automatically allocated to a Peer Support scheme.

Your course will either offer PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) or Peer Mentoring (social and pastoral support) to support and guide you through your first year. Peer Mentors and PASS Leaders are higher-year students on the same degree programme as you who are trained to share their experiences, host socials and small academic study sessions. The Peer Support groups (around 10 students) are led by two students who are now 2nd or 3rd years who will be available to provide advice and signpost you to all the helpful services that the University of Manchester offers. Peer Support schemes are a great way to meet people on your course and attend social activities organised by your scheme.

Visit the Peer Support website to find out more and see what the schemes have been up to via @uom_peersupport on Instagram.



University of Manchester support available

  • Student Support

    A central place for you to access support services, resources to support your day-to-day wellbeing and find answers to common queries

  • Report & Support

    You can seek support from a specialist, confidential advisor or report an experience through Report and Support.

  • Advice and Response Team

    Specialist and trauma-informed support for safeguarding and supporting students experiencing a range of complex and challenging circumstances.