December 2018: Welcome to Manchester!

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Looking back at the time in which I was looking for Universities and programmes in the UK, I am glad I chose to come to the University of Manchester to do my MSc Marketing studies. Not only because Manchester is a great city for students, but also because the MSc Marketing programme has been ranked as the 6th best Marketing course by the QS World University Rankings!

So far, my experience as a student has been amazing. And this is what will happen on your first weeks here:

Before your arrival at the University of Manchester, you will receive your Welcome Pack in the mail in August. This pack contains important information about the University, accommodation, and living in the UK, so give those brochures a good reading before you arrive!

As it was going to be my first time in Manchester (and in the UK!) I was a little anxious. But believe me, there is nothing to worry about. You will get plenty of information on what you have to do and where.

I arrived in Manchester on September 10th. Once at the airport it is very easy to get cabs to your accommodation (the university also provides free-transfers for students from September 11th to 17th), and once settled in your room, the first thing that I would suggest is to go explore! Get familiar with your neighbourhood, the campus, and bus routes.

Welcome week will start on mid-September and you will have lots of activities going on in campus, so make sure you check the dates of all the events. During Welcome week you will not have lectures, but it is worth going to all the sessions as you will get lots of valuable information about settling in your new city and your new University.

The first and most exciting event is the Welcome session for postgrads, because this will be the right opportunity for you to get to know other peer students from your course for the first time.

However, aside of making new friends on your first days in Manchester, you should also make sure that you are successfully registered as a student by getting your student ID, go set up your UK bank account, and get your UK phone number. The process will take some time and there will also be many new students wanting to do the same, so I recommend getting those things done as soon as you arrive. And do not forget to get your nice picture with The University of Manchester sign!

Clubs and Societies come in all shapes and sizes, and there will be one that fits your interests for sure! I am part of the Ecuadorian Society, which has been a great opportunity to get to know other Ecuadorians in Manchester. But during the Welcome Week’s Societies Fair, feel free to also join many other societies and not only the ones of your nationality, as they represent a unique chance to get to know more people and build amazing relationships with students from other courses.

Finally, BRATHAY! Do not miss this amazing and life-changing trip organised by the Alliance Manchester Business School, because it is not only fun and full of beautiful landscapes, but it will also be an amazing opportunity to know more about yourself, to get out of your comfort zone, and to build a bond with people from so many nationalities with whom you’ll share the rest of the year!

I look forward to seeing you at the University of Manchester and I hope I have inspired you to start this amazing journey!

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