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Support and facilities

Disability Advisory & Support Service

2nd Floor, University Place
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

The University of Manchester welcomes staff with additional support needs as a result of a medical condition, disability, mental health issue or specific learning difficulty (for example, dyslexia). If you would like information about the type of support that can be provided, the DASS is happy to advise you before or after your arrival at the University.

If you need support to be in place when you arrive at the University, then it is essential that contact is made with the DASS as early as possible well before you arrive. Initial enquiries can be made over the telephone or by email, or you can make an appointment to see a disability advisor to talk things through in person. All enquiries are treated confidentially. We strongly advise you to let the University know if you do have a disability so that we can identify what support can be provided.

International Society

William Kay House
327 Oxford Road
M13 9PL

The International Society is based within the University campus and is a thriving centre for international students and staff in the Manchester area. Members of the Society total over 3,000 and come from more than 150 countries.

The Society is a great place to make friends and contacts during your time in Manchester. Each semester there is a varied programme of social and cultural activities. In addition there is a comprehensive programme of day and overnight visits during the whole year to many places of interest. These provide a good opportunity for you to see many parts of Britain during your stay.

There is also a full timetable of informal language classes running each term. There are English classes from beginners to advanced as well as other languages from around the world including Mandarin, Spanish, French, Arabic and many more. A range of other classes and activities are also held throughout the year.

A Women's and Children's Group meets each week giving the opportunity for students or the partners of students and their children to socialise together, go on trips to local places of interest and have guest speakers such as health visitors. The Society has its own Halal café which provides a wide international menu.

Legal Advice Centre

University Precinct
Oxford Rd
M13 9PL

If you need any legal advice during your stay here, then contact the Legal Advice Centre for an appointment. This is a free and confidential service run by the Law School and its students during term time.

Sports and fitness

Head Office
William Kay House
333 Oxford Road
M13 9PL

At the University you will have access to a range of first class sports facilities on your doorstep. In Fallowfield, adjacent to several of the Halls of Residence is the Armitage Sports Centre. Here you'll find a modern gym, fitness studios, football pitches, squash courts and astro-turf pitches. Close to the City Campus is the Sugden Sports Centre, another purpose built sports facility.

Manchester Aquatics Centre, located right at the heart of the Campus is a superb venue consisting of two 50 metre swimming pools and a fitness complex. Many national swimming events are staged here.

Health, fitness and well-being

We also have numerous health, fitness and well-being classes taking place on campus every week in everything ranging from Yoga, Zumba, cardio workouts, meditation and mindfulness.

Library services

The University of Manchester Library 
Oxford Road
M13 9PP

The University of Manchester Library is one of the best resourced academic libraries in the country, providing the largest collection of electronic resources in the UK as well as having more than 4 million printed items in stock. It provides a comprehensive range of services and support, including:

  • Faculty Team Librarians linked with Faculties and Schools to provide training, help and advice throughout your time at the University.
  • A dedicated online library catalogue.
  • Electronic resources via the web.
  • Long opening hours for all the main libraries.
  • A postal loan service if you cannot visit the library in person.
  • Areas for group work, a training suite and computer clusters.
  • Additional resources for disabled and visually-impaired students.

IT Services

The University of Manchester boasts one of the largest and most impressive academic computing facilities in Europe, with more than 10,000 PCs across campus. IT Services and your Faculty computing service can offer you a range of services, including help and advice.

Support, help and advice is available through the Servicedesk.

Catering Services

There are a wide variety of catering outlets located on campus.