Student support

At Alliance Manchester Business School you're not only guaranteed a first-class education, our student activities and pastoral support are second to none.

Students' Union

The Union is run by students for students. All students are automatically members of the Union. Its key objective is to represent its students' academic and welfare interests. It compliments the University's provision in terms of support and welfare services. Find out more about the students' union


The University of Manchester offers more university-owned postgraduate accommodation than any other university in the UK. A number of residences are reserved exclusively for postgraduates, and in other residences every effort is made to house postgraduate students together.

International guarantee

Full-time international postgraduates coming to the University alone are guaranteed a place in university-owned accommodation for the duration of their course. To be eligible for a place, you must ensure your application for accommodation is submitted and you have firmly accepted a place by August 31.

UK/EU postgraduates

Unfortunately, UK/EU postgraduates are not guaranteed placement, but in practice, a good proportion of postgraduate students are accommodated, including some with families.

If you are a UK or EU postgraduate and interested in living in University accommodation, you need to complete and return an application form to the Accommodation Office as soon as you have accepted the offer of a place.

Mature students

We welcome people of all ages to our courses and are committed to extending opportunities to adults returning to study.

Many mature students study for degrees or other qualifications with the School, some for career reasons, others to satisfy personal ambitions or interests. Mature students make a vital contribution to the academic and social life of the School.

Meeting mature students

The Burlington Society is the University society for mature and postgraduate students. They have their own facilities in the Burlington Rooms, next to the John Rylands University Library. Facilities include a bar, common room (quiet, non-smoking, with free tea and coffee facilities for members), and a vegetarian cafe.

The Society organises events and activities on Thursday and Friday evenings during term time. In addition there are smaller groups for activities such as theatre and film visits, music, football, and squash.

The Plus 21 Group is an informal network of mature students across the University which meets once a week at lunchtime in the Burlington Rooms, as well as holding occasional evening events.

Students with children

Both the Dryden Street and the Echoes nurseries provide affordable nursery care for children of University students.

Manchester Sure Start Partnership gives up-to-date information about childcare available within the Manchester City Council area. Consult the website or phone the Manchester Family Information Service on 0800 083 7921.

Funding for students with children

A summary of funding issues and financial support for students with children, and links to more detailed information, is available at the Department for Education and Skills website.

You may also want to explore the support offered by charitable trusts, some of which specialise in support for students with children. Contact the Educational Grants Advisory Service in the first instance.

Mature Students' Advisor

The Mature Students' Advisor works with mature students, staff and services across the University to develop information, advice and support networks.

A drop-in meeting in the Centre for Continuing Education is held every Thursday, 12.30-1.30pm, in Room C1.44, 1st Floor, Humanities Building. Alternatively contact Phil Eva on +44 (0) 161 275 3298 or email:

Support for students with disabilities

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from candidates with sensory and physical disabilities, specific learning difficulties and other special needs.

Over the years, students with a wide range of needs have successfully completed postgraduate study at Manchester.

Adapted accommodation

Adaptations have been made to a number of rooms in Halls to meet the needs of students with impaired mobility, and two flats in the Whitworth Park complex have been specifically designed for this purpose. Contact the Disability Support Office for further information.