The Manchester Handbook

New Student Guidance 2020

Feeling excited to enter your new journey? Find below guidance from us for you to prepare everything before coming to the country and some stuffs you need to do on early days after your arrival.

What’s in your luggage?

Bring a sufficient goods in your luggage (make sure you no expense on overweight charge!)

  • Jacket, socks, and shoes (at least warm enough to get you through fall season in Sep-Nov which is generally around 5-15°C). You may buy winter jacket and warm shoes (boots) for winter season in Manchester instead of bringing from home, as the price is quite reasonable with a lot more varieties than in Indonesia.

  • Clothes as needed. Batik & formal wear for any special occasions. Base layer for the winter (e.g. longjohn/heatech – 1 piece should be enough for spare and you can buy it in Manchester if you need more).

  • Ready to eat food needed (e.g. instant seasoning aka Indofood/Bamboe in case you miss Indonesian food 😊 ) You may bring any sauces including chili sauces or sweet ketchup in case you are keen to any specific brand. So far, we have Indomie (UK adjusted taste), ABC chili sauce and ABC sweet ketchup in an Asian supermarket (W.H. Lung) here in Manchester.

  • No need to bring rice because you can find similar rice here in Manchester which quiet similar price to the one in Indonesia (£ 0.45-£ 3).

  • Bring your own personal medicine (or your spare of glasses). We suggest to do last visit with your personal doctor and dentist in Indonesia before going to ensure you are in a good health condition.

  • Prepare the electric plug and socket: UK is using Type G plug dan socket (Indonesiatype E / F) with 220-240 V (same as in Indonesia)

  • Suggested to bring a small rice cooker especially for families.

  • What can and not to bring in the UK?


Money Matters

  • Bring some cash as needed. The average living cost in a month is about £500. Do not bring more than £ 8,300 (€10,000) in a cash.

  • Bring an extra cash for emergency minimum £ 300

  • Bring a credit card that can be used in the UK (mostly Mastercard) just in case

  • Please be aware that we will need 1-2 weeks to open a bank account in the UK after your arrival

Wifi & Technology

  • Mobile Network Provider

The standard data package for mobile is £10-15 per month, depends on your plans. Most favourite mobile network used by students are Vodafone, Giffgaff, Three, EE, or O2. The comparison of package of these mobile network can be found in below link:

  • Broadband Internet Provider (Wi-fi)

There are top broadband packages offered for your house including from SKY, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, or BT. These providers offered several type of packages based on speed and type of the broadband (Fibre/Standard) (

Check your post code whether or not the coverage reaches your area. And note that it takes 1-2 weeks to set up. You can bargain!


Useful app

  • Google maps, to give you right direction for the shortest path (with estimated time arrival) and alternatives of course! Along with which bus/tramp/train to take to your destination.

  • , a bus application for you to buy tickets (or in package), and to find the right buses, stops, and routes for wherever you are.

  • Just Eat, Deliveroo (app and web), Ubereat, a food delivery service when you’re too lazy to cook

  • Your bank (RBS, Barclays PingiT, etc) mobile app, for mobile banking

  • BBC Weather and Met Office Weather, accurate weather forecast

  • and eBay, for online shoppings across categories including books, electronics, homeware, fashion, etc (in new or used condition)

  • , alternative entertainment if you would not subscribe for a TV license. A tips, you can still use your Indonesia account in the UK with Indonesia subscription price 😊

  • Unidays, an app that provides student discounts in stores or restaurants.


What to do when you arrive?

Opening your bank account

You will need to bring the following documents when opening a bank account:

The University has special arrangements with the following banks to help students open accounts: Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, and Bank of China


Register yourself to General Practitioners (GP)

General practitioners (GPs) is a local family doctor. General practitioners (GPs) treat all common medical conditions and refer patients to hospitals and other medical services for urgent and specialist treatment. You need to register with a GP as soon as you can when you arrive in England so you can see the GP when you are sick.

There is no charge to register with a GP in England.

Register with GP in your nearest area and bring your ID.



Claiming your Council Tax Reduction (for those who lives in private accommodation)

Council Tax is a local taxation system used in England, Scotland and Wales on domestic properties. However, students and families who are living with students is eligible to apply for Council Tax Reduction by getting through the process from below link:


Getting a National Insurance Number (NINo) (in case you want to apply for a part time job)

National Insurance number is used to ensure your National Insurance contributions and tax are recorded against your name. To apply for a National insurance number you must be in the UK and have the right to work in the UK. These are the steps:

1. Call the National Insurance Number application line 0800 141 2075

2. After you’ve applied, you’ll get a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) asking you to come to a National Insurance number interview at Jobcentre Plus. Don’t forget to bring documents needed

3. At the interview, you’ll be asked about your circumstances and why you need a National Insurance number. You’ll also be told how long it’ll take to get your National Insurance number.

PS: You can start working before your National Insurance number arrives if you can prove you can work in the UK. You just tell your employer that you’ve applied for one, and give it to them when you have it.


Living in Manchester with PPI GM family

Religious Activities

  • Karisma (Keluarga Islam Manchester)

  • Karisma facilitates Indonesian moslem activities in Manchester as well as promoted Islam to public. Other than reading Quran, there are several other activities such as recreation (RIHLAH), children playdate, touring, and gatherings.

For further information:

CP: Andhika (+6281574272686)



ig: @pengajian.karisma

Whatapps group:

CastBox Podcast:




  • IFMAN (Indonesia Fellowship Manchester)

CP: Tasia (+447871435772)

The activities of IFMAN are including monthly fellowship, Christmas and Easter celebration, and certain activities on International Services in church (e.g. International Carol Service in Holy Trinity Platt Church)


CP: Hazel (+447341950648)

Kemisan facilitate PPIGM family to discuss about recent topics or news happening in Indonesia (e.g. politics, economy, social issues etc), as well as general study related topics (e.g. essay writing skills)


  • Sports activities

CP: Cliff (+447789139877)

Regular sport activities with PPIGM family including football (2 times a week), basketball (once a week), and badminton (once a week).

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