Coronavirus information for prospective International students

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This page was updated on 24/12/2021

We have created this page for all of our prospective international students and offer holders who want to study at the University of Salford in 2021/22

We will keep this page updated with answers to your frequently asked questions.

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and partners is our number one priority. So, we are continuing to follow the guidance of the UK government, Public Health England and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and taking the necessary steps to keep our vibrant community safe.

We are aware of fake news reports being circulated on social media. Please ignore these fake reports and instead keep checking our advice on this page and on our official social media channels for the latest information. 

Find our latest advice for prospective international students below, this will include information about: 

  • The UK and the University of Salford’s response to COVID-19 
  • Information for students starting in 2021/22 intake
  • Vaccinations for international students
  • International travel and entering the UK
  • Travelling from or through a Red list country
  • Support – Government Quarantine Hotel for Red List countries
  • Airports and travelling to your accommodation
  • Prepare for self-isolation (quarantine)
  • Test to Release scheme to reduce self-isolation days
  • Teaching and facilities
  • English language requirements
  • Tuition fee deposit, scholarships, discounts
  • CAS, ATAS, and Student Route Visas
  • Accommodation
  • Resources for your safety

As well as Prospective International Students FAQs found below, you can also find information at:

  • International Offer Holder Hub – explore what life at Salford is like to help you make your decision, and to understand your next steps. Find information on funding your course, get a glimpse of where you could choose to live in your first year and speak to some of our current students.
  • Current Student Hub – if you are a current international student please refer to the advice on the Student Hub.
  • Welcome website - for new students you can find information about your timetable, welcome and induction activities, information on registration/visas and what to bring with you.
FAQS For All Prospective International Students & Offer Holders

The UK and the University of Salford’s response to COVID-19 

What is the current situation in the UK concerning COVID-19? 

You can find out the latest information by visiting the UK Government website.

While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This includes keeping in place key protections including:

  • Maintaining good hygiene including frequent hand washing
  • Testing when you have symptoms
  • Isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace
  • Self-isolation after travelling based on whether your are travelling from or through a red or amber list country
  • Recommendations to wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport

All registered students are advised to check for updates in their student email, the Student Hub, and social media. You can also contact your School Office for questions about your programme of study, or askUS for questions about support services.

You can find a letter from England's Universities Minister Michelle Donelan, which welcomes new international students and explains what you can expect in the academic year 2021-22.

Information for students starting in 2021/22 intake

Information for students starting in 2021/22 intake

You must have completed registration, travel and arrive on campus as per the dates below.

REMEMBER – International travel rules may change at short notice. Always check the rules before you travel with your home government and the UK Government.

January 2022 intake - important dates

**You must have arrived in the UK, including completing any mandatory quarantine, in time to be on campus for university induction and teaching dates ***

Apply for your visa

As soon as you have your CAS

REMEMBER: Visa offices are closed over Christmas and New Year and will be dealing with a high number of visa applications.
You are recommended to:
* Apply for your visa as soon as you have your CAS
* If you are applying for your visa in December, you should use a Super Priority or Priority Service so you can arrive in the UK in time for the start date of your course.
*If you are unable to apply for the visa before 16 December, you should consider deferring your application to the next intake as you are unlikely to arrive for the start of term.

Recommended travel dates 

From 6 January
REMEMBER: If you have not yet applied for your visa, you should consider using a Super Priority or Priority Service so you can arrive in the UK in time for the start date of your course.

Online registration opens

All courses except International Foundation Year: 6 January
International Foundation Year: 6 January

REMEMBER: You MUST register as soon as you have your CAS.
If you have not completed registration by the start of induction you will not be able to engage in your studies and your CAS/visa may be withdrawn. It is a requirement of your CAS/visa that you attend all your induction and teaching sessions.

University induction starts

All courses except International Foundation Year: 24 January
International Foundation Year: 10 January

Teaching starts

All courses except International Foundation Year: 31 January
International Foundation Year: 10 January

March 2022 intake – important dates
**You must have arrived in the UK, including completing any mandatory quarantine, in time to be on campus for university induction and teaching dates ***

  • Request you CAS - As soon as you receive the Request for CAS instructions and link from the CAS team.
  • Apply for your visa – As soon as you receive your CAS
  • Recommended travel dates – You are recommended to travel 3 weeks before your induction date, so you are able to complete any mandatory quarantine and be on campus ready for your induction activities and classes.
  • Online registration opens – TBC
  • University induction starts – 7 March 2022
  • Teaching starts – 14 March 2022

November 2021 intake
As the term has now started, your School Office and Programme Leader are your main point of contact. Please see for contact details below.

For questions about your programme of study, your School Office team are happy to help:

All Schools – phone

From inside the UK 0161 295 5338

From outside the UK +44 161 295 5338

Salford Business School

Email = SBS-Hub@salford.ac.uk 

School of Science, Engineering and Environment,

Email = SEESchoolEnquiries@salford.ac.uk

School of Health and Society

Email = HealthSociety-School-Reception@salford.ac.uk

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

Email = am-admin@salford.ac.uk

For questions about everything outside of your studies, including questions on accommodation, visa compliance/BRP, information on how to obtain a national insurance number, letters to support opening a bank account, the askUS team is happy to help -

Student support team – askUS

Visit the Student Hub and FAQs

From inside the UK 0161 295 0023

From outside the UK +44 161 295 0023

Email = askUS@salford.ac.uk

Vaccinations for international students

Vaccination status before your travel to the UK

Do I need a vaccine before I travel to England? 
If you are able to, you are strongly encouraged to have a vaccine before you travel to protect yourself and other travellers. Some countries are actively promoting vaccinations to students who are going overseas.
REMEMBER - there may be different rules in your country. You should check your home Government on rules about vaccinations and testing for leaving your home country.
You should also check with your travel agent as different airlines have different rules on travel

From 11 October, more vaccination programmes are approved by the UK Government which give travellers the fully vaccinated status.
If you have fully vaccinated status, the rules for entering the UK are less strict for travellers who do not have fully vaccinated status.
To find out your vaccine status in terms of UK Government travel go to UK Government – Country with Approved COVID-19 vaccination programmes and proof of vaccination.
You can find more information in the section International Travel and entering the UK on this webpage.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19 vaccinations for students?
You can find the information published by NHS England on 18 June 2021 - COVID-19 vaccination FAQs: students in Higher Education - and on the Education Hub.
General information is available for registered students on the Student Hub.

Are international students eligible for the vaccination in England?
Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

Do international students need to pay for the vaccine?
Nobody in England has to pay for the COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccination is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment.
International students or anyone seeing requests for payment should report this activity to their university institution and to Action Fraud.
More information on COVID-19 vaccine scams is on the Action Fraud website.

Do international students need to be registered with a GP (local family doctor) to get a vaccination?
You are encouraged to register with a GP (local family doctor) and get an NHS number when you come to the UK.
You can find more information about health services we offer through askUS, which is the University of Salford’s student support team.

What should an international student do if they’ve received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination abroad, and it is not a vaccine that is being offered in England?
If a person has received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, they should receive the same vaccine for their second dose. If the vaccine they received for their first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered as per the UK government advice (see sections on vaccine interchangeability guidance). The student should contact a GP to ensure they receive an appropriate vaccine for their second dose.

International travel and entering the UK

REMEMBER – International travel rules may change at short notice. Always check the rules with your home government and the UK Government before you travel.

You must follow the international travel rules for entering the UK depending on the country you arrive from/travel through and your vaccination status.

To find out your vaccine status, and if you are fully vaccinated, or not fully vaccinated in terms of UK Government travel rules go to UK Government – Country with Approved COVID-19 vaccination programmes and proof of vaccination.

Summary of travel measures (correct as of 5 December 2021)

Measure

Red List countries

All other countries
- NOT FULLY VACCINATED status

All other countries
- FULLY VACCINATED status

Passenger locator form
 

YES

YES

YES

Pre-departure test
 

YES – you must have a negative eligible test within 48 hours of travel

YES – you must have a negative eligible test within 48 hours of travel

YES – you must have a negative eligible test within 48 hours of travel

Book and pay for testing kit before travel and use in the UK

Testing kit is included in the Managed Quarantine Hotel package

Testing kit to use on Day 2 and Day 8 for not fully vaccinated. (The day you arrive is day 0).
The testing kit will be sent to your UK accommodation where you will be staying.
 

Testing kit to use on Day 2 for fully vaccinated. (The date you arrive is day 0).
The testing kit will be sent to your UK accommodation where you will be staying.

Quarantine rules

Book and pay for 10 days Managed Quarantine Hotel package

You must quarantine in your accommodation for 10 days while you await your Day 2 and Day 8 negative test results.

You will only be able to leave quarantine once you have both Day 2 and Day 8 negative results.

You must quarantine in your accommodation while you await your Day 2 negative test result.

You will only be able to leave quarantine once you have a negative result.

Test to Release scheme

Not available

Optional
*See Test to Release section to claim this service for free

Not available

As part of your travel plan, you must also 

  • Review the official guidance of your home country relating to travel to the UK.
  • Review the official guidance of the UK Government for entering the UK.
  • Keep in contact with your travel agency.
  • Review your travel and health insurance.
  • Complete the Salford self-isolation form to access the University’s self-isolation support service - Team Quarantine.
  • Bring an international credit or debit card with you so you can shop online.

Travelling to England depending on your vaccination status

REMEMBER – International travel rules may change at short notice. Always check the rules with your home government and the UK Government before you travel.

[If you are travelling from a Red list country must follow the rules for Red list countries irrespective of your vaccination status. You can see more information in the Travelling from or through a Red list country section on this webpage].

CHECKING YOU VACCINATION STATUS BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

The UK Government rules for travelling to England are now based on your vaccination status.
To find out your vaccine status, and if you are fully vaccinated, or not fully vaccinated in terms of UK Government travel rules go to UK Government – Country with Approved COVID-19 vaccination programmes and proof of vaccination.
 

FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

If you are fully vaccinated – before you travel

  1. take a PCR or LFD COVID-19 test within the 2 days before you travel to England. Check your home government or airline for testing facilities in your country.
  2. book and pay for a day 2 PCR COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England
  3. book and arrange to quarantine for at least 3 days on your arrival – this can be in your term-time accommodation
  4. complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

If you are fully vaccinated - booking and paying for PCR COVID-19 testing kit
You must book and pay for the Day 2 PCR test from any UK Government approved supplier listed on the UK Government website.
You must book and pay for your tests before you travel and leave enough time for them to be delivered to your address in England.
Some airlines and travel agents offer discounts on tests. Check with your airline or travel agent if you are able to access their discounts and how to book.

If you are fully vaccinated – after you travel

  1. take the day 2 PCR COVID-19 test and follow the instructions on the testing kit.
  2. quarantine at your UK address until you have received a negative test result.

REMEMBER: Day 0 is the day you arrive in the UK.

NOT FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

If you are not fully vaccinated – before you travel

  1. take a PCR or LFD COVID-19 test within the 2 days before you travel to England. Check your home government or airline for testing facilities in your country. 
  2. book and pay for a day 2 and day 8 PCR COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England
  3. Book and arrange to quarantine for 10 days on your arrival – this can be in your term-time accommodation
  4. OPTIONAL – if you are fully vaccinated you can choose to take a private PCR test on day 5 that may allow you to be released from quarantine early. You can find out how to use this scheme at Test to Release section of this website.
  5.  complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

If you are not fully vaccinated - booking and paying for COVID-19 testing kit
You must book and pay for the Day 2 and Day 8 PCR test from any UK Government approved supplier listed on the UK Government website.
You must book and pay for your tests before you travel and leave enough time for them to be delivered to your address in England.
Some airlines and travel agents offer discounts on tests. Check with your airline or travel agent if you are able to access their discounts and how to book.

If you are not fully vaccinated – after you travel
1 – take the day 2 and day 8 PCR COVID-19 test and follow the instructions on the testing kit.
2 – quarantine at your UK address for at least 10 days and until you have received a negative test result.
3 – You may be able to leave quarantine early if you have booked the Test to Release scheme.
REMEMBER: Day 0 is the day you arrive in the UK.

Travelling from or through a Red List country

What is a Red list country?
A Red list country is where there are significant concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and there are high restrictions on travel.
Countries can be added to the Red list at short notice. You can see the latest information at Red List countries.

Can I still travel to the UK from a Red List country?
Yes, the current rules are if you are a British or Irish national, or have residency rights in the UK, you are permitted to travel. This means, if you have a Student Route or Tier 4 visa, you are permitted to travel. You do not need a permission letter from the University to travel, but you must follow the Red list travel rules.

What are the Red list travel rules?

If you are travelling from or through a Red List country – before you travel

  1. take a PCR or LFD COVID-19 test within the 2 days before you travel to England. Check your home government or airline for testing facilities in your country.
  2. book and pay for a UK Government Approved – Managed Quarantine Hotel package which includes airport transfers, hotel accommodation, food and beverages, security and PCR COVID-19 testing kits
  3. complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

What is Managed Quarantine Hotel and what is the cost?
If you are travelling from, or passing through, a Red List country you must book and pay
You must book and pay for this before you travel on the UK Government website at Book a hotel managed quarantine package if you are arriving in England.
The cost is £2,228 for 1 adult for 10 days (11 nights).
You will not be able to leave your accommodation for 10 days.
The Managed Quarantine Hotel Package price includes hotel accommodation, food and beverages, transfers from the airport, security and two COVID-19 tests.
You will not be able to travel without the Managed Quarantine Hotel booking and you must include your booking reference on the Passenger Locator Form.

*Our students who have quarantine in a Managed Quarantine Hotel have reported that the accommodation was comfortable and that they were able to access wifi. This means you will be able to complete your online registration, and access University systems during your quarantine. Please bring a device with you so you can access wifi – such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

If I am travelling with another student, can I share Managed Quarantine Hotel room?
Yes, previous students who have booked travel together have shared a Managed Quarantine hotel room. The booking requires all travellers to provide their details and make payments.

If I am travelling with my family, do my dependants need to quarantine with me?
Yes, if you are travelling with your family, all members who need to quarantine in a Managed Quarantine Hotel.
The cost would depend on the number of adults and children in your group. We are aware that there is limited family hotel accommodation and you are advised to book early, or to reconsider your travel plans of your dependants as it may be more appropriate for your dependants to travel separately at a later date.

Is there any support for the cost of the Managed Quarantine Hotel
Unfortunately, COVID-19 travel restrictions come with extra costs and you must plan in advance.
You may be eligible to access the University of Salford’s Contribution to Government Quarantine Hotel financial support.
Full information and eligibility is on this page under section FINANCIAL SUPPORT – Government Quarantine Hotel package for Red list countries

If you are travelling from or through a Red List country – after you travel
When you have completed your Managed Hotel Quarantine, you will be taken to the airport where you first entered the UK. You will be able to take a bus or train to the University of Salford.

REMEMBER: As part of your travel plan, you must also

  • Review the official guidance of your home country relating to travel to the UK.
  • Review the official guidance of the UK Government for entering the UK.
  • Keep in contact with your travel agency.
  • Review your travel and health insurance.
  • Complete the Salford self-isolation form to access the University’s self-isolation support service.
  • Bring an international credit or debit card with you so you can shop online.

Financial Support – Contribution to Managed Quarantine Hotel

Travelling to Manchester Airport
When arranging your air travel, you should travel to Manchester Airport. This is the nearest airport to the University of Salford.
Airlines vary from country to country including British Airways, Virgin, KLM, Air France, Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, Hainan.

Updated 10 December 21: 

For those starting in the January 2022 intake, we are giving all eligible new international students who must book and pay for the Government Managed Quarantine Hotel, a financial contribution to the cost of this mandatory requirement.

Eligible students will be sent the link to the Contribution to Government Quarantine Hotel financial support application form during the registration period to your Salford Student email. 
*You must be registered to access your Salford Student email and we aim to send out the application form on the first week of January.
*Correct at 5 December 2021, the cost of Managed Quarantine Hotel is £2,285 for one adult.
You can apply for up to £1,285 per student.
You can also apply for up to £250 for a dependant, for a maximum of one dependant, if you are sharing with your dependants who have travelled with you at the same time.

Please be aware of the following:

  • You must have completed online registration and have proof of registration
  • You must be attending and engaging with your induction and classes
  • You must complete the Contribution to Government Quarantine Hotel form that is sent to your Salford student e-mail during registration
  • You must have booked and paid for the Government Managed Quarantine Hotel package and attach the receipt
  • You must have arrived in the UK and attach your entry date stamp
  • You must arrive by the start of term to start your programme on time
  • You must have a UK bank account in your own name
  • Eligibility is for new students for January intake only; you must be a self-funding student or PTDF student-sponsored students are not eligible.
  • Eligibility to the fund will be reviewed again in January.

If you want to check that you are eligible for the applying for the Contribution to Government Quarantine Hotel financial support, contact Salford-International@salford.ac.uk

Travelling to the UK and transferring to Manchester Airport
If you are travelling to a London airport (or any other airport except Manchester), you should arrange a connecting flight from London to Manchester Airport.
It is recommended to arrange this as part of your international flight.

You would go through immigration in London, and then transfer on a connecting flight to Manchester. Flights from London to Manchester are approximately 40 minutes. 

You should book the free airport taxi transfer to the University of Salford campus or to your student accommodation in Salford or Manchester using the details of your arrival in Manchester. See Airport Taxi Transfer Service in this section.

Travelling to the UK with a long connection and transferring to Manchester Airport
If you are travelling to a London airport (or any other airport except Manchester), you should arrange a connecting flight from London to Manchester Airport as soon as possible. 
However, if you have a long connection time, the rules are that if it is necessary, you can stop overnight in safe accommodation (for example, an airport hotel) before continuing your journey.

For example, if you arrive late at London Heathrow and your flight to Manchester is not until the next day you can stay in an airport hotel for one night, and then travel onward to Manchester Airport and start your self-isolation/quarantine from Manchester.
You would need to book the airport hotel in advance. Airport hotels can be expensive so plan your budget accordingly.
You must go straight to your airport hotel, and you must not leave until you need to return to the airport for your connecting flight.
You must provide the address of the airport hotel on your Public Health Passenger Locator Form in addition to your declared accommodation address.
So, you would enter both addresses – the airport hotel, and your accommodation in Salford/Manchester.

Travelling from Manchester Airport to your accommodation in Salford or Manchester
If you are travelling into Manchester Airport, you can get a free airport taxi transfer to the University of Salford campus or to your student accommodation in Salford or Manchester.

Airport Taxi Transfer Service - You must book at least 72 hours in advance using the booking form on the welcome site. You will need your University ID, flight details and accommodation address to complete the booking form.

Travelling from London (or any other airport except Manchester) to your accommodation in Salford or Manchester 
If you are travelling to a London airport (or any other airport except Manchester), you should arrange a connecting flight from London to Manchester Airport.
It is recommended to arrange this as part of your international flight.
You should book the free airport taxi transfer from Manchester Airport to the University of Salford campus or to your student accommodation in Salford or Manchester using the details of your arrival in Manchester. See Airport Taxi Transfer Service in this section.

Travelling from the airport when staying with friends or family in other cities outside Salford or Manchester 
You should arrange for your friends or family to collect you by private car.
Your friends or family will not be allowed in the airport building, so please arrange to meet them at the car in the designated area.

Please remember, if the UK Government regulations require you to self-isolate you must go straight to your accommodation and not stop in any other place on the way. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined. 

REMEMBER You must wear a face-covering in the airport, transport hubs and on public transport in England. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined. 

Airports and Travelling to your accommodation

Travelling to Manchester Airport
When arranging your air travel, you should travel to Manchester Airport. This is the nearest airport to the University of Salford.
Airlines vary from country to country including British Airways, Virgin, KLM, Air France, Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, Hainan.

Travelling to the UK and transferring to Manchester Airport
If you are travelling to a London airport (or any other airport except Manchester), you should arrange a connecting flight from London to Manchester Airport.
It is recommended to arrange this as part of your international flight.

You would go through immigration in London, and then transfer on a connecting flight to Manchester. Flights from London to Manchester are approximately 40 minutes. 

You should book the free airport taxi transfer to the University of Salford campus or to your student accommodation in Salford or Manchester using the details of your arrival in Manchester. See Airport Taxi Transfer Service in this section.

Travelling to the UK with a long connection and transferring to Manchester Airport
If you are travelling to a London airport (or any other airport except Manchester), you should arrange a connecting flight from London to Manchester Airport as soon as possible. 
However, if you have a long connection time, the rules are that if it is necessary, you can stop overnight in safe accommodation (for example, an airport hotel) before continuing your journey.

For example, if you arrive late at London Heathrow and your flight to Manchester is not until the next day you can stay in an airport hotel for one night, and then travel onward to Manchester Airport and start your self-isolation/quarantine from Manchester.
You would need to book the airport hotel in advance. Airport hotels can be expensive so plan your budget accordingly.
You must go straight to your airport hotel, and you must not leave until you need to return to the airport for your connecting flight.
You must provide the address of the airport hotel on your Public Health Passenger Locator Form in addition to your declared accommodation address.
So, you would enter both addresses – the airport hotel, and your accommodation in Salford/Manchester.

Travelling from Manchester Airport to your accommodation in Salford or Manchester
If you are travelling into Manchester Airport, you can get a free airport taxi transfer to the University of Salford campus or to your student accommodation in Salford or Manchester.

Airport Taxi Transfer Service - You must book at least 72 hours in advance using the booking form on the welcome site. You will need your University ID, flight details and accommodation address to complete the booking form.

Travelling from London (or any other airport except Manchester) to your accommodation in Salford or Manchester 
If you are travelling to a London airport (or any other airport except Manchester), you should arrange a connecting flight from London to Manchester Airport.
It is recommended to arrange this as part of your international flight.
You should book the free airport taxi transfer from Manchester Airport to the University of Salford campus or to your student accommodation in Salford or Manchester using the details of your arrival in Manchester. See Airport Taxi Transfer Service in this section.

Travelling from the airport when staying with friends or family in other cities outside Salford or Manchester 
You should arrange for your friends or family to collect you by private car.
Your friends or family will not be allowed in the airport building, so please arrange to meet them at the car in the designated area.

Please remember, if the UK Government regulations require you to self-isolate you must go straight to your accommodation and not stop in any other place on the way. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined. 

REMEMBER You must wear a face-covering in the airport, transport hubs and on public transport in England. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined. 

Team Quarantine and preparing for self-isolation

Team Quarantine: Support from the University while you are self-isolating
When you arrive in the UK, you must register with the University as self-isolating, which will ensure you receive support from another student during your quarantine.
Complete this self-isolation form and Salford students can chat to you during your self-isolation.
Our peer support volunteers are friendly, good listeners, and can help you with practical issues like getting groceries.

When you arrive in the UK, depending on the country you have travelled from, and your vaccination status, you may have to stay in your accommodation for 10 days. 

This is called self-isolation (quarantine) and is necessary because it can take up to 10 days for you to develop coronavirus symptoms after you catch the virus and in this time you can unknowingly pass it on to others, even if you don’t have symptoms.
During your self-isolation period, you won't be able to attend the University of Salford, see other people or leave your accommodation except for very limited reasons.

There are different rules for self-isolation, depending on where you have travelled from.

* If you have travelled from a Red list country - you must self-isolate for 10 days in UK Government approved Managed Quarantine Hotel. You can find information in the Travelling from or through a Red list country section on this webpage.
* If you have travelled from any other country, and your vaccine status is defined as not fully vaccinated - you must manage your own 10 days quarantine in your accommodation, which could be your student accommodation, with family or friends, or in a temporary hotel of your choice.

Self-isolation in your accommodation
You must book accommodation for the duration of your studies at the University of Salford before you travel, not just for your 10 day self-isolation period.
You can self-isolate in your student accommodation, at the home of your family or friends, private accommodation (for example, a private house share) or hotel.
Whatever your accommodation is for self-isolation, you should stay in a well-ventilated room with a window to the outside that can be opened, separate from other people.

Self-isolating at Campus Living Villages accommodation - If you are staying within a Campus Living Villages (CLV) accommodation building, and you need to self-isolate, please contact CLV on salford@clvuk.com to let them know you will be self-isolating.

Self-isolating in other student accommodation - If you are staying in alternative purpose-built student rental accommodation, and you need to self-isolate, contact your accommodation provider before you travel. 
Accommodation Providers:
Tramways - (Sanctuary Student Homes): Tramways@sanctuary-students.com
Riverside House: info@portergatepm.com
IQ Student Accommodation: Studentquarter@IQstudent.com
Mears Group – Bramall Court: student.bramall@mearsgroup.co.uk
X1 The Campus & X1 Chapel Street: eleanor@x1management.com
Manchester Student Homes: manchesterstudenthomes@manchester.ac.uk

Self-isolating when staying with friends and family - If you are staying with friends or family, you need to contact your friends or family before you travel to let them know you will be self-isolating for 10 days. You should go straight to your accommodation from the airport.
Even though you will be self-isolating for 10 days, your friends and family do not need to stay at home (unless they travelled with you).
Please remember: if you self-isolate with friends and family outside the Salford area you must ensure you have booked accommodation in the Salford area for after your self-isolation period. You will be expected to live within commutable distance from the University of Salford and failure to comply with this will result in your visa being withdrawn.

Self-isolating in private rental accommodation - If you need to self-isolate, and you are staying in a private flat or house, you need to contact your landlord before you travel to let them know you will be self-isolating for 10 days. Your landlord or flatmates may be able to tell you about the facilities in your accommodation, including internet access and local food shops with delivery options, which can help you prepare for your self-isolation period.
You must stay away from others who didn’t travel with you, so you should avoid shared spaces as much as possible, including kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas.
For example, your room does not have to have a bathroom attached, but you should consider other people in the house and use the amenities at different times and keep all areas clean. You can read about self-isolating in shared (multi-occupancy) accommodation.

If you have any concerns, you should consider staying in a hotel for your self-isolation period for 10 days before taking up your accommodation. Depending on the start date of your signed contract, this will be an extra cost and you will need to budget for this. 

Self-isolating in other hotel accommodation - If you need to self-isolate, and you are staying in a hotel or guesthouse, you need to confirm with your hotel that you will be self-isolating for 10 days.
You must stay away from others who didn’t travel with you, so it’s important that you don’t use shared areas such as bars, restaurants, health clubs and sports facilities.

Test to Release scheme to reduce self-isolation days

Subject to UK Government Guidance, under the Test to Release scheme you may be able to reduce your self-isolation period from 10 days to 5 days.
You choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test, to be taken after 5 days. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating.

The University of Salford is working with a private clinic to provide the test for free for international students completing self-isolation in the Salford/Manchester area.

To benefit from the Test to Release scheme for free, you must book a Test and Release appointment at least 72 hours before you travel at our partner clinic, Healthwork, in Manchester.
You must follow the instructions to book - How to book an PCR Test to Release Appointment with Healthwork.
You must include details of your appointment on your Passenger Locator Form.

The University is unable to pay for Test to Release for family members or dependants.
However, you can pay for additional tests for your family members or dependents at the same clinic when you book your test.

The University is only offering the test for free at the Healthworks clinic in Manchester and no other clinic. If you are self-isolating with family in another part of the UK, you are not eligible for the test. You can arrange and pay for the Test to Release scheme with another approved clinic.

You can keep up to date on the requirements at COVID19: testing for people travelling to England.

Teaching and facilities

How much face-to-face teaching will there be in 2021-22?
We know how important it is for you to receive face-to-face tuition, both for your academic studies and for the social aspect of university that is so vital to us all. For that reason, we are delivering as much face-to-face teaching as possible while maintaining a controlled approach to activity on campus.

For the time being, we will maintain a level of social distancing on campus in order to protect everyone’s safety and allow us to easily reintroduce measures at short notice if required. However, we’re delighted that you can look forward to an in-person learning experience when you start with us in September. 

Will some classes take place online?
In consultation with our staff and students over recent months, we have learnt that there are some elements of online learning that were improvements on how we taught previously. Online learning can be beneficial to individual learning styles and has the added benefit of freeing space up on campus for more face-to-face learning where needed. Therefore, there are some sessions that will be online - not because of the pandemic, but because our students have told us that it’s the best way to deliver them. 

We’ll also be recording some sessions so that they can be viewed afterwards on-demand. This isn’t a replacement for attending in person; however, this will allow students to watch sessions back and review what they’ve learnt in order to supplement that face-to-face learning.

We are committed to providing you with the best possible student experience. 

I am an undergraduate student, will there be any changes to my assessments?
We’ve also been working hard on adapting your assessments to ensure they are designed to help you succeed. Therefore, there’ll be no formal, written exams for first-year undergraduates in the first term. We’ve also put in place a Practice for Success programme which will help you learn how best to approach assessments when they return and provide you with techniques to ensure that you can demonstrate your understanding effectively. 

At Salford, we have always welcomed students from a diverse range of backgrounds so we are used to ensuring that their transition to university is as smooth as it possibly can be. This understanding and experience is behind all the preparation we are doing to ensure that our students are ready to take the next step in their academic careers.

Will your facilities be open?
Yes, all of our facilities will be open, including the library, sports centre, Students' Union, our food outlets such as Atmosphere Kitchen and Bar and more. There will be some measures in place to ensure your safety, for example, maintaining a level of social distancing. We will share more information closer to the start of term.

English language requirements

How long is my IELTS certificate valid for?

As some IELTS centres have been closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we will continue to extend the validity of IELTS results by six months for the remainder of the 2022 calendar year. This means that your IELTS scores will be valid for 30 months, instead of the standard 24 months, from the date of issue.

We accept a range of qualifications as evidence of your English language skills. Please go to English language requirements to find out more.

Tuition fee deposit, scholarships, discounts

I have an offer and I have paid my tuition fee deposit, however, due to concerns on COVID-19 I would prefer not to travel and study away from home. What are my options? 
We understand the changing position of COVID-19 may affect your decision to study.
1. You can defer your admission to the next intake. Please go to your course page to find the next available intake.
2. If you prefer to decline your application due to COVID-19 concerns, your tuition fee deposit will be refundable. Please email applications@salford.ac.uk  including your name, student ID number, course you have applied for, and request a refund of your deposit. 

Scholarships for international students
Over the past five years, we have awarded more than £5 million in scholarships and bursaries to support high-achieving international students. You could be a scholarship award winner. Explore our scholarships.

Discounts on tuition fees for international students 
If you choose to pay in full, we offer a prompt payment discount of 3% on the net fee remaining after any scholarship has been applied.
If you pay your tuition fees in full, you are advised to pay the net amount minus the 3% discount before you apply for your CAS as this can show positively on your visa application.

CAS, ATAS, and Student Route Visas

Can you issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)? 
Once you have fulfilled your academic conditions and paid your deposit, the CAS team will contact you to start the CAS process.
You will be asked to submit evidence of finances as part of the CAS process. If you do not submit evidence of finances, or your evidence is incorrect, you will not receive a final CAS.
You may be asked to take a credibility interview as part of the CAS process. If you are contacted for the interview and do not respond you will not receive a final CAS.

Where do I find information about visa application centres in my country?
For the latest updates go to TLS Contact if you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East, or visit VFS Global for all other countries.

I need an ATAS. How do I apply?
You must apply to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). 
Applications are now being accepted and there is up to a 30-day wait so please complete your application as soon as possible to meet the conditions of your offer.

I am worried about my BRP and how to obtain it. What will happen to my BRP if I delay my travel to the UK?
The UK Government guidance advises that students will not be penalised for being unable to collect their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) while Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures are in place.
You also have the University’s Home Office Compliance team to help you with any BRP related concerns. You can email the team at homeofficecompliance@salford.ac.uk

What is the Graduate Immigration Route?  
The UK Government’s immigration update in April confirmed that a new graduate immigration route will be available to international students who have completed a degree in the UK from summer 2021.
The Graduate Route will launch on 1 July 2021. You’ll be able to work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to 2 years. 
You can find more information on the UK Government's Graduate Route announcement.

Do I need to be in the UK to be eligible for the Graduate Immigration Route?
Yes, you will need to be in the UK to eligible for the Graduate Immigration Route and this includes, and mostly importantly, you must be in the UK as per the requirements of your programme.

You can find information about start dates on your offer letter.
You can also find information on important dates in for Information for students starting in 2021/22 intake section on this webpage.

Your School may grant you permission as a Late Arrival, however, this will only be granted in very exceptional circumstances. If you are granted permission as a Late Arrival, you can be assured that your visa will not be affected as long as you meet the conditions of your School.

Most importantly, you will need to be in the UK as per your course requirement.
For September 2021 intake this means you must be in the UK for our induction activities from 20th September and teaching from 27th September.
Your School may grant you permission as a Late Arrival, however, this will only be granted in very exceptional circumstances.
If you are granted permission as a Late Arrival, you can be assured that your visa will not be affected as long as you meet the conditions of your School.

Accommodation

Where can I find information about accommodation?
Visit our accommodation page or email askus-accommodation@salford.ac.uk

Local student accommodation providers
Campus Living Villages (CLV) manages our on-campus accommodation at Peel Park, John Lester Court and Eddie Colman Court
Tramways - (Sanctuary Student Homes): Tramways@sanctuary-students.com
Riverside House: info@portergatepm.com
IQ Student Accommodation: Studentquarter@IQstudent.com
Mears Group - Bramall Court: student.bramall@mearsgroup.co.uk
X1 The Campus & X1 Chapel Street: eleanor@x1management.com

Private accommodation
You may prefer to find your own private accommodation. We recommend using Manchester Student Homes who only work with fully accredited landlords and offer free advice

Do I need to book accommodation before I travel?
Yes, all travellers to the UK must complete a Passenger Locator Form and include the address where they are living.
The is UK law and you will be fined if you do not provide this information.

Temporary accommodation
The following hotels have been used by our students in the past and may offer competitive rates.
You will need a credit card to secure your booking
Please note – the discounts available are subject to space and managed by the individual hotels.

Ask for the room rate for the University of Salford:

Novotel Manchester Centre = Bookings via email H3145-re@accor.com
Ibis Manchester Centre – Princess Street
 = Bookings via email H3143@accor.com
Ibis Styles – Portland Street = Book here.
Holiday Inn Manchester – City Centre (Aytoun Street) = Book here.

Resources for your safety

NHS COVID-19 Track and Trace app/GP facilities/Testing centre

If you are living on campus or nearby, you should register with the University of Salford's Medical Centre or check some alternative options.

To help keep you and everyone else on campus safe and informed, we ask that you please download and use the NHS Contact Tracing free app. The app is the fastest way of knowing when you're at risk of coronavirus. You can also find advice, check your symptoms, arrange a test, and avoid contact tracing forms using the QR scanner at public venues. Download the app.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you can get a free test via the NHS. Find out more. On this page, you’ll also be able to book an appointment to get tested at the new Salford-based Covid-19 testing centre located on the ground floor of Humphrey Booth House in Salford Crescent and open from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week.

Where can I find information on the safety measures at the University?

We have put together a special Stay Safe resource page to provide new students with an induction to our safety measures.
Current students will also find updated information on the Student Hub (if you aren't a current student you won't be able to access this, and should use the Stay Safe page.

Where can my parents find information about the safety measures at the University? 

We have put together a special Family and Friends page to provide your family and friends reassurance on our safety measures.