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Your visa options to study design abroad in Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester is a great choice for students who love music, culture and pub life.

The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester is one of the most creative cities in the world with a rich cultural heritage to rival any major metropolis. Manchester has a close-knit creative scene that’s constantly growing and developing. It’s a city that’s on the rise. Big time.

“Manchester is the heart of where all things art are happening! There’s always something going on in this amazing, vibrant city, full of the friendliest people”. — Georgia Duckett, London

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Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Visa holders, European Union (EU) members, European Economic Area (EEA) members and Swiss citizens.


The United Kingdom offers the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Visa, which allows 18—30 years old from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand or Taiwan to live, study and work for up to 24 months. Perfect to graduate from our 3 months full-time or 9 months part-time course, then work or travel for the remainder of your visa.

Please note: Shillington is unable to sponsor the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Visa, so we can’t accept students from Hong Kong or the Republic of Korea.

If you have a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) passport, you don’t need a visa to study in the United Kingdom.

Accommodation and transport tips

Looking for where to live in Manchester? Since you’ll be spending a lot of time at Shillington, we recommend sticking within a 30 minute commute-time of campus. Past students recommend areas such as the Northern Quarter, Oxford Road, Rusholme, Withington and Fallowfield.

“Manchester is definitely cheaper than London. It’s quite easy to meet people in the design industry as its full of design events” —Margherita Baldi, Italy

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Transportation in Manchester:

  • You can just use your bank card! There is contactless payment on buses, trams and trains.
  • Please note: Shillington students are not eligible for travel concession cards.

Cost of living and exchange calculator

You’ll probably have a lot of questions about how much moving to Manchester will cost. Do your research to best prepare for your study adventure!

Here are some helpful financial resources:

  • XE Currency Convertor is a great tool to calculate the exchange rate from your home country into pounds.
  • Numbeo offers a cost of living calculator, designed to help you discover how much it would cost to live in Manchester.

Creative's Guide to Manchester

There’s so much to see and do in Manchester!

Want to know the cool spots according to people in the design scene? On the Grid is a collection of cultural guides lovingly curated by local creatives. Check out top recommendations for Manchester, broken up by unique neighbourhoods.

“Manchester is where it’s all happening! There was something going on the in the city every week we were there, from events such as Glug and PechaKucha, to indie book fairs and art pop-ups”. — Chloe Watson, Newcastle

Shillington’s top 10 things to do in Manchester:

  1. Northern Quarter. “The Northern Quarter was really inspiring, because of the number of arts shops, nice coffee shops and different kinds of people—I loved wandering around and taking pictures of the street art I came across”—Mia Dellora, Slovenia
  2. People’s History Museum. An amazing glimpse into the history of Manchester, and of the UK, with some amazing graphic design inspiration from across the centuries to boot.
  3. The Whitworth Gallery. One of the best galleries in the North, The Whitworth has displays of everything from historical exhibitions to contemporary commissions.
  4. The Peak District. A quick train ride from Manchester will bring you to one of England’s most beautiful national parks—an incredible place for walking or cycling.
  5. Altrincham Market. Full of independents shops, cafes and restaurants, Altrincham Market is a great way to spend an afternoon out of the city centre (dogs are allowed, too!).
  6. HOME. A cinema, theatre and arts space all rolled in to on, there’s always something interesting and creative going on at HOME.
  7. National Football Museum. Manchester is home to two of the world’s biggest football clubs—United and City—so it’s no surprise there’s a museum dedicated to the beautiful game.
  8. Victoria Baths. These listed Edwardian baths were restored in 2003 are now used as the most gorgeous venue for markets, film screenings, concerts and more.
  9. Heaton Park. The biggest park in Manchester is a great way to get some fresh air, but there’s also beekeeping, a boating lake and an annual festival, Parklife.
  10. Dunham Massey. Perfect for all year round, Dunham Massey is a Georgian house surrounded by a lush garden and park—a great place to get lost at the weekend.

Websites for arts, culture, and lifestyle inspiration:

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In hindsight I made the right decision, because I have fantastic memories of my time in Manchester, and it changed my career!

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