why we are unique
The International Society is an independent, not-for-profit organisation based in Greater Manchester supported by the city’s Universities. We have been promoting international friendship and celebrating cultural diversity in the city since 1966.
We are here to help you make the most of your life in Manchester!
The International Society is the best place for you to make new friends from all over the world. We aim to provide a warm welcome to everyone who visits. Our trips, classes, events, activities and volunteering opportunities are open to all.
MEMBERS PER YEAR
Latest Update June 2022
Summer’s here but still lots to get involved in here athe Society. If your friends have left, join in our Weekly Socials to meet new friends. Our trips and events are still ongoing throughout Summer.
If you are coming to Manchester in September, please keep an eye out on our Welcome 2022 programme coming soon. Stay up to date with our Welcome activities through our Instagram and TikTok.
Our events are a great way for you to make new friends from all over the world. They include our Weekly Socials, Speed Friending, Games Nights, Quiz Nights, Live Music Nights, Language Exchange and more.
home away from home
Beautiful memories from our members.
“This was one of the most important parts of my university experience because it was so enriching to meet so many people from everywhere in the world. As the years passed by, it became like my second home.”
“Super friendly and homey environment with amazing experience of various diverse cultures including food and activities. It offered me the best time of my uni life and I met my best friend there!”
“The Society did become my second home. I don’t think I can imagine being a student here without going to the Society or at least knowing the Society.”
“In the Society in general, I could find the family and support that I was needing. Any time I would come, I would find people who are so smiley and everyone looks so friendly and so happy just being here. It’s like a really huge family with amazing people.”
“I didn’t know that I could connect with people from these different countries. You connect on so many different levels and you become the best friends that you never knew you could become.”
“It’s not just different people from different countries. It’s about different personalities and different perspective of lives. I have definitely gained lifelong friends that I would keep wherever I go.”
BECOME A MEMBER
We are open to all.
Students and non-students can become members of the Society. All members receive discounts on our trips, language classes and events as well as access to our free membeer only events and activities.
Membership is FREE to students and staff of University of Manchester.
Trips, language classes and events are also open to non-members.
We have created a space online where our members can meet and still stay connected.
Join our International Students in Manchester Facebook Group to chat with other members and share tips with each other.
The International Society is supported
by The University of Manchester and University of Manchester Students’ Union.
0161 275 4959
c/o UMSU, Oxford Road,
Manchester, M13 9PR
Our offfice is located at the ground floor of University of Manchester’s Students’ Union.
The International Society is a registered charity. Our Charity Commision number is 521248.
© International Society 2021