Your First Day

We look forward to meeting you on your first day at The Essential English Centre!

On your first day, you should arrive at 9.30am and come to reception on the first floor.  We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed during your time with us, and our friendly staff will be here to welcome you to Manchester and to The Essential English Centre. On the first day, you will learn a lot about the school, from course programmes, structures and levels to our lively social programme.  We want you to feel included and informed, and you will be welcome to ask any questions you like during your induction.  We will also tell you about Manchester, from its social life to accommodation and staying healthy and safe in the city.

How to find us

We are located in central Manchester, just 10-12 minutes on foot from Manchester Piccadilly station, and 5 minutes from Oxford Road Station. To access the building on your first day, you will be given an entry code when you confirm your booking.

Personal details

On your first day, you will be asked to complete a student registration form with contact details while you are in the UK. Please bring with you for registration:

  • Passport
  • Visa (where applicable)

If you wish to apply for an NUS card, this will be an additional £12, payable at the school. We can assist you with applying for this card if you wish.

Our Student Services Officer will help you to register with the police, if this is required.

First Morning Timetable

  • 09:30-09:45 Complete registration form and show photo ID
  • 09:45-10:45 Placement Testing
  • 10:45-11:15 Personal meeting with Academic Manager
  • 11:15-12:00 School Induction with Operations Manager


Our staff will always be available during your course to help you with anything you need.  Our teachers are friendly and supportive, and our staff always have their doors open for you!

Let's Connect

0044 (0) 161 236 2364