New students

It can feel quite overwhelming arriving in a new city, and it can be difficult to know what to do first. Here's a handy list of things you can do to help get organised before you set off and once you've arrived in Leeds.

You'll need to move into your accommodation, pick up your student ID card, register with a local doctor and make sure your timetable is correct. There's plenty of social events to get involved in, too.

Are you coming to Leeds from outside the UK? Find out more on our Preparing for Leeds website

Before you arrive

Register to get your student ID card

To get your ID card you’ll need to register first, then fill in an additional form (you'll be given the link at the end of the registration system) and upload a passport-style photograph of yourself. 

  • If you're a UK student we advise that you do this by 17 September, to ensure your student ID card is ready for collection.
  • If you're an international student, you should wait until you arrive in Leeds to start your registration. Make sure you go to your welcome talk and collect your welcome pack before you begin.

We'll tell you by email when your ID card is ready and where you should collect it from. If you have any questions phone our registration helpline on 0800 9150402 or email registration@leeds.ac.uk.

Move into University accommodation

When you get here you should go straight to your residence, where you'll collect your key and move in. You can then complete an inventory to record the condition of your room. For more information visit the accommodation website, email accom@leeds.ac.uk or phone 0113 343 7777.

Move into private accommodation

Once you get your keys and you’re inside the property, check it thoroughly and consider compare it with when you saw it at the time of signing the contract. Take photos of the property (including any wear and tear) so you have proof of its condition as you take over the occupancy. Inform the landlord straight away of anything you’re concerned about, such as missing or damaged items. You can get independent help and advice on all aspects of private accommodation, including utility bills, contracts, maintenance and repairs from Unipol or the Student Advice Centre  in the University Union building.

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Arriving at University

Register with a doctor

To register with a doctor you will need to go to a doctor’s surgery and take the following documents:

  • Proof of your identity (eg passport, driving licence etc)
  • Proof of your student status (eg student card)
  • Proof of your Leeds address (eg accommodation contract)

Most students choose to register with the Leeds Student Medical Practice located near the University campus. You can also find a list of other local doctors on the NHS Choices website.

Collect your student ID card

Once you've filled in the registration process you'll be notified by email when your ID card is ready and where you should collect it from. If you have any questions phone our registration helpline on 0800 9150402 or email registration@leeds.ac.uk.

Visit the Students’ Union and get involved in freshers’ week

Leeds University Union (LUU) will host a series of welcome events during Freshers’ week (Saturday 17 to Sunday 25 September) to introduce you to activities, clubs and societies, Leeds nightlife and volunteering opportunities. It's a great time to make friends and socialise with your new housemates. You can find out more in your LUU welcome pack which you'll get before you arrive, or on the LUU website.

Preparing for study

At Leeds, you'll benefit from state-of the-art facilities and easy to use online resources. You can find out more about these as you prepare to study here.

  • Library - find quiet places to study in our four libraries, get course books and view thousands of online resources.
  • Learning - Flying Start will help you to adapt to being a learner at university. Designed to be accessed during the period between receiving A-level results and starting at university, this resource provides information, activities and messages of welcome from your school or department.
  • The Portal - a single place to view information about your school, VLE, email plus much more.
  • Mobile apps - download the free apps to get all the information you'll need for everything University related.
  • The language centre - The Language Centre at the University of Leeds covers the full range of language training and preparation courses for prospective and current university students.
  • Leeds for Life - Leeds for Life helps you to get the most out of your time at university by supporting your personal and academic development.
  • The Partnership - The University of Leeds and Leeds University Union have brought staff and students together to create and agree a shared set of expectations known as The Partnership.
  • Recording of lectures - Many teaching sessions are recorded and the recordings are made available for later viewing in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Disabled students

Here at Leeds, we provide a wide range of support and wellbeing services. We've got many accessible facilities available across campus for disabled students including adapted accommodation, medical support and IT.

Find out more about

University life

There's a wealth of opportunities to enrich your time at Leeds available, whether it's volunteering, studying abroad, learning a language or considering what to do once you've graduated. Find out more by visiting our Opportunities section.

Maintaining an active lifestyle at University is a great way to keep yourself fit, healthy and happy. There are a number of facilities in the University to help you do this.

Leeds University Union has a huge range of information, clubs and societies to offer you, whatever your interests are. 

What to bring and key dates

Find out what to bring when you come to Leeds.

Have a look at the dates you'll need to know before and when you arrive at University


For more information, download the welcome booklet for new undergraduates.

If you're coming to Leeds from outside the UK, download the welcome booklet for new international students