Your first few days

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 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.

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 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 how it compares 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 access 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.

Get your student ID card

To get your ID card – the last step in the registration process – you’ll need to complete the seven steps of registration, 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. 

We advise UK students to do this by 16 September 2016, to ensure your student ID card is ready for collection. You will be notified by email when your ID card is ready and where you should collect it from. International students can only register once you arrive in Leeds.

If you have any questions phone our Registration Helpline on 0800 9150402 or email

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

The award-winning Leeds University Union (LUU) will host a series of welcome events to introduce you to activities, clubs and societies, Leeds nightlife and volunteering opportunities. You can find out more in your LUU welcome pack which you will receive before you arrive, or on the LUU website.

Freshers’ week, from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 September 2017, will be filled with events and fairs to introduce you to our clubs and societies and opportunities to make friends and socialise with your new housemates. For the programme of events have a look at the LUU welcome pack.

Attend your school's welcome and induction events and join our Global Community

Your school or department will send you information about its induction and welcome events – make sure you attend as this is an opportunity to meet students and staff and get an introduction to your course.

A programme of social events run by our Global Community will welcome all students to our vibrant multicultural campus. There will be a welcome event for mature undergraduates run by our Lifelong Learning Centre.

Check your modules and timetable

If you haven’t chosen your modules, go to the Discovery Themes Fair. Check your timetable the week before teaching starts to make sure there are no clashes.

Get to know the Portal and complete the IT & library inductions

Have a look round the Portal as this will be your online route to everything while at Leeds.

Complete the online IT and library induction courses. If you haven’t already, download the UniLeeds and Blackboard Mobile Learn apps.

Register with a doctor

To register 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.

If you're an international student, you should check your entitlements to healthcare services.

International students

If you're an international student you should also:

  • Collect and look through your welcome pack.
  • Attend a welcome talk from the International Student Office team, either at the International Student Information Point (9 - 22 September 2017 only) or at the International Student Office.
  • Pay your academic fees and complete your University registration.
  • Attend your International student orientation session. This provides essential information for immigration, studying in the UK, getting the most out of your time at Leeds and more. If you're arriving later than the date of your orientation session, visit the International Student Office to receive a welcome talk.
  • If you haven't yet arranged permanent accommodation, contact the Accommodation team (for University-owned accommodation) or Unipol (for private-sector housing).
  • Take the University English Language Test if you are a postgraduate research student. Visit the Language Centre website to register for the next available test.
  • Open a UK bank account.
  • Register with the police if this is a requirement of your visa.
Visit the International orientation programme and key dates page to find out more about your first few days and weeks in Leeds.