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.

Move into your accommodation

If you're in University maintained accommodation, when you get here you should go straight to your residence. You'll collect your key there 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.

If you're in private accommodation, you'll need to get your keys from the company you are renting from. Once 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.

Complete your identity check (and get your student ID card)

As part of registration, as well as completing your online registration steps, pretty much all new students need to complete an identity check in person. Find out more on our registration pages

After you have completed your identity check, you will collect your student ID card. This will get you in to the Library, The Edge and other restricted access areas, and you will need it for your examinations too.

If you have any questions, phone our registration helpline on 0800 915 0402 (within UK) or 0113 343 27000 (outside UK) 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 16 to Sunday 24 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. If you are a UK undergraduate, you can find out more in your welcome pack that arrives in the post. Otherwise, there is lots of information on the LUU website for you to browse.

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.

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. You can do this by logging in to Minerva and click the access Student Services icon to check your modules, and use the timetable icon to check your timetable.

Get to know the University IT systems & the Library

 you can start using our facilities to get started with your new student life in Leeds.

If you haven't already done so, you can complete the online IT inductions. This will help  to get set up with your IT account, learn about the University IT regulations, find out what facilities are available and learn to navigate the University systems you will be using. Minerva is the key to registration, accessing information and resources about your course and contains your university email account, so this induction is relevant for you right from the start!  

Our library induction course will show you how to access and use the cutting edge facilities and resources you have available for your studies at Leeds. Getting to know the basics here will save you time when you arrive and start using the Library.

If you haven’t already, download the UniLeeds app.

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, Michael Sadler Building (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).
  • 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.