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

Complete your online IT induction

Complete the online IT inductions 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. Your IT account 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!  

Complete your online Library induction

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.

When you arrive in Leeds

Move into your accommodation

If you are moving in to University accommodation, go straight to your residence when you arrive to collect your key. 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 move in to private accommodation, get your keys and visit your accommodation. When you first enter the property:

  • thoroughly compare it with when you saw it at the time of signing the contract and with the inventory of items, if provided.
  • 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

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)

The closest doctor's surgery to campus is the Leeds Student Medical Practice. You can also find a list of other local doctors on the NHS Choices website.

Complete your identity check (and collect 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.

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. Take a look at the Library induction mentioned at the top of the page too.
  • 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.
  • Minerva - your online way into everything, including the learning resources for your modules, your email plus much more. This is covered in the IT induction mentioned at the top of the page.
  • 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 Minerva.

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.

    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

    • Funding for disabled students. 
    • The Leeds Assessment centre, which provides needs assessments as part of the disabled students allowances (DSA) application process.  
    • Whatever your disability, we can provide general and condition-specific support to meet your needs while you’re a student at Leeds.
    • Find the contact details of the people who can help answer any questions you have before you arrive, or once you're here.

    International Students

    If you're an international student, when you arrive you should also:

    • Collect and look through your welcome pack from the International Student Information Point, Michael Sadler Building (9 - 22 September 2017 only).
    • 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.

    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