Living in the UK
Leeds is a welcoming, diverse and popular destination for international students. Discover the wide range of support available to help you adapt to life in the UK and make the most of your time here.
Find out more about facilities on campus and in the local area including help for families, information about healthcare, rules and regulations and where to go for support and advice.
Leeds has plenty to offer families including great schools, facilities and activities if you spend some time investigating and planning before you arrive.
Feeling at home in Leeds
Life in a new social, cultural and academic environment is exciting but can feel challenging. Whether you've recently arrived in Leeds or you've been here for some time, there's lots of support to help you feel at home.
The University campus has a wide range of facilities, from cafes and bars, to libraries, IT assistance and security services.
Prayer, contemplation and faith-based support
Our quiet spaces, prayer facilities and faith-based support give you the chance to take a break, reflect, and connect with local faith communities.
Cultural differences and culture shock
Living in a new country can be very exciting, but you may find the changes can feel difficult and stressful for a while.
Support in response to world events
We're proud to be a supportive global community of students and staff, in a compassionate, outward-looking city. When world events affect members of our community, we know how important it is to have the right support, especially for those who are far away from family and friends back home.
The University's Security Service operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. We offer crime prevention advice, patrol the campus, investigate crimes and respond to alarms and emergencies.
Leeds is a compact city and it's relatively easy to find your way around, whether you're on foot, cycling or on a bus.
Opportunities to get involved
Even the most dedicated student needs breaks and social contact to keep feeling positive and healthy, so take time to relax and socialise while you're here in Leeds.
Disabled international students
The University welcomes and supports disabled international students, and our Disability team can support you to make the most of your time in Leeds and remove any barriers to learning.
Health advice for international students
If you become unwell during your time in the UK then you'll need to know about the medical care you can receive.
We believe that being pregnant, terminating a pregnancy or having children or other caring responsibilities should not be a barrier to success at the University.
Know the rules
The UK is a welcoming and exciting place to come to live and study, and has a liberal culture in which personal freedoms are highly valued. However, there are some laws and rules that may be different to what you're used to.
Budget and costs
To avoid financial difficulties and to help you estimate how much money you'll need, you might find it useful to prepare a budget.
Outside of your school or faculty, there are facilities across the University to help you develop your study skills or improve any spoken languages.