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.

Feeling at Home in Leeds online guides and group workshops help you settle in, adapt to changes and make the most of all the opportunities for learning and personal growth.

Feeling at Home in Leeds online guides

In the Feeling at Home in Leeds online guides you’ll hear from students and postgraduate researchers who’ve shared their stories of making the transition to living and studying in Leeds. You’ll hear about what they found different and exciting, what helped them meet challenges, and what they’ve learned from their experiences. You can also use the interactive activities to help you apply the ideas and strategies to your own situation. 

You can self-enrol in the Feeling at Home in Leeds Minerva organisation to explore these different sections of the guide in any order:

  • Navigating change and cultural differences
  • Making friends and finding balance
  • Getting the right help and support
  • Getting the most from University life
  • Navigating the Leeds academic environment. 

How to access your online guide

Taught students

To access your guide, you’ll need to self-enrol in the Feeling at Home in Leeds organisation on Minerva, using your University of Leeds email address and password.

  1. Log into Minerva via the links below, which will take you to the Feeling At Home in Leeds page for your study level:
  2. Follow the brief self-enrolment instructions provided on that page.
  3. After you have self-enrolled, your Feeling at Home in Leeds guide will be listed under 'Organisations', which you can view by clicking on the 'Learn' tab in Minerva.

Postgraduate researchers

You’ll find your Feeling at Home in Leeds online guide in the Leeds Doctoral College organisation on Minerva.

Who can use the online guides?

The online guides will be particularly useful if you are studying in the UK for the first time, but all students and postgraduate researchers are welcome to explore the guides. We hope that everyone will find something useful in the videos, activities and resources. 

There are different versions of the guide for each of the three different study levels (undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research postgraduate).

Feeling at Home in Leeds group workshops

Free courses of Feeling at Home in Leeds group workshops run at different times of the year. The course provides an opportunity to share your experiences of culture change with fellow students and postgraduate researchers. You’ll also help each other develop strategies for making the most of your intercultural experience at Leeds, including improving and developing skills in these areas:

  • Participating in academic groups
  • Making social conversation
  • Seeking help
  • Expressing disagreement and saying no.

The course was a breath of fresh air for me. This activity helped me to enjoy more my time here in Leeds... [and] helped me to find the balance between my personal and student life. The course gave me tools to 'survive' in a global environment, not only to understand the British culture but also to understand other cultures. (Previous workshop participant).

The Feeling at Home in Leeds course has been developed by the International Student Office in collaboration with Student Counselling and Wellbeing.

Who can attend the group workshops?

The workshops are for international (including EU) students and postgraduate researchers.

How to sign up

Our next workshop will be a one-off session on Thursday 4 April from 1.30 - 4.30pm in the Level 12 Common Room of the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building. To guarantee yourself a place, please book in advance using this online form, there will also be a limited number of places available on the day.

If you cannot attend the next workshop but would like to be contacted about future workshops, please register your interest using our online form.

If you have any questions about our online guides or workshops, please contact us at globalcommunity@leeds.ac.uk.