Prepare for Leeds
Get your visa
If you are a new student and require a visa to study in the UK, it’s essential to allow plenty of time to find out what you need to do, apply for the correct visa, or make any changes needed (if you need to extend your visa or your circumstances change).
Arrange accommodation before you travel, know when you can move in and check what processes you’ll have to follow if you need to move into your accommodation before or after you’ve planned.
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.
COVID-19 travel and safety requirements
Find out all you need to know about the most recent COVID-19 travel and safety requirements.
When to arrive
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Leeds! Check important dates before you book your transport, including your visa, orientation and induction sessions and when you can move into your accommodation.
What to bring
We know there can be a lot to remember when you’re packing for university. To help you, we've put together a list of important documents and items you might need.
Travel to Leeds
Here’s some useful information to help you plan how to reach Leeds once you have arrived in the UK.
When you have booked your travel, make sure you tell us your date and time of arrival and book our arrival services so that we can support you.
Travel to your accommodation
Here’s some information to help you get to your accommodation as comfortably as possible so that you can finally unpack your suitcases and get ready for life in Leeds.
If your arrival is delayed
Sometimes journeys don’t turn out as planned for reasons which you can’t control. If your journey is delayed, check this page to find out who you can contact to get help and make sure you know who to notify about your delayed arrival so you can be supported.
Arranging money for when you arrive
It can take a few weeks to open a bank account in the UK. Make sure you are ready and can access money for your first weeks in Leeds.
University Buddy Scheme
The University Buddy Scheme offers friendship and peer support to help you feel at home and part of our community, as well as enjoying getting involved in student life. The scheme is open to all students and you can apply at any point during your student journey. You'll be matched with a new or returning student from anywhere in the University at the same study level as you and with someone who has similar interests.
Before you start your course
We’re really excited to welcome you to the University of Leeds. This page will provide you with information that you need to help you prepare and make sure you’re in control and ready for your life at Leeds.