Life at Leeds | 17 September 2021

It’s September, and that means it’s the start of a new academic year at Leeds. We’re thrilled that you’re joining us and looking forward to having you as part of our community.  

Who are we, and why are we writing to you? 

We’re the student communications team. There’s Liz, Nafisa and Richard in the team, and we’ll be with you throughout your time at Leeds. We’ll be bringing you the latest news and updates and reminding you of the important things you need to do throughout the year. 

We want you to make the most of your time with us, so we’ll be sharing details about activities to help you meet new friends and tell you more about the resources and support available to help you. 

We’re also the team that manages the student Facebook group and Twitter account. If you’re not already following us on social media, what are you waiting for?  

We want to use this newsletter to share things that are important to you, and you find useful. If you have something you want us to feature, or want to share some feedback with us, email us at

Enjoy your time at Leeds!  
The student communications team

p.s. if you ever have a question contact the student information helpline who can help you get the answers you need. 

Keeping everyone safe on campus 

To help keep everyone safe, we'll be keeping some Covid-19 precautions in place on campus. Here’s everything you need to know:

Get a vaccine!

We encourage you to be vaccinated as soon as you can. You can have a first or second dose at a number of walk-in vaccination centres in Leeds, even if you’re not registered with a doctor or don’t have an NHS number yet. If you need your first or second Pfizer jab, the NHS is also providing walk-in vaccinations in the Great Hall. 

If you need your first or second Pfizer jab, the NHS is also providing walk-in vaccinations in the Great Hall from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm between 20 - 22 September and 27 - 29 September. Please note – the number of spaces available at the Great Hall walk-in centre is limited. If no spaces are available you may be redirected to alternative walk-in centres nearby.  

4 things to do this week to get ready for Leeds 

The next few weeks will be filled with excitement. Whether you’re joining us for the first time or heading back to Leeds after some time away, there’s lots to look forward to. Here’s a list of things we think you should be doing this week:  

  1. Explore our Here&Now hub. Find ways to explore campus, meet new people, get to know the city and read blogs or watch videos created by other students.  
  2. Complete the tasks in your Leeds&You guide. We've pulled together a one-stop guide to all the things you need to tick off, as well as some content to help you get excited about Leeds. Use your uni email and password to access the guide – it’ll be in the 'Leeds & You' guide is in the resources section. Remember to save it as you work through it. 
  3. Join the Leeds&You programme for free events, activities and a chance to meet other students and postgraduate researchers. These events are run by students, for students.  
  4. Read more about what your school has planned. Your School has spent the last few months planning for the new semester, and they've got lots to share. Have a look through their induction plans and get some answers to questions you may have. 

Freshers’ week

Join in with one of the official Freshers’ week events from our welcome party to watching live bands, there’s something for everyone.

Need tips on how to get through Freshers’ week? Check out this guide to surviving Freshers’ week by Lauren Toulson, a third-year History and Sociology student at Leeds. 

How to get to know people if you’re joining us from outside the UK 

Arriving in Leeds from outside the UK? Read our arrival and orientation pages to book International Welcome services and sign up for your International Orientation session. You can also visit the International Welcome Lounge to meet our friendly student hosts, enjoy some free refreshments and find out about welcome and social activities:  

  • Café Maia on Level 10 of the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building.   
  • every weekday from 4.30 - 6.30 pm, until the end of October.  

Global community activities - everyone is welcome!  

Our community at Leeds offers amazing opportunities to get to know people from many different backgrounds, bringing you a world of ideas and experiences.   

Everyone is welcome to come to Global Café in person every Monday or our online Global Community socials to meet friends from all around Leeds, the UK and the world.    

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