Welcome to Leeds! Find out where to start and what to do to help you feel settled and ready to start a new and exciting chapter of your life.
With so much to do, it can be difficult to know what to do first. These pages guide you through those first few days and weeks, giving you the support, contacts and advice to make sure you feel at home here and help you to make the best start to your studies.
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.
International orientation programme
We know it's important for you to settle in quickly. The welcome and orientation programme gives you all the information you'll need to get started and make Leeds your new home.
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.
Asking for help
If you've got a question or problem, please ask for help as soon as you need it because there are lots of different places and people to speak to who can give you advice.
When you arrive in Leeds, you may need to register with the police, depending on where you've come from and how long you'll be here.
Opening a UK bank account
If you're moving to Leeds from overseas you'll need access to your money and the easiest way is to open a UK bank account.
Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit
If you have a Tier 4 (General) student visa or a Short Term Study Visa and are attending a course for six months or longer, youll need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) when you arrive in Leeds.
Local transport and finding your way around
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.
Accessible facilities on campus
The University has many accessible facilities available across campus for disabled students including adapted accommodation, medical support, and The Edge.
As a student in Leeds, you'll need to register with a doctor, and be familiar with where to go if you need help, treatment or advice.
Where to buy food, clothes and equipment
Leeds offers a large range of food from all over the world, and has a great choice of shops for food, bedding, kitchen equipment, electrical items, cleaning and bathroom products.