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.
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.
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.
What to bring
We have compiled a list of items to bring with you when you arrive at University. It is not a full list but is designed to help you as you start to think about what to pack.
The University campus has a wide range of facilities, from cafes and bars, to libraries, IT assistance and security services.
Accessible facilities on campus
The University has many accessible facilities available across campus for disabled students including adapted accommodation, medical support, and The Edge.
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.
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.
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.
Acceptable reasons for absence include health problems, bereavement and serious personal difficulties.
After the excitement of arriving in Leeds and the whirlwind of the start of term, you'll begin to find a routine. Making friends can help combat feeling lost and homesick.
Get involved with your community
Leeds has one of the largest student populations in the UK. If you're moving to Leeds, then you might want to know more about safety, sustainability and how to get involved.