Settling in at University
Your course has got started, the novelty of a new start has worn off, now what? Read on to find helpful links to help you settle in at University and feel in control of things.
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If you have a question or need information you can contact our friendly colleagues in the Student Information Service. They can help you navigate your studies, find out what you need to know, and put you in touch with the right people if you need more specialist support or advice.
Our Helpline Team are on hand Monday to Friday 9-5 pm.
- Call +44 (0)113 343 7000 (from outside of the UK)
- Call 0800 915 0402 (from inside the UK. This is a free phone number, and you won’t be charged for calling this from your mobile or landline).
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Our Information Points are open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday.
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If you’ve got a question that you need answering before you arrive (and once you’re here!) then here’s a list of where to go for help.
Enriching your life at Leeds
With some planning and research, you’ll find a whole wealth of opportunities to get involved in.
Here’s four reasons why volunteering is a great thing to do.
- It’s a highly rewarding and enjoyable experience which gives back to the local community
- It offers you a chance to help support a cause you feel passionate about
- It can enrich your time here in Leeds and connect you to projects, places and people in the Leeds area which you’d not otherwise come into contact with
- It offers you a chance to find out what you’d like to do as a career, or if you already know you’re career path, help to give you the skills and experience to give you a head start
Planning for your future
- Speak to our friendly careers staff at the Careers Service.
- Sign up to MyCareer to discover the latest career events, workshops and vacancies.
- Check out the huge range of FutureLearn and LinkedIn Learning online courses - from computer programming to food safety.
- Find out more about the different volunteering opportunities within the University and the wider community.
- Be the voice of your peers by taking on the role of a student representative.
- Join a Mentoring Scheme.
- Explore your study abroad or work placement options.
- Already got a business idea? See if Spark could help you make it a reality during your studies.
- Campaigning for change: how students can make a difference with LUU.
Sport and Exercise
Whether you’re an elite sportsperson, a keen team player, or just someone who likes keeping fit or having fun with your mates, there’s something for everyone at University.
- Leeds Sport – the main sports website
- The Edge – gym, swimming pool, climbing wall, classes and so much more.
- Sport and activities for fun
- Keeping active and healthy as a student
Clubs and societies
With over 300 clubs & societies at Leeds University Union, you won’t be short of ways to have fun and discover your friends for life.
From learning a language, getting involved with raising money or working in schools, there’s opportunities for everyone.
Leading a more independent life
Whether you’re living away from home for the first time, or leading a more independent life, then getting organised, learning new skills and developing your independence can help you feel more settled.
- A guide to food shopping in Leeds
- Online food shopping in Leeds
- How to get the most out of your food shop on a budget
- Shopping at Leeds University Union
Managing your money
Understanding your money, how to budget, how to make more of your money and knowing what to do if things are going wrong are essential skills for life. Our cost of living hub has links and guides to help keep your finances on track.
- 5 money management tips for students
- 3 money saving websites and apps every student should know about
- Nine things to know about student finance as a mature student
- How to manage your money as a student
Part-time work alongside your studies
- Joblink at Leeds University Union can help you find temporary and part-time work to supplement your income whilst you’re studying at Leeds.
- Looking for a part time job in Leeds
- Everything you need to know about safety info — all in one place.
- Meet PC Laura Beaton, police liason officer on campus
Settling in to your course
Studying at University is different to anything you’ll have done before. Even if you’re coming back to study after a long tme away, have been to another University or are returning after a placement, you might be looking for some help and support.
Bookmark the library website for opening hours, booking study spaces, searching online resources, managing your library record and much more.
Helpful websites and blogs to help with your studies
- Studying at University can mean there’s lots of new skills to learn. Skills@library can help you with writing essays, referencing, managing your time and everything else.
- The Flying Start information can help you understand what it will be like studying at University, if you’re new. It’s a great place to understand about how it is different to your previous experiences, what will be expected of you and where to get help.
- Preparing to Study at University
- Where to get help with assessments and how to avoid breaking the rules
- Top Tips for Joint Honours Students
- Adapting to University learning
- Life as a Leeds Postgraduate
Your academic personal tutor
You’ve got an academic personal tutor. Have you met them yet? They are someone who is there to work in partnership with you and help you maximise your success. Find out more about your academic personal tutor.
You’re not alone. Am I good enough? Dealing with imposter syndrome at University
Sometimes you realise that you’re going to need to make changes to things, perhaps your module, course or other arrangements. We’ve got processes in place to help you along the way.
When things don’t go well
There will be times when things don’t go according to plan. Knowing there is support and resources available if you need it can be reassuring, even if you don’t need them now.
Everyone will miss home, even if they don’t talk about it. It’s not something that affects people in their first year either – it’s normal to feel homesick in all years of Uni.
- There are some practical things you can do to help you during this time of transition. We’ve put them all together for you to explore in your own time.
- If you’re living in University accommodation, why not speak to your Residence Life Assistant? They’re experienced students living in your halls who’ve been there and done it when it comes to moving away to University, so they can offer you help and advice.
- Global Café is a great event to come and speak to other students who might be feeling just like you.
- How I learnt to feel less homesick at University – a blog by second year student Katie.
If you’re ill
We strongly reccomend you register with a doctor as soon as you arrive at University.
Find specific support
- The Counselling and Wellbeing webspages have information about online, drop in and face to face appointments.
- Get in touch with Disability Services if you need support before or when you arrive in Leeds
- Joining us from a different kind of background – for example if you have a family or caring responsibilities? Find out about the support the Plus Programme can offer and check our dedicated pages for international families.
- Find out what support is available from Leeds University Union (LUU)
- Check out inclusive societies like LGBTQ, black feminist, bereaved, commuter and social mobility societies at LUU
Togetherall and self help resources
Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.. As a student at Leeds, you’ll have free access.
Mental health and wellbeing blogs
- Maintaining your mental health
- 5 steps to health and wellbeing
- Self care on campus
- Looking after yourself and others
- Eight things you can do to manage anxiety on your own
I want to speak to someone
If you’ve got a question that you need answering then here’s a list of where to go for help.
As well as the above list, there’s a few extra things that you might want to find out about as you begin settling in to a new life in the UK.
Settling in at Leeds as an international student
Our settling in to life at Leeds section has everything you’ll need to know for the first few weeks and months.
- Check our ‘A week in my student life’ blog post series to hear more about settling in Leeds from our Link to Leeds Ambassadors.
- Moving to Leeds is a blog written by students from all over the world talking about their experiences of moving to Leeds.
- Five ways to improve your English – Wing Yan Lui (Cheryl), Fashion Marketing (Industry) shares her tips for improving your English during your time at Leeds.