Welcome to your global community of students and staff. This international orientation will help you get started, feel at home in Leeds and make the most of your international experience.
This information was last updated on 27 July 2021. If you will be joining us in September, further information will be added in the coming weeks.
ONLINE WELCOME GUIDE
It’s almost time for you to start your journey as a University of Leeds student. We’re really excited to welcome you to our community and help you settle into University life. Visit our online welcome guide for further information.
International Student Welcome sessions
Join the International Student Office team for an interactive online session to welcome you to your global community at Leeds. You can meet other new students and hear about opportunities to make the most of your international experience.
For students starting in July or August 2021, sessions take place every Tuesday at either 10am or 5pm and last one hour. You can sign up to join a session here. These sessions are designed for current students, please provide your University of Leeds email address so that we can send you a link to join. You will receive this link the day before the session. We look forward to seeing you there.
For students starting in September 2021, we are offering flexible online orientation sessions to help you get started in Leeds. The sessions will be repeated regularly from September onwards so that students joining us will have the chance to attend. Check back for more information about these sessions closer to the start of term.
If you are preparing to arrive in Leeds:
What to do if you have questions:
If you have any questions about arriving in Leeds or need immediate help when you first arrive, contact the International Welcome team:
- Email email@example.com
- Call +44 (0)113 343 9599
- International Welcome service hours (email and phone 9am – 8pm , every day)
- For other questions about getting started, contact the Student Information Service (see opening times)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call +44 (0)113 343 7000 (from outside of the UK)
- Call 0800 915 0402 (from inside the UK – this is free phone number, and you won’t be charged for calling this from your mobile or landline).
You can also talk directly to current student ambassadors to find out about their experiences
Support from our current student ambassadors:
Our friendly team of Link to Leeds ambassadors can tell you more about student life, help answer any questions you have, and help you meet other new students.
- Send ambassadors a chat message from 10am - 10pm daily
- The ambassadors host online social activities every week
- Read ambassador’s blogs about topics like coming to Leeds for the first time
Summer in Leeds
From June to September, students on campus can take part in the Summer in Leeds activities programme. Events include careers events, campus and city tours, sport and wellbeing sessions, outdoor movies, music, picnics and more. All events are all free and should be booked in advance.
Coronavirus information and support:
- Read the University’s latest advice to students by visiting our coronavirus website
- You’ll also receive important updates via your University email so make sure you check this regularly
Key things you'll need to do when you arrive in Leeds:
We know there’s lots to organise when you first arrive and it can feel a bit overwhelming. Take some time to read about the processes you’ll need to complete. You can start and complete many of them online.
For those processes that require you to attend in person, it is understood by the University and external organisations, that anyone self-isolating will complete face-to-face processes when they have finished self-isolation.
Collect your Biometric Residence Permit if you have the relevant visa
Register with the police if this is a requirement of your visa
Open a UK bank account
Register with a doctor and understand how to access healthcare provision in the UK
If you haven't yet arranged permanent accommodation, contact the Accommodation team (for University-owned accommodation) or Unipol (for private-sector housing), or for help with any housing issues contact Leeds University Union’s Help and Support team
We know that you’ll want to find out about:
Where to buy food and equipment - as well as information about shops in Leeds and where to buy international food, this page includes useful information about online deliveries and getting a UK phone number, which may be useful if you are self-isolating
You may also be looking for information about:
We’ve also got advice on these important areas:
We also want to help you to meet new people and make the most of your experience as an international student (whether you are online or in Leeds)
Being part of the Global Community at Leeds gives an amazing and perhaps unique opportunity to try new things and get to know people from many different backgrounds, bringing you a world of ideas and experiences. There’s also lots to explore and join in with online if you are self-isolating when you arrive.
- Join our Global Community Microsoft TEAMs space to connect with other students and take part in activities. Join now using your @leeds.ac.uk email or use the join code loq5x6z by selecting ‘join or create a TEAM’ at the bottom of your teams list
Meet Nicole, your International and Postgraduate Officer on Leeds University Union’s Student Exec
Explore the Feeling at Home in Leeds online guides to hear students’ experiences and advice about settling in, making friends and navigating change and cultural differences
Explore students’ experiences of living in Leeds in this photoblog