Welcome and arrival
You've finally arrived! Welcome to Leeds, your new home while you study. Find out about how we can help you get started, including setting up your bank account or registering with the police.
Moving to a new country is exciting, and can also be quite stressful. We can help you with all the things you'll need to do over your first few days, including contacting your family and friends, opening a bank account and getting started with the registration process.
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.