Living in the UK
Leeds has plenty to offer families including great schools, facilities and activities if you spend some time investigating and planning before you arrive.
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.
Whether you’re living in University accommodation, your house or flat in Leeds, temporary accommodation or your family home, there are lots of ways to stay connected to our University community of students, postgraduate researchers and staff.
Holiday activities and support
Lots of support and activities will be available during the spring break. Whether you’re new to Leeds or already know the campus and the city well, we’re here for you – online and in-person, on-campus.
The University campus has a wide range of facilities, from cafes and bars, to libraries, IT assistance and security services.
The University provides facilities and arrangements for you to observe Ramadan while on campus. In 2021 Ramadan will be between 13 April and 13 of May, depending on the sighting of the moon.
Prayer, contemplation and faith-based support
Our quiet spaces, prayer facilities and faith-based support give you the chance to take a break, reflect, and connect with local faith communities.
Support in response to world events
When world events affect members of our community, we know how important it is to have the right support.
The University's Security Service operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. We offer crime prevention advice, patrol the campus, investigate crimes and respond to alarms and emergencies.
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.
Opportunities to get involved
Even the most dedicated student needs breaks and social contact to keep feeling positive and healthy, so take time to relax and socialise while you're here in Leeds.
Disabled international students
The University welcomes disabled international students. Our Disability team can support you to make the most of your time in Leeds.
Know the rules
The UK is a welcoming and exciting place to come to live and study, and has a liberal culture in which personal freedoms are highly valued. However, there are some laws and rules that may be different to what you're used to.
Budget and costs
To avoid financial difficulties and to help you estimate how much money you'll need, you might find it useful to prepare a budget.
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.
Outside of your school or faculty, there are facilities across the University to help you develop your study skills or improve any spoken languages.
Academic English courses and workshops
We provide free English language workshops and one-to-one consultations that you can take alongside your degree.