Meet people and get involved

Studying at university is more than a time to grow academically. It's a time for meeting new friends, growing as a person and discover new ways of living. 

Your school, university residence, Leeds University Student Union and all our support services are here to help you meet people and feel at home. We have put together a list of initiatives and events to help you start meeting new people and make connections at Leeds.

University Buddy Scheme

Apply to be matched with a student with similar interests through the University Buddy Scheme. Whether you’re new to Leeds or not, you can apply to matched with a buddy at any point of your student journey.

Global Café

Global Café is a space where people from all backgrounds meet and friendships are made. Come along to Global Café every Monday (except bank holidays) from 5.30– 7.30pm. You’ll find us playing board games, enjoying conversations or just having tea and coffee. Whether you’ve lived abroad or not, whether you’re from the UK or somewhere else in the world, Global Café is a place that brings the world to our campus and makes you feel at home in Leeds. Come and take a look for yourself! 

Can’t make it in person? Join us online on our Global Community TEAMS channel.

Student societies

Explore over 300 student societies and sports clubs available at Leeds University Union.Try something new or to enjoy a favourite activity and meet new and old friends. Want to try a society before joining it? Give it a Go is a programme of individual sessions, events and trips which give you the chance to try new an activity before committing to it. 

Global Community

Joining the University of Leeds means you are joining a diverse and culturally rich community, including the wider communities of our city. Get the most out of your time in Leeds by taking part in our range of Global Community activities. 

Our Global Community initiatives give you the opportunity meet people from different backgrounds and engage with the Leeds community in meaningful ways. From volunteering opportunities, letter writing schemes that match you with older residents to tackle loneliness, cooking demonstrations and our popular Intercultural Ambassador scheme, all of our activities are designed to bring you closer to new cultures, have fun and gain valuable employability skills.

Get out and Get active

Get Out, Get Active is a fantastic programme of activities giving you the chance to try out a range of fun and sociable healthy activities, both on campus and in the local Yorkshire countriside. Explore Yorkshire, look after your wellbeing and meet new people with Get Out, Get Active. 

Residence life 

If you live in halls, join the Residence Life’s annual programme of events and activities to help you settle in and connect with others in your community. Follow Residence Life on Facebook and Instagram and check the monthly newsletter to find out what events and initiatives are happening in halls.

The Edge

Check what’s on offer at the Edge. Learn a new sport, join a team or take up classes – look after your mental and physical wellbeing while meeting people and making connections at Leeds.

Volunteering opportunities

Voluntary work is unpaid work which gives you the chance to try different activities, meet people from the local community and build experience to put on your CV while helping people who can benefit from your time and skills. Check the Leeds University volunteering pages to find out more about opportunities available on and off campus.

If you’re an international student at Leeds, check your rights for working in the UK before you apply for these opportunities.

Language exchange 

Apply to be matched with a native speaker of a language of your choice. Meet with your language partner, practise a language and meet someone new. Find out more on the Language Zone, 2nd Floor Parkinson Building or the Language Centre website.