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.

Please note, because of the ongoing situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), the activities we offer may be different to usual. We’re currently planning for the next academic year, and we’ll update these pages regularly with information about activities on offer and how we can support you to make the most of your time at Leeds.

You can make your time at Leeds as diverse as you want it to be; the opportunities are there for the taking and you can do as much or as little as you want.

Campus opportunities

University of Leeds Global Community

Get the most out of your time in Leeds by being part of the University of Leeds Global Community. Global Community activities are an easy way to meet and socialise with friends who bring you a world of different ideas and experiences. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to make sure you hear about all the latest activities and events and to make the most of being at our multicultural international University.

Global Café

Come along to the Global Café to meet some fantastic people, have an informal chat and play some games. It’s a great place to relax, enjoy conversations and meet friends from all over the world.

Global Café is every Monday (except bank holidays) from 5.30– 7.30pm. Find out how to join in here. There are also special Global Café+ events throughout the year.

Trips around the UK

Leeds University Union organise a range of day and weekend trips as part of the Give it a Go programme, to explore destinations including cities, countryside, historic towns and seaside locations. You can buy tickets online from Leeds University Union's website.

Throughout the year, you can join trips with the Get Out, Get Active programme of activities. You can take part in taster sessions, including walking trips throughout the Yorkshire countryside. Tickets are available through the Get Out, Get Active website, where you can also find out more information.

Student societies and sports clubs

There's a fantastic range of student-run societies and sports clubs available for everyone to join in Leeds University Union. Student clubs and societies offer you the chance to try something you have not done before, or to enjoy a favourite leisure activity in the company of friends from all over the world. You can find out more about the variety of student activities on offer on the Leeds University Union website.

Give it a Go

Give it a Go is an extensive programme of individual sessions, events and trips which give you the chance to try new things and meet new people. Try out a club or society you might want to join or simply go as a fun one-off activity.

International Students’ Club

The International Students’ Club offers a programme of activities and cultural exchange in the Emmanuel Centre on Wednesday evenings from 6– 7.45pm.

Language exchange partners

If your first language is not English, you can apply to be matched with a language exchange partner – a student who has an interest in your language and culture. This is a great way to learn about another culture, practise language skills and make friends. For more information visit the Language Zone, 2nd Floor Parkinson Building or the Language Centre website.

Community opportunities

Visit a British home with HOST UK

The HOST UK programme sends international students into British homes across the UK for weekend visits. It’s an opportunity to meet new people, share your culture and understand British culture better. Find out more about the programme on our dedicated HOST UK web page.

Places of worship

If you practise a faith, you can be confident that you will be able to follow your beliefs in Leeds and find support and information related to your faith. There are facilities in the city for worshipping and celebrating many different faiths, as well as spaces on campus for prayer and quiet contemplation. More information about places of worship, faith-based support and Leeds University Union faith societies can be found in our guide to contacts for different faiths in Leeds (PDF) and guide to prayer and quiet contemplation spaces and faith-based support (PDF).


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. To find out about volunteering opportunities visit the Leeds for Life opportunities webpage or visit the Leeds University volunteering website.

Voluntary work and visas

Before you apply for voluntary or paid work, it’s essential that you check whether you have permission to work in the UK and any restrictions on working which apply to you, as the law on restrictions is very strict. You can find more information about the rules on unpaid volunteering work and paid work on our working in the UK webpage, or on the UKCISA website.