New students

We’re excited to welcome you to Leeds. This page will provide you with information that you need to help you prepare and settle in.   

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic means some things will be different this year, we’re committed to providing you with the high-quality learning and student experience you expect.  

This page was last updated on 21 December 2020 and is correct at the time of writing for students who are starting programmes in January 2021 as well as students who started in September 2020. Please check this page regularly for updates, as new information will be added when it becomes available.  

Helping you to prepare and settle in

We hope you’ll enjoy your time at the University of Leeds. We know it’s important for you to settle in quickly, so we’ve produced these useful Welcome Guides to help you: 

There are lots of things to think about before you arrive at the University. Here are some key things you can do to prepare for your arrival:  

Are you coming to Leeds from outside the UK?  

If you are travelling internationally please be aware that travel advice is changing rapidly and we recommend you check with your travel provider before making your journey.

If you are an international student and travel disruptions between now and the start of term mean that you cannot arrive in Leeds when you planned, you can start your studies online, and join us in Leeds when you can. For information about arriving in Leeds please see the arrivals pages on our Preparing for Leeds webpages, as well as information about what to bring. If you are an EU student, please also check the information on our Brexit page.

Please be reassured that campus is covid-secure and we are ready to welcome and support you.

Your online international orientation has lots of information to help you get started, feel at home in Leeds, and make the most of your international experience. 

If required, you can also find information about collecting your biometric residence permit (BRP), police registration, and opening a UK bank account

Late arrivals

If you are having problems getting to Leeds for the start of your programme you must notify your school. Notify us of your late arrival now by using the Late Arrival Notification form. You must use your University of Leeds account to complete this form, complete your IT induction first if you haven’t already completed it.

Your school must be notified of your late arrival because they need to update your student record to reflect your arrival status. Your school can also assess if, based on your circumstances, your programme of study can be delivered remotely whilst maintaining the quality of your student experience.

If your arrival is delayed you must still complete online registration before the deadline and continue to engage with your programme.

If you have applied or need to apply for a visa, read the guidance on our page about Remote Study and Your Student Visa

Online welcome and induction resources

There are two sets of resources designed specifically for you. If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student with a programme start date of September 2020, please view the Getting Started at Leeds resource. If you are a postgraduate taught student with a programme start date of January 2021, please view the Transition to Leeds resource.

These resources are designed to guide you through your first few weeks at Leeds and will also be available to you to return to later if you need to. These resources contains information about studying at Leeds, support available to you, opportunities to enrich your time at Leeds, and suggestions on how to engage with social events and activities, including events organised by LUU.  

These resources will help to support you as you join our community and settle into university life. You can access these through the ‘Learn’ tab in Minerva or using the links below:

Your School Induction

To help you settle in at the start of term, your school has pulled together some specific information you’ll need to know.

Help and Support

There’s a wide range of support and wellbeing services available to you. Whatever you’re feeling and thinking, please don’t be afraid to ask for help.  

If you need support if you’re self-isolating.

If it’s your first time in Leeds, there’s also guidance on: 

You will be introduced to your support network during your welcome and induction, and we will provide you with more information about the support available to you in our Getting Started in Leeds or Transition to Leeds resources. 

Key Dates

Don’t forget to take your time to look through the dates you'll need to know before and when you arrive at University.