Leeds and You Events

Fresh Start Festival 2024 

Fresh Start Festival 2024

Design credit 

We are very grateful to Berlinda Kuo for creating the visual identity of Fresh Start Festival 2022. We loved it so much we have continued to use this branding in the 2023 and 2024 campaigns. 

Tell us what you think!

Share your Fresh Start Festival experience with us

Your voice matters and we can’t wait to hear what you have to say. We’ve got great prizes available to win - if you opt in to the prize draw, a £100 or £50 voucher could be yours! If you have any questions or additional comments, please contact luu.research@leeds.ac.uk  Tell us about your experience of Fresh Start Festival 2024!

Wellbeing and Safety Advisory Board – Applications Open!  

Apply to join LUU’s Wellbeing and Safety Advisory Board, to have your say on ideas, projects, and campaigns proposed by LUU and The University of Leeds. We want student voices to influence and shape our decisions, and that includes you! Apply here.  

Stay Connected 

Follow us on our @uol_welcome Instagram account to find out more about year-round Welcome opportunities on campus and beyond. 

Discover our city and campus 

Self Guided Campus Tours 

New to Leeds and unsure how to find your way around campus? Follow the self-guided campus tour route

Virtual tours of our campus

You don’t need to be in Leeds to learn about our landmarks and start to navigate our campus. Launch the University of Leeds virtual campus tour. 

Virtual tours of our sports facilities

If you’re looking to find out more about our sports and physical exercise facilities, try the virtual tour of The Edge. Launch the virtual tour of The Edge.  

Activities this week 

Friday 23 February  

13:05-13:55 Leeds Emerging Artist Festival - Student Showcase, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall  
Join this event to hear work by students on solo performance courses in the School of Music. Lucy Performances will include Lucy Pullan (clarinet) & Dan Gordon (piano), followed by Ben Finlay (piano) & Milana Sarukhanyan (voice)  Booking link 

Sunday 25 February 

14:45-17:00 Leeds Emerging Artist Festival: Sunday with the Marsyas Trio, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall  
14:45 – pre-concert talk the Marsyas Trio, discuss their work, repertoire, and the history of music for the flute, cello and piano ensemble. 
15:30-17:00 – A gala recital featuring School of Music students performing alongside the Marsyas Trio.  Performers: Ava Lewis, Mhairi Sharp, Naomi Simms, Oliver Heath, Heidi Hooper and Keqiao Yu. Booking link  


Meet people and get involved

Global Cafe 

Global Cafe takes place in Common Ground at Leeds University Union, from 17:30-19:30 every Monday evening (excluding UK bank holidays). It’s a chance to meet new people, have great conversations and enjoy free refreshments together. No booking needed, just drop in.  

Student Success Stands  

Do you have a question about the academic side of university life? Chat to friendly advisors at Student Success Stands and help yourself to free tea and cake. You can find out more about academic skills support, academic personal tutoring, and navigating information in your school or faculty. Locations include LUU foyer, Laidlaw Library, Health Sciences Library, Brotherton Library, Esther Simpson Cafe, Cafe Nero in LUBS, Worsley Airport Lounge (Level 7) and 1915 Cafe in the William Bragg Building. Check upcoming dates and drop in during a convenient time (no booking required). If you have a question but can’t make it to any of the upcoming slots, email studentsuccess@leeds.ac.uk 

Leeds International Concert Series 

Check details for upcoming student showcases where you can enjoy performances from students within the School of Music, as well as concerts from visiting musicians from around the world. Did you know there are free lunchtime concerts on campus on Fridays? These run from 13:05-13:55, and if you can’t make it during the day, there are many more concerts in the evenings too.  

Sustainability events 

Wildlife wanders, litter picks and more give you the chance to meet others and engage in our local community. 

University Buddy Scheme 

Whether you’re new to Leeds or returning to campus, apply for the Buddy scheme! The scheme is open to all students and you can apply at any point during your student journey. You'll be matched with a new or returning student from anywhere in the University at the same study level as you who has similar interest, giving you the opportunity to get to know someone new who you might not otherwise meet.

What’s on in LUU

Looking for an event to meet new people or just looking to settle back onto campus? Check LUU Engage regularly to see what student societies are up to! 

Wellbeing Support 

Free, beginner friendly exercise classes take place in LUU every week during term time. Join a group of students and take part in a movement session together to maintain and improve your wellbeing. Choose from Wellbeing Pilates Wellbeing Circuits or Wellbeing Yoga. Book online to secure a place.

What’s on in the University Chaplaincy

Find out more about inclusive faith-based events happening regularly at our University Chaplaincy and events hosted by our faith societies.

Residence Life events 

If you’re living in University accommodation then you’ve got access to events and activities throughout the year organised by the Residence Life team. These events give you the chance to try new activities, learn new skills and meet other people with similar interests. There’s also a Residence Life Social Committee at every halls. These committees are run by residents of each accommodation and organise events for everyone in their halls! 


Things to do online 

Clubs and societies

If you didn’t get to the clubs and societies fairs, you can explore LUU clubs and societies wherever, whenever online - Find Your Fit.

Keep in touch with the Language Zone

There are several thriving online communities within the Language Zone, where you can stay connected and find resources for learing many different languages: 

Free LinkedIn Learning access for students at Leeds 

As a student at Leeds, you have free access to over 21,000 LinkedIn Learning courses so that you can learn new skills, improve career prospects and support your learning. Watch high-quality and professional courses led by experts at a time that suits you. You can even watch on the go with the LinkedIn Learning mobile app. Read our LinkedIn Learning guide for students to find out how to activate your free account and explore recommended courses in a guide for students.  

Student Counselling and Wellbeing Webinars 

Wellbeing Webinars take place on Class Collaborate every Wednesday during term time (12:00-13:00) and cover a range of topics relevant to student life. The sessions have been designed for you to share your ideas anonymously via the keyboard, if you wish. Sign-up for Wellbeing Webinars opens a week in advance of each session and you can book a place via the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Hub. The webinars will not be recorded and participants do not connect with their own video or audio during the sessions. Event information  

Opportunities to enhance your time at Leeds 

Late applications are being accepted for Study Abroad Year: Wednesday 14 to Monday 26 February

Missed the initial deadline for the 2024/25 Study Abroad Year? Fret not, as we are thrilled to announce that a late application period will be open from 14 to 26 February 2024. Check eligibility and find out more Studying abroad offers a unique chance to view your academic degree through a new lens, broadening your horizons and fostering a global perspective. You will also gain invaluable skills that will set you apart in the global job market, enhancing your future employability and personal growth. Whether you dream of studying in bustling metropolises, serene landscapes, or historic cities, there's a destination waiting for you. The currently available destinations include Australia, Canada, USA, and destinations around Asia such as Hong Kong, South Korea, Macau and Singapore, as well as a small handful of countries in Europe. Don't miss this golden opportunity to immerse yourself in diverse cultures, make lifelong connections, and create memories that will last a lifetime. For more information, visit our SharePoint page or contact the Outgoing Study Abroad Team: outgoingstudyabroad@leeds.ac.uk.  

Santander Universities Brighter Futures Grants  

Santander are offering awards of £1,000 to 10 University of Leeds students this year. University of Leeds students studying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree (part-time or full-time), can apply for this funding online. The deadline for applications is 23:00 on Friday 29 March. Find out more and submit your application.  

Our programme of events and activities doesn’t stop after Fresh Start Festival!

Come along to our Leeds & You events and activities which we will be running throughout the year, to meet new people in a relaxed and informal setting.

  • Our student-led events and activities will help you meet other students and postgraduate researchers, while taking part in activities on and off campus.
  • Join our events on your own or bring your friends along. Our student hosts will be there to support you and make sure that you feel welcome. 
  • The majority of our Leeds & You events are free. 

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact leedsandyou@leeds.ac.uk.