When to arrive

Arriving in Leeds in good time is important to help you have a good welcome experience and make a successful start at the University of Leeds.

When to arrive

 

Arriving in January?

The University will be closed for the winter holidays from Friday 22 December 2023 to 1 January 2024.

If you’re a new student or postgraduate researcher joining us in Leeds in January, get in touch with the relevant team responsible for your programme for dates on when to arrive on campus. 

Arriving in the recommended arrival dates will ensure you’re in Leeds in time to attend International Orientation. As part of International Orientation you’ll be able to join information sessions, online webinars and exciting social activities to help you make a successful start in Leeds.

It’ll also ensure you’re in Leeds in time to attend your school induction. If you’re a postgraduate international researcher, check the start your research pages for useful induction resources. 

Important advice before you arrange transport to Leeds

Your visa

Don’t book your flight until you’ve received your visa. You can only travel to the UK after the date shown on your visa vignette. If the ‘valid to’ date has expired because you have delayed travel to the UK, you’ll need to request a new vignette. 

Your accommodation start date

Check when you can move into your accommodation and don’t plan to arrive before the start of your accommodation contract.

If you arrive before the start of your accommodation contract, you’ll be responsible for finding somewhere to live in until you can officially move into your accommodation and cover any additional costs associated with this. 

School/Research induction sessions 

If you’re an incoming exchange student or a student on a pre-sessional lanaguge course, in addition to attending International Orientation, you must arrive in Leeds in time to attend the induction sessions planned by your School. Your School will contact you directly with more information on this, so don’t forget to check your email regularly. 

If you want to find out more about your School induction, please contact your School directly.

If you’re a postgraduate international researcher, check the start your research pages for useful induction resources. 

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to attend International Orientation?

Attending International Orientation is not compulsory, however, there are many reasons why you should take part! 

Our International Orientation programme has been designed to help you have a smooth transition to Leeds and includes a mixture of informative sessions, support with start-up tasks, tours and fun social events, that will give you the opportunity settle in quickly and meet new and current students. 

Do I need to attend my School induction?

Yes. You must arrive in Leeds in time to attend any induction sessions planned by your School. Your School will contact you directly with more information on this, so don’t forget to check your email regularly.  
If you think you might have problems attending these sessions, contact your School to find out when you can arrive and any other steps you need to complete before you start your programme.   

If you’re a postgraduate international researcher, check the start your research pages for useful induction resources.