Our open days are a chance to learn more about our courses, meet staff and students, and see academic departments. Get to know more about our impressive campus, our accommodation, and the city.

The final open day of 2017 will be:

Saturday 7 October

If you can’t make an open day, campus tours are available throughout most of the year.

Plan your day

Download the open day guide in advance to plan your visit. You don’t need to arrive at a specific time; some of our activities start from 9am but are repeated throughout the day. Fewer activities are offered in the afternoon so arrive before lunch to avoid missing out.

Open day activities
Talks, drop in sessions, demonstrations, tours and open houses

Open day activities

The open day guide contains a full listing of activities, including times and locations.  

Before you arrive, make time to plan your sessions

General talks

Repeated regularly, these talks cover:

  • Introducing Leeds
  • UCAS top tips
  • Accommodation
  • Enhancing your degree; work placements, study abroad and volunteering

Subject talks

Find out more about a particular subject at Leeds. Most of these are repeated during the day and don’t require any booking. Due to room capacities some talks are just for prospective students. Talks are scheduled to end and give you time to get to your next session.

Drop in sessions

Most departments offer a drop in session throughout the day where you can call in at a time which suits you. You can meet staff and students and ask any course-related questions; many drop in sessions also offer hands on activities or exhibitions. These are usually located in the building where teaching takes place so you can see what it is like to study with us. Some subject areas also provide a chance for hands on activities or exhibitions.


Our practical demonstrations can help bring a subject area to life and you can see how our equipment and facilities support your studies.

Taster lectures

Experience real student life at Leeds by seeing an example of the teaching our students receive at a taster lecture. Find out about what studying at a research based university is all about and hear from academic specialists, often leaders in their field.

Tours and open houses

Take a closer look at some of our impressive facilities with short tours of places including:

  • Accommodation (open houses)
  • The Edge Sports Centre
  • Libraries 
  • Leeds University Union

Tours of some departments are also available, including the chance to see labs and teaching spaces.

Campus tours are not running on open days but student ambassadors will be happy to give you directions to where you need to go.

Information fair

Meet representatives from each subject area and staff from University student services including accommodation, finance, careers and study abroad in the Parkinson Building from 9am – 4pm.

Plan your travel
Reach us by train, bus or car

Plan your travel

Parking is not available on open day, except for blue badge holders who email to book in advance. Our campus is close to the city centre and Leeds has excellent public transport connections.

We recommend you travel by public transport. Check journey times and book tickets in advance to make the most of cheaper fares.

By train

Leeds has connections with all major UK cities, visit The TrainLine for details. We run a free bus service from Leeds Train Station to campus for open day visitors. The first bus leaves the station at 8.30am, buses then run every 15 minutes through the day and the last bus departs campus from outside the Laidlaw Library at 5pm.

Student ambassadors, wearing red t-shirts, will be in the train station’s main entrance area until 2pm on open days to help direct you.

If you’d like to walk to campus, walking maps can be collected from the student ambassadors at the train station. The walk usually takes 20 minutes and is through the city centre.

By coach

For coach details, visit the National Express website. Most coaches arrive to Leeds Bus Station. The number 6 bus runs from the bus station to the Parkinson Building, outside the University’s main entrance.

Bus travel

Leeds has excellent bus connections. Routes running between the University’s main entrance at the Parkinson Building and the city are: 1, 6, 28, 56 and 97. For more details, including route maps visit West Yorkshire Metro.

By car

Due to the high number of visitors we cannot offer car parking on campus for open days, except for blue badge holders who book in advance. We strongly recommend that you use public transport, where possible.

Nearby city centre car parks and key roads can be busy on open days. Leeds Travel Info can be used to check available parking spaces on the day. Leave plenty of time to find a parking space and walk to campus.

Postcodes for the closest city car parks are:

Woodhouse Lane multi-storey LS2 3AX

Merrion Centre LS2 8NG

St Johns Centre (NCP) LS2 8LQ

The Light LS1 8TL

Parking for blue badge holders

We have limited spaces reserved for disabled visitors. If you are a blue badge holder and require parking, please include this on your registration form. Please note we cannot guarantee requests for blue badge parking received less than 48 hours before an event. For queries about blue badge parking, please email opendays@leeds.ac.uk

Park and ride

On non-match days a park and ride service runs from Elland Road on the outskirts of Leeds city centre, close to the M621. The park and ride service takes you to Boar Lane in the city centre which is a short walk from the train station. For more information about the park and ride, see West Yorkshire Metro’s website.

Staying overnight

Book accommodation in advance. Welcome to Yorkshire gives lots of options for places to stay and many city centre hotels are less than 15 minutes from campus.

Prepare for your visit
Tips to make the most of your day

Prepare for your visit

This is your opportunity to find out more about studying and living at Leeds so make the most of your day by planning your visit.

Check our course finder to shortlist the courses you want to find out more about on the open day. 

Prepare any questions you might have. These might be about admissions requirements, module options or the options for studying abroad.

Think about how you will travel to the university. Parking is not available on open day so arrive early enough to not miss out on your first activity.

Planning your sessions

There are lots of sessions to attend, so to make sure that you don’t miss important activities:

  1. Prioritise the subject sessions you want to attend first
  2. Fit general talks around these
  3. Tours and drop in sessions are flexible so can slot in to your remaining time.

Most activities finish with enough time to get to your next session. Find out more about the types of activities on open day

Open day guide

Download the open day guide to plan your visit and help you to prioritise which sessions to attend. It lists the detail of what activities are happening, where and when. You don’t need to arrive at a specific time; some of our activities start from 9am but are repeated throughout the day. 

You will be given a copy on the day so you don’t need to print it - we do not post copies of the guide. 

Explore campus

While you're here take time to explore our impressive, single site campus. Look out for some of our landmark buildings – on the day ambassadors in red t-shirts can direct you where to go.

  • Accommodation - Henry Price

    Overlooking Woodhouse Moor, Henry Price Residence is the only on campus self-catered hall. Open to view on open day.

  • Accommodation – Lyddon

    Situated next to the Students’ Union and the Refectory, Lyddon Hall is the University’s oldest residence. Open to view on open day.

  • Accommodation – Central Village

    Situated between the city centre and the University, Central Village is in the perfect location. Open to view on open day.

  • Accommodation - Charles Morris Hall

    With four buildings, including Storm Jameson East and West, Dobree and Whetton, Charles Morris Hall offers a mix of traditional and newly-built accommodation. Open to view on open day.

  • Parkinson Building

    A prominent landmark and featured in the University’s logo, the tower can be seen for miles. Parkinson Court, within the Parkinson Building, is home of the Information Fair on open day.

  • Leeds University Union

    A bustling, inclusive and sociable place with a fantastic range of shops, services, restaurants and bars. Grab something to eat or take a tour on open day.

  • The Edge

    One of the largest University gyms in the country, The Edge is our flagship fitness, sport and wellbeing complex. Open for tours on open day.

  • Laidlaw Library

    The Laidlaw Library, which opened in 2015, has been designed specifically for undergraduate students. Open for tours on open day.

  • The Refectory

    One of many food outlets on campus, The Refectory offers a wide range of hot & cold food all freshly prepared by our award winning chefs. Open 8am-4pm on open day.

  • Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

    This Arts Council England-accredited museum displays innovative art exhibitions, as well as items from the University Art Collection. Open to the public Monday to Saturday; entrance is free for visitors.

  • Treasurers of the Brotherton Gallery

    This new Gallery displays some of the most interesting, precious and rare treasures from the Library’s Special Collections. Open to the public Monday to Saturday; entrance is free for visitors.

  • Sustainable Garden

    Offering a public space for staff, students and the local community, the Sustainable Garden has wildflower areas to enhance biodiversity and edible planting for all.

  • M&S archive

    The M&S Company Archive celebrates the role that Marks & Spencer has played in peoples' lives for over 130 years. Open weekdays only.

Information for disabled visitors

Information for disabled visitors

We work hard to meet the needs of our diverse student and staff population. Campus is generally accessible for people with mobility difficulties; look for the signs for the ‘North South Access Route’ disabled access route around campus or ask a student ambassador in a red t-shirt.

Wheelchair access

Where possible activities are in locations with wheelchair access, however due to the volume of activities and talks some locations may have restrictions. If you’re interested in a talk or activity that is in a non-accessible room as listed in the open day guide, please contact us at opendays@leeds.ac.uk so we can make alternative arrangements. You can also pick up course information from subject drop-in sessions, most of which are in accessible venues.

See our campus map to view routes across campus.

Accessible information and on the day support

We can provide open day information in alternative formats such as braille or large print. For on the day support we can also provide personal assistants, note-takers, and/or sign language interpreters if you contact us at least two weeks before the event. Please note we cannot guarantee this support if requests are made after the deadline.

If you need information in alternative formats or support at the event, please contact us at opendays@leeds.ac.uk or call 0113 343 2336.

Parking for blue badge holders

We have limited spaces reserved for disabled visitors. If you are a blue badge holder and require parking, please include this on your registration form. Please note we cannot guarantee requests for blue badge parking received less than 48 hours before an event. For any enquiries about blue badge parking, please email opendays@leeds.ac.uk

Find out more about how we can support your time at Leeds

What to bring on the day

On the day

Scan your QR code at one of our registration points on arrival.

Arrive 10 minutes in advance of any scheduled talks.

What to bring to open day

  • Bring your confirmation email with QR code – as a print out or displayed on your phone
  • A filled in day planner with the subject talks and other sessions you want to attend
  • Pen and paper to take notes
  • A bag to carry leaflets and course information – some of which are A4 sized
  • An umbrella and comfortable shoes. Our campus covers a large area so come prepared to be on your feet for most of the day

Visiting with friends and guests

If you’re visiting with friends, talk to them about the courses they’re interested in as well and plan so you don’t miss any important information. If you’re interested in different courses then attend separate activities and plan to meet for lunch or at one of the general talks.

Parents, guardians, family and friends are welcome to our open days but please indicate the number of people coming with you on the registration form. Due to high demand, some talks may be restricted to prospective students only.


Short term storage for luggage is available in the Parkinson Building. Please ask an ambassador in a red t-shirt on the day if you need this facility.

Contact us

  • opendays@leeds.ac.uk
  • 0113 343 2336
  • @comingtoleeds
  • The open day is a public event and an official photographer will be taking photographs and video to be used by the University for publicity and marketing purposes. If you wish to not take part please notify the photographer.