Arriving

Updated 15 February 2021 at 17.00 pm

When you should arrive

The University is currently subject to UK Government restrictions announced on 30 December, and England is facing national restrictions until at least 8 March. 

For taught students, these restrictions mean that teaching is online, except for a small number of subjects (Clinical and Social Work programmes). Therefore we are advising students not to return/travel to the University until further notice, unless there are exceptional circumstances   

We recommend that taught students do not make travel arrangements until further guidance has been issued by the UK government and the University. We will support you to engage with your studies online, until students return to campus and it is possible for you to travel.  

For the latest information about returning to campus, please see our coronavirus website

I have already booked my travel, what should I do?

If you have already made travel plans and cannot change them or it is expensive to do so, you can travel to Leeds as planned, but please make sure you let us know when you plan to arrive. Complete our international arrival form (in the section below "Book your arrival and self-isolation support") so that we can support your travel and arrival. For more information, including how to travel safely, please see our travel information page and the FAQs on the coronavirus website.  

Accommodation for your first night and beyond

Make sure you have accommodation booked for your first night and for at least 10 days where you can self-isolate on arrival. If you need to arrive before your accommodation contract starts, ask your accommodation provider if you can arrange early arrival. Book temporary accommodation in advance if you need to arrive before you can move into your permanent accommodation. If you don’t have permanent accommodation confirmed yet, contact our Accommodation Office who will assist you to find accommodation. 

If you are prevented from moving into your University-run accommodation because of new government travel restrictions, then we will amend your contract dates so that you will only have to pay for the new agreed occupancy period. If you need to change your University accommodation arrangements, you will be able to do this with the Accommodation Office. You can contact the Accommodation Office by emailing accom@leeds.ac.uk or phone: +44 (0)113 343 7777

Your arrival date and your visa

If you have a visa, it is important to check the 'valid from' date on your visa vignette. You must not attempt to enter the UK before this date, or if the date has expired. If the ‘valid to’ date has expired because you have delayed travel to the UK, please see our advice about remote study and your student visa

Our remote study page also includes information about arrival dates for students who wish to apply for the Graduate Route to work in the UK after studying.   

Travel, arrival and self-isolation support  

Plan your journey and arrival

Our travel information page gives you information to help you plan your journey, and steps you must take before you leave home.   

From Monday 15 February there are new requirements for people arriving in England: 

  • You must have proof of a negative coronavirus test to travel to England. 
  • You must also get two coronavirus tests after you arrive in England - you’ll need to book a travel test package through the government booking portal before you travel and enter the booking reference on your passenger locator form. Lateral flow tests provided on campus by the University cannot be used to meet these requirements. 
  • You must also self-isolate for 10 days on arrival, either in the place you are staying or in a managed quarantine hotel, depending on where you have travelled from.
  • You must quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel if you have visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK is banned, in the last 10 days. 
  • You will be able to enter the UK from a country on the travel ban list if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. People with residence rights include holders of an entry visa, which means you can still enter the UK if you have a valid student visa. See information about residence rights in the foreign travel guidance for affected countries. 
  • If you are required to quarantine in a government approved hotel you must enter the UK at one of the permitted airports as explained in the government guidance.   

Please read the all the new requirements carefully and keep checking the travel and self-isolation guidance before and after you arrive as it is changing regularly. You can contact internationalwelcome@leeds.ac.uk if you need advice. You should also check with your travel provider.

You must follow all of the UK government’s travel, testing and self-isolation guidance, and the national lockdown rules about social distancing, even if you have received a Covid-19 vaccine abroad. 

You can also find information about the UK government’s Test to Release scheme, where you may be able to choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test from an approved provider in order to reduce your period of self-isolation after international travel. You cannot use Test to Release if you are travelling from a country on the travel ban list.

Book your arrival and self-isolation support

Complete the international arrivals form as soon as possible to tell us about your travel plans and book your arrival and self-isolation support. You can update this later if you change your plans. 

Arrival services

We are running a transport service to the University from Manchester Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport. You must book your transport service at least four days in advance of your arrival. 

Self-isolation support

You can be reassured that we’ll support you to self-isolate when you arrive.

Link to Leeds student ambassadors will be available for you to chat to online to help you settle in and make friends.

You can use the international arrivals form to book a free welcome starter food box and information about local online food shopping. 

Check whether your accommodation provides kitchen equipment and bedding, or if you need to buy this. You can order a kitchen and bedding pack, and a toiletries pack from the University, so you have what you need when you first arrive.   

International arrivals support

You can find help with questions about our transport and self-isolation services, ask for any support you need on the day of your arrival, and get help with recovering any lost or delayed luggage.  

We understand that many students are experiencing unexpected costs related to covid-19. If these costs are causing you financial pressure, we can also refer you for advice about sources of hardship funding

Contact us (service open 7 days a week)

What to bring with you 

Make sure you read our page on what to bring with you to Leeds as part of your preparation.  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and tests on campus

Asymptomatic covid-19 tests are available on campus for all students who are not showing coronavirus symptoms. These tests cannot be used to meet government requirements for people self-isolating on arrival in England. After your self-isolation period is finished you are encouraged to get weekly tests. More coronavirus (covid-19) information and advice is on our coronavirus website.

Getting started at Leeds 

You’ll find lots of information online to help you get started, in your International Welcome Guide and International Orientation and from Leeds University Union. 

Our Student Information teams will be here to answer your questions online, by phone or in person. 

You can also chat online to current students from our Link to Leeds ambassadors team.