Essential documents

You should bring the documents listed below in your hand luggage as you may need to show these to enter the UK. You’ll also need them to register with the University, open a bank account and complete police registration, if required, in line with your visa requirements.
  • passport
  • European driving licence (EU only)
  • visa (if non European Union/European Economic Area/Swiss) and the letter you receive when your visa is issued
  • ATAS certificate and letter from the University – if required
  • your academic offer letter
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) – if required
  • original academic qualification certificates and English language test report – remember to bring formal translations if you documents are not in English
  • proof of fees paid – if paid in advance
  • sponsorship letter – if applicable
  • proof that you will have the money to pay your fees and to support yourself while living in the UK – this should include bank statements
  • marriage and birth certificates for you and your family – if applicable
  • proof of address in your home country – this could be either a letter from the University sent to your home address or a recent letter from your bank
  • proof of your UK address
  • University accommodation contract – if applicable

If you want to do paid or voluntary work in the UK which involves working with young people under the age of 18 or vulnerable adults, you’ll need to apply for a criminal records check and bring the certificate with you to the UK. We recommend you allow plenty of time to apply for this, as the checking process can take several weeks. Find out how to apply before you arrive in the UK on the UK Government website

Health documentation

Before being allowed to enter the UK, you may need to provide proof that you have been screened for tuberculosis. Check whether you need a tuberculosis test certificate

You will also need to bring any vaccination and health check records for you and any family members who may be coming with you to the UK. If you’ve not already been vaccinated for Meningitis C and Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), we strongly recommend you arrange these before you leave home.


You will need to bring enough money with you for travel and food before you open a UK bank account. Find out more about how much money to bring, along with other information about your finances.


You will have to carry your own bags outside airports and on connecting trains and coaches, so keep your luggage light and don’t bring more than you can carry without help.

Leeds offers a large range of shops for bedding, kitchen equipment and items for your room that you buy after you arrive. If you need to bring more luggage, consider arranging to send for things from home after you have moved into your permanent accommodation.

Pack all your essential documents and essential medication in your hand luggage. You should also carry the contact details and address for your accommodation, the International Student Office and University Security Office

Customs regulations in the UK are very strict. Do not bring in your luggage any illegal drugs or anything that could be considered a weapon. For more information on restricted and prohibited goods read the Customs Guide for travellers entering the UK.

Lost and delayed luggage

We can help you if your main luggage does not arrive on your flight. If your luggage is delayed please contact the International Student Office or speak with our welcome team when you arrive if you have booked the Meet and Greet service.