Key dates

We have two semesters that are taught over three terms. For September, orientation will begin two weeks before the start of teaching. For January, orientation will begin the week before teaching starts. Please see below for further information regarding orientation. Please see the academic calendar for examination dates and the exams and transcripts page for further information about when you will receive your transcript.


You must apply for accommodation directly with the accommodation office and meet their application deadlines. If your studies fall outside of semester one or semester two you will be sent a paper application form to fill in instead of the online form.

If you will be studying at Leeds for Semester 1 only, you will be offered an accommodation contract that finishes during the middle of the January exam period. You will be contacted by the accommodation office when the exam timetable has been published, to find out if you need to extend your contract to include any additional time up until the end of the semester.

If you will be studying at Leeds for semester two only, you will be arriving during our semester one examination period. This means that you may not be able to move into your room straight away. If this is the case, you will be offered temporary accommodation when you first arrive whilst your room is prepared.

Preparing to study with us

We recommend you look at the Prepare for Success website to help familiarise yourself with the UK education system, which may be different from what you are used to at your home university.

Our skills@library workshops and resources can help you develop academic skills while you are studying with us.

Register online

You should register online before you arrive in Leeds. This is a separate process to module enrolment. We will send you details of how to register about a month before you arrive in Leeds. View our guide to University registration


If you are starting in January 2017 we recommend that you arrive on 19 January. Orientation will primarily be on 20 and 21 January. We will email you a full welcome programme in January so please check your emails for important updates.

The arrival and orientation dates for study abroad, exchange and Erasmus+ students starting in September are the same as for international students. For students starting in September 2017, we recommend that you arrive during the second week of SeptemberSpecific arrival dates will be released in Spring 2017. View key dates and the orientation programme

Find out more about arriving in Leeds and view our general welcome information for international students. You can also contact a current University of Leeds student to find out about life in Leeds.