Updated 18 January 2021 at 10am

When you should arrive

The UK government has updated its advice for universities for January 2021.

Except for a small number of courses (which at Leeds means Clinical and Social Work programmes), students should not return to university until further notice. In addition all students must be tested for Covid-19 – and found negative – before they can interact with others or use facilities on campus.

For new international students, we recommend that you do not plan to travel yet, if you have not made your travel arrangements, so we can manage the flow of student arrivals on campus.

Starting your studies online

If this advice and/or travel disruptions mean that you cannot arrive in Leeds we encourage you to register and start your studies online, and then join us in Leeds when restrictions lift and it is possible to do so. We are working hard to make sure you receive the high-quality academic experience you would expect.

The academic school you have applied to will keep you updated on how they will deliver teaching online in the coming weeks and will let you know when face to face teaching can begin again. 

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

If you have already made your travel plans and cannot change them or it is expensive to do so, please do not worry. 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 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

The UK government has recently announced that students who commence a one-year Master’s programme in January 2021 will also remain eligible for the Graduate route, even if they are studying remotely, provided they enter the UK before 27 September 2021. Please note that your School may require you to arrive in Leeds before this date depending on the course.

Travel, arrival and self-isolation support  

Plan your journey and arrival

Our travel information page gives you information to help you plan your journey.  

From 4am on Monday 18 January 2021 anyone arriving in the UK needs to self-isolate on arrival for 10 days - all travel corridors are temporarily closed. Make sure you carefully read the UK government rules on how to self-isolate when you travel to England. This explains what guidelines must be followed during the journey and on arrival, including rules about not leaving accommodation during the self-isolation period. You’ll still need to self-isolate, even if you have received a COVID-19 vaccine abroad.

From 4am on Monday 18 January 2021, you must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to England. 

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.   

Keep checking the travel and self-isolation guidance before and after you arrive as it is changing regularly. 

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 up to the end of February 2021. You must book your transport service at least four days in advance of your arrival. If you are arriving after February 2021, please check this page for updates nearer the time.

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.  

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. 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.