Arriving in Leeds

Here's some information to help you prepare for your arrival in Leeds. We look forward to welcoming you to the International Pathways Centre and the University of Leeds.

Key information  

Travelling to Leeds

Our nearest airports are Leeds Bradford Airport (a 30-minute taxi ride from the University) and Manchester Airport (one-and-a-half hours by direct train). Our travel information for international students can help you plan your journey to Leeds.

What to bring

Check the essential documents for international students you need to bring. 

Police registration

The police registration scheme has ended. There is now no requirement to register with the police. 

Register with a doctor

As a student in Leeds, you'll need to register with a doctor, and know where to go if you need medical treatment or advice.

Collecting your biometric residence permit

If you have a Student visa or a short-term study visa and are attending a course for six months or longer, you’ll need to collect your biometric residence permit (BRP) when you arrive in Leeds.

Opening a bank account

If you're moving to Leeds from overseas you'll need access to your money. The easiest way is to open a UK bank account.

Asking for help

If you've got a question or problem, please ask for help as soon as you need it. There's lots of information available and people who can advise you.

There’s a wide range of support and wellbeing services available to you. Whatever you’re feeling and thinking, please don’t be afraid to ask for help.  

If it’s your first time in Leeds, there’s also guidance on: 

Prayer, contemplation and faith-based support

University quiet spaces, prayer facilities and faith-based support give you the chance to take time out, reflect, and connect with local faith communities.

Leeds University Union events

You can join one of the Leeds University Union clubs and societies where you can make friends and take part in events you enjoy.

University life once you're here

Hear about life at the University from an International Foundation Year student.

Video transcript: International Foundation Year: Campus life at the University of Leeds

You can also read student Mika's blog post about settling into life in Leeds  and International Foundation Year studies.