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

The nearest airports are Leeds Bradford Airport (a 30-minute taxi ride from the University) and Manchester Airport (1 hour 30 minutes by direct train). Our travel information for international students can help you plan your journey to Leeds.

What to bring

Our what to bring page lists the important documents and items you need to pack.

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 a wide range of support and wellbeing services available and lots of people who can advise you.

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 Leeds University Union’s clubs and societies to 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 study.