Arriving

Last updated 11 May 2022. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Leeds. Find out how to prepare for your arrival and how we can support you.

Plan your journey and your arrival 

Make sure you are confident you can travel before you apply for your visa.

Our travel information page gives you information to help you plan your journey, including COVID-19 requirements and steps you must take before you leave home.     

Make sure you also read our page on what to bring with you to Leeds, as part of your preparation. 

Tell us when you plan to arrive so we can support you 

When you have booked your travel, make sure you tell us your date and time of arrival so we can support you.

If you are coming to Leeds for the first time, read the following information about how to inform us of your arrival plans and book our arrival services, including airport pick up service, welcome food box and bedding, kitchen equipment and toiletry packs. 

When you should arrive

Check the following before you book your travel 

  • Information from your school about when your programme starts, any specific requirements related to arrival in Leeds, and your induction and welcome activities 
  • COVID-19 travel requirements  
  • The valid date on your visa vignette 
  • When you can move into your accommodation 

Information about your programme start date and induction and welcome activities  

Plan to arrive before the start of your programme. There will be welcome and orientation activities in person and online throughout the year, so you will find information and support to help you settle in whenever you arrive.

Check the information you will receive from your school about induction and programme start dates and any specific requirements related to arrival in Leeds.  

If your arrival will be delayed due to reasons related to COVID-19, it is essential for you to contact your school for advice. 

COVID-19 travel requirements 

Before you arrange your travel, check the latest UK government requirements on our travel information page

The valid date on your visa vignette 

If you have a visa, it’s 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

When you can move into your accommodation 

Check when you can move into your accommodation. Before you travel, make sure you have arranged somewhere to stay on your first night. 

Try to arrive as close to your accommodation contract start date as possible. If you need to arrive before your University accommodation contract starts, please email accom@leeds.ac.uk in advance, and the Accommodation Office will try to assist you. If you are staying with a private accommodation provider, ask them 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 do not have permanent accommodation confirmed yet, contact our Accommodation Office who will assist you to find accommodation and may also be able to assist with temporary accommodation. 

Email: accom@leeds.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7777 

Book your arrival support 

Airport pick up service  

We offer a free transport service to the University from Leeds Bradford Airport and Manchester Airport for students who are coming to Leeds for the first time.

If you will be arriving in Leeds for the first time up to the end of July 2022, please complete the international arrivals form as soon as you have booked your transport, to tell us about your travel plans and to book your arrival support. You can update this later if your plans change.

You must book airport pick up at least five days in advance of your arrival. 

We will contact you to confirm the details of your transport at least two days before your arrival.

For students arriving from 1 August 2022 onwards, please check this page nearer the time when our international arrivals form for the 2022/23 academic year will be available.

Food and essential items for your arrival

We offer a free welcome food box on arrival for students coming to Leeds for the first time.

Check whether your accommodation provides kitchen equipment and bedding, or if you need to buy this. You can order a kitchen equipment pack, bedding pack, and toiletry pack from the University, so you have what you need when you first arrive.

If you will be arriving in Leeds for the first time up to the end of July 2022, please use the international arrivals form to book a free welcome food box and order your essential items.

For students arriving from 1 August 2022 onwards, please check this page nearer the time when our international arrivals form for the 2022/23 academic year will be available.

International welcome helpdesk 

Contact us with questions about our airport pick up service, ask for any support you need on the day of your arrival, and get help with recovering any lost or delayed luggage.

Service hours:

Chat online to current students 

Before you come to Leeds and when you arrive you can chat online to current students from our Link to Leeds ambassadors team and read their blogs.  Our Link to Leeds ambassadors have experience of preparing to arrive in Leeds, settling in and student life at Leeds, so why not get in touch with them and see how they can help?  

International orientation and support to help you settle in

When you arrive, visit the international orientation page to:

  • sign up for an interactive online orientation session to help you settle in and make the most of your international experience 
  • find ways to start meeting people in person and online, including activities run by friendly student hosts

Our Student Information teams will be here to answer your questions online, by phone or in person.

You’ll also find lots of other information and support to help you settle in:  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) requirements in the UK and on campus 

Once you arrive, you must follow UK government and University coronavirus guidance, even if you have received a COVID-19 vaccine.