Preparation and arrival

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Leeds. Find out how to prepare for your arrival if you’re studying a Language Centre course starting in January or February 2022.

We recommend you travel to Leeds with enough time before your teaching start date to get to know your new surroundings and complete any required quarantine period. It is still our expectation that students will be able to arrive in Leeds by January. We're committed to giving every student substantial face-to-face teaching time this academic year, so we're not able to deliver any campus-based programme entirely online.

If you have specific concerns about your ability to travel to Leeds, you’ll need to let us know in advance. If you’re experiencing any difficulties with travel, contact us at

We’ll continue to review our courses and other elements of the student experience in response to COVID-19 and we may need to adapt our provision to ensure students remain safe. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, regularly visit our Coronavirus information for applicants page, which we’ll continue to update as the situation changes. 

Applying for accommodation

You can apply to stay in University accommodation during your pre-sessional English course. Living in University residences makes it easy for your to meet other students.

Alternatively, if you want to find private accommodation, Unipol can help with your search. 

It is very important that you book accommodation in advance of your travel to prevent any issues following arrival. 

Pre-travel COVID-19 guidance

Because of the ongoing situation with COVID-19, it’s important that you check the latest government guidance before planning your travel as this changes regularly.

Read our travel information to help you plan your journey to Leeds, including more about taking a COVID-19 test and completing the passenger locator form before you travel.

After booking your accommodation you may be issued with a temporary accommodation address to list on your passenger locator form before a specific room is allocated to you.

The University runs a pre-booked transport service from Manchester Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport to the University. We encourage you to use this service.

Complete our international arrivals form as soon as possible to tell us about your travel plans and book your arrival and self-isolation support. Read more about the support available on our Arriving page.

You can find further information on our Coronavirus website.

Travelling to Leeds

Our nearest airports are Leeds Bradford Airport (a 30 minute taxi ride away) and Manchester Airport (one and a half hours by direct train).

We're running a transport service to the University from Manchester Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport. If you want to use this transport service, you need to book this at least four days in advance of your arrival.

Complete the international arrivals form as soon as possible to tell us about your travel plans and book your arrival and self-isolation support. 

Read detailed travel information and check the self-isolation advice.

What to bring

Check our advice on essential documents, money and what to pack in your luggage.

We also strongly recommended carrying the University’s Security Office contact details in case of an emergency. 

Ask a current student

What's it really like to be a student at Leeds? Our team of Link to Leeds ambassadors will be happy to answer your questions.

You can read about Mika's experience, who started her studies at Leeds with a pre-sessional course.

Arriving at your accommodation

Before you arrive, read the accommodation section on our Arriving page, as well as information about self-isolation and support available from the University.

If you have any questions about accommodation arrangements, visit our accommodation website, email or call +44 (0)113 343 777.

Registering as a student

All students need to complete registration. You can begin the registration process before you travel to UK and complete the final part after arriving.

We encourage you to begin registering as soon as you can. Find out how you can register.

The Language Centre will also send you information by email about University registration.

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) Collection

If you've been issued with a combined CAS for your pre-sessional course and your degree programme and have a Student visa, or if you have a Short-term study visa and will be studying for six months or longer, you'll need to collect a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).

Check how you can collect your BRP from the University or another location.

Police registration

Depending on your nationality and the length of your visa, you might need to register with the police when you arrive. Find out more about registering with the police.

Opening a bank account

It can take a few weeks to open a UK bank account. Plan to use an alternative to cash, such as a credit card, while you're waiting for your bank account to open. Don't bring large amounts of money with you in cash. Find out more about opening a UK bank account.

Registering with a doctor and dentist

You should register with a UK doctor and then a dentist when you arrive in Leeds. There is no charge for registering with a doctor. If your visa is for less than six months, you'll need to pay for some medical services, so take out medical insurance before you travel to the UK. 

Find out more about your health entitlements and registering with a doctor and dentist.

Disability support

Our Disability Services provide specialist support for disabled students, including students with physical disabilities, mental health conditions, autism spectrum condition, specific learning needs (eg dyslexia or dyspraxia), students who are deaf and hard of hearing, blind or partially sighted and students with long-term medical conditions.

Read more about our disability services to see if you might benefit.

We encourage you to contact Disability Services and our Language Centre Student Support team at early as possible before you come to Leeds.

This will help us to arrange any support you might need in your first few days and during your course. The information you give us will be treated confidentially and won't affect your offer.

Support for families

Leeds is a family-friendly city. If you're coming with your family, read our information for families

Please note that due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), some activities could be subject to restrictions dependent upon government guidance at the time. 

Support is available for pregnant students. For more information, read our pregnancy policy. Email to let us know so that we can support you.

Social activities

Find out more about social activities during your pre-sessional course.

Throughout the year the University plans a number of events and activities which can help you to meet new people and find out more about Leeds and surrounding areas. 

Because of the ongoing situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), some activities could be subject to restrictions dependent upon government guidance at the time.

Further information

You can read lots more information to help you feel at home in Leeds and make the most of your time here.

If you have any further questions, email us on