Preparation and arrival

Summer 2021

During summer 2021, unless COVID-19 restrictions change, we’ll use a blended teaching method.

This means that some of your study will be online with weekly live online classes and consultations. Independent study is an important element of these courses and you’ll have opportunities for face-to-face teaching or consultations on campus from August 2021. This will include at least one on-campus meeting a week with your tutors and other students.

Unless circumstances change, throughout the summer there'll also be opportunities to meet students on campus for social activities. Our campus facilities such as libraries and social spaces will be open with all the appropriate COVID-19 safety measures in place to help keep you safe.

When to arrive

We recommend you travel to Leeds if you can. Arriving by 2 August 2021 will give you the best opportunity to attend the on-campus meetings with your tutors and other students. We strongly recommend travelling before the assessment period starts on 16 August.

If you’re not able to travel

If you’re not able to travel to the UK due to COVID-19 or travel restrictions in your country, or you’ll arrive late, contact us at and let us know why you’re not able to arrive in Leeds for 2 August, so that we can support you further. If you’re unable to attend any of the on-campus teaching, you’ll be able to catch up during your independent study time.

Preparation and arrival guide

We look forward to welcoming you to the Language Centre and the University of Leeds. Below you'll find our step-by-step preparation and arrival guide.

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.

You can choose to start your accommodation from 3 July 2021, 16 July 2021 or 30 July 2021.

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

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

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 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 Haruka'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 our 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. 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. There is no charge for registering with a doctor.

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 as 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 ti

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