10 things to help you get started

We know starting university is an exciting time, but we also understand that it can be a bit daunting. Knowing what to do and when can seem complicated.

So to help you out, we’ve compiled this simple list of 10 things that you need to look at to help you get started.

Activate your IT account

All students and postgraduate researchers are given a username and password so they can connect to the University’s IT services. Your username will be sent to your personal email address. Once you receive it, follow these instructions to set up your IT account.

Online registration

Before you register, you must activate your IT account

Registration is the official process of becoming a student at university. It means you can officially confirm your place on your course, check your personal information and let us know how you’ll be paying your tuition fees. 

Whether you’re a new or returning student or postgraduate researcher, you’ll need to complete student registration at the start of each academic year. Our register as a student page provides information on how and when to register and what you need. 

If you’re a new student, we’ll need to check your identity. This is needed for a number of reasons, including to confirm your registration with the Student Loans Company (SLC) to release the first instalment of your Maintenance Loan (if you’ve been assessed as eligible to receive SLC funding), and to complete a Right to Study check for UKVI compliance.

Pay your fees

Paying your fees is an essential part of academic life. Visit our paying fees and charges page for information about how to pay your fees and what instalment plans are available. 

If you’re starting a higher or degree apprenticeship, you do not pay fees. Visit our higher and degree apprenticeships pages for more information.

For international students, visit our international funding page for more information.

Module enrolment

If you are studying on a course which requires you to choose optional or discovery modules, you will need to complete module enrolment. This is separate to registration and is a first come, first served online process. Visit our module enrolment page for further information on enrolment dates and guidance.


Your accommodation will be more than just the place where you study and sleep – it will be your own space to call home. Visit our accommodation page for information on the different options available.

International students

If you’re an international student, we know you’ll have additional questions and requirements. Please visit our international students: prepare for Leeds pages for help. 

What to bring checklist

Look through our ‘what to bring’ checklist to make sure you don't forget any important documents and items that you’ll need. If you’re an international student, use our international ‘what to bring’ checklist.

Set up a bank account

We recommend that you set up a student bank account if you are eligible as they’ll give you more benefits than a standard current account. You’ll need to consider account fees and charges, what type of card to get, and how long it takes to open an account. There is further advice on opening a UK bank account if you’re an international student.

Term dates

The 2024/25 term dates are:

  • Autumn term: Monday 30 September to Friday 13 December 2024
  • Spring term: Monday 13 January to Friday 28 March 2025
  • Summer term: Monday 28 April to Friday 20 June 2025

For more information about teaching, examination and holiday periods, visit our term dates page. 

For international students, we recommend looking at our international arrival page.  

For apprentices, we recommend looking at our higher and degree apprenticeships pages.  


Finally, for taught students we recommend taking the time to look at the induction information for your school.

For postgraduate researchers, you can find information about pre-arrival and your induction on our starting your research pages. You will also receive local induction information from your Faculty Graduate School before you commence your programme of study.

All students and postgraduate researchers can also look at our IT induction information.