WELCOME GUIDE - Undergraduate 2020 - University of Leeds

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WELCOME GUIDE - Undergraduate 2020 - University of Leeds

WELCOME GUIDE - Undergraduate 2020 - University of Leeds
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KEY DATES                                                                                                                         CONTENTS

Find the key dates for the
academic year, including term
                                                                                                                                  WELCOME TO LEEDS                 2    ARRIVING IN LEEDS                                      20
dates, exam periods and more at
www.leeds.ac.uk/academic_year                                                                                                                                            Moving into your new home                              21
                                                                                                                                  BEFORE YOU ARRIVE                4
                                                                                                                                                                         Getting around                                         23
                                                                                                                                  Tuition fee arrangements         5
                                                                                                                                                                         Arriving in Leeds – checklist24
                                                                                                                                  Funding and financial support    6
                                                                                                                                  Managing your money              7    YOUR FIRST FEW WEEKS                                   25
                                                                                                                                  Online registration              8    Completing registration                                26
IMPORTANT INFORMATION                                                                                                             Module enrolment                 10   Inductions27
Information provided by the University, such as in presentations, University brochures and on the University website,
is accurate at the time of first disclosure. However, courses, University services and content of publications remain             Prepare to study                 12   Campus life                                            29
subject to change. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or to keep courses
                                                                                                                                  Health advice                    13   Support and wellbeing                                  32
contemporary through updating practices or areas of study. Circumstances may arise outside the reasonable control of
the University leading to required changes. Such circumstances include industrial action, unexpected student numbers,             Prepare to move                  14   Tailor your experience                                 34
significant staff illness (where a course is reliant upon a person’s expertise), unexpected lack of funding, severe weather,
fire, civil disorder, political unrest, government restrictions and serious concern with regard to the transmission of serious    Living at home                   17   Your first few weeks – checklist36
illness making a course unsafe to deliver. After a student has taken up a place with the University, the University will look     Before you arrive – checklist18
to give early notification of any changes and try to minimise their impact, offering suitable alternative arrangements or forms
of compensation where it believes there is a fair case to do so. The latest key information on courses, entry requirements
and fees can be found at courses.leeds.ac.uk. Please check this website before making any decisions.

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WELCOME TO LEEDS                                   We’re also busy working with our students’
                                                   union, Leeds University Union, to develop a
                                                   series of activities and events, both on campus
                                                   and online, so you can be sure of a warm and        You’re probably wondering what to do next       FOLLOW US
                                                   friendly welcome.                                   but don’t worry, this guide will help you.
It’s almost time for you to start your                                                                                                                 Don’t miss any student announcements,
journey as a University of Leeds                                                                       In this guide you’ll find:                      deadlines, events or other useful information.
student. We’re really excited to                   SAFETY ON CAMPUS                                    • w
                                                                                                          hat you need to know and do in the
welcome you to our community and                                                                         next few weeks                                     uolcurrentstudents
                                                   Your personal safety remains our top priority.
help you settle into University life.              We’ve put lots of plans in place to make our        • information about the COVID-19 safety
                                                                                                         measures we’ve put in place                        @UoLStudents
                                                   campus and University accommodation safe
Although the COVID-19 pandemic means               for when you arrive, including social distancing,   • useful contact details
some things will be different, we’re committed     providing washable face coverings for everyone,                                                                universityofleeds
to providing you with the high-quality learning                                                        • k ey buildings, to help you find your
                                                   COVID-19 testing and extra cleaning activities.
and student experience you expect.                                                                        way around campus
                                                   You’ll receive more safety guidance in
                                                   September, as part of your induction.               • h
                                                                                                          andy checklists so you can be sure
We’re following the UK government’s advice                                                                                                             FIND YOUR WAY AROUND
                                                                                                         you don’t miss anything
on social distancing, which means teaching         We’ll continue to review our plans regularly                                                        Look out for the icon throughout this guide
activities with large numbers of students will     and make any changes, in line with government
                                                                                                       You’ll also receive information directly from   – the campus map in your welcome pack will
go ahead using digital technology. Teaching in     guidance, as quickly as possible.
                                                                                                       your University school about your course,       help you find these buildings on campus.
small-groups will take place face to face and on
campus where it’s safe and practical to do so,     For the most up-to-date information, visit          including any specific welcome and
but this may vary depending on your course.        coronavirus.leeds.ac.uk/safety-for-students         induction activities.

If you’re unable to travel to campus                                                                   Keep up to date with the latest information
immediately, you’ll have remote access to all                                                          and find out more about our online welcome
the support services and teaching resources                                                            and induction resource at
you need for your studies.                                                                             students.leeds.ac.uk/newstudents

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 BEFORE                                       TUITION FEE
                                                                                                SPONSORED STUDENTS
                                                                                                If some or all of your tuition fees are being
                                                                                                paid by a third-party organisation, you’ll need

                                                                                                to provide our Student Fees team with an
                                                                                                official letter from your sponsor. Find out what
                                                                                                information needs to be included in the letter at
                                              Your tuition fee was confirmed in                 students.leeds.ac.uk/sponsoredstudents
                                              your offer letter from us. As part of
                                              the registration process, you’ll need             STUDENTS ON HIGHER AND
                                              to tell us how your tuition fees will             DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS
                                              be paid.
                                                                                                If you’re starting a higher or degree
                                              For information about undergraduate fees for      apprenticeship, you’ll receive a salary from
 It’s time to start preparing for your        students starting in September 2020, visit        your employer and your tuition fees will be
                                              www.leeds.ac.uk/undergraduatefees                 paid directly to the University. This means
 new life as a University of Leeds student.                                                     you won’t be eligible for student loans from
                                                                                                the government or University financial support.
 This section explains everything you need    TUITION FEE LOAN

 to do in advance to make sure things         Most students are eligible for a Tuition Fee
                                              Loan, which means that your fees will be
                                                                                                SHARING YOUR INFORMATION
 runs smoothly.                               paid directly to the University on your behalf.
                                              If you want to take out a Tuition Fee Loan
                                                                                                We can only speak directly with you about
                                                                                                your fees and payments, unless you give us
                                              and haven’t yet applied, you should do this       permission to speak to someone else. Details of
                                              straight away (see page 6).                       how to share access with nominated individuals
                                                                                                (including parents or guardians) are at
                                              SELF-FUNDED STUDENTS
                                              If you’re paying your first-year tuition fees
                                              yourself (so you haven’t applied for the full
                                              Tuition Fee Loan), you can pay your fees in
                                              full or in two instalments.                         If you haven’t already, apply for
                                                                                                  government funding as soon as possible
                                              If you’re paying in full, you need to make
                                              sure the payment is made before you register
                                              as a student or by the end of October 2020
                                              at the latest. You can also pay for your fees
                                              in two instalments by direct debit: 50% in
                                              November 2020 and 50% in February 2021.
                                              When you make a payment or set up an
                                              instalment plan, keep your confirmation
                                              email for future reference.
                                              For more information about how to pay
                                              or set up an instalment plan, visit

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FUNDING AND                                           FUNDING FOR DISABLED STUDENTS
                                                                                                          MANAGING                                             TIPS TO HELP YOU MANAGE
                                                                                                                                                               YOUR MONEY
FINANCIAL SUPPORT                                                                                         YOUR MONEY
                                                      If you’re a disabled student, you may be
                                                      eligible to apply for a Disabled Students’                                                               • Don’t spend your Maintenance Loan as
                                                      Allowance from Student Finance England                                                                     soon as you get it, as you’ll need it to last
                                                      (or the equivalent organisation) to pay for                                                                the whole term.
                                                      specialist academic-related support and                                                                  • Work out a monthly budget and stick to it.
You should already have applied for                   equipment. You can get this extra funding           As you’re now officially a student, it’s a
                                                                                                                                                               • Save money by buying second-hand books,
government funding but if you haven’t,                on top of your other student loans. It doesn’t      good idea to plan your living expenses                 getting student travel tickets, learning to
here’s a reminder of what’s available                 have to be paid back and it’s not means-tested.     and have an idea of your budget, so
                                                      Apply as soon as possible or contact us to                                                                 cook and sharing the cost of food with your
and what you need to do.                              discuss your eligibility.
                                                                                                          you can keep on top of your finances.                  flatmates.
                                                      disability@leeds.ac.uk                              Your first few weeks at University will probably     • Look out for paid student ambassador roles
                                                      students.leeds.ac.uk/fundingfordisabledstudents                                                            on campus or find part-time work that fits
FUNDING FROM THE GOVERNMENT                                                                               be more expensive than an average week.
                                                                                                          As well as budgeting for essentials like food          around your studies at luu.org.uk/jobs
Student funding has been designed so you                                                                  and travel, you’ll need to put money aside for       • G
                                                                                                                                                                  et student discounts with the NUS TOTUM
don’t have to pay for your degree up front.           FUNDING FROM THE UNIVERSITY
                                                                                                          any events that you want to take part in. Leeds        card or join UNiDAYS for free.
Government funding is available to help with          We want to make sure you can study with             University Union organises lots of events and
tuition fees and living costs in the form of:         us, whatever your financial circumstances.          activities throughout the year and although          You can also get free, confidential and impartial
• Tuition Fee Loan                                    Remember, any bursary and scholarship               many are free, you may need to pay for some.         advice from Leeds University Union ( 32).
                                                      funding you receive from us doesn’t have                                                                 luu.org.uk
• Maintenance Loan
                                                      to be paid back.
                                                                                                          OPEN A STUDENT BANK ACCOUNT
If you’re taking a partial Tuition Fee Loan, you’ll                                                                                                            FINANCIAL HARDSHIP SUPPORT
need to let us know by contacting our Student         Leeds Financial Support                             Think about opening a student bank account
Fees team at ugfees@leeds.ac.uk                       If you’re a full-time student you may be eligible   before you arrive at University so any funding you   If you find yourself in unexpected financial
                                                      for non-repayable Leeds Financial Support,          receive can be paid directly into your account.      difficulty during your course, contact our
Find out more about government funding and                                                                                                                     Student Funding team as soon as you know
                                                      which is linked to your annual household            Student accounts often come with benefits,
how to apply at www.gov.uk/student-finance                                                                                                                     there’s an issue, so they can advise you
                                                      income. Your household income is assessed           including interest-free overdraft facilities and
Apply for government funding as soon as               by Student Finance England (or the equivalent       various freebies, but shop around to make sure       on what help is available. Find our more at
possible to ensure your student loan payment          organisation) when you apply for a means-tested     you get the right one for you. To open a student     students.leeds.ac.uk/financialhardship
is available at the start of term. If your student    government Maintenance Loan. If you’re eligible,    account you should contact the bank directly,        or email funding@leeds.ac.uk
loan payment is delayed, our Student Funding          Leeds Financial Support will be awarded by the      remembering you’ll need official ID, such as
team will be able to advise you. In exceptional       University, so you don’t need to apply for this     a passport, as well as your confirmation letter
circumstances, it may be possible to help             separately. Once you’ve started at Leeds, we’ll     from UCAS or a bank letter from us.
you manage until your student loan comes              send an email to your University email account      students.leeds.ac.uk/bankaccounts
through by awarding a short-term loan from            about how this support will be paid to you.
the Leeds Hardship Fund. In this case, our            www.leeds.ac.uk/universitysupport                   Find some of the best deals on offer at
Student Funding team will need to verify you                                                              www.moneysavingexpert.com/students
have applied for funding from Student Finance         Scholarships
England (or the equivalent organisation).
                                                      Most scholarships are awarded before you
Contact our Student Funding team at
                                                      arrive at University, but you may receive an
                                                                                                                                                                 Open a student bank account – you’ll
funding@leeds.ac.uk                                                                                                                                              need your confirmation letter from
                                                      automatic scholarship once you’ve started
                                                      your studies, which is linked to academic                                                                  UCAS or a bank letter from us
                                                      achievement. These are only offered in
                                                      certain areas. For a full list, visit

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ONLINE                                               As part of registration, you’ll get the
                                                     chance to:
                                                                                                         STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
                                                                                                         TO REGISTRATION
                                                                                                                                                             STEP 3
                                                                                                                                                             To start registration go to minerva.leeds.ac.uk
REGISTRATION                                         • join our students’ union, Leeds University
                                                       Union (see page 29)
                                                                                                                                                             (the University’s student portal and virtual
                                                                                                                                                             learning environment) and log in using your
                                                                                                         STEP 1
                                                                                                                                                             University username and new password.
                                                     • buy membership to our sports, health and          Read about registration and find out what
                                                       fitness facilities, including our indoor sports                                                       Click       in the top right and log in to Student
You can start to register online from                                                                    you’ll need to register at
                                                       centre on campus, The Edge (see page 30)          students.leeds.ac.uk/registration                   Services, then click ‘Registration’ and follow
2 September 2020 and you should                                                                                                                              the on-screen instructions. If you’re unable to
do this as soon as possible, preferably              If you’re staying in University accommodation,                                                          start registration, the reason will be displayed
                                                     you’ll automatically get Edge Club membership.      STEP 2
before you arrive at University.                                                                                                                             and you’ll need to follow the instructions given
                                                     If you want more flexible access times, you can                                                         but you’ll still be able to enrol on your modules.
Registration means you can officially                upgrade your membership during your online          Go to mypassword.leeds.ac.uk and enter your
                                                                                                         student number and date of birth to get your        You’ll get a registration certificate at the end
confirm your place on your course, check             accommodation induction (see page 14) or                                                                which you can save or access later if needed.
the information we hold about you and let us         anytime at                                          University username and temporary password.
know how you’ll be paying your tuition fees.         sport.leeds.ac.uk/student-membership                You’ll find your student number on the emails
                                                                                                         you’ve received from us and on the letter           STEP 4
We might need to verify your results before          To complete your registration, we’ll need           posted to you with this guide. It’s different
you can start to register. If you’ve taken any       to check your identity (see page 26).               to your UCAS number.                                We’ll then need to check your identity to complete
qualifications in the UK during 2019/20, we’ll                                                                                                               your registration (see page 26).
be able to verify this through UCAS without                                                              You’ll need to change the temporary password
                                                                                                         to create a permanent one before you can            If you have any problems registering, contact
seeing your certificates. If you’ve taken school                                                                                                             our student enquiry line. You’ll find contact details
leaving, vocational or professional qualifications                                                       access any University systems. It’s easier if you
                                                                                                         change your password at this point by following     and the latest opening hours at
before 2019/20, or outside the UK, you should                                                                                                                students.leeds.ac.uk/registration
bring your original certificates with you when                                                           the on-screen instructions and registering with
you come to University. Check your offer letter                                                          the Self Service Password Reset (SSPR) facility.
for any conditions and bring your certificates
                                                                                                                                                                               Start online registration
with you if you’re unsure.
                                                                                                                                                                               from 2 September 2020

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                                                                                                    STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
                                                                                                    TO MODULE ENROLMENT

                                                                                                    STEP 1
                                                                                                    Familiarise yourself with module enrolment
                                                                                                    at students.leeds.ac.uk/modules

                                                                                                    STEP 2
                                                                                                    Refer to any pre-arrival information sent to you
                                                                                                    by your University school. You can contact
                                                                                                    them directly if you need any help or advice
                                                                                                    with choosing your modules.

                                                                                                    STEP 3
                                                                                                    When you’re ready to enrol on your modules,
                                                                                                    go to students.leeds.ac.uk/howtoenrol and
                                                                                                    follow the on-screen instructions to access
                                                                                                    Student Services.

MODULE                                            OPTIONAL MODULES
                                                                                                    STEP 4
                                                  You may have to take a certain number
                                                                                                    Once logged in, you’ll be able to view your
                                                  of optional modules linked to your course,
                                                                                                    compulsory modules and check your personal
                                                  but you’ll be able to choose these.
                                                                                                    timetable. You can then choose your optional
                                                                                                    modules and discovery modules, if applicable.
Once you have your University                     DISCOVERY MODULES
username and password, you can start              Most of our courses give you the opportunity      STEP 5
enrolling on your course modules from             to choose discovery modules. They’re a great
                                                                                                    Once you’ve made your final selection,
2 September. Some modules may be                  way to tailor your study around interests which
                                                                                                    view and confirm your module choices.
popular or have limited spaces which              aren’t necessarily related to your course.
                                                                                                    A confirmation email with your module
can fill up quickly, so you should enrol          Our discovery modules are based around            choices will be sent to your University
as early as possible.                             10 discovery themes. You can explore these        email address and you should keep this for
                                                  themes and create a shortlist of the discovery    reference. You can access your University
Your course is made up of modules which           modules you’re interested in at                   emails at minerva.leeds.ac.uk by clicking
are each worth a certain number of credits        leedsforlife.leeds.ac.uk/broadening                    in the top right.                             Enrol for optional and discovery
that contribute towards your degree. You’ll                                                                                                            modules as soon as possible,
automatically be enrolled for any compulsory                                                                                                           as spaces can fill up quickly
modules, so you only need to enrol for optional
modules and discovery modules, if applicable.

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                                                                                                  HEALTH ADVICE                                       MEDICATION
                                                                                                                                                      If you have medication on a repeat
                                                                                                                                                      prescription, bring one month’s supply with
                                                                                                                                                      you, as it can take a while for your notes to
                                                                                                                                                      be transferred from your usual doctor.
                                                                                                  PERSONAL SAFETY
                                                                                                  Washable face coverings will be provided and        DENTAL TREATMENT
                                                                                                  you’ll be able to access free and fast COVID-19
                                                                                                  testing on campus, to support the NHS Test          There’s a shortage of NHS dentists,
                                                                                                  and Trace service. Hand sanitiser, soap and         so we’d recommend not changing if you can
                                                                                                  paper towels will also be available for you to      still visit your usual dentist for your regular
                                                                                                  use and you’ll notice lots of cleaning activity     check-up. Emergency dental treatment is
                                                                                                  across campus. You’ll receive more safety           available in Leeds.
                                                                                                  guidance in September, as part of your              students.leeds.ac.uk/healthcare
                                                                                                  induction, including advice about when
                                                                                                  you need to wear face coverings.
PREPARE TO STUDY                                 ACADEMIC SKILLS SUPPORT
                                                 There are lots of online resources to help
                                                                                                                                                      SUPPORT FOR DISABLED STUDENTS
                                                                                                                                                      If you’re a disabled student it’s important you
                                                                                                  We can all help to keep each other safe by
                                                 you develop your academic skills, like taking                                                        contact our Disability Services as soon as
                                                                                                  following government guidelines on social
                                                 notes, searching for information, writing and                                                        possible. It’s better if you contact us before
It’s a good idea to read some of the                                                              distancing and incorporating the safety
                                                 referencing, as well as managing your time.                                                          you start your course, so we can discuss your
                                                                                                  measures into our everyday lives. Get the
recommended books for your course                Get some useful tips before you start
                                                                                                  latest updates at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
                                                                                                                                                      support needs and get everything in place.
before you arrive, particularly if you’re        your studies at library.leeds.ac.uk/skills
                                                                                                                                                      You may be able to access free equipment
                                                                                                  Find out how Leeds City Council is managing
new to the subject. Not only will you                                                                                                                 and support services, including modified
                                                                                                  COVID-19 locally at                                 examination arrangements and access to
feel more confident, it will ease your           PLUS PROGRAMME                                   www.leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus/managing-              computers with assistive technology, as
workload after you’ve started.                   If you’ve entered the University through an      coronavirus-in-leeds                                well as regular drop-in advice and guidance
You’ll be able to access the recommended         access route such as Access to Leeds, you’ll                                                         sessions. There’s also help available for certain
reading lists for each of your modules once      automatically be offered extra support through                                                       conditions, some of which is free, but you
                                                 the Plus Programme. Support is available
                                                                                                  MENINGITIS VACCINATIONS
you’ve completed module enrolment. Reading                                                                                                            may need to apply for additional funding if
lists will be available on the ‘Learn’ tab at    from the start of your course to help you        You need to check you have the right                you require more specialist support. Find out
minerva.leeds.ac.uk                              adapt to university life and ensure you can      vaccinations before you arrive in Leeds,            more about the Disabled Students’ Allowance
                                                 access personal and professional opportunities   specifically against meningitis ACWY and MMR        on page 6.
Don’t rush to buy books yet, as you’ll be able   at Leeds.                                        (measles, mumps and rubella). It’s likely you’ve
to access many online resources through                                                                                                               To access support, you’ll need to provide
                                                 students.leeds.ac.uk/plusprogramme               already had some vaccinations when you were
our Library using your University username                                                                                                            current evidence of your disability or diagnosis
                                                                                                  younger, but you should talk to your usual doctor
and password. You can find out from your                                                                                                              and complete our online sign-up form at
                                                                                                  to make sure you’re appropriately vaccinated.
University school which ones are the absolute    STUDENTS WITH ASYLUM                                                                                 students.leeds.ac.uk/settingupyoursupport
                                                                                                  Alternatively, vaccinations are also available
must-haves.                                      SEEKER OR REFUGEE STATUS                         from the Leeds Student Medical Practice             For more information about Disability Services
                                                 Additional support is available if you’re a      (see page 32), which you should arrange             ( 55A), email disability@leeds.ac.uk or visit
Once you have your University username and
                                                 student with asylum seeker or refugee status.    as soon as possible after arriving in Leeds.        students.leeds.ac.uk/disabilityservices
password, you can download your free copies
of Office 365 ProPlus at it.leeds.ac.uk/office   Get in touch to find out how we can you help     students.leeds.ac.uk/healthcare
                                                 at theplusprogramme@leeds.ac.uk                                                                            @UoLDisability
If you need to do any preparation for your
course before you arrive, your University                                                         Check with your usual doctor that
school will send you details directly.                                                            you have the right vaccinations
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                                                                                                        Safe accommodation                                Parking permits
                                                                                                        We’re all more mindful of our own personal        Parking on campus during term time is only
                                                                                                        safety and the safety of those around us.         available for students with a disability Blue
                                                                                                        Be assured, we’re taking steps in response        Badge. To park on campus with a Blue Badge
                                                                                                        to COVID-19 to create an environment where        you’ll need to apply for a University disabled
                                                                                                        you feel confident, relaxed and safe.             parking permit.
                                                                                                        We’re introducing a staggered and                 There’s limited car parking available at some
                                                                                                        contactless arrivals process, as well effective   of the residences off campus. For more
                                                                                                        social distancing measures, so you’ll be able     information and to apply for a permit, visit
                                                                                                        to meet new people and socialise in a safe        accommodation.leeds.ac.uk/carparking
                                                                                                        way. All our residences will be cleaned more
                                                                                                        regularly and hand sanitiser will be provided
                                                                                                        for you to use. Our experienced                   STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO CONFIRMING
                                                                                                        accommodation team will also be available         YOUR UNIVERSITY ACCOMMODATION
PREPARE TO MOVE                                    Once you’ve accepted your contract, you’ll
                                                   be able to access the online accommodation           to help you. For the latest updates, visit
                                                   induction. You need to complete this before you                                                        STEP 1
                                                   move in, as it will be specific to your residence.
                                                                                                                                                          Look out for the email with your offer of
                                                   It will tell you what to expect and what you         Changing your accommodation
                                                                                                                                                          accommodation and read the contract
                                                   need to bring with you. You’ll also be asked to      If you’re not offered your first choice of
UNIVERSITY ACCOMMODATION                                                                                                                                  carefully, including the terms and conditions.
                                                   book a time slot to arrive at your residence, to     accommodation, don’t worry. Give yourself a
If you applied for University accommodation        avoid lots of people arriving at the same time.      bit of time to settle in and make new friends.
before the 1 July 2020 deadline, we’ll                                                                  If you don’t feel the accommodation is right      STEP 2
                                                   Let us know in advance if you have a disability
email your offer of accommodation before                                                                for you, contact Accommodation Services
                                                   or you have any special accommodation                                                                  Accept the contract within four days of
9 September 2020, so make sure you check                                                                about a room swap from early October.
                                                   requirements.                                                                                          receiving it and pay the £200 deposit.
your emails regularly, including your junk mail.
                                                   0113 343 7777
You can add accommodation-NOREPLY@
leeds.ac.uk to your safe senders list to make
                                                   accom@leeds.ac.uk                                    Planning your arrival
                                                                                                                                                          STEP 3
sure the email goes to your inbox.                 Join the official Facebook group for your            Your accommodation contract will tell you
                                                   residence to find out what’s going on and to         your specific contract start and end dates.       Complete our online accommodation induction
Our email will include a link to the                                                                    Generally, depending on which block you’re        to find out what to bring with you and to book
                                                   chat to your new flatmates before you arrive.
Accommodation Portal, where you’ll find a                                                               allocated within your residence, your contract    your arrival slot.
copy of your contract, as well as information                                                           will start between Saturday 12 and Saturday
about the online accommodation induction                 UOLResLife
                                                                                                        19 September 2020. It’s important you arrive
and how to set up a payment plan. If you                                                                during your booked time slot, so you can
no longer need University accommodation,                                                                move in safely.
let our Accommodation Services know as
soon as possible.                                                                                       You can get directions to your residence at
                                                                                                                                                           Complete the online induction for your
Make sure you read the accommodation                                                                                                                       University accommodation and book
contract carefully, including the terms and                                                                                                                your arrival slot
conditions. You’ll need to accept your contract
within four days of receiving it and pay a £200               Accept your University
deposit, but you won’t need to pay anything                   accommodation contract within
else until after the start of the contract.                   four days and pay your deposit
To collect the keys for your accommodation,
you’ll need an electronic or printed copy of
your contract.

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U NI V E RS I T Y O F L E E D S                                                                                                                                           BE FO RE YO U A RRI V E

If you’re moving into private accommodation,
before you set off make sure you have the
contact details for your landlord and you’ve
arranged a collection time for your keys.
Some accommodation will already have
things like a kettle, microwave, toaster and
iron, but other places won’t. If you’re not sure
whether these things are included, just take
the essentials and talk to your housemates
after you’ve moved in about sharing the cost
of buying them.
If you’re starting a degree apprenticeship and
earning a salary from your employer, you’ll
need to pay Council Tax for your property.
If you have questions about living in private
accommodation during the COVID-19
pandemic, there’s lots of help available.          YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS
The students’ union and Unipol, a student          Make sure any electrical items and other
housing charity located next to campus,            valuables, such as a bike, are security-marked
offer free, independent advice on all aspects      with your name and postcode and make a
of living in private accommodation.                note of their make, model and serial number.
luu.org.uk                                         You can register these items for free at
unipol.org/leeds                                   www.immobilise.com

                                                   If you’re staying in University accommodation,
                                                   information on the insurance cover in our        LIVING AT HOME                            If you’re not living with other students, there
                                                                                                                                              are plenty of ways you can make new friends
                                                   residences and which of your belongings                                                    and get involved. Leeds University Union has
If you plan to watch on-demand or live                                                                                                        hundreds of clubs and societies, so you can
                                                   are covered can be found at
TV, using your own TV or any other device,                                                                                                    meet new people with the same interests as
                                                   accommodation.leeds.ac.uk/insurance              You might decide the best option for
you may need to buy a TV licence.                                                                                                             you and even join your course society.
www.tvlicensing.co.uk/students                     Some expensive items may not be covered          you is to live at home and commute
                                                   outside your room, so you’ll need to check the                                             Leeds Uni Commuters Society also offers
You can buy a TV licence online or at a                                                             to campus. Depending on how often
                                                   policy and arrange additional cover for these                                              socials, mentoring and workshop sessions
PayPoint outlet (in local supermarkets and
                                                   items through a specialist insurance provider.
                                                                                                    you need to travel to campus, make        to help you integrate into student life and
convenience shops). You might also need                                                             the most of your journey time by using    make new friends outside of your course.
an amplified indoor aerial to ensure good          If you’ve arranged private accommodation,        it for reading, catching up on notes or   luu.org.uk
reception, but you can check this when             you’ll need to check if you’re automatically
you move in.                                       covered for contents insurance or if you         listening to lectures, if you can.        For the latest information on how COVID-19
                                                   need to take out your own policy.                                                          is affecting travel on public transport, visit

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– CHECKLIST                                                                                                      Find out how our online welcome and
                                                                                                                 induction resource can help you at
There are lots of things to think about
before you arrive at the University.
Here’s a checklist to help you.

 Tuition fee arrangements and funding                  Page   Health advice                                        Page
 Bring your official letter from your sponsor,          5     Check with your usual doctor that you have            13
 if applicable                                                the right vaccinations
 Apply for government funding as soon as                6     Bring one month’s supply of medication with you       13
 possible, if you haven’t already                             if you’re on a repeat prescription
 Contact Disability Services about applying for the     6     Contact Disability Services to discuss your           13
 Disabled Students’ Allowance, if applicable                  support needs, if applicable

 Managing your money                                   Page   Prepare to move                                      Page
 Open a student bank account – you’ll need              7     Accept your University accommodation contract         14
 official ID and your confirmation letter from                within four days and pay your deposit
 UCAS or a bank letter from us                                Complete our online accommodation induction           14
 Make sure you know your National Insurance             7     and book your arrival slot
 number if you want to work part time or register             If you’re moving into University accommodation,       14
 to vote                                                      join the official Facebook group for your
 Registration and module enrolment                     Page
                                                              Apply for a University disabled parking permit,       15
 Start online registration from 2 September 2020        8     if you have a disability Blue Badge
 Bring your original academic certificates with you,    8     If you’re moving into private accommodation,          16
 if applicable                                                make sure you have the contact details for your
 Save an electronic copy of your registration           9     landlord and arrange a time to collect your keys
 certificate                                                  Buy a TV licence                                      16
 Pack your passport if you have one, as you’ll need     9     Security-mark your electrical items and other         16
 this to complete your identity check – find out              valuables, such as your bike, and register them
 what you need to do if you don’t have a passport             online for free
 on page 26
                                                              Check the contents insurance cover for your           16
 Enrol for optional and discovery modules as soon      10     University residence or private accommodation
 as possible, as spaces can fill up quickly                   and get additional cover if needed

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U NI V E RS I T Y O F L E E D S                                                                                      A RRI V IN G IN L E E D S


 Arriving at University for the
 first time can feel incredibly
 exciting and scary. Don’t worry,
 we’ll give you lots of tips to help   MOVING INTO                                       When you arrive, just go straight to your
                                                                                         residence, where you’ll be able to collect your
 you settle in.                        YOUR NEW HOME                                     keys and move in. To speed up this process,
                                                                                         have your accommodation contract ready to
                                                                                         show, either saved on your phone or tablet
                                                                                         or a printed copy.
                                                                                         Once you’ve collected your keys, you’ll need
                                       UNIVERSITY ACCOMMODATION                          to complete an online inventory, which is a
                                       Before arriving in Leeds, you should have         record of the contents and condition of your
                                       completed our online accommodation                room. You need to report anything missing
                                       induction (see page 14) and booked a time         or damaged, as your room will be checked
                                       slot to arrive at your residence, so you can      against the inventory at the end of your stay.
                                       move in safely.                                   You should also look out for notices telling you
                                       Shortly before you arrive, we’ll email you        about any events in the residence, particularly
                                       with more details on the check-in process         the warden’s introductory meeting.
                                       and how to get to your residence. It will         If you have any problems with your
                                       include information about the COVID-19            accommodation, make sure you tell someone.
                                       safety measures that will be in place on          0113 343 7777
                                       arrival, so make sure you read this carefully.    accom@leeds.ac.uk
                                       There’s very limited parking at our residences,   accommodation.leeds.ac.uk
                                       so on moving-in days you’ll usually need
                                       to drop your things off and find somewhere
                                       to park.
                                                                                           Collect your keys and complete
                                                                                           the online inventory for your room

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U NI V E RS I T Y O F L E E D S                                                                                                                                                       A RRI V IN G IN L E E D S

                                                                                                   GETTING AROUND                                        BUS
                                                                                                                                                         Leeds has an excellent bus service, with
                                                                                                                                                         frequent buses running throughout the
                                                                                                                                                         day and into the early hours. There are
                                                                                                   In your welcome pack you’ll find a                    fewer seats available due to social
                                                                                                   handy-sized guide to help you find                    distancing, so make sure you allow
                                                                                                   your way around. It includes a map                    plenty of time for your journey.
                                                                                                   of the campus and some suggestions                    All our student residences are on, or close
                                                                                                   of things you can do and see in Leeds.                to, frequent bus routes, making it easy for
                                                                                                                                                         you to travel to and from the University.
                                                                                                   Leeds is a compact city and it’s easy to              Single journeys on First Bus, between our
                                                                                                   get around whether you’re on foot, cycling            campus and University residences, cost
                                                                                                   or on a bus. Find out more about travel               just £1.20 on the First Bus app or £1.30 by
                                                                                                   options in Leeds at                                   contactless with student ID. If you’re going
                                                                                                   sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/sustainable-               to travel regularly by bus, there are a various
                                                                                                   transport                                             discounted student travel tickets available to
                                                                                                                                                         help save you money.
                                                                                                   CYCLING AND WALKING                                   Find out more, including the latest COVID-19
                                                                                                                                                         safety measures in place on local buses, at
                                                                                                   Most students live within easy walking
                                                                                                   distance to campus, helping you save
                                                                                                   money on travel costs. Leeds City Council
                                                                                                   is also improving existing cycle lanes and
                                                                                                   creating a network of new pop-up lanes,               KEEPING SAFE
                                                                                                   making it safer to cycle around the city.
                                                                                                                                                         There is a dedicated security service that works
                                                                                                   If you’re thinking about cycling to campus,           24/7, 365 days a year, patrolling all University
                                                                                                   there are bike racks you can use with your            property and monitoring campus CCTV.
                                                                                                   own lock to secure your bike. All our
                                                                                                   residences also have secure bike storage.             If you’ve been studying late or you’ve
                                                                                                                                                         been on a night out, you can use Leeds
PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION                              Independent help and advice on all aspects      The University’s Bike Hub is located on               University Union’s Nightbus, which will take
                                                   of private accommodation, including utility     campus, between the EC Stoner Building                you from Leeds University Union ( 32) to
Once you’ve collected your keys and you’re         bills, contracts, maintenance and repairs,
inside the property, check it thoroughly and                                                       ( 73) and the Roger Stevens Building ( 89).           your home (within the outer ring road) for just
                                                   is available from the students’ union or from   The Hub offers low-cost bike hire, as well as         £1. The service runs every week night during
consider how it compares to when you saw it        Unipol, a student housing charity located
at the time of signing the contract. Take photos                                                   bike maintenance support and route advice.            term time from 6.30pm until late. Spaces
                                                   next to campus.                                 It may take some time before we can reopen            are limited on each journey to ensure social
of the property, including any wear and tear,      luu.org.uk
so you have proof of its condition and make                                                        this facility, so for the latest information, visit   distancing, so you should always plan an
                                                   unipol.org/leeds                                sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/bike-hire                  alternative way home.
a note of the meter readings. Contact your
landlord or letting agency straight away about     Find out more about living locally              or email bikehub@leeds.ac.uk
                                                                                                                                                         There are several taxi firms across Leeds.
any concerns, such as missing or damaged           and being a Leeds resident at                                                                         We recommend you download their app
items. If there’s a burglar alarm, get the code    sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/your-community                                                             for safe travel home, so you can pay by
from the landlord so you can use it.                                                                                                                     card if you find yourself without any cash.
                                                     Contact your landlord or letting agency                                                             Health and safety information will be given
                                                     straight away about any concerns                                                                    to you during your induction sessions.

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U NI V E RS I T Y O F L E E D S                                                                                                             YO U R F IRST F E W W E E K S

                                                    Get ready for the start of your course
                                                    by working through our online welcome    YOUR FIRST
                                                                                             FEW WEEKS
                                                    and induction resource. Find out more
                                                    at students.leeds.ac.uk/newstudents

Moving-in day is finally here, so use
this checklist to keep organised and
help everything go smoothly.

 Moving into your University accommodation                      Page
 Make sure you have an electronic or printed copy of your        21                          You’ll spend your first few weeks making
 contract ready to show at your residence
 Collect your keys and move in                                   21
                                                                                             new friends and doing lots of welcome and
 Complete the online inventory for your room                     21                          induction activities to help you get started
 Attend the warden’s introductory meeting at your residence      21
                                                                                             and adjust to University life.
 Moving into your private accommodation                         Page
 Collect your keys and move in                                   22
 Take photos of the property, including any wear and tear,       22
 and make a note of the meter readings
 Contact your landlord or letting agency straight away about     22
 any concerns, such as missing or damaged items

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U NI V E RS I T Y O F L E E D S                                                                                                                                               YO U R F IRST F E W W E E K S

COMPLETING                                       Once you’ve competed your identity check,
                                                 you’ll find information about getting your      INDUCTIONS                                            Our dedicated computer clusters will be
                                                                                                                                                       safe for you to use and will follow social

REGISTRATION                                     student ID card at
                                                                                                                                                       distancing measures, including safety
                                                                                                                                                       screens where possible.
                                                 If you need any help, contact our student                                                             If you haven’t already, download the free
                                                 enquiry line. You’ll find contact details and   STUDENT IT INDUCTION                                  UniLeeds app. Once you have your University
                                                 the latest opening hours at                                                                           username and password, you’ll be able to
IDENTITY CHECK                                                                                   As a new student you’ll want to know how you
                                                 students.leeds.ac.uk/registration                                                                     access personalised content on your phone
                                                                                                 can get up and running with your IT account.
To complete registration, we need to                                                                                                                   such as your timetable and any library loans.
                                                                                                 As part of registration, you’ll get your University
check your identity. You’ll find information                                                                                                           You can even check where there are vacant
                                                 PRACTICAL HELP AND INFORMATION                  username and password, giving you access to
about completing your identity check at                                                                                                                washing machines and dryers in your
                                                                                                 all University IT services.
students.leeds.ac.uk/idcheck                     You’ll find a number of Information Points                                                            University residence via LaundryView.
                                                 across campus, where our friendly staff can     You should go through the online IT induction,        it.leeds.ac.uk/mobileapps
You’ll need your passport to complete your       help you with a range of enquiries or direct    so you know how things work from the start.
identity check. If you don’t have a passport                                                                                                           If you need any help, our experienced
                                                 you to the right help. For more details,        It won’t take you long to complete and it covers
and you’re not planning to get one before you                                                                                                          IT Service Desk staff are available to support
                                                 including where they’re located, opening        essentials including:
arrive on campus, you’ll need to complete                                                                                                              you. You’ll find the most recent information
                                                 hours and the support available, visit          • connecting to our wi-fi network                     online, including the latest opening hours
an Identification Verification form, which you   students.leeds.ac.uk/informationpoints
can use with your original birth or adoption                                                     • accessing your email                                and COVID-19 IT updates for students.
certificate, to prove your identity. Download                                                                                                          0113 343 3333
                                                                                                 • saving and printing your work
a copy of this form at                                                                                                                                 it.leeds.ac.uk
                                                                                                 • computing on and off campus                         itservicedesk@leeds.ac.uk
students.leeds.ac.uk/idverification               Complete your identity check and find
                                                  out how to get your student ID card            • information on University systems such
                                                                                                    as Minerva (the University’s student portal
                                                                                                    and virtual learning environment)

                                                                                                 Find out more at it.leeds.ac.uk/welcome

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U NI V E RS I T Y O F L E E D S                                                                                                                                                 YO U R F IRST F E W W E E K S

We have four main libraries on campus:
the Laidlaw ( 63), Edward Boyle ( 83),
Brotherton ( 59) and Health Sciences
( 95). The Laidlaw Library is designed for
                                                    YOUR SCHOOL INDUCTION
                                                    Your University school will send you specific
                                                                                                      CAMPUS LIFE                                        There are over 300 student-led sports clubs,
                                                                                                                                                         faith and culture groups, volunteering and
undergraduate study and has the books on                                                                                                                 special interest societies you can choose from.
                                                    information about its welcome and induction                                                          They’re a great way to meet new friends and
your recommended reading lists (apart from
                                                    activities, giving you the opportunity to meet                                                       socialise with your flatmates and people on
health subjects). Each library will have socially
                                                    other students and staff and to get to know                                                          your course.
distanced study spaces available for you to                                                           YOUR STUDENTS’ UNION
                                                    what you’ll be doing in the weeks ahead.                                                             luu.org.uk
book in advance.
                                                                                                      AND FRESHERS’ EXPERIENCE
                                                    Everything you need to know about studying                                                           If you want to find out which might suit you,
Our libraries are open seven days a week
                                                    in your University school, including important    We hope you’ve already heard lots of great
during term time, with a variety of opening                                                                                                              try LUU’s 60-second quiz at
                                                    contact details, is in your student handbook.     things about Leeds University Union (LUU)
times to suit your needs. Library staff are                                                                                                              findyourfit.luu.org.uk
                                                    To access a copy, go to minerva.leeds.ac.uk       ( 32), your award-winning students’ union
available during office hours, providing
                                                    and click the ‘Learn’ tab then ‘Organisations’.   right at the heart of campus.
information and advice, as well as academic
skills support to help you develop important                                                          LUU’s mission is to help you love your time              leedsuniversityunion
skills such as effective communication and                                                            at Leeds. You can join for free during online
time management. The library induction will            Use our online welcome and induction           registration (see page 8). Membership
help you get started at                                resource to guide you through your             includes things like confidential advice,
library.leeds.ac.uk/quickstart                                                                        student-focused representation, and lots
                                                       school, IT and library inductions
                                                                                                      of wellbeing and social activities.
For more information about our library
welcome activities, visit library.leeds.ac.uk                                                         Although your Freshers’ experience will be
or email library@leeds.ac.uk                                                                          different this year, as a result of COVID-19          Check out Leeds University Union’s
                                                                                                      social distancing, Leeds University Union’s           welcome talks, events and activities
       @UoLLibrary                                                                                    events and activities will help you feel welcome
                                                                                                      from the start of your University experience
                                                                                                      and all year round. Watch LUU’s welcome
                                                                                                      talks and find out more about your Freshers’
                                                                                                      experience at welcome.luu.org.uk

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U NI V E RS I T Y O F L E E D S                                                                                                                                                YO U R F IRST F E W W E E K S

                                                                                                      FOOD, DRINK AND SHOPS ON CAMPUS
                                                                                                      The University’s catering service, Great
                                                                                                      Food at Leeds, offers quality fresh food at
                                                                                                      competitive prices everyday. Whether you’re
                                                                                                      looking for a hot nutritious meal or a freshly
SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY                        There are over 90 clubs and societies that are     made sandwich, you’ll find something you like
                                                   all about being physically active. They welcome    in one of our many cafés across campus or in
All our facilities, across campus and the city,    all abilities and are a great way to meet new      our award-winning Refectory ( 29). Where
will be reopened safely in line with government    people.                                            possible, our products are locally sourced,
guidelines. They’ll provide a safe COVID-secure    luu.org.uk                                         seasonal and Fairtrade. For the latest COVID-19
environment with staff trained to give the best
                                                                                                      updates about our catering facilities, visit
possible student experience.                       Beyond your health and wellbeing, getting
                                                   involved in sport also gives you the opportunity
If you’re staying in University accommodation,
you’ll automatically get Edge Club membership
                                                   to compete in the British Universities &           Download the Great Food at Leeds Club app                    No smoking outside on
of our sports, health and fitness facilities,
                                                   Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues.                     to get our latest offers and find out how you                campus, at University
                                                   sport.leeds.ac.uk                                  can save money in our outlets.
including our indoor sports centre on campus,
                                                                                                                                                                   residences and sports
The Edge ( 101). You can upgrade your
                                                        theedge.leeds                                                                                               facilities, 8am–6pm
membership, giving you more flexible access                                                           Although the city centre is only a short walk
times, or become a member at                                                                          from campus, you can buy most things in
sport.leeds.ac.uk/student-membership                                                                  the Leeds University Union building ( 32)
                                                                                                      such as everyday groceries, health food and
More information will be available from                 TheEdgeLeeds
                                                                                                      stationery. There’s a Co-op store, an optician,
September about our sports facilities. We’ll let
                                                                                                      a Santander branch and plenty of places
you know about our welcome activities and the                                                                                                                    The University and Leeds University
                                                                                                      to get a drink or a bite to eat. During term
COVID-19 safety measures that will be in place                                                                                                                   Union have made a pledge to
                                                                                                      time, there are often events outside the
to help keep you safe.                                                                                                                                           remove single-use plastic by 2023.
                                                                                                      Union building, including a farmers’ market.
sport.leeds.ac.uk/the-edge                                   Find out more about The Edge
                                                                                                      luu.org.uk                                        sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/plasticfree

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                                                                                                                                                          STUDENT COUNSELLING, WELLBEING
                                                                                                                                                          AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
                                                                                                                                                          There may be times when stress, emotional
                                                                                                                                                          problems or upsetting life events make it hard
                                                                                                                                                          to cope academically or personally. We also
                                                                                                                                                          understand that the COVID-19 pandemic will
                                                                                                                                                          have an impact on many different aspects of
                                                                                                                                                          your life, but we’re here to support you through
                                                                                                                                                          these difficult times.
                                                                                                                                                          All our support services remain open and are
                                                                                                                                                          currently being offered online. You can access
                                                                                                                                                          free professional and confidential counselling,
                                                                                                                                                          wellbeing and mental health support
                                                                                                                                                          through groups, workshops, single-session
                                                                                                                                                          consultations, brief counselling and web-
SUPPORT AND                                      STUDENT SUPPORT                                     Support for mature students
                                                                                                     Coming to University as a mature student can
                                                                                                                                                          based self-help resources such as togetherall
                                                                                                                                                          (formerly Big White Wall). If you need longer
                                                 You’re bound to have a few butterflies when
                                                 you think about going to university for the first   be a bit daunting, especially if you’ve been         term support or treatment, we’ll help you
                                                 time, especially in the current unprecedented       away from education for a while. You may have        find the most appropriate NHS or voluntary
                                                 circumstances. Just remember everyone else          questions or concerns about juggling your            sector services.
                                                 is in the same boat and we’re here to help          course around family commitments or coping
                                                                                                                                                          If you have an existing mental health diagnosis,
                                                 whenever you need us.                               with studying for a degree course.
                                                                                                                                                          our mental health advisors provide one-to-one
                                                 The University has a network of support and         The Lifelong Learning Centre ( 77), is a useful      support and will work with you to develop an
It’s essential you register with a doctor in     pastoral care to help you make the most of          source of advice and support to help you settle      appropriate support plan. They’ll also act as an
Leeds shortly after you arrive and you don’t     your time here and to help you through any          into university life. For more information and       advocate between you and the University and
leave it until you need medical treatment.       difficulties. Our services will work together to    to find out about their welcome activities, visit    liaise with external referral agencies.
If you’re living in University accommodation     ensure any problems are dealt with as quickly       www.leeds.ac.uk/lifelong
                                                                                                                                                          For the latest information about our support
or private accommodation in the student areas    as possible. No matter what the problem is,                                                              arrangements, including the availability of
of Leeds you’ll be eligible to join the Leeds    there’s always someone who can help. You can        Support for student parents                          face to face support, visit
Student Medical Practice, located close to the   find out about our support services through the     There’s lots of help and support available if        students.leeds.ac.uk/supportandwellbeing
University campus. Register online or request    UniLeeds app or at
a registration pack at                                                                               you’re bringing your family to Leeds, including
                                                 students.leeds.ac.uk/supportandwellbeing            information on financial support, childcare,
                                                 Leeds University Union ( 32) also offers free,      finding suitable accommodation and
You can also find a local NHS doctor at          confidential and impartial advice and can help      family-friendly facilities. You can find out more,
www.nhs.uk/service-search                        you with any problems you may face during           including how to meet other student parents,
                                                 your life as a student.                             at students.leeds.ac.uk/childrenandfamily
Register with a doctor in Leeds                  We know studying at university is very different
                                                 from what you’ve been used to, but we’ll
                                                 guide you through this transition. You’ll have
                                                 regular and structured meetings with your
                                                 personal tutor who will play an important role
                                                 in supporting your academic and personal
                                                 development, as well as providing advice on
                                                 other aspects of your life at the University.
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                                                                                                   STUDYING ABROAD                                   INTERCULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES
                                                                                                   Studying abroad is a chance to experience         Get the most out of being part of our global
                                                                                                   another culture, make new friends and             community. Meet people from all over the world
                                                                                                   broaden your outlook. Being able to adapt to      and celebrate the diversity of our campus.
                                                                                                   new surroundings and learning important life      students.leeds.ac.uk/globalcommunity
                                                                                                   skills while studying abroad will put you ahead
                                                                                                   of the competition when you graduate. And it’s         globalcommunityleeds
TAILOR YOUR                                     WORK EXPERIENCE                                    amazing fun too.
                                                Every year our Careers Centre helps hundreds
                                                of students secure important experience with
                                                many different organisations. They advertise
                                                exclusive summer internships, placement years      VOLUNTEERING
                                                and graduate roles, as well as organise careers    Volunteering not only makes a difference in the
At Leeds, we’re committed to offering           fairs, employer presentations and industry         local community but it also helps to increase
you the safest and best possible                talks, so you can gain insights into the careers   your life experience and boost your CV. Find
experiences, so you can meet new                and industries that interest you.                  out how to get involved on and off campus at
people, try new things and develop              careerweb.leeds.ac.uk                              luu.org.uk/volunteering
new skills.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic,                                                                                                                Find out more about all the new and
some of these experiences may be offered                                                                                                             exciting opportunities available to you at
in person or online, depending on the                                                                                                                students.leeds.ac.uk/opportunities
government guidelines and travel restrictions
in place at the time.

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U NI V E RS I T Y O F L E E D S                                                                                                          YO U R F IRST F E W W E E K S

YOUR FIRST FEW                                            Check out our online welcome
WEEKS – CHECKLIST                                         and induction resource to guide
                                                          you through your first few weeks.
                                                          Find out more at
Now that you’ve arrived and are ready
to settle in to student life, use this
checklist to know what you need
to do next.

 Your first weeks                                                 Page
 Start online registration, if you haven’t already                  8
 Complete your identity check and find out how to get your         26
 student ID card
 Complete your online IT induction                                 27
 Download the UniLeeds app                                         27
 Complete your online library induction                            28
 Register with a doctor in Leeds                                   32

 Welcome events and activities                                    Page
 Find out about your University school welcome and                 28
 induction activities
 Check out Leeds University Union’s welcome talks, events          29
 and activities                                                                               Alternative formats
 Find out more about The Edge                                      30                         If you require any of the information
 If you’re a mature student, find out how the Lifelong Learning    33                         in this publication in an alternative
 Centre can help you settle into University life
                                                                                              format eg Braille, large print or audio,
 Take a look at the Careers Centre website to see what             34
 opportunities and support are available to you
                                                                                              email disability@leeds.ac.uk
 Find out more about study abroad and volunteering                 35
 Check out the Global Community opportunities                      35

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