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Arrival and Welcome


We have some great things in place for when you arrive. We appreciate how difficult it can be to settle into life in a strange country, therefore we have an International Social Network and a buddies programme, both of which will help you to settle in.

Kat Firth runs the International Social Network, which keeps all international students up-to-date on social activities, clubs and societies, trips run by our University or other organisations, job opportunities for part-time work and all important essential information we think you would like to know about our university, Leeds and the UK.

On arrival there are several events that will help you start life at our University. It is important that you attend these. You can find a full schedule of events on our Welcome Week page.

Our International Social Network is an ideal way to make friends and see new parts of the UK. To receive information about our programme of activities, please e-mail Kat and join us on Facebook.

If you're unsure what you need to do next, before you join us here at Leeds Beckett, you may find the Arrival Guide helpful. You can download it through the link below.

Meet & Greet Service

This is a welcome service where our International Student Ambassadors will meet you on arrival at the airport. They will then guide you to the best method of transport for the final part of the journey to your accommodation.

If you arrive in the UK between 16 and 22 January 2017 then you can register for the Meet & Greet Service for the following times and airports:

1. Leeds Bradford International Airport, 16 to 22 January 2017, between 09:00 and 21:00.

During this time we will meet you as you come through the arrivals hall and guide you to the taxi rank where you can book and pay for your taxi back to your accommodation. This will cost around £25. However we are offering a free travel day from Leeds Bradford Airport on Saturday 21 January where we will pay for your taxi journey from Leeds Bradford Airport to your accommodation.

2. Manchester Airport, Friday 20 January 2017 only, between 09:00 and 18:00.

On this day we will be offering a free bus service back to Leeds City Centre.  Buses will depart at 10:00, 14:00 and 18:00.  When you arrive in Leeds City Centre we will then book you a free taxi to your accommodation.

To book onto the service please send an email to meetgreet@leedsbeckett.ac.uk with the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your student ID number
  • Country of origin
  • Whether you are arriving at Leeds Bradford Airport or Manchester Airport
  • Date and time of your arrival*
  • Your flight number
  • Address of your accommodation

*must be between 09:00 and 21:00 for Leeds Bradford and 09:00 and 17:30 for Manchester.

Please book at least three days before you are due to arrive.

If you have any questions about the Meet & Greet service or travelling to the UK then please contact meetgreet@leedsbeckett.ac.uk and we will aim to help you as best we can.

International Welcome Week

Once you have arrived, you will have the opportunity to take part in many different events to help you settle in. You can find a full schedule of events on our Welcome Week page.

International social network

During your time with us at Leeds Beckett we will organise a variety of activities for you to join, including trips to some of the UK attractions such as Alton Towers and the historical city of York. We will include you in community events around Leeds; you can volunteer to help with Christmas parties and celebrate UK holidays such as Bonfire Night and Burns Night. This is another great way to make new friends with international and UK students during your time in Leeds.

Leeds Beckett Buddies programme

When you come to a new environment - whether it be a new country, university or community - it can sometimes take a little while to settle in. The International Social Network - Meet a New Buddy event is here to help. Current international and UK students provide support, advice and valuable experience that new students can learn from; this gives new starters a friendly face at our University to help with any questions regarding personal, practical and academic matters. At the event you will be provided with the opportunity to find out about studying at Leeds Beckett and living in Leeds from your fellow students. This is a great way of making friends and learning about the social side of Leeds Beckett within the first few weeks of arriving in Leeds.

If you are interested in taking part, either as a mentor or as a mentee, please email Kathryn Firth on k.firth@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Social clubs / events

International Social Club logoThe International Students' Club (ISC) is run by the University's Chaplaincy in Leeds. You can join on Wednesdays, 18:00 - 19:45. Come to practise your English and have fun! For more information and details of where to meet, please visit the International Students' Club (ISC) website.

The Global Cafe. This is an opportunity to have fun, make friends, practise English and learn about British and other cultures. It runs every Tuesday evening 19:30 - 21:30 in the 'Living Room' which is above the City Campus Students' Union and is an alcohol free bar. Please like their facebook group to find out more.

Don't be a Tourist logoMeet new friends and explore the UK & Europe on awesome trips direct from university. Don't be a tourist have selected top destinations and created awesome itineraries so you can enjoy the real UK and Europe with minimum fuss and meet new friends from around the world. Please note that the cost of these excursions is not included in your course fee.

Welcome to Yorkshire logoThere are loads of events on every day across Yorkshire - make the most of your time and check out What's on in Yorkshire.

International FAQs

Plus Icon Do I need to attend a course interview?
Certain courses require an interview as part of the entrance requirements. Please note that this is a requirement of our University and not part of the immigration process. This information is detailed in the course requirements section of the Online Prospectus. Please note: You will be required to evidence your English language ability through one of the qualifications listed in our University entrance requirements. This cannot be met through interview alone.
Plus Icon How will I make friends with other students?
To help you make friends with other international and home students, we run a mentor scheme and an International Social Network. Leeds Beckett International Mentors gives new students the opportunity to make new friends quickly and to benefit from the support and advice of current students keen to share their experience. We also run an International Social Network, which holds social activities and trips through-out the year and keeps you up to date with part-time work and other important information. For more details of all our mentor scheme or social network, please email Kathryn Firth.
Plus Icon What are the annual living costs?
In addition to tuition fees, we recommend that you budget to cover other costs, including accommodation, food, transport and social activities

It is difficult to suggest to you exactly how much money you will need to support yourself, as each person's circumstances will be different, but please see below for guidance:

Living expenses (including accommodation): ££9,135
Please note that these living expenses are estimated and dependent on your lifestyle.

Check out www.studentcalculator.org.uk/international/ for great advice and tools to help you plan and manage your budget whilst studying in the UK.
Plus Icon How can I get help with my visa and the immigration process?
Our International Student Advice Centre (ISAC) can provide support and advice about many issues which may affect you, including visas, immigration, employment, financial difficulties, childcare facilities, emotional support, and any general matters.

Advice is offered free of charge and follows the Rules and Code of Standards of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and the United Kingdom Border Agency.

For support with visa and immigration etc, contact us at:

Tel: +44 113 812 5612 / 5620 / 5735

Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.

The International Student Advice Centre at Leeds Beckett University is regulated under OISC guidelines to give immigration advice. The OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) is an independent organisation that monitors immigration advice and services. Advisers have to attend regular training to be able to do this.

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