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Visas And Support

Visas and support

At Leeds Beckett we can provide support and advice about many issues which may affect you as an international student - our International Student Advice Service (ISAS) has offices at both our Headingley and City campuses.

Here are just a few of the things we can help you with:

  • immigration & visas
  • employment
  • financial difficulties
  • childcare facilities
  • emotional support
  • any general matters

Our advice is available free of charge and follows the Rules and Code of Standards of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration Agency.

You may find the following fact sheets useful:

Immigration fact sheet

Visa extension fact sheet

Contact the team

Contact the International Advice Service Team:

How to obtain a Visa

The UK Government introduced the Points Based System (PBS) of immigration for students. You will need to prove that you have the required number of points in order to make an application for your visa. You need to have 40 points altogether; 30 of these are obtained by providing a visa letter from Leeds Beckett University; the remaining 10 points are obtained by proving that you have the correct finances to support your study and your living and accommodation costs.

Immigration Health Surcharge

From 6 April 2015 all students applying for Tier 4 visas in order to study in the UK for six months or longer must pay an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) to enable them to access any National Health Service (NHS) services.  For further information please refer to the following links:


Home Office

Home Office IHS Payment Portal

Biometric Residence Permits

As of 18 March 2015 the Home Office has begun to introduce Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) for those applying for Tier 4 visas from outside of the UK. For more information please refer to the following links:

Home Office


Successful applicants of Tier 4 visas for study of six months or more will be required to collect their BRP from a UK Post Office.  In order to work out which Post Office to collect your BRP from you will need to enter accurate information in your visa application regarding your accommodation in the UK.  Further information on this can be found in the following link:

BRP Collection Information

International FAQs

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.
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.
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): £7,380
Please note that these living expenses are estimated and dependent on your lifestyle.

Check out for great advice and tools to help you plan and manage your budget whilst studying in the UK.
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.