Joining us in September
This page was last updated: 04/08/2020
We are excited to welcome you to Leeds Beckett University, and want to help you prepare for your arrival. We recognise that there may be disruptions to applications, visas and travel arrangements during this time. We are regularly contacting international applicants to provide guidance, and will keep this page regularly updated with new information as it becomes available.
Airport Meet & Greet
This service will accommodate those who need to self-isolate upon arrival. We can meet you at your arrival airport (within England) and provide free transportation to your accommodation.
To book this service, please email our Meet and Greet team. Include the following information in your email:
- Your full name
- Student ID Number
- Country of departure
- Details of all flights taken on your journey and which countries
- Contact number which will be used on your journey
- Email address
- Arrival Airport name
- Time of Arrival
- Number of passengers
- Number of bags/cases
- Your student accommodation address (if you have reserved 14-day self-isolation accommodation, please also provide this information)
Airport Pick-up dates
We will aim to meet you at the airport as much as possible but to help us book the transport to your self-isolation, please try and aim for the preferred dates below:
- Monday 14 September - Manchester International Airport
- Wednesday 16 September - Manchester International Airport and London airports
- Friday 18 September - Manchester International Airport
We will also be running taxis to your self-isolation room if you arrive at Leeds and Bradford Airport.
Please email our team at least seven days before your arrival in the UK.
Applying for your student visa
We understand that due to visa centre closures, many countries are unable to process UK visas in a normal manner. We encourage you to continue to monitor the status of visa application centres in your country, and to prepare your documents and finances in advance of these centres re-opening. You can contact your regional representative to inform them of your situation or get further advice. If your visa centre is still closed in September, you may still be able to join your course online initially.
For a step-by-step guide on applying for your visa, please visit our Applying for your Visa page.
Self-isolation due to Coronavirus
Coronavirus regulations mean that people arriving in England from certain countries by train, ferry, bus, or air must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
The UK government has introduced travel corridor exemptions for some countries and territories. You can view the list of countries and territories from where you can travel to England and not have to self-isolate on the GOV.UK website. We encourage you to check the UK government's self-isolation guidance regularly.
If you need to self-isolate when you arrive in England, we have support plans in place to help you. A self-isolation accommodation booking system, airport Meet and Greet service, and online support and events will be in place for September 2020 arrivals.
You can book a self-isolation room for free in University accommodation for your 14 days in the UK, whether you have a booking with us for the entire academic year or not.
The University has reserved a block of student rooms to accommodate international arrivals who need to self-isolate. The booking process will be separate from your regular student accommodation booking. No deposit will be charged when making a self-isolation booking.
Your self-isolation accommodation is free and includes bedding, kitchen essentials and a welcome pack.
Find out more about self-isolation accommodation here.If you do not need to self-isolate:
If you are arriving from a country that is exempt from the 14-day self-isolation policy and would like to book your accommodation for the academic year, you can do this through our Accommodation website.
If you have a Tier 4 Student Visa you will need to attend our International Check-in when you arrive at Leeds Beckett.
When your visa is granted, please contact the Student Immigration Advice and Compliance team with your date of arrival in the UK in order to book an International Check-In appointment.
To ensure your safety and adhere to social distancing measures, you must have an appointment to come to the university for International Check-in and to collect your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit). You should not enter the campus without an appointment. It is important to note that the office where you collect your BRP may be different from what is stated on your UKVI confirmation letter. Further details will be provided when you make your appointment.
You will need to bring your passport, student number, student visa and any other documentation you have been asked to bring.
Leeds Beckett is now an Alternative Collection Location for your Biometric Residence Permit, which is your permit (visa) for being in the UK. This means that you can have your BRP delivered to the University, and you can collect it from us at International Check-In. When you apply for your Tier 4 visa, you can select this option on the BRP collection page by using our ACL Code: 3HE237.
If you do not choose to use the ACL code, you will have to collect your BRP from a designated Post Office.
The advantages of using the ACL code are:
• Safe and secure delivery of your BRP to the University
• The University will contact you once your BRP is ready for collection
• No queues or repeated visits to a Post Office to collect your BRP
• Quicker processing at International Check-in when you arrive at the University
Before attending International Check-In, it's important to complete your enrolment on the Welcome & Registration system.You must upload pictures of your passport and visa to your online account. After entering the UK, you'll need to upload an image of the entry stamp on your visa to your account.
Please contact our SIAC team with any questions.
International Online Welcome Week
To help you settle into university life, we will offer a host of online events which you can join from wherever you are! Our International Online Welcome Week is a great way to meet other new students and sign-up to join societies. The events will range from information sessions and health and visas, to social events to introduce you to your new fellow students. Don't worry if you arrive late or won't be on campus in September - the online events will be available to everyone.
A full programme will be provided in the coming weeks.
If you have any questions about Online Welcome Week, email our helpful International Social Network team!
Support from our team
We know that this is an unusual time to be starting your journey at Leeds Beckett. We want to ensure that new students feel connected with each other and receive the support you need. There are resources available to help you settle in, meet fellow students, and support you before, during and after your arrival.