International Arrival Guide

Welcome to the Leeds Beckett community

We are delighted that you will be joining us at Leeds Beckett University. From before you leave your home country to your first few weeks in Leeds, you will have access to our full range of support so you can start focusing on your studies.

Once you join us you will be part of our Global Village. Our Global Village is made up of students and staff who are here to help you settle into life in Leeds and make new friends.

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This guide provides information to help you prepare to travel to the UK. It also explains what to do when you arrive at Leeds Beckett.

This year we have an exciting schedule of International Welcome Events being held in-person and online. The in-person events will include campus tours, city tours and a welcome party, while the online events will allow you to meet a Global Buddy and get to know other international students! We are confident that you will have an enjoyable and rewarding time with us and create memories that you will treasure for life. If you have any questions about starting your course at Leeds Beckett University, please get in touch with us. On behalf of everyone at our university, we would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome and wish you a safe journey.

Don't forget to download your full Arrival Guide here

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CHECKLIST - What to do before you arrive

  1. 1. Create an account on our Online Welcome system

    Log on to You will be asked to upload a passport photo for your Leeds Beckett campus card.

    Visit the Online Welcome system
  2. 2. Accept your unconditional offer (if your offer was unconditional)

    To confirm your place with us.

  3. 3. Book your accommodation

    You can book your accommodation through our website or Unipol.

    Get started finding your new home
  4. 4. Pay at least 50% of your fees

    You'll need to pay at least 50% of your fees or provide proof of sponsorship.

  5. 5. Apply for your CAS number

    We will ask you to complete a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) form, so you can receive your CAS number to apply for your visa.

  6. 6. Apply for your Student Visa

    You will need to provide various documents and information when applying for a visa.

    More information about applying for your visa
  7. 7. Receive your Student Visa

    This will be for 90 days so you can enter the UK. Once you arrive you will collect your full student visa, which is also called a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).

  8. 8. Book our our Meet and Greet service

    Remember to book our Meet and Greet service online.

    Book your airport meet and greet

CHECKLIST - What to do when you arrive

  1. 1. Meet us at the airport, train or coach station

    Book your meet and greet
  2. 2. Pick up your keys for your new home

    If you booked Leeds Beckett accommodation you will have been given details of where you can collect your keys.

    If you are renting private accommodation, you will need to arrange key collection through your private letting agent.

  3. 3. Attend your International Check-in appointment

    When you arrive, if you have opted to collect your BRP from the university, please note you should only collect it once you have received an email to say it has been received. The collection address and opening times will be provided in a specific email.

  4. 4. Attend an International Welcome event

    A host of events will be available to help you settle into the UK and your course.

    See what events are happening
  5. 5. Attend your international student induction

    We will give you advice about health care, setting up a bank account, keeping safe and working in the UK.

  6. 6. Attend your course induction

    Meet your new classmates and access your timetable from your Online Welcome account.

    Login to the Online Welcome system
  7. 7. Complete the Academic Introduction Module

    Our International Students’ Academic Introduction module starts on 5 September for three weeks, providing you with practical information and support to develop your skills as you begin studying at Leeds Beckett. You should be automatically enrolled on the module in our virtual learning environment, MyBeckett.

  8. 8. Start your course

    You are now ready to start your course and focus on your studies.

Global Village

Our Global Village is made up of students and staff who are here to help you settle into life in Leeds and make new friends. 

Finding your way around

Access our maps and guides to find your way around campus and the city, or check out our virtual tour and explore your facilities and teaching spaces.

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Where to go for help and advice

We’re here to support you throughout your time at Leeds Beckett and have dedicated teams providing you with a range of help and advice. Visit our services A-Z to find the right team to help.

Student view

Find out from our students what life is like on campus and what to expect when you arrive in Leeds.

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get the support you need

We know that coming to university this year is more challenging than ever before. Looking after your emotional and mental wellbeing is so important. We are here for you - please get in touch with our friendly Global Village support team, and they will be able to get you the help you need. 

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