Pre-arrival information for new students

We've put together useful information, tips and advice to help you plan your journey to the UK, in one handy guide.

Download our pre-arrival guide

Find out everything you need to know in our September 2019 induction pack. It guides you through Welcome Week activities and other practical information.

Download your induction pack here.

Download and complete your pre-arrival form to make sure your arrival is as smooth as possible.

Q&A: What it's like to live and study in the UK

Here are some answers to questions that could be on your mind when preparing to study at the International Study Centre. When you arrive, you will be in the same position as all our new students, so don't feel afraid to ask questions. Here at Leeds International Study Centre there will always be someone there to support and help you with settling in.

Q: What's it like to live in the UK?

A: The United Kingdom consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. People from all around the world, of all cultures, beliefs and religions live here. The UK has a vibrant and cosmopolitan feel that will make you feel welcome.

Q: What’s the weather like?

A: The weather in the UK changes often, so it is a good idea to pack a coat to bring with you. During the summer months in most parts of the country the temperatures reach 20 degrees and in the winter they usually don't drop below 0 degrees Celsius.

Q: Where is Leeds?

A: Leeds is the third largest city in the UK, located in Yorkshire, in England. Leeds is surrounded by the Yorkshire Dales and three other national parks. 

Q: How do I get to Leeds?

A: Leeds has excellent transport links to major cities and airports in the UK. Travelling times by train:

York: 25 minutes Leeds-Bradford Airport: 30 minutes
Manchester: 1 hour Manchester Airport: 1 hour
Liverpool: 1 hour Heathrow Airport: 3 hours and 20 minutes
London: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Edinburgh: 3 hours

Q: Where is the Leeds International Study Centre?

A: The Leeds International Study Centre is located at Carnegie Stand, at the world-famous Headingley Carnegie Stadium in the Headingly area of Leeds.

Q: How do I get to the Leeds International Study Centre?

A: You can easily get to the Leeds International Study Centre by bus, taxi or an uber car

Q: How will I meet people and make friends?

A: To help you settle in, we will organise fun events where you can meet your new teachers and classmates. You can also get involved with sports, societies and groups at Leeds Beckett University, or go along to fun social events on campus.

Q: What if I can’t speak English very well?

A: Learning a new language can take some time, so try not to worry if your English is not perfect. You can help others understand you more easily by speaking clearly and slowly, and repeating yourself when necessary. If you don’t understand someone, you can politely ask them to repeat what they have said.

Q: Where can I buy food from my home country?

A: Leeds has shops and supermarkets that sell food from around the world, so you will be able to find what you are looking for. There are many restaurants that serve Italian, Indian and Mexican food, and many other cuisines.

Q: What if I get homesick?

A: Everyone feels homesick sometimes. Keeping in regular touch with family and friends back home, over Skype for example, will help you feel less homesick. Talking to other students will also help, as they are likely to be feeling the same way.

Q: What if I need to talk to someone?

A: You can always talk to tutors and staff at the Leeds International Study Centre – they are friendly, understanding and here to help you. Leeds Beckett University also has a range of support services where you can get free and confidential advice.

Study Buddies share their experiences

Find out what current students have to say about being new to the International Study Centre, and how they found making friends and settling in.

"Helping students settle in to life in the UK is very rewarding, as I have experience of living overseas and am aware of the challenges facing the students."

Andy Lawler

Head of English at the International Study Centre

Where to find us

Student guide: Headingley Campus

Natalie, a Leeds Beckett student