Your student life starts here which is very exciting and we are ready to give you a warm welcome. This section is about settling in, feeling at home and living in Leeds as a student. 


How to Live in the Local Community

Leeds is a busy city with lots of people living alongside each other. It is well known for its shopping and a vibrant food and drink scene, as well as a world class cultural offer and one of the largest student populations in Britain. 

Students are welcome visitors and play an important role in the life of the city. However, poor behaviour from students can easily damage the reputation of everyone studying here. You should be mindful of the people who live around you, and act as a friendly and responsible member of the local community.

If you are practising at home, think about what time you are making music. If you are on a night out or you have friends over, consider whether your fun is disturbing someone else’s sleep.

This doesn’t mean you have to be boring, and it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time.

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Living in purpose–built student accommodation or ‘halls’

Most new students have chosen to live in purpose-built student accommodation. This is a great way to meet new friends and experience independent living, knowing staff are on hand to help if needed. Each building will have rules and guidelines that you must stick to, such as if you can have visitors to stay or what times you can make noise. The staff in your accommodation will give you information about these. Make sure you know what these rules are and help make your building a happy and safe place for everyone.

This may be the first time you have lived with people who have different backgrounds and expectations from yours. This is enriching and many students start friendships which last a lifetime. Occasionally, it can cause a few disagreements on issues such as cleaning and lifestyle. Take the time to get to know each other and listen to each other’s points of view. As soon as your new flat-mates have moved in, jointly set ground rules and make a cleaning rota. This can really help to keep things running smoothly. If things don’t go as expected, contact the Accommodation Advisor for some tips on how to get back on track.

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Making life choices

Moving away from home and making your own choices can be exciting and liberating. You will meet new people and explore new places. However, putting yourself in vulnerable situations could affect you emotionally, mentally and physically.

Depending on what risks you take, you could find it impacts on your reputation, your ability to study and your future career. If you are worried about your own behaviour or someone else’s, please get in touch with the Health and Wellbeing Team by email

Feeling at Home 

If you are moving to Leeds to study, its important to make your living space feel like home. Here are some tips to make your room into a cosy retreat for relaxation and private study: 

  • Unpack and sort your clothes when you first move in, so you are not living out of a suitcase
  • Have a few familiar objects that make you smile, or print some photographs which have good memories. 
  • If you have a desk, keep it tidy and organised. This will help you focus when your studies begin. 
  • Make your bed when you get up so it feels inviting at the end of a long day. 
  • Use a laundry basket to organise the clothes you have worn and schedule washing time so you always have a fresh outfit when you need it.
  • Buy a house plant. Having a bit of greenery in your living space is great for your mood, and they can help to keep the air clean and healthy.  

Council Tax

Full time students are exempt from paying Council Tax. If you live in halls of residence such as Joseph Stones House or One Mill Street, Leeds City Council will have been informed that you are living there.  If you live in a different property, for example a privately rented house, you will need to complete the declaration form and send it back to Leeds City Council. More information about Council Tax can be found on the Leeds City Council website.

If you need a certificate to confirm your student status, you can obtain this from

Accommodation FAQs

If you have a specific question about accommodation which  is not covered here, check out our frequently asked questions.


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