Study Abroad




Application Deadlines

A place in University residences is guaranteed to all Study Abroad and Exchange students who apply for accommodation online by the following dates:

For September 2014 Arrival: 1st July 2014

For January 2015 Arrival: 1st December 2014

In order to apply for University accommodation you will need your University of Leeds student ID number, which is in your acceptance letter and email.  You cannot apply before being accepted to study at Leeds by the Study Abroad Office.

The Accommodation Office website has details of each of our University residences and how to apply.

Students applying to Leeds for a single semester are strongly advised to apply for University owned accommodation. Students applying for accommodation in the private sector, who are in Leeds for less than six months, may be liable to pay Council Tax to Leeds City Council which could be as high as several hundred pounds. Students living in University accommodation are exempt from paying Council Tax and utility bills.

Receiving Your Room Allocation

You will receive an email with details of your accommodation allocation approximately one month before your arrival.  This email will also give you the exact start date of your contract.  It is very important that you accept your offer of a room immediately as per the instructions in the email. If you wish to arrive earlier than the start date on your contract, you must contact the Accommodation Office who may be able to arrange temporary accommodation for you.

Contract Start Dates


  • Full year and Semester 1 students (September start)

  • Most University accommodation will be available from Wednesday 17th September 2014. However, contract start dates may vary so please check your contract very carefully.  If you will be arriving before your contract start date, temporary accommodation can usually be found for you, but you will need to contact the Accommodation Office directly to tell them your arrival date.


  • Semester 2 students (January start)

  • Most University accommodation will be available from Sunday 25th January 2015, which is one day before the start of teaching.  However, we anticipate that many of you will be able to access your University accommodation from Wednesday 21st January, in time for the orientation programme.  For those of you whose residences are not available from the 21st, the Accommodation Office will arrange temporary accommodation for you.  This will usually be in the private sector but will be for the same cost as a University residence.

    Contract End Dates

  • Semester 1 students (January completion date)

  • Students who will be studying at Leeds for Semester 1 only will be offered an accommodation contract that finishes during the middle of the January examinations period, on Saturday 17th January.  This is because many of you will finish your exams within the first week.  However, you will be contacted by the Accommodation Office once the exam timetable has been published, to find out if you need to extend your contract to include any additional time up until the end of the semester (Friday 23rd January 2015).  Please keep this in mind when booking your flights to the UK, as it may be worth purchasing a ticket with flexible return dates if this is an option.


  • Full year and Semester 2 students (June completion date)

  • Depending on which residence you are housed in, your accommodation contract will end between the following dates: 21st June – 13th July 2015

    Please note that you will not be able to shorten your accommodation contract for any reason.

    Welfare and Support

    One of the primary benefits of staying in a University residence is the support you will receive during your time there.  All University residences have wardens (members of University teaching or administrative staff) and subwardens (current students at the University) who you can go to during term time for advice or for help sorting out any problems.  For further information, please visit the Accommodation Office website.

    Any Questions?

    Please contact the Accommodation Office directly at:

    Accommodation Office
    Student Services Centre
    Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building
    University of Leeds
    Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK

    Tel: +44 113 343 7777
    Fax: +44 113 343 6077
    Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


    Some students choose to stay in privately owned accommodation rather than University residences. The Study Abroad Office and Accommodation Office are unable to assist you in searching for private accommodation, but we would advise that you read the private housing section on the Accommodation Office website for further information.

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