Getting to Know the Campus

Virtual campus tour & virtual open days

Want to see where you’ll be studying? Look no further than the University’s virtual campus tour. Covering libraries, accommodation, campus landmarks and everything else students need to know, click through to explore your new base.

Naturally your Union’s included - have a look around. Once you’re (virtually) in the foyer, use the arrows to the left of the screen to navigate round some other areas in the Union Building.

And if you’re interested in participating in a Virtual Open Day - featuring loads of sessions including subject talks, accommodation information, chances to ask your questions and more - visit the University’s Virtual Open Days page. Sign in if you’ve already registered, or head to the registration page by clicking sign in > sign up to get involved.

COVID-19 adaptations

Due to the pandemic, understandably some parts of campus are shut and you may be unable to get to areas that would normally be accessible.

You can browse the University's resources on how campus life is being affected by COVID-19 here. There's a specific FAQ about student safety measures here. You'll generally be required to wear a mask on campus.

In the LUU building, you'll find there will be plenty of clear signage to show you the way to walk in public areas, as well as sanitising stations which you should use regularly.

Leisure facilities

The Union building is home to a wide selection of shops, cafes and bars. From a traditional pub to a hummus and pita bar (and everything in between), there really is something for every taste.

As well as our delicious food and drink options, the building is also home to a supermarket, optician, beauty salon, stationery shop and Leeds merchandise outlet. So whatever it is you need, chances are you’ll be able to find it right here on campus.

You can explore all of our outlets here.

Right next to the Union building is The Refectory, which offers a range of freshly prepared hot and cold food every day including halls catering.

Sports facilities

The Edge is the University of Leeds’ onsite sports centre, featuring a swimming pool, gym, climbing wall, sports courts, exercise classes and more. With affordable student memberships (including free Edge Club membership for those living in University accommodation), The Edge is the place to be for all your fitness and fun needs.

There are also a number of off-campus playing fields and facilities to accommodate the wide range of sports that Leeds students take part in. For more information and details about their locations, click here.

Study Facilities

There are four libraries on campus, along with two public galleries displaying rare items and artworks. There is an additional off-campus library in St James's Hospital.

You can find out more about our libraries and their specialisms here, along with information about the services and support our libraries provide.

Another top tip is to spend some time working out where your seminars and lectures take place before your first class. This will prevent any stressful moments getting lost in your first weeks, and could be a great thing to do with coursemates you met at your school welcome.

Other Facilities

Prayer spaces are available in Level 1 of LUU and in the Laidlaw Library.

Campus Map

The University provide an interactive online map you can use to find specific buildings. Or there's a downloadable version.

You can get to campus easily from Leeds train station (approx. 20-25 minute walk):

Exit by the main station entrance and walk down the road straight in front of you, following it round to the left until you're at the shops. Cross over the main road (Boar Lane) to the shopping precinct and keep following the road straight in front of you until you reach the Parkinson Building.

If you're carrying too much to walk, or coming from Leeds Bradford airport, Amber Cars are a recommended local taxi firm.

The University provide more details on getting to campus here.

Most students use public transport or walk to University, but if you want to look at options for parking your car, click here.

University of Leeds App

The University have a mobile app where you can:

  • View your library account

  • Receive alerts and announcements using push notifications

  • Search campus maps for buildings and locations

  • Search the staff lists for contact details

  • Find places to eat on campus

Find out more, including about the most recent updates and where to download it, here.

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