Get ahead

A bit of forward planning so that you can hit the ground running on the first day of term.

Being at university isn’t just about studying, it’s about making the most of your entire student experience. We want you to continue to meet new people, develop new skills, explore new cultures, stretch and develop yourself and keep making those memories that will last a lifetime. You may have done much of this already, which is great, but if you feel you would have liked to have made more of your time with us so far, it’s never too late. The following suggestions are a great place to start.

Important tasks

  1. Safety and security

    Register your personal belongings for free with Immobilise and improve your chances of getting them back if they are lost or stolen.

  2. Find out more about your Student Advice team

    Student advice are here to support and guide you with your student journey. Find out more about the support they can offer you before you arrive, during Welcome and Induction, and all throughout your student experience.

  3. Put key numbers in your phone

    Ensuring you have all the important numbers you need, when you need them, is an important part of staying safe and managing any issues that may arise during your student experience. We suggest adding numbers for:

  4. Register with a GP

    If not, we strongly advise that you do if you’re living away from home. It’s best to do this now and not wait until you might need to see a doctor. You can search for local GP's via the NHS GP Services Finder.

    Make sure you have visited your GP at home before you arrive to have the MenACWY and MMR vaccines; these help protect you against Meningitis and Measles, Mumps and Rubella. All first time University students under the age of 25 and some 17 and 18 year olds are eligible for the vaccine. Check your eligibility online.

  5. Register with Disability Advice

    If you have, or think you may have, a disability which will affect your ability to study or physically access our University, please contact us before you arrive so that we can start discussing your support needs.

    Our Disability Advice team are available to help you at any time throughout your course of study. Support is available to students with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, a mental health condition (e.g. anxiety or depression), a long-term health condition (e.g. epilepsy, IBS, diabetes, etc.), autism, a physical or a sensory condition.

    You can find out more about the support that is available, book an appointment with your Disability Adviser and receive assistance with the Disabled Students’ Allowance application on the Disability Advice team page. The sooner you contact us, the earlier we can arrange to put support into place in time for starting your course.

  6. Budget your Student Loan

    Your tuition fee loan you have taken will be paid direct to the university. Your student and/or maintenance loan will be paid direct to you, usually within 3-5 working days of your course start date. For some students, this may be the most money they have ever seen in their bank account, and it can be tempting to spend it. This money will need to pay for many things, including your accommodation, food, bills, travel, entertainment etc. and it will have to last until your next loan installment (which for most is January.)

    Our Student Money Team have developed a wide range of tools and tips to help you budget.

  7. Find out which scholarships and bursaries you are eligible to apply for

    As a student at Leeds Beckett University you may be eligible to apply for scholarships and bursaries that are available to support you in your studies. Read more about the scholarships and bursaries and the eligibility criteria.

  8. Familiarise yourself with your Students' Union

    From advice and support, to societies, activities and events, your Students’ Union is here to support you. Here’s just a few of the things they have on offer:

    • Meet your newly elected Officers - they are here to represent you.
    • Volunteer to become a course rep - Course representatives are there to represent your views and work to resolve any issues that you may have on your course.
    • Join a Society - there are nearly 100 different societies to choose from. Can’t find one that matches your interests? Don’t worry, you can create your own.
    • Register for volunteering - the SU has a wide range of opportunities to get involved with.
    • Be aware of the support available - Leeds Beckett Students’ Union Advice Service provides confidential and independent free help and advice to all students at Leeds Beckett University.
    • Follow the SU on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with the latest news, events and opportunities.
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Know your academic calendar and term dates

Being aware of when teaching time is, including scheduled breaks in teaching can be very helpful in planning your studies, as well as any holidays you may like to take as part of a well-earned rest. You can view our Academic Calendar online. Detailed information regarding other key dates including exams and other assessment periods will be shared with you via your Course Team.

We can help you

Beckett Careers

The Beckett Careers team are here to support students and graduates with all aspects of career planning and decision making, along with helping you to recognise and develop your employability skills.

This can be anything from career planning and understanding options with your degree, writing CVs and applications, developing a good online presence, help with interviews, and applying for further study (including teacher training), to searching for jobs and getting part-time work, understanding how to make the most of graduate fairs, and plenty more!

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Make the most of your library and our IT support

The Library supports your studies both on and off campus. Our website has links to thousands of electronic resources plus advice and support. Visit the Library page for opening hours and the latest information on planning your visit to the library. You can also borrow books from the Library via our Click and Collect service.

Download the Leeds Beckett App

Download our app from the App Store and Google Play now. The app gives you:

  • Links to the various online learning platforms used as part of your learning.
  • Maps of our campuses and the city with the locations of university buildings and facilities, all our Halls of Residence and other useful places.

You will need to log in to My Beckett, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, at least once before you can log in to this app.

Contact Student Advice

We are located in the Student Services Centres in the Leslie Silver building (City Campus) and Priestley Hall (Headingley Campus). Our opening times are 09:00 - 17:00, Monday to Thursday and 09:00 - 16:30 on Friday.