We’re your students’ union right in the middle of campus and we’re here to make sure you love your time at Leeds.
But for now, we’re here to make sure you have a cracking freshers.
Freshers is a term we use to describe our first year students, it’s also the period of time between students arriving in Leeds and starting classes.
Dates you need to know
Welcome week 12 - 18 September
Loads of students arrive, we put on heaps of events and people get to know each other.
Freshers’ week 19 - 25 September
Even more students arrive, we put on even more events plus a bunch of freshers’ fairs.
Academic year begins 26 September
What are you into?
Whatever your hobby or interest we’re confident that we’ll have a club or society for you. We’ve got over 320 of them so we pretty much cover all bases.
Our clubs and societies, often referred to as student activities, offer loads of opportunities to meet people and learn stuff. They are super popular too, in fact over 19,000 students are part of a club or society here at Leeds.
Have a browse and see what you fancy.
Events & stuff to do
Give It A Go: Food CrawlTuesday 13 September
Suss out the best restaurants Leeds has to offer by sampling from our food tour’s selection. Must Book.
Time5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
LocationLeeds University Union - Helpdesk
Ticket TypesBuy NowBuy
ClubberciseThursday 15 September
More like a night out than a workout, glow sticks at the ready. Must Book.
Time12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
LocationLeeds University Union - Stylus
KaraokeThursday 15 September
Push Beyonce to the side and bond with your new flatmates over your rendition of ‘Don’t Stop Believing’.
Time8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
LocationLeeds University Union - Terrace
Your Official Freshers' Arrival PartySunday 18 September
Time9:00 pm - 3:00 am
LocationLeeds University Union - Stylus, Pyramid, Pulse, Terrace & Riley Smith Theatre
Inside the Union
What goes on in the Union?
We’ve got a building smack bang in the middle of Leeds’ campus. You’ll hear people call that ‘the Union’. That's basically where we are based. But, if it's difficult for you to visit campus or the Union, that doesn't matter you’re still part of this student community.
As well as the bars and coffee shops in the building we have a salad bar, and a little supermarket called Essentials offering loads of on the go food options. If you want to to eat in, make sure you also check out the brand new food menu at Pyramid.
No problem. We’ve got three bars, Terrace, Pyramid and Old Bar all offering their take on a good time. Whether you’re keen on cocktails or mad about ale our bars will deliver. We’ve also got chilled out coffee bars offering cordials, milkshakes, tea and cracking coffee to fix you up all day long. It’s not just about the drinks either, all our coffee shops and bars serve food too.
Looking for a job?
Loads of students get part-time work here at Leeds, and we’re on hand to help out. Joblink is our very own job shop giving students access to loads of great jobs in and around the city.
Want to make a change?
The Union can help you shape your time at Uni. Whether you want to make improvements to the Union, the Uni, the city or society more widely, we’ve got the support you need to make it happen. Head over to the campaigning pages.
We're making the Union even better through our Union Upgrade. We're creating new rehearsal and performance spaces, new areas to chill and study and a big square filled with pop up stalls and shops. We're keeping disruption to a minimum so hopefully there won't be much inconvenience, you can see what you've got to look forward to here.
Who runs this place?
Union Affairs Officer
Jack chairs the board of trustees, makes sure the Union works for you and that the charity’s money is spent in the right areas.
Equality & Diversity Officer
Emma makes sure that the campus and the city champion equality & diversity and every student has a voice.
Melz changes things up for the better so that the University is always providing you with the best academic experience.
Jamie champions students in the community, making sure that housing and transport is developed with students in mind and that you feel connected to your local area.
Tai takes the lead on developing over 300 clubs and societies, making sure they are running well and constantly getting better.
Jess is always thinking about your happiness, health and wellbeing. Making sure you have access to any help and support you might need whilst at Uni.
Something on your mind?
The Union works for you, not the University, so you can be sure that any issue that you’re having at Uni, at home or in your personal life, we will be able to help and get you back on track.
The Chaplaincy at the University is there to support you during your time at the University. It’s able to provide spiritual support and pastoral care for students of all faiths or none.
The Student Counselling Centre promotes personal development and wellbeing and provides counselling to students who are experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties.
Is this your second, third or even fourth time around? Here at Leeds University Union (LUU), we represent all students. Undergrads, taught postgrads and research postgrads too. We know we have a reputation for focusing on undergrads but we are trying really hard to shake that! We have a huge, active postgrad community here at Leeds and we want you to be part of it.
There are over 300 clubs and societies here at Leeds, so there should be something for you. There’s a fantastic Postgraduate Society who organise regular socials or study-focused events, including a weekly coffee session. Postgraduates are able to join all our clubs and societies it’s just a case of finding one that suits you.
Your Postgrad Reps
Postgraduates are very much involved in making decisions and representing their peers. If you’re a Taught Postgraduate you’ll be represented by PGT School Reps, who are recruited early in term one. If you’re a Research Postgraduate you will be represented at local committees, and your Reps are supported centrally by the staff at LUU. The Postgraduate Advisory Board provides us with guidance and ideas on developments for postgraduates. If you’re interested in having an impact and becoming a Taught Postgraduate School Rep, applications are now open. Click here for more information and copy of the application pack.