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Welcome to Residence Life

By LucyMcDonald 16 Aug 2023

Residence Life at the University of Leeds is all about making your experience in halls the best it can be. Living in Residence gives you the freedom to live on your own, while still having the support you need to successfully transition to university life. It is a great opportunity for personal growth, to experience student life, to make new friends, and to be a part of a thriving student community.

We know that moving to University can be a big life change, which is why we offer you a warm welcome to University life with our programme of intake events and activities. These range from welcome BBQs and walking tours of Leeds to group trips to activities like bowling, crazy golf and pet therapy.

We want you to love both your University experience and your time in Leeds, which is why we’re here to run events and activities to help make your time in halls unforgettable. Throughout the year our Residence Life Team runs events to help you settle in and ensure you have a positive experience in halls! These events give you the chance to try new activities, learn new skills and meet other people with similar interests. In the past we’ve had llamas and alpacas visit our halls, taken trips across Yorkshire, had sports days and football events and we even put on a quiz with Shaun Wallace from The Chase! 

Shaun Wallace et al. posing for the camera

As well as this, we encourage you to join the Residence Life Social Committee at your halls. These committees provide an opportunity for you to plan and run events in your building for your fellow residents. You’ll work with a budget and develop key professional skills including leadership, teamwork, event planning!

The Residence Life team is also here to offer support that is always there for you. We want you to love your time in halls. We know that sometimes everyone needs a bit of help, so we ensure there is always support available whenever you need it. Each hall has a Residence Life Warden and a team of Residence Life Assistant who are there to help with any issues you may have during term time.  Residence Life Assistants are there to provide advice, guidance and support during your time in halls. If you do have any problems, your Residence Life Assistants or Warden will work with you to solve them and help you to develop essential life skills such as managing conflict.

When you move into halls, you’ll be given the mobile number of the Residence Life Assistants (RLAs) at your hall – our RLAs are experienced students who live in at most sites. You can speak to them about any issues affecting your halls experience and wellbeing, or even if you’re just locked out!  

Altogether the support from Residence Life ensures that in term time there’s someone on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you need them. 

We are committed to ensuring that your time in halls helps you to develop key life skills and be prepared for wherever life takes you. We will enable you to be part of a supportive, welcoming and safe community in halls and we hope to help you develop new life skills and grow your own self-awareness of who you are as a person. All of this will help you with both your studies at the University, and your own development as an individual. We know that living in halls is the best way to set you up for academic success and will do everything we can to help you achieve your goals. 

We offer you lots of chances to join in with the wider University community such as Leeds University Union (LUU), as well as with the local Leeds community through volunteering activities. We’ll also help you to learn about living independently if you’re planning on moving into private rented accommodation after your time with us.

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LucyMcDonald is Marketing Executive for Residence Life. Fun fact: I'm a Leeds native and I specialised in VFX and CGI before having a career change and getting into the wonderful world of Marketing!
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