Updated 24 March 2020 at 1.30pm

We understand that the ongoing coronavirus (covid-19) situation will be making some people feel anxious and that many people will have questions. Our priority is the health and wellbeing of students and staff.

The University takes your health and wellbeing extremely seriously, and we have been following the UK Government’s guidance for all citizens on social distancing to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You must follow the Government’s rules, and stay at home to keep you and others safe. While at home, remember noise may also causes unnecessary distress to vulnerable neighbours who are self-isolating in their homes at this time.

Applicants and offer holders

If you’re an applicant or offer holder please visit our coronavirus information FAQs tailored to you.

Online teaching

We have been following National Health Service (NHS) and Public Health England (PHE) advice and guidance in recent weeks, and we will continue to do so. However, in fast moving circumstances we are making changes to our current teaching practices.

For the rest of this term all physical lectures and classes (including seminars) for taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes will be cancelled. This includes laboratory and other practical classes. So far as possible, teaching will be delivered online. Only essential services and activities are now being delivered on campus (observing the principle of social distancing). View on our information on which campus services are open.

This is a significant change to make quickly, and we would ask you, please, to bear with us if there are a few glitches. Progress will be monitored closely and of course the University stands ready to take further measures to protect the health and wellbeing of students and staff if this proves necessary.

Further details of what this will mean in practice will be given in module-level communications to students.

We are reviewing the position on laboratory and practical classes, and will issue guidance as soon as we can. Separate guidance will also be issued on postgraduate research activities.

If you have any questions, please contact your school.
Read more about learning online

Students with Tier 4 Visas

If you are a Tier 4 student, please check the latest advice on our visas and travel page. The government has confirmed that anyone needing testing or treatment for COVID-19 will not be charged by the NHS, even if they no longer have a valid visa for the UK.


Visit gov.uk for the latest guidance from the government on self isolation.

Symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • A high temperature
  • A new continuous cough

Read the NHS stay at home advice
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service for advice.

If you live in University accommodation, you should inform the hall warden or equivalent if you’re unwell. Appropriate arrangements will be made to provide necessary pastoral and practical support.

Make sure that your friends and the staff in your residence know that you are self-isolating so that they can support you, make sure you are OK and that you have regular meals and anything else you need.

Students with underlying health conditions

If you have a weakened immune system or underlying health condition, or are pregnant you should stay at home.

If you have health related questions, visit the NHS coronavirus page.

Please make sure you are registered with a local doctor. Most students choose to register with the Leeds Student Medical Practice (LSMP) which is near the University campus.

Find information on how to register with LSMP or alternative local doctors
Please check our student FAQs for more information