Welfare and support

Wardens and subwardens offer support in your residence. There is also other support available to you in the University.


All University residences have wardens – members of University teaching or administrative staff, who you can go to during term time for advice or for help sorting out any problems. Wardens are also responsible for maintaining discipline at the residence.

Wardens at all residences hold advisory sessions during term time. You don’t usually need an appointment for these. To find out which warden(s) look after your residence and when they are available, visit our contacts page and select your residence from the drop down menu. 

If you can't attend an advisory session, email your warden or leave a note with the residence office or with us at Accommodation Services.

Do speak to your warden if you are having particular accommodation problems (eg noisy neighbours). They can only apply fines or warnings if you tell them about the problem.


Most residences also have subwardens (usually postgraduate or mature students), who live on site. This means in term-time there's someone on hand 24 hours a day in case of emergencies.

Subwardens are students of the University of Leeds who, under the direction of the residence wardens, are responsible for maintaining discipline and offering pastoral care for other students in residence.

They provide a responsible presence and help to create a positive living environment by protecting your right to sleep, study and be safe in your accommodation.

You can speak to your subwarden on any issues affecting your wellbeing – homesickness, a noisy neighbour, a row with your flatmates, or anything else. There's a subwarden on duty every weekday evening and on the weekends, so there's always someone you can call on for support or advice. To find your residence subwarden, visit our contact pages and select your residence from the drop down menu. 

Hall executive committee

Each University residence elects a team of Halls representatives to support you during your time in University accommodation. They help run events and activities for all the residents, including Christmas balls, pizza nights and day trips – all completely free to you! The positions are:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Events Officer
  • Sports Rep
  • Wellbeing Rep
  • Sustainability Rep

You can run for a position yourself or nominate a friend. Elections will take place early in the first term. The small ‘JCR’ fee charged to your residence account (detailed in your contract) helps pay for the activities so it’s important that you have your say in who represents you.

Other help and advice

As well as wardens and subwardens, there is lots of support available to you at the University, such as: