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University of Leicester

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Student Accommodation

  • All new students are guaranteed a place in university-allocated accommodation if they firmly accept their offer of a place and apply for accommodation by the specified deadline in autumn.
  • The university's halls of residence provide a comfortable, safe and welcoming environment that make settling into university life much easier. From self-contained flats to shared rooms, across suburban or city locations, with catered and self-catered options – there are choices to suit all needs.
  • Oadby Student Village is 3 miles from campus and near the beautiful the Botanic Garden, with regular bus services to the campus and city centre. With a buzzing social life, village pub, cinema, music rooms and social study spaces, it is very popular with first year students. For students opting to live closer to the campus and the city centre, there's the City Living accommodation. Most City Living properties are within 10 minutes' walk of campus, and within easy access of the library and sports centre.
  • A team of residential advisers, who are current students, provide support and guidance and to help new students settle in. They are also responsible for organising social events including film nights, quizzes, talent shows and balls.
  • The SULETS letting agency run by the Students' Union provides support for students to find private accommodation; all property is part of a local accreditation scheme, ensuring that students find good quality accommodation.

Student Life

  • Leicester is a vibrant multicultural city located in the very heart of the United Kingdom, and one of the most affordable cities for students (NatWest Student Living Index 2018). Welcoming and friendly, it is home to a large student population, with nearly 12% of residents studying at one of the two city centre universities.
  • Leicester itself has a rich and interesting history. Highlights include some of the largest Diwali celebrations outside India. Like a true student city, Leicester has plenty of trendy cafés, bars, clubs, and a few hidden gems off the beaten track. Closer to campus, Queens Road is the place to find some student favourites.

Nightlife and Culture

  • The city's nightlife provides bars and clubs to suit all tastes. Live music is one of Leicester's main attractions, with big name bands, DJs and classical music performances.
  • A plethora of festivals reflect the city's cultural diversity, including the Caribbean Carnival and the Diwali celebrations, and an annual Comedy Festival held each February. Other attractions include the National Space Centre, King Richard III Visitor Centre, and Curve theatre.
  • There is superb shopping, from leading high street brands at Highcross shopping centre, to speciality stores and boutiques in Leicester Lanes.
  • Leicester has become famous for sport, largely owed to its football team's astronomic success as unlikely premier league champions. Other famous teams include Leicester Tigers Rugby Club, Leicestershire County Cricket Club and the Leicester Riders Basketball team.
  • Nearby Rutland Water is popular for a range of water sports.

Travel

  • The University of Leicester's main campus is around 1 mile from the city centre. A regular shuttle bus service operates between Oadby student village and the campus during term time.
  • Leicester's miles of cycleways make the city the ideal place for cycling.
  • Leicester has a decent, cheap local bus service, with travel cards available.
  • Road links are good, and a number of coach services operate to other major UK cities. London is 93 miles away, and trains take 65 minutes.
  • The nearest airports are East Midlands (less than half an hour away) and Birmingham, both serving a number of domestic and international destinations.