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, and from suburban to heart of the city, catered and self-catered, there are multiple options to suit everyone’s needs.
  • Options include Oadby Student Village, three 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. The majority of City Living properties are within ten minutes’ walk of campus, 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

  • City Population: 330,000
  • Student Population: 30,000
  • Leicester is a vibrant multicultural city located in the very heart of the United Kingdom, and one of the most affordable cities for students. Welcoming and friendly, it really feels like home to students.
  • The city 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, plus there’s a huge amount of social activities, restaurants, shops and venues to enjoy.
  • Highlights of the city include Europe’s largest outdoor covered market, a large shopping centre with leading high street brands,  a range of museums, and exciting events year-round such as the UK’s second biggest Caribbean Carnival and the city’s annual comedy festival.

Culture and Nightlife

  • 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, reputed to be the biggest outside India. There’s also the annual Comedy Festival, held each February.
  • 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.


  • The University of Leicester's main campus is around one 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.