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Student Accommodation

  • Students are guaranteed a place in university allocated accommodation providing the university is their first firm choice and they apply before the specified deadline for accommodation. Students who get a place through clearing or adjustment are guaranteed accommodation providing they apply before the specified deadline.
  • University accommodation is provided on 2 main sites: Oadby Student Village and City Living, with rooms including en-suite or shared facilities and adapted rooms for students with disabilities. Oadby Student Village is around 3.5 km from campus and is popular with undergraduate students, giving it a vibrant atmosphere; it has a mixture of catered and self-catered accommodation. City Living is adjacent to the campus and is popular with postgraduate and international students; it is fully self-catered. All halls have free broadband Internet access in study bedrooms.
  • The university also welcomes students in their 2nd and 3rd years into the Halls of Residence.
  • 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.

Accommodation Costs

University of Leicester - Main Campus

Number of university/college beds 4,170
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £4,439–£5,939
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £3,188–£4,782

Living Here

  • City Population: 330,000
  • Student Population: 30,000
  • Leicester is as friendly as it is diverse. Students find the city's compact size but cosmopolitan feel makes the city a perfect place to study. Its central location means that it attracts students from all over the UK. 
  • Leicester's economy is on the up and that's reflected in the city's new developments. Life in the city is inexpensive, and the fresh food market, the largest outdoor market in Europe, helps stretch tight student budgets.
  • Accommodation is easy to come by and rents for students are among the lowest in the country.

Getting Around

  • The University of Leicester's main campus is about 1 mile away 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 this 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.

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.