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University of Leicester

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At Leicester, we’re proud of our reputation as a world-class institution and for being a friendly, inclusive and supportive community. 

Our commitment to your education means that the work of our leading research academics will shape the course of your education. Their enthusiasm and knowledge, combined with your appetite for learning, creates an inspiring, high-quality environment that enables you to reach the very top.

Leicester is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2016) and rated in the top 20 English universities for research (2016 research ranking of the Global Universities). 

Of our 14,000 full-time, campus-based students, over 25% come from outside the European Union, from more than 70 different countries. 

A Multicultural City

Two students walk towards a campus building in Leicester

Leicester is the UK’s tenth largest city with a population of approximately 330,000. It has all the attractions of a major city with the benefits of a safe atmosphere and low cost of living.

In 2015, HSBC announced for the second year running that the University of Leicester is the most affordable destination in Britain for both first and second-year students, according to their research.

The city is proud of its cultural diversity, with many races and religions living side by side providing an array of festivals and cultural experiences to enjoy. 

Ideally located in the centre of England, Leicester is the perfect base from which to visit other nearby cities, including Nottingham and Birmingham and is just 160km – or 70 minutes’ train journey – from London, providing easy access to the UK’s capital.

Your Campus 

The University occupies an attractive campus close to the vibrant city centre and offers a wide range of catered and self-catered University-managed accommodation to suit all tastes. We guarantee accommodation to all new students who apply before specified deadlines. The city also offers a good supply of private sector accommodation. 

View of students studying and socialising in the atrium of Leicester's Student Union.

Our award-winning library has been completely refurbished and extended as part of a £300 million campus development plan. It offers state-of-the-art services, access to over a million printed volumes and a digital library of thousands of electronic journals and books.

Other campus facilities include: restaurants, sports centre, swimming pool, spa and health centre. Our newly-redeveloped Students’ Union includes a 1,750-capacity entertainment venue, shops, cafes, bank and a student advice centre.

New international students at Leicester are invited to take part in our International Welcome Week, a programme of fun and informative activities that help students to settle into their new life in the UK and meet other likeminded students.

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