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All new first-year students are guaranteed university accommodation when applying on or before the 1st September. The University of Leicester has a diverse portfolio of accommodation, from purpose-built residential buildings to converted Edwardian houses, across our two sites The Village and The City.

The Village

The Village is a self-contained student community approximately 2 miles from the main campus. The Village is made up of purpose-built accommodation buildings and large converted houses with social spaces, sports facilities, study rooms and food outlets on site. The Village is made up of New Undergraduates and Undergraduate Returners (students that have chosen to return to university accommodation after their first year).

Most students choose to either purchase a bus pass for the University Shuttle Bus or cycle to university.

The City

The City is a made up of a variety of blocks close to the University campus. All the sites are within walking distance of the University campus and city centre for access to study spaces, sports facilities and food outlets. Each accommodation also has its own social space! The City is made up of New Undergraduates, Undergraduate Returners, Postgraduates and Mature Students. But you’ll always be split into flats with other people on the same pathway as you.

Most students choose to walk from their accommodation with The City blocks being around 10 minutes’ walk from campus.

Our Accommodation Guarantee
All new first-year students are guaranteed university accommodation when applying on or before the 1st September

Start Your Accommodation Journey
Applying for university can be a daunting process. After choosing a university and a course to study, deciding where you’re going to stay is the next most important thing. Click on ‘Start Search’ to take a look at what’s available!

Visit Us
Check out upcoming open days and visit days on the University website at le.ac.uk/open-days. Here you’ll be able to visit the accommodation and find out more about what’s on offer. If you can’t make a visit, take a look at our virtual tours!
More than Just a Room
The cost of your accommodation also includes unlimited bills, access to social spaces and other on-site facilities, 24/7 support from reception and security, plus contents insurance and our Residence Life programme!

Residence Life
We have a dedicated Residence Life team who support your transition into university and run regular events to make sure you feel at home and make friends.

Get in Touch
Our office is open 24/7 if you need any extra information. Before you contact us, check out our FAQs to see if we’ve already answered your question.


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Residence Life

We have a dedicated Residence Life team who support your transition into university and run regular events to make sure you feel at home and make friends.


Coming to Leicester to study might be your first time living away from home. We know you'll have an amazing and memorable time whilst staying in our accommodation. Our Residence Life Team is here to provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment from the moment you arrive. This is what makes living in halls different from living in a shared house or private accommodation.

We appreciate student life is about independence but that doesn’t mean you won’t need a little help sometimes. All members of the Residence Life Team in halls are all trained to provide advice and support on a huge range of issues. This includes physical and mental health, fees and registration, accessibility, careers, mitigating circumstances and much more!

Students experiencing problems don’t need to wait for a visit from us to speak to someone. Call, email or drop-in to your site reception any time day or night. If you’re experiencing a problem or are concerned about another student, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Events Programme

Our Residential Advisers are responsible for running regular events and activities to make sure you feel at home and make new friends in accommodation. These range from cinema nights and coffee nights to parties and summer festivals. We even offer the chance for you to learn new skills (such as in our weekly cookery classes) and provide opportunities for volunteering and part-time work to enhance your CV. Check out all the upcoming events in halls on our Residence Life website at browzer.co.uk/le.

Support Services
From the moment you get here, there are lots of resources to guide and support you throughout your time with us. You can find out more about support services at the University at le.ac.uk/wellbeing

Get In Touch
If you need help, contact us anytime 24/7 at your site reception, by email at accommodation@le.ac.uk or by phone at +44 (0)116 252 2428.

SafeZone is a safety app which allows you to alert University Security via your mobile phone if you ever need urgent assistance or first aid, or if you have an emergency while on campus. Find out more at le.ac.uk/safezone
Residential Advisers
Our Residential Advisers are current students that work with us in accommodation to welcome you, provide peer support and create a student community by organising social events to make sure that you feel at home.

An Award-Winning Service
Our Residence Life service is award-winning, including a national award for the Best Residence Life Initiative, a Residential Adviser of the Year award and being shortlisted for Outstanding Support for Students in the UK Times Higher Education awards.

Making an Application

Register for an accommodation account to make an application. The admissions office will let you know when it’s time to apply. Apply before the 1st September of your year of entry and you’ll be guaranteed a space in accommodation.

Once you’ve sent off your application, we’ll allocate you to a room. We read over each application in person to make decisions, checking all your preferences and application notes. None of our room allocations are automated so make sure you put any requests you have in your application notes for the allocations team to see!

When you receive your accommodation offer, we’ll send you an email to let you know. You can review your offer and decide whether to accept or reject it. You’ll usually get 5 days to make your decision. When you accept the offer, you’ll need to check the contract and make the £250 pre-payment. If you decide you want to reject your offer, you should contact us first as we may be able to change your offer to something that suits you better, that way there’s no need for you to reapply.

When to apply and when you’ll hear back

The allocations team aims to respond to your application within particular timescales depending on your course offer status.

Unconditional Firm

You can apply when applications open and will be allocated to accommodation within 5 working days of us receiving your application.

Unconditional Insurance

You can apply when applications open but we won’t allocate you to accommodation until you’re confirmed as a student at the University of Leicester.

Conditional Firm

You can apply when applications open but we won’t allocate you to accommodation until you’re confirmed as a student at the University of Leicester.

Conditional Insurance

You won’t be able to apply for accommodation until results day when you are confirmed as a student at the University of Leicester, when you can apply you will receive an allocation within 5 working days of us receiving your application.

Clearing Choice

If you apply for accommodation after exam results day during Clearing, you will need to accept your course offer by adding Leicester as your Clearing choice on UCAS Track. Within 24 hours of doing this, you’ll be able to register on our accommodation website and apply for your accommodation. When you can apply you will receive an allocation within 5 working days of us receiving your application.

Registering for an Accommodation Account
You’ll need your student ID number to register for an account. If you don’t have one yet, you should wait to receive this from admissions. If you have any problems registering for an account then please get in touch.

Accommodation Pre-payment
When you accept your accommodation offer, you’ll need to pay a £250 pre-payment to secure your accommodation. This is deducted from your first fee instalment and is not a deposit. If you cancel your accommodation offer before you arrive you may be eligible for a refund of your pre-payment in line with your Terms and Conditions of Residence.

Changing Your Offer
We will always make you the best offer we can but if you do wish to change we recommend that you get in touch so we can discuss what’s available. We may even be able to change your offer without any need for you to reject and reapply.
Accommodation Welcome
In August we’ll also open the Accommodation Welcome - your online induction where you can find out all you need to know about living in halls. You can access it through the Accommodation portal and we’ll contact you nearer the time to remind you.

Arriving in Halls
Once you’ve chosen your arrival slot you’ll receive a check-in document by email. This has details of your booking and arrival information, such as parking locations and addresses. You’ll get lots more information about arriving in halls in your Accommodation Welcome.

Freemen's – our £150m investment in you

Available for booking in Spring 2021 is the new city accommodation at Freemen's. Freemen's will offer modern en-suite accommodation for up to 1,200 students – with the first blocks available for booking this year.

The Freemen’s accommodation will provide all our students with a welcoming new neighbourhood to live, study and socialise right next door to the main University campus. The new buildings will be set within an impressive landscaping scheme of tree-lined walking routes, wildflower planting and gardens, with two large outdoor spaces. Plus new pedestrian and cycling routes to better connect our accommodation with campus.

Nixon Court Blocks L and M

As part of Freemen's, there will be two new blocks of Nixon Court opening in 2021. These will include standard and premium single ensuite rooms and single studio flats. All with 3/4 beds. Click on Start Search to take a look at all our accommodation available for 2021 entry!

Find out more about Freemen's
Room Types
The new residences will consist of townhouse-style flats and microflats (with shared kitchens and bathrooms), standard and premium ensuites, single studio flats and one bedroom flats.

Additional Facilities
Students can also take advantage of a high-tech games area, cinema suite, café and open spaces. There will be a multi-storey car park for students to use.

Teaching and Learning Centre
At the heart of Freemen’s will be a new landmark Teaching and Learning Centre, with state-of-the-art lecture theatres, inspirational teaching rooms and study areas.

As a university and community, sustainability is important to us. Freemen’s will be powered by sustainable and renewable technologies as well as having a number of green spaces and cycle routes for students, staff and the wider community to enjoy.


Living Space

Freemen’s will offer a wide range of modern accommodation for up to 1,200 students, offering the opportunity to accommodate more students in purpose-built accommodation and reduce pressure on more traditional housing stock in the local area.

Residents will be able to take advantage of the events and activities offered by the ResLife Team and the services provided by the 24/7 reception and Security Team.


Social and Study Spaces

Students can also take advantage of outdoor green spaces, a high-tech games area, cinema suite and café/bar.

The restoration of the Grade II listed Freemen’s Cottages will include the new whole-site reception for The City accommodation alongside collaborative study spaces to encourage social learning.

Nixon L-M Single Ensuite
Freemen's Outdoor Social Space


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University of Leicester, University Road, LE1 7RH, UK

e: accommodation@le.ac.uk

t: +44 (0)116 252 2428

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