Accommodation at the University of Leicester

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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.

Both The Village and The City are for New Undergraduates, Undergraduate Returners, Postgraduates and Mature Students. But you'll always be split into flats with other people on the same course type as you (e.g. if you are a New Undergraduate, you will definitely be placed with other New Undergraduate students, not necessarily on the same course as you).

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 blocks and large converted houses with social spaces, sports facilities, study rooms and a bar on site.

Most students choose to travel using our free University Shuttle Bus service, or cycle to university.

The City

The City is a made up of a variety of building, and 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!

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
After choosing a university and a course to study, deciding where you're going to stay is the next most important thing. Click on "Search Accommodation" 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. 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, study rooms, launderettes and other on-site facilities
  • 24/7 receptions and security
  • Free University Shuttle Bus for students in The Village
  • Free contents insurance package
  • Residence Life events programme
  • Wellbeing support from the Residence Life team

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.

Support

Coming to Leicester to study might be your first time living away from home. Our Residence Life Team is here to provide a 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.

Much of 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 wide range of issues. Just call, email or drop-in to your site reception any time day or night.

Events Programme

We host 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. 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 on +44 (0)116 252 2428.

SafeZone
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. Once you’ve sent off your application, we’ll allocate you to a room.

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 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 are open and will be allocated to accommodation within 5 working days of us receiving your application.

Unconditional Insurance

You can apply when applications are 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 are 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 Common – our £150m investment in you

Available for 2022/23 is the new city accommodation at Freemen's Common. Offering a wide range of modern accommodation for up to 1,200 students.

The Freemen’s Common accommodation provides all our students with a welcoming new neighbourhood to live, study and socialise right next door to the main University campus. The new buildings are 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.

The new residences consist of a variety of new room types including single bedrooms (with shared kitchens and bathrooms), standard and premium ensuites, single studio flats and one bedroom flats.


Find out more about Freemen's Common

 

Brand New Facilities
Students can also take advantage of a high-tech games area, cinema suite, café and open spaces. There is also a multi-storey car park students can use.

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

Sustainability
As a university and community, sustainability is important to us. Freemen’s Common is 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.

Freemen's Common Room Types

Hover over the images (or tap on a mobile device) to find out more about our all new rooms!

Single Bedroom

Flats of four students

Shared bathrooms and kitchen. Ideal for returning students!

Town House

Blocks of 12 students

Shared bathrooms, kitchen and social space. With bedrooms across three floors. Like a house within halls!

Single Ensuite

Flats of ten students

Bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Shared flat kitchen.

Single Ensuite (Premium)

Flats of four to six students

Bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and shared kitchen. With extra floorspace, storage and seating.

Single Studio Flat

Self-contained flat

Open-planned single studio flat, with private in-room kitchen and ensuite bathroom.

One Bedroom Flat

Self-contained flat

One bedroom flat, with private kitchen and bathroom in separate rooms.

Accessible Rooms

Adapted for students with disabilities

Varieties of all our room types with accessible features, contact us to discuss specific needs.

Social Hub

More than just a room!

Take advantage of outdoor green spaces, a high-tech games area, cinema suite and café/bar.

Freemen's Common

Freemen’s Common
Welford Road
Leicester
LE2 6BF



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Accommodation Team

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

e: accommodation@le.ac.uk

t: +44 (0)116 252 2428

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