We could tell you how great Leicester is, but to really give you a taste of what's to come, you need to see it for yourself. Meet Leicester students studying your subject and hear from the staff teaching it.

Explore the campus and first year accommodation, and learn how to bag a career that's out of this world.

Upcoming dates for students starting in September 2020 and September 2021.

Saturday 6 June 2020 Friday 3 July 2020

What to expect at an Open Day

So you're wondering: what is an Open Day? This is your chance to explore our campus and accommodation, to ask questions and find out everything you want to know about the University of Leicester. There will be lots of University staff and Student Ambassadors around to help you, along with free tea and coffee throughout the day to keep you going.

Easily spotted in their distinctive red tops, the Ambassadors are current University of Leicester students who will show you around, answer your questions. For many of our Student Ambassadors, the deciding factor was the welcome they received on an Open Day, a gesture they now want to repay.

Open Days run from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Most events lasts 30 minutes, with a 15 minute gap in between. You can easily get from one end of campus to the other in 15 minutes.

  • Subject talks - Find out about how you’ll be taught, what’s expected of students, and what opportunities you’ll have. You can also ask questions at the end.
  • Taster lectures - Pretty self-explanatory - this is basically what you will experience as a student. Subjects range from black holes to Jack the Ripper. You don’t have to take notes (unless you want to…).
  • Campus tour - Take a tour of campus, guided by one of our Student Ambassadors, and take the chance to get an insider’s view.
  • Accommodation - You can either take a short walk to the accommodation at The City, which is convenient for campus and the city centre, or you can take one of our frequent shuttle buses out to The Village. Shuttle buses run throughout the day, from 10.00am until 2.30pm.
  • University life talks - These cover things like accommodation, the Career Development Service, student finance and opportunities to study abroad.
  • Information Fair - Throughout the day there are stalls where University staff can answer your questions. This is a chance to talk one-on-one with someone from your department or to find out about how we support our students.
  • Tour of sports facilities - As part of the campus tour, you'll be able to look around our sports facilities and chat to our Sport and Active Life staff.
  • Library tour - Our library is the perfect place to study. Take a self-guided tour and see for yourself where you'll be hitting the books and writing your dissertation.
  • How to find us - Getting to the University by car, bus, train or air. See 'How to find us' below.

Campus tours

Due to recent events, the University is closed, therefore we are unable to offer campus tours.

You can still experience a tour of the campus via the link below

View Campus

Top tips for getting the most from the day

Top tips
  1. Plan your day beforehand using the printed/online programme to make your own personal schedule
  2. Use the campus map to work out which buildings you need to visit.
  3. Check the weather forecast and wear appropriate clothing.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes - it's only a small campus, but it can be a busy day.
  5. Remember to factor in enough time for an accommodation visit.
  6. ...And for lunch! (Try the University catering outlets or one of the external caterers.)
  7. Make a list of any questions you have beforehand and keep a note of the answers.
  8. Take some pictures while you look around campus to look at later on.
  9. Remember to bring your registration number with you (found on your booking confirmation email or sent through the post) to save time at the beginning of the day.
  10. If you have any questions before the day, get in touch with us via study@le.ac.uk.

Why study at Leicester?

Contact us

If you have any questions about our Open Days, please contact our Future Students Office:

How to find us

If you come by train…

Leicester is really easy to reach by train. We’re on the north-south line between London and Sheffield, and on the east-west line between Birmingham and Stansted. A train from St Pancras takes just over an hour to reach Leicester.

There will be Student Ambassadors at Leicester Station between 8.00am and 1.00pm. You can’t miss them: bright red tops and big, welcoming smiles. 

A University of Leicester shuttle bus will run between the station and campus every 20 minutes from 8.20am to 3.40pm. Our Student Ambassadors will direct you to the pick-up point. Or if you'd rather walk, the Student Ambassadors will direct you (the journey is less than a mile).

If you come by car…

Our pedestrian- and bike-friendly campus only has parking for disabled visitors. So instead of putting our postcode into your satnav, use LE2 4AL. This will take you to Leicester Racecourse, a couple of miles south of the University, with a continuous park-and-ride bus service running to and from campus throughout the day. Parking and the shuttle bus are both free. There will be University staff and Student Ambassadors at the Racecourse to welcome and help you.

Please note that the Racecourse car park opens at 8.00am and closes at 4.00pm. If you are planning to spend time in Leicester after the Open Day, you will need to move your car before the car park closes.

If you, or someone with you, needs a disabled parking space on campus, please contact study@le.ac.uk.

If you already live in Leicester…

The Arriva 47/48 bus runs along University Road. We also have lots of bike racks if you want to cycle here.

If you've come a long way...

You might want to stay overnight when you come to visit us. There are plenty of hotels to choose from in the city centre - the Premier Inn and The Belmont Hotel are the closest to campus.

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