Open Day FAQs

When should I go to an Open Day?

Most people applying to university attend Open Days during the calendar year before the UCAS deadline in January. However, if you want to be really on the ball, there's no reason you can't come along before that.

Why should I attend an Open Day?

We could tell you how great the University of Leicester is, but to really give you a taste of student life, you need to see it for yourself. You’ll be able to explore the campus and accommodation and find out far more than you ever could from a prospectus or webpage. It’s your chance to imagine yourself living and studying here. Current students are on hand to answer any questions and tell you about their own experiences.

Should I register in advance for an Open Day?

Yes, it’s helpful if you register in advance. We’ll send you the programme in the post so you can work out a personal schedule for the day. And we’ll give you a registration number so that checking in on the day is quick and easy. You don’t need to let us know who you’re bringing with you, or what time you expect to arrive.

However, if your visit to Leicester is more spur-of-the-moment, you’re welcome to just rock up to campus. Come along to Mission Control to check in and we’ll give you a programme and explain what’s where.

What can I see on an Open Day?

You'll be able to take a look around the campus, accommodation, library and sports facilities. There will also be a huge range of talks and taster lectures to give you a feel for academic life.

See more about what to expect on an Open Day.

Can I bring my family?

Of course. Most students bring along one or both parents, who are welcome to sit in on talks and ask questions. On the other hand, if you want to visit us alone, that’s totally fine too.

Siblings are also welcome. Younger visitors should definitely find time to visit Jane the T rex in our Geology Department. If the weather is hot, we also recommend a trip to the Chemistry Department’s ice cream making demonstration.

How do I get to the University of Leicester?

If you’re coming by train, there will be Student Ambassadors (in red tops) at Leicester Station from 8.00am to 1.00pm. 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’re coming by car, don’t head for campus because there’s no parking there (except for disabled visitors). Instead you should go to Leicester Racecourse (LE2 4AL) from where we operate a frequent park-and-ride service to campus.

More about how to find us.

What time does an Open Day start and finish?

Our Open Days run from 10.00am until 3.00pm but the day is totally flexible and you can come to as much or as little of it as you like. If you want to explore the city a bit more after the Open Day, don’t forget that the car park at the racecourse closes at 4.00pm so you’ll need to move your car.

What happens if I arrive late?

If traffic on the M1 or leaves on the line delay you, don’t panic. The Open Day runs through till 3.00pm and most talks are repeated at least once. Just come along to Mission Control in the big marquee when you get here and we’ll help you adjust your schedule.

Do I need to book in advance for any of the talks?

Good news: no advance booking is necessary. The only events which require tickets are the Engineering Lab Workshops (where space is limited). Tickets for these can be collected from the department on the day.

Can I look around the University accommodation?

Yes, we’d love to show you where you’ll be living. You can either take a short walk to our City Living accommodation, which is convenient for campus and the city centre, or you can take one of our frequent shuttle buses out to Oadby Student Village. These halls are in a beautiful location near our beautiful Botanic Gardens and are primarily for first year students. You can check out the social facilities and have a sneaky peek into some actual student bedrooms, and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have.

If you’ve got the bus to Oadby, you can either continue to the racecourse parking or get the bus back to campus. We recommend that you factor in an hour and a half for your accommodation visit.

If you’re visiting to City Living on foot, you’ll need about 40 minutes to enjoy your tour.

Is everywhere fully accessible?

Both our campus and our accommodation are designed to be accessible. Accessibility details for specific buildings are available on the DisabledGo website.

Parking for visitors with disabilities is available on campus. At least one of the shuttle buses running between campus and the Oadby Student Village will be wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you would like to see one of our adapted rooms as part of your accommodation visit. Please email study@le.ac.uk if you have any queries or requirements for the day.

When you're here, there will be someone from our Accessability Team at the Information Fair so you can ask any questions you might have.

Where can I eat and drink?

There are plenty of eateries on campus offering a wide range of food and drink to eat in or take away. When you register at Mission Control, we'll give you a lunch voucher to use at outlets across campus. There’s also plenty of social space where you can eat your own sandwiches (but don’t leave them in your car because it’s a long way back to the racecourse!).

How close is the campus to the city centre?

If you want to check out the city while you’re here, it’s about a mile and a quarter from the centre of campus to Town Hall Square. A little further if you want to visit King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral. The quickest route is along New Walk, a traffic free Victorian promenade. Ask any of our Student Ambassadors and they will give you directions.

If you've parked at the Racecourse, don't forget to move your car before you go exploring as the car park will close at 4.00pm. There's plenty of parking in the city centre.

Can school groups attend the Open Day?

Yes – please fill in the online booking form and get in touch with our Open Days team at study@le.ac.uk if you have any questions about any of the arrangements.

If you have any further questions, get in touch with us at study@le.ac.uk