FAQs about commuting to Leicester

Is commuting from home a popular option?

Approximately 20% of our students live at home with family rather than living in halls or other student accommodation. So on any course, you’re unlikely to be the only commuter.

What facilities are available on campus for live-at-home students?

We have a range of facilities aimed at making your days easier. These are study and social spaces on campus such as silent study spaces and the Digital Reading Room in the Library and more social study spaces within departments and the Students’ Union.

There are also lockers in the Library so that you don’t have to carry all your books around all day, laptops for hire and microwaves if you fancy bringing your own lunch in.

What transport options are available if I commute?

Find out about travel options on our Travel page.

The University is a 10-15 minute walk away from the railway station. The U1 and 47/48 bus routes both connect the city centre to the campus, with multiple stops along University Road.

If you're coming by bike, you can get a swipe card for access to the big bike store underneath the Library plaza.

If you plan to drive, please bear in mind that there is no on-campus parking (except for disabled students). However, there are car parks nearby.

What if I can't make it to the University on time?

Maybe your train was delayed. Or the bus broke down. Or your front tyre has a puncture.

All lectures are recorded and posted onto our online learning environment, so if you do accidentally miss part or all of a lecture - you haven't actually missed it. (Can also be handy for revision!)

If you're going to miss a seminar or tutorial, let the relevant academic (or your personal tutor) know asap. If your regular transport arrangements make the start or end of the academic day inconvenient, we will do what we can to accommodate you. We're here to help.

What about social life?

We have students living in University-managed or privately rented accommodation right across the city. The fact that you're living at home won't make any difference. You can join the same clubs and societies, go on the same nights out and do everything that everyone else does.

Do I need a student maintenance loan?

One of the big advantages of living at home is a financial one, of course. It's really up to you whether you take out a maintenance loan - you might find it useful for covering the costs of travel, books and other expenses.

If you're not sure, contact our Student Finance Advisers on 0116 223 1185 or welfare@le.ac.uk