Before you get here

angled shot looking at opal courtCongratulations on getting your place at the University of Leicester!

We want you to have an enjoyable, enlightening and rewarding time with us. To make joining Leicester simple we have covered the key things you need to do before you arrive at University. Do them as soon as you can, in the order we’ve suggested below, and you won’t go far wrong – but don’t forget that the Starting at Leicester team is on hand to help if you encounter any difficulties. You can contact them at

Make arrangements to pay your tuition fees

However your fees are being paid - whether you have a student loan, a sponsor, or you're paying for yourself - you will need to make sure that everything is set up for the money to reach us in time.

Apply for your visa (if you're an international student)

You need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK if you are spending more than six months here and are from outside the European Union or European Economic Area. It can take a long time to get a visa, so apply for one as soon as possible before the start of your course. Find out more about applying for your visa.

Arrange your accommodation

We guarantee a place in University managed accommodation if you apply for accommodation before 1 September 2018 and it is your first year at the University. Once you have accepted your accommodation offer you will need to complete the online Accommodation Welcome which will be available through the accommodation application portal before you arrive. This will tell you everything you need to know about moving in. 

If you have any questions about any of our accommodation or applying for accommodation, please contact the Accommodation Team on or +44 (0)116 252 2428. 

If you want to explore other accommodation options in the city, our Students’ Union work with Sulets to provide a student-focused letting service – call them on +44 (0)116 223 1173 or email

Arrange your travel

Do not book your flight until your place here is confirmed and you have obtained your visa or entry clearance (if required). Airports with regular, direct rail or coach links to Leicester are Birmingham, East Midlands, Stansted, Luton and Heathrow airports.

If you are travelling to the UK by rail, on Eurostar, you can change at St Pancras International onto a direct train to Leicester.

Register online

You might look like a student, feel like a student and think like a student, but until you’ve registered, you’re not officially a student of the University of Leicester!

In December you will receive an email with a link to an online registration form.

As part of the registration process, you will need to send us a photo for your student ID card. Please check the rules and send us the right sort of photo. 

If there is a problem with your photo, your student ID card may not be ready for the start of term.

Research costs and make a budget

Before you arrive you should look at our advice about budgeting and do some research into the cost of living in Leicester.

If you need to apply for a visa, you must show evidence that you have enough money to support yourself and any dependents in the UK (see UK Visas and Immigration Website for details). Please note that the living expenses stated by the UK Visas and Immigration are an absolute minimum for visa application purposes.

Look at our checklist for international students

To help you with your plans to travel to the UK, we have put together a checklist of things that you need to do before you leave home and things that you should bring with you.

Useful contacts - phone and email details for departments and staff that can help you before you arrive.