Plan how to get here
If you are travelling to the University from outside the UK there are many things to think about, but we are here to help make your arrival as smooth as possible.
Getting to Leicester from the airport
We would strongly advise that you book your flight once you have accepted your offer and you have obtained your visa or entry clearance.
Airport collection service
During the arrivals period in September and January, we provide a free airport collection service for students from London Heathrow (LHR) and Birmingham (BHX) airports to coincide with the welcome week.
Please book your flight and accommodation first before booking a seat for the airport collection service. Tickets for the airport collection service must be booked in advance and will not be available to book on the day you arrive at the airport.
You can also book an airport taxi to pick you up from arrivals. We have negotiated a set price with Airport Taxis Narborough so you can be sure that you’re paying the correct fee for your journey (costs quoted are correct as of November 2023).
- Heathrow Airport to Central Leicester = £140 plus £13 ULEZ charge from 29 August 2023. Plus any parking charges and bank charge if appropriate
- Birmingham Airport to Central Leicester = £68 plus any parking charges and bank charge if appropriate
To book, please send an email to email@example.com with the following details:
- Full name
- University of Leicester course details
- Arrival airport
- Accommodation address in Leicester
- Flight date, time and number
Airport Taxis Narborough will then respond with how to pay. Confirmation of your booking will be complete once they have received full payment for your taxi service. Please note there may be a charge to send payment from a foreign bank account.
Waiting time is charged at £18 per hour, which starts 1.5 hours after the flight lands unless instructed to arrive later than the estimated flight arrival time.
Bus and train
Leicester city has excellent rail and road links, so if you are arriving at a UK airport you can make use of the United Kingdom’s excellent public transport networks to get to Leicester. Each airport website has guidance on transport to and from the airport - Birmingham, East Midlands, London Stansted, London Luton, London Heathrow airports.
If you are travelling to the UK on the Eurostar, you can change at St Pancras International onto a direct train to Leicester.
Getting to Leicester from within the UK
Getting to Leicester is easy because of the city’s excellent rail and road connections. Leicester Train Station is 15 minutes' walk from campus and St Margaret's Bus Station is centrally located with coach services from most major English cities including Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, Manchester and London Victoria.