Airport collection service

To help you get to Leicester as simply as possible, we offer a scheduled collection service operating from selected airports running directly to our halls of residence. These services run during the main arrivals periods in January and September.

How to book your seat

We want you to get to Leicester safely as well as simply. This means that, for the time being, we are limiting the number of seats available on our airport collection service in order to adhere to social distancing restrictions. Please be aware that spaces may be booked up quickly.

Seats on the airport collection service need to be booked in advance, you will not be able to turn up on the day you arrive. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should only book your seat once you have confirmed your travel plans. We recommend that you limit your luggage to one suitcase and one carry-on bag, as space on the coach may be limited.

  • Booking for the January 2021 airport collection service is now open. You can book using our online booking form.

Upcoming airport collection dates

All collections are from London Heathrow Airport at 1.00pm.

  • Wednesday 9 December 2020
  • Wednesday 16 December 2020
  • Saturday 19 December 2020
  • Wednesday 6 January 2021
  • Saturday 9 January 2021
  • Wednesday 13 January 2021
  • Saturday 16 January 2021
  • Sunday 17 January 2021
  • Wednesday 20 January 2021
  • Saturday 23 January 2021
  • Sunday 24 January 2021
  • Wednesday 27 January 2021
  • Saturday 30 January 2021
  • Sunday 31 January 2021

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Do I need to self-isolate when I arrive in Leicester? 
Before you travel to the UK you should check the UK Government’s guidelines, as you may be require to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Some countries form part of a travel corridor with the UK, meaning you will not be required to self-isolate. These can be found in a list of coronavirus (COVID-19) travel corridors (for England). If you are required to self-isolate, the University has some really useful information.

How much does the airport collection service cost?
Nothing, it’s free! You don’t have to pay anything to use the University’s airport collection service.

Where will the airport collection service drop me off?
If you’re going to be living in The Village you will be dropped at John Foster Hall, a short walk from the other halls of accommodation. Students living in The City accommodation or in private rented accommodation will be dropped off at Nixon Court where staff will be on hand to help book taxis for any onward journeys.

I’m travelling to the UK with friends and family. Can they use the airport collection service?
The airport collection service is only for University of Leicester students. If you are travelling to the UK with family and friends you will need to arrange separate transport from the airport to Leicester.

I’m a current University of Leicester student returning to the UK. Can I use the collection service?
Yes. Current University of Leicester students can make use of the airport collection service when returning to the UK.

My flight lands on a different day or later than the collection service departure time. Can I still book a place?
No. If you are arriving on a different day or later than the collection service departure time you will need to arrange your own travel to Leicester. Find out how to get to Leicester from a number of the UK’s airports.

I haven’t booked my flight yet. Can I book a place on the airport collection service?
Not yet. You will need to book your flight before you book a place on the airport collection service.

What happens if my flight is delayed?
The airport collection service will leave promptly at the advertised departure time. If your flight is delayed and you are unable to make the departure time of the airport collection service you will need to make your own way to Leicester. Find out more information about getting to Leicester from a number of the UK’s airports.