University of Leicester

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About the University of Leicester

Students and graduates have access to a range of university services, Support Services and Career Development Services. They help students gain the skills they need for their career paths, gaining access to a wide range of workshops and one-to-one appointments with expert career advisors. The University’s careers development service won the AGCAS Award for employer Engagement in 2017 and the University was awarded the Best University Employability Strategy at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards in 2019.

For the University’s centenary year, a large investment was made into renovating the Percy Gee Building with a new spacious Campus Kitchen that offers a wide range of quality food and drink. And is home to the Students’ Union, a student-run organisation that represents the voice of the university’s community and coordinates more that 250 clubs and societies. There are new, flexible and multiuse study and social spaces. The University has a wide range of sports facilities with two large sports centres, one located on campus, and another located near The Village accommodation, for students who wish to train for competitive sports, keep fit, or wind down after a busy day of studying. There is a large range of gym equipment, saunas and swimming pools, and fitness classes. The Students’ Union is also home to the only on-campus O2 Academy live music venue in the UK, hosting established and new bands, plus club events and student nights.

The university offers accommodation to fit and suit every need and budget. Each room is fitted with a bed, desk, chair and wardrobe. The accommodation fees start at £66/week with utility bills, basic contents insurance, and high-speed Wi-Fi. There are two locations you can stay at, The Village and The City. The Village consists of 8 halls of residence buildings and converted Edwardian villas. Located just 3 miles from the university campus in a leafy suburb, surrounded by green spaces and all rooms are self-catered. The City is located within a convenient 10-minute walk from the university campus, Leicester city centre, and train station. Most rooms come with an en-suite bathroom and are all self-catered. Both locations have student residential advisors, 24-hour support and a packed social calendar available to all students.

The David Wilson Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during term time. There are a vast collection of eBooks, printed volumes and journals, hundreds of computers and group study rooms. It has its very own cafe, making it a great spot to read, study and take time out.

Leicester has so much to offer outside of the university, it is a student friendly, multicultural city that is affordable. With the UK’s longest running and largest comedy festival in February, with hundreds of shows and events across Leicester, a vibrant nightlife with clubs and bars to suit all tastes, large festivals from many cultures including the largest Diwali festival outside India and the UK’s second largest Caribbean Carnival.

Leicester is also a sporting city with large stadiums and is home to the 2016 Premier League Champions Leicester City, The Leicester Tigers (Rugby), Leicester Riders (Basketball) and the Leicestershire Country Cricket Club.

Leicester understands that the cost of funding a university education is a significant consideration and works hard to provide accessible funding opportunities for all students to use to their advantage. Fee discounts, full fee waivers and scholarships of up to £4,000 are available across various subjects. There are dedicated scholarships for mature students and asylum seekers, plus music scholarships and sports scholarships for talented students.

Scholarships and bursaries offered to vary by subject and may change from year to year. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the university website to check for eligibility and to familiarise themselves with any important application deadlines.

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