How do I get there?
Leicester is just 69 minutes direct from London by train. There are also direct rail links to Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands Parkway (for East Midlands Airport), Peterborough, Luton and Stansted Airport.
Leicester is on a direct line into St Pancras International, the home of Eurostar, and with just one change of train, you could be in Paris or Brussels by lunchtime. North-South train services through Leicester are run by East Midlands Trains, who also manage Leicester Station; East-West services are run by Cross-Country Trains.
Getting to campus from the railway station
Leicester Railway Station is within walking distance of the University (15 minutes). From the station entrance, turn left onto London Road, walk up the hill for about 400m, then turn right onto University Road and walk another 700m. The principal entrance to the Campus is Entrance 2, Mayor’s Walk, on your left just before the Students’ Union.
View this route on a map with directions
During term-time, you can catch a No. 80 bus, which is operated by Arriva and runs every 20 minutes. This takes less than five minutes to reach Mayor’s Walk. The bus stop is located directly outside the station.
If you want to travel to the student accommodation (Oadby Student Village) from the train station you should again catch the No. 80 bus. This journey will take about 25 minutes.
Leicester is served by a wide range of coach services, mostly operated by National Express. Although slower than rail travel, journeys by coach are usually considerably cheaper and often have a smaller carbon footprint. In addition, there are direct coach links to Leicester from cities which do not have direct rail links, such as Manchester and Coventry. A coach from Leicester to London takes about three hours.
There are regular direct buses between Leicester and Loughborough (Arriva no.126/127) and between Leicester and Northampton (Stagecoach no.X7).
Getting from the coach station to the campus
Bus or Taxi
National Express coaches (and the X7 bus) stop at St Margaret’s Bus Station, which is on the other side of the city from the University.
The no.48 bus, operated by Arriva, leaves St Margaret’s every 15 minutes and takes about ten minutes to reach the University. (NB. The return journey is the no.47.)
The no.80 bus, also Arriva, leaves St Margaret’s every 30 minutes and continues past the University to the Halls of Residence in Oadby. When returning, be aware that the 80A operates largely the same route but does not go to the railway station or city centre.
Alternatively there is a taxi rank outside St Margaret’s.
If you’re feeling fit and know your way through the city centre, the walk will take about 35-40 minutes.
Cycling is great way to get around Leicester. It’s environmentally friendly, as well as healthy and affordable.
Leicester is at the intersection of the National Cycle Routes 6 and 63. Cycling in Leicester provides further information on how to get around Leicester by bicycle. Bicycle parking racks can be found all over the campus and the University Bike Park is available to staff and students (application required). If you are traveling from the Leicester Railway Station, please be aware that cycling is not allowed on New Walk. London Road can be dangerous for cyclist, be careful and attentive.
The University’s postcode is LE1 7RH. All campus access is via University Road. Please note that there is a one-way system around campus with all vehicles entering at Entrance 1 (Wyggeston Drive, next to Danielle Brown Sports Centre). There is no vehicular access at Entrance 2 (Mayor’s Walk).
East Midlands Airport
The nearest airport to Leicester is East Midlands Airport, which serves Leicester, Derby and Nottingham. The airport has direct flights to more than 90 destinations in 28 countries as well as many internal flights within the UK. The Leicester Skylink bus service connects East Midlands Airport with St Margaret’s Bus Station, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Skylink buses run every 30 minutes during the day and hourly at night. See the coach page for details of how to get from St Margaret’s to the University.
There are rail services from Leicester to Birmingham Airport (via Coleshill Parkway), Luton Airport (via Luton Aiport Parkway) and Stansted Airport. There is a direct coach service from Leicester to Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport. NB. There is an airport just outside the city called Leicester Airport but this is a small airfield only suitable for light aircraft and should only be considered if you are flying your own plane!