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University of Leicester

University of Leicester

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Key Information
Rank 34
Location Leicester, England
Established 1921
International Students 19.6%
Famous Courses History, Astronomy, Physics
International Fees £14,740-18,855
Key Information
Location Leicester, England
Established 1921
Famous Courses History, Astronomy, Physics
International Fees £14,740-18,855

University of Leicester Overview

The University of Leicester is located at the heart of the UK, in the East Midlands and currently has around 20,000 students enrolled from over 144 different countries. The University of Leicester is ranked the 26th best university in the UK (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2024). Over the past few years, It has invested over £500 million in its facilities. 

Leicester is well known for the strength of its research, ranking in the top 25 universities in the Times Higher Education REF Research Power rankings 2021. Some of the most famous research discoveries include its Archaeology department discovering the remains of Richard III back in 2012 and the department of Physics and Astronomy hosting Europe’s largest university-based space research facility.

University of Leicester Services for International Students

The International Office can provide support on issues such as visas, employment, finance and cultural adjustment. In-sessional and pre-sessional English classes are available for all international students who want or need to improve their English level before or during their degree. There are also a variety of student-led groups and activities for a range of nationalities as well as opportunities to make new friends through common interests.

University of Leicester Rankings

  • 34th in the Times University Guide 2024
  • 48th in the Guardian University Guide 2024
  • 272nd in the QS World University Rankings 2024
  • 26th UK University in the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2024

Highlights of the REF 2021 for the University of Leicester include:

  • Research in Clinical Medicine, History, and Sports and Exercise Science is 2nd in the UK, Museum Studies 3rd, Archaeology 5th, Media 7th and English 11th
  • Archaeology and Biological Sciences research is top in the UK for impact, with Clinical Medicine, Sports Science and Sociology all top for research outputs
  • 89% of the university's research is classed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

University of Leicester Accommodation

The University of Leicester guarantees university accommodation for students who firmly accept an offer and apply by the September deadline. All of the rooms are self-catered, and there is a wide range to choose from, including studio flats and shared flats, studio apartments, and shared rooms are available. Many second and third-year students also choose to live in halls, but most live in and around the city. The accommodation office can assist students who wish to live outside halls in private rented accommodation.

University of Leicester Location

With a population of more than 300,000, Leicester is a commercial and cosmopolitan city in the heart of England. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Leicester is within easy reach of many other major towns and places of interest - including Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare's birthplace, and Oxford and Cambridge.

All teaching buildings are within a few minutes walk of each other on the University of Leicester’s compact campus. Leicester train station is within walking distance of the campus, while supermarkets, a cinema complex, local shops, bars and restaurants are nearby. East Midlands Airport is the closest airport and serves 28 different countries. The University of Leicester is just over an hour on the train from  London St Pancras, which connects you to Paris or Brussels with just one change of a train onto the Eurostar. Learn more about travelling to and from Leicester

The University of Leicester's buildings represent over a century of architectural styles which reflect our history and growth. The first University building, the Fielding Johnson, dates from 1837 and is a fine example of late Georgian architecture. Many of the more recent buildings have won architectural awards for design excellence.

University of Leicester Alumni

  • Natalie Bennett (Former leader of the Green Party)
  • Jyrki Katainen (Prime Minister of Finland)
  • Peter Campbell (Editor-in-Chief of Nature)
  • Atifete Jahjaga (President of Kosovo)
  • Martin Löb (Mathematician)
  • Bob Parr (Multi-Emmy Award winning television producer)

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