University Guide

University of Leicester

The University of Leicester was founded in 1921 as a memorial to the Great War. Since then, it has been home to the invention of genetic fingerprinting and the discovery of King Richard III. The University currently has 20,000 students with over 150 different nationalities.

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University of Leicester

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Leicester.

  • Rankings

    The University of Leicester is ranked an impressive 26th in the UK in the Times Higher Education and 201–250th in the world. (2024)

  • Employability

    The University of Leicester is ranked the 25th most targeted university by The Times Top 100 Employers. 94% of graduates secure employment or have embarked on further study within 6 months of graduating.

  • Fees

    Fees for UK students are £9,250 per year. For international students, fees are based on the applicant’s residential status at the time of applying. Details can be found on the offer letter.

  • Bursaries

    The University has a range of scholarships and bursaries ranging from £500 to £4,000 per year depending on the student’s circumstances. Details are here.


First year students are guaranteed an offer of University-managed accommodation. There are over 20 different halls of residence at a range of prices with both catered and self-catered options. AFS also has a large selection of privately owned accommodation.

Students' Union

The University of Leicester is proud of its innovative and inclusive student-led Union that works independently from the University to ensure the best student experience possible. As well as boasting over 250 student groups and sports clubs, the Union offers CV boosting activities such as part-time work, training or volunteering.

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University of Leicester Students' Union
University of Leicester Students' Union

Famous for

The University won the first ever series of University Challenge in 1963. The campus’ College House was the childhood home of David and Richard Attenborough.


The University of Leicester is currently undergoing an ambitious £21 million refurbishment of its Student’s Union building. A new four-storey extension will house a food court, double the amount of space for social learning and will transform the building with a brand-new glazed façade.

AFS says

“Brimming with independent cafes, a plethora of vintage shops and three universities’ worth of students thrown into the populous, there are always new hidden gems to find, and plenty of fun to be had".

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