SA incoming deviceAirport Bus Service:

Our Airport Bus Service will be offered on Wednesday 20th September 2017 this service is recommended for students joining us for the Year or Fall Semester. If you are planning on joining the Discover London Tour, you will need to arrive earlier.

This is a free service provided by the University of Leicester for incoming international Study Abroad & Erasmus students.

We ask that you book a place in advance to reserve a seat, and to help us provide enough coaches for all of our students.

If you have made a reservation for the Airport Bus Service you will be allocated a seat on arrival at the airport. The Study Abroad Team will be at Heathrow Airport Arrivals Meeting Point to welcome you, please come and see us to check in after you arrive.

Please note that the Airport Bus Service is not a shuttle service. We will provide sufficient coaches to transport students and their luggage directly to the halls of accommodation on the main campus. We ask that students book a place in advance to secure a seat, and also to provide their hall address so that we can advise when to depart the coach as we will be stopping at multiple halls. If you have any questions please contact us.

  • Wednesday 15th January 2018
  • From Heathrow Airport to Leicester halls of accommodation
  • Coaches depart at 10:00, 12:00, and 15:00
  • Free Service, however a booking is required to reserve a seat. Please use the password SAP2017 on shop@le
  • After booking you will receive a confirmation email from the Study Abroad Team with further details

Please note this service is for new Study Abroad & Erasmus students only. If you are joining us as an international student for an entire degree programme, you should read more about our Early Arrivals & International Welcome Week programme. This includes the airport bus service for International Students.

If you wish to make a booking on our Study Abroad & Erasmus Airport Bus Service, please contact the Study Abroad Team by emailing with your University of Leicester student ID number. We will respond by email to advise on availability.

Study Abroad & Erasmus Orientation Programme

We will be running an Orientation Programme for our new students a week before the official start of classes. The full detailed schedule will be sent to all offer holders by email in August. It will include welcome and information talks, on-campus registration, departmental module confirmation, social events, and an Saturday optional trip. Please view our 'Orientation Programme' webpage for details.

The International Welcome Week (IWW) is a programme is run by the University of Leicester to welcome all international students to the campus. It also includes an airport pick-up service on different days. Study Abroad students are advised to use and book the Airport Bus Service run by the Study Abroad Team as it is best suited to our Orientation Programme. Students are welcome to attend events included in the IWW schedule, but should prioritize and are required to attend all information sessions held by the Study Abroad Team's Orientation Programme.

Discover London Cultural Tour (optional)

If you have purchased the Discover London cultural tour this will include coach transport directly to the University of Leicester halls of accommodation. You will not need to book the Airport Bus Service as you will automatically be booked on a private coach as part of the Discover London tour.

Independent travel

If you do not wish to use the service, or will be flying to another airport, you will need to make independent travel arrangements to campus. We ask that you inform us of your plans so that we can coordinate your arrival with our accommodation services. It is advised that you arrive during office hours and have the details of your term time address and early arrival booking address for the Orientation Programme.


Leicester is served by a wide range of bus (sometimes called coach) services, mostly operated by National Express. Although slower than rail travel, journeys by coach are usually considerably cheaper. A coach from Leicester to London takes about three hours. National Express coaches also have provision for luggage on their airport services. You may prefer to transport your luggage by bus, rather than making train connections with all of your bags.

TrainLeicester train station

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.

Taxi in Leicester

When you arrive in Leicester we recommend that you take a Black Hackney Cab (taxi) to your accommodation. Black cabs, although not always black in colour, will share a distinctive vehicle shape, and clearly display a licence from the council with a photo id. Black cabs will be located at designated taxi ranks outside the bus and train stations. Protocol dictates that passengers take the first Black Cab in the queue. Payment will be expected in cash upon arrival at your destination, a rolling fare will be clearly displayed on a monitor during the journey. Leicester City Council regulates and sets fares in Leicester.

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Study Abroad Team
International Office

T: +44 (0) 116 252 5687