Exceptional student accommodation in Leicester city centre
Our student apartments in Leicester come as self-contained studios and private en-suite rooms in shared apartments. Students also get exclusive access to amazing facilities including an on-site gym, a stunning sky lounge and games room, as well as beautiful common areas and stylish study spaces. With Collegiate, you’ll be staying at some of the best student accommodation in Leicester.
Leicester is a vibrant university city, home to over 45,000 students across three universities. With such a premium, central location, England’s tenth largest city is rich in cultural diversity, with something for everyone across its lively social scene. Live music is an integral part of the night life with several exciting venues that attract a range of international bands and singers.
When you’re ready for a study break, you have the best of the city on your doorstep. Step out of your student flat and take a short walk to the city centre for access to the best shops, bars, restaurants and markets, but also some truly wonderful and peaceful green spaces – with many easily accessible from our Leicester student accommodation.
Our student apartments are ideal for studying at the University of Leicester or De Montfort University. Collegiate offers a range of room types from student studio flats to your own bedroom in a shared flat. Whatever you decide on, you’ll always benefit from en-suite facilities, a private study space and a kitchen area. With all bills and Wi-Fi included in your rent, there’s no need to worry about extra costs, so you can focus on enjoying your time in Leicester.
Live with peace of mind at Merlin Heights by Prima Vidae by choosing one of our all-inclusive self-contained en-suite rooms or studios. Additionally, the accommodation provides great on-site facilities to support your university learning, available to Merlin Heights residents only.
Wherever you are studying, we’ve thought of everything to make the best out of your university years.
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We want you to have the very best University years that is why we have ensured a calendar that is packed with fun social events both virtually online and off-site. But that’s not all, as living with Collegiate you can make new friends, create memorable moments and be a part of a great community.
No more worrying about extra bills and admin costs. Living at Collegiate means we take all of the hassle away from you so you can enjoy your time creating memories.
Universities in Leicester
University of Leicester Student Accommodation
The University of Leicester is one of the UK’s leading research universities and was the birthplace of genetic fingerprinting in 1984. Offering over 350 degree programmes, the university is based south of the city centre, near to Victoria Park and close to Leicester’s live music venue, the O2 Academy. Students choose our accommodation for:
- Modern and stylish interiors with excellent on-site facilities
- Being close to the cities restaurants, bars and main attractions
De Montfort University Student Accommodation
De Montfort University has around 20.000 students and was granted university status in 1992 from its humbler beginnings as Leicester School of Art. Now students can study subjects across four faculties in its campus housed among medieval buildings such as Leicester Castle. The university also boasts eye-catching modern architecture such as the sports centre.
- We offer a range of studio apartments and shared student flats
- Excellent on-site social and study spaces
Loughborough University Student Accommodation
Loughborough University is a 10 minute train ride from Leicester city centre and is well-known for its elite sports programme as well as high-performing engineering and technology courses. It has the largest single-site green campus in the UK, has 19 schools and departments and consistently ranks highly for student experience.
- Modern and spacious studio apartments, perfect for studying and relaxing
- Close to the city centre and Loughborough University campuses
Did you know?
The English language started here! Leicester was the birthplace of modern standard English, which was created as a way of enabling the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons to communicate rather than kill each other! From humble, peace-making origins, now it’s used by more than 1.5 billion people around the world. Great things grow from Leicester!
FAQs: Student Accommodation in Leicester
How much does rent cost for students in Leicester?
Several factors decide the rent of student residences, including the type of student accommodation you book. The various facilities and amenities provided by the accommodation and the room’s configuration all factor into the price for accommodation in Leicester. Private student accommodation in Leicester usually costs between £132.00 – £217.00 per week.
How do I pay for my student room in Leicester?
You can make rent payments online using your credit or debit card via your Collegiate Portal account or by bank transfer. Contact your Accommodation Management Team if you’d like to pay by bank transfer.
How much money will I spend on bills as a student in Leicester?
On average, UK students spend £37 per month on bills. However, when you book with Collegiate Student Accommodation in Leicester, all bills are included with your room: Electricity, Gas, Water, Broadband. You also get exclusive access to features such as onsite laundry room, games room with table tennis, pool and table football. There is also an Amazon locker and a Sky Lounge.
What are the best student areas in Leicester?
The area is well-connected to the city centre which is within a walking distance of 5 minutes. There are plenty of buses to take you throughout Leicester and Leicester Rail Station is within 15 minutes walking distance. During the weekends, when you feel like stepping out, visit the Highcross food outlets where you can eat anything from sushi to pasta. Leicester has plenty of bars, pubs and shops!
Can I view my student flat in Leicester before booking?
Yes, we can offer both virtual and in-person viewings. Simply contact the Leicester team to arrange a viewing (government guidelines allowing).
What different types of student accommodation are available?
Our Merlin Heights student accommodation in Leicester benefits from a prime central location in the city with easy access to both De Montfort University and University of Leicester. We offer differing levels of private en-suite rooms in shared apartments as well as private studio spaces, all fully equipped with everything you need for comfortable and stylish living in Leicester.
Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum en-suite bedrooms in shared apartments include:
> Shared kitchen
> Private study area
> Size range from 13-23.6m2
Bronze, Silver, Gold, Gold Plus and Platinum private studios includes:
> Shared kitchen
> Large study area
> Size range from 16.5-27.5m2
What are the best ways to travel around Leicester?
Leicester city centre benefits from a compact location which is easy to navigate and get around by foot or by bike, there are also ample options for public transport.
Cycle or walk
You’ll find secure bike storage in our Merlin Heights accommodation, as well as racks throughout the city centre including indoor storage at Leicester Town Hall with showers and changing facilities. The council also has a selection of free cycle maps to help you get around Leicester city and the surrounding areas.
Leicester train station is just a 22 minute walk away on London Road. While it’s the only one you’ll find in the city, it has frequent links to neighbouring Midlands cities and towns, and you can get to London in just one hour.
Leicester city has several bus routes through the city but generally speaking, it’s easier to walk because of one way systems in the city’s roads. Most bus services operate from the Haymarket or St. Margaret’s Bus Station including local and National Express coach services.
What is there to do in Leicester?
There’s plenty of places to see and fun things to do in Leicester. The city has a well-earned reputation for being a multicultural haven with a thriving food scene and exciting city centre.
Leicester is well-known for its award-winning outdoor and indoor markets where you’ll find all manner of fresh produce and groceries, as well as fabric, clothing, essentials and bric-a-brac. There’s also the Highcross centre which is packed with all the big high street names such as Zara, H&M and John Lewis, as well as the Haymarket shopping centre which leads you to Humberstone Gate where you’ll find even more shops.
You’ll find high street staples like Wagamama, Turtle Bay and Bill’s near the Highcross shopping centre which are ideal for lunch or bottomless brunch in Leicester. Or, you can continue to the Lanes where you’ll find a number of small independent cafes and restaurants among little indie gift shops. St. Martin’s Square features a number of foodie places and ample outdoor seating that can take you from breakfast to dinner (and onto post-dinner drinks) with absolute ease. Leicester is famed for being the best outside of India for curries, so you’d do well to head to any curry house on the Golden Mile on Belgrave Road or London Road.
Whether you’re looking for local artists or larger exhibitions, there’s plenty of museums and galleries in Leicester for you to choose from in the city and New Walk area, which is conveniently placed to get to from De Montfort University. You’ll also find lots of guides online for self-guided historical tours of Leicester and its famous buildings and monuments, which is a great way to get to know the city.
Are there free things to do in Leicester?
What are some interesting facts about Leicester?
Leicester-born Henry Walker created one of the world’s most recognisable crisp brands and has kept it in the city for over 70 years.
Leicester’s annual Caribbean Carnival is said to be the second largest in the UK, just behind Notting Hill.
English was technically invented in Leicester – it’s thought that warring Anglo Saxons and Vikings set aside their differences long enough to establish a shared language that formed English as we know it now.
Which universities are local to Leicester?
In Leicester, you’ll find the University of Leicester and De Montfort University, and with our student accommodation in Leicester, you’re well placed for both.
University of Leicester is 1.6 miles away from Merlin Heights:
Walk – 31 minutes*
Cycle – 12 minutes*
Bus – 30 minutes* (Arriva No. 47)
Car – 9 minutes*
De Montfort University is 0.4 miles from Merlin Heights:
Walk – 6 minutes*
Cycle – 4 minutes*