Travel & Accommodation

IMG_1417 (2).JPGBorders and Crossings will be held on the main University of Leicester campus, which is a 20-minute walk from Leicester railway station, and about half an hour on foot from the city centre.

Getting Here

The nearest airport is East Midlands, with flights from a number of domestic and European cities. There’s a regular bus service between the airport and the city centre, with the journey taking about 50 minutes. Birmingham Airport (which has some long-haul, as well as domestic and regional, flights) is also nearby, connected to Leicester by train, with the journey taking a little over an hour. There are also direct train services from Stanstead and Luton airports (be aware that these train connections are generally more expensive than the road and rail links from East Midlands/Birmingham airports; National Express coaches from Luton and Stansted are usually cheaper than the train). For anyone travelling from further afield, there are direct coaches from Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Leicester.

Leicester is on the Midland Main Line, and there are regular train connections from cities around the country. London (St Pancras Station) is just over an hour away by train. If you’re travelling this route, it’s always worth checking Megabus before booking tickets elsewhere, as special discounted East Midlands Trains tickets are often available through the Megabus website (Megabus also has coaches from London and other cities to Leicester). The train station is about 20 minutes’ walk from the university campus.

Intercity buses (including those from the airports) usually arrive at Leicester St Margaret’s Coach Station, close to the city centre, although Megabus services usually stop at Fosse Park on the outskirts (connected to the centre by local buses). There are also plenty of local buses from the bus and train stations to the university campus.

Accommodation Options

There is no official conference accommodation, but there are several recommended hotels nearby. The Belmont Hotel is a short walk from the university campus. College Court is a similar distance away (although it is further from the station and city). Usually somewhat cheaper, and very conveniently located close to the station (and so around 20 minutes’ walk from campus) are the Premier Inn Leicester City Centre and Ibis Leicester City Hotel. There are many other hotels throughout the city, including a few smaller places also in easy striking distance of the university campus; is a good place to look. For those on a tight budget, there is unfortunately no backpackers’ hostel in Leicester, but the city has a good array of Airbnb options, and there are often places available close to the university.

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