One of the main concerns for people looking at Universities is often whether there are good transport links and whether they can get home easily. Being in the centre of the country, and from personal experience, I would say that Leicester has very good transport links.
If you’ve read some of my previous posts you’ll know that I follow Arsenal FC, not only in London but often away from home as well. Most weekends I’m off on the train or the coach so I’m probably a good person to ask about what it’s like.
The links from Leicester to London are probably the best thing about the train service for me. It takes between and hour and and hour and a half to get down to London and it’s a direct service so there’s no changing along the way. If you book in advance you can often get a return for £20 so it’s not bad value at all.
But Leicester also has a direct line to Birmingham, so if you want to visit a city with a bit of a bigger shopping centre – the Bullring – then you can hop on the train and sometimes you can be there is 45 minutes! If you go on a weekend you can get an off-peak return for £8.60, which I’ve utilised a couple of times now when Arsenal play West Bromwich Albion.
As I mentioned it’s not only the trains but we also have an excellent coach service. As is to be expected, all the journeys take a little bit longer but there a huge range of places that you can go for very reasonable prices. So if you’re looking at the University wondering if you’d be able to get home for a weekend, I’d say there’s a good chance!
Hopefully you all know about the discounts that you can get both from the 16-25 railcard and the National Express coach card, but if you don’t then this is great way to get home for a cheaper price! Although you have to pay a fee for both of these cards, you’ll make this up in savings in no time.
So don’t worry, you’ll always be able to get home! And you might even get the opportunity to visit a new city.