Plans approved for huge student village in Leicester

Plans to build a massive “student village” at the University of Leicester have been approved.

Leicester City Council approved plans for the new Student Village at the Freeman’s Common site on Wednesday (3 April).

The proposal will include residences for around 1,200 students and a new 550-space multi-storey car park.

The village will have residences for 1,200 students

A Teaching and Learning Centre will also be created, providing a flexible and quality academic space for the University.


The proposals will protect the Grade II-listed Freemen’s Cottages and look to create new and improved landscaped areas and pedestrian and cycling routes to connect the campus better with the surrounding communities.

Construction is due to get started this summer and is expected to be complete by 2022.

A spokesperson for The University of Leicester said: “The new student village at Freemen’s Common will provide a welcoming and attractive new neighbourhood for students to live, study and socialise.” 

Artists impression of the new Learning Centre
The proposed new multi storey car park

“Our team has worked hard to create a design which will greatly enhance the appearance of the site, as well as creating attractive new walking routes, squares and landscape features which the whole community will be able to access and benefit from.”

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