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The University Shuttle Bus - 2021/22 Passes

By BLloyd 30 Jul 2021

The cheapest regular bus service between The Village and the University of Leicester Campus (via Brookfield School of Business) is the University Shuttle Bus, run by the University and operated by Centrebus. To use this service you will need to purchase an annual or semesterly bus pass, there are no pay-as-you-go options.


Buy a University Shuttle Bus Pass here

  • The annual pass is valid from Monday 27 September 2021 – Saturday 11 June 2022.
  • The semester one pass is valid from Monday 27 September 2021 - Saturday 18 December 2021.
  • The semester two pass is valid from 10th January 2022 - 11th June 2022 (covering terms two and three). 

Your bus pass will be uploaded to your student card, so there’s no additional paper pass. All you have to do is tap your student card on the reader when you get on the bus.

How to activate your bus pass on your student card

You will need to make sure that you have activated the bus pass on your student card before you start using it for the bus.

  1. After you have purchased the bus pass you will receive an email when your card has been updated
  2. Once it has been updated, hold your student card against any card reader in The Village social spaces (e.g. Olive Banks Study Space) for about ten seconds until the reader shows green. Alternatively, you can hold the card against any of the attendance monitors on campus used for seminars/ lectures.
  3. Once you have done this, your card can be used on the bus

Please allow at least one working day for your card to be updated after you have purchased the bus pass.

Download the Shuttle Bus Timetable here

Alternative transport options from The Village

The Village is around 2 miles from campus, so it's worth considering how you'll travel to university.

  • Walking to main campus takes about 30-40 minutes, depending on how fast you walk!
  • Cycling to campus is easy, with dedicated bike racks in The Village and a large underground secure bike store on main campus. The easiest route is to follow the cycle lanes via London Road. The council have even created a dedicated cycle highway into the City Centre, free of other vehicles!
  • The Arriva Bus (31/31A/31E) is a public service run by Arriva which offers various ticket options, including pay as you go. This service runs into the City Centre and is available at weekends. The bus stops a short walk from the student village travelling past Victoria Park and the end of University Road for travelling to campus.
  • Bringing your own car is also an option for travelling around Leicester. You'll need to purchase a parking permit for £50 to park in The Village, there is no student parking on the university campus or in The City but you will be able to pay and display at the Freemen’s Multi-Storey Car Park.  Blue badge holders can park in The Village free of charge but will need to register their vehicle at reception.

Got a Question?

There's lot's of options for transport around Leicester, so we'd be happy to talk you through it and help you choose what's right for you. Drop us an email at or call us on +44 (0)116 252 2428, our office is open 24/7 every day!

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BLloyd a UOL Student and Customer Service Adviser for the Accommodation Team.
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