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De Montfort University (DMU) accommodation

De Montfort University’s campus is located in the heart of Leicester.  

Booking student accommodation near De Montfort University will put you within minutes of the city’s rich and diverse cultural scene, great eats, shopping and tranquil picturesque parks.

Choose from dozens of student housing properties in Leicester close to the DMU where you will be just steps away from your classes.

To learn more about our De Montfort University accommodation offerings you can always give us a call or message us on live chat.

Where is De Montfort University located?

De Montfort University (DMU) is located in the diverse, friendly and multicultural city of Leicester. Based in the East Midlands in the heart of England, just over an hour away from London, Leicester is the thirteenth-largest city in the United Kingdom.

DMU’s main campus is conveniently located just a five-minute walk from the city centre in very close proximity to restaurants, high street stores, designer boutiques, cinemas and a cultural quarter.

Rich with history, multiculturalism and diverse heritage, the city is the perfect location for students looking to experience the United Kingdom at its most vibrant.

It could be said to be the perfect size – big, diverse and multicultural enough to amaze, yet compact, friendly and safe enough for students to feel at home. It has been named in the top three UK student cities by NatWest’s 2020 Student Living Index only behind Manchester and Cambridge.

The city has a great choice of shops, restaurants; bars, a fantastic music scene, a lively mix of culture, entertainment and sports and lots of green spaces within and surrounding its boundaries.

Leicester is famous for its diversity with the most diverse street in England. According to researchers at the London School of Economics, Narborough Road – the mile-long gateway to the city centre from the West End – has 222 shop units with owners coming from 22 countries from around the world.

The city also knows how to have a good time. It hosts dozens of festivals throughout the year including the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India (the Hindu and Sikh Festival of Light) and The Caribbean Carnival, said to be the second biggest in the UK after only the massive Notting Hill Carnival in London.

Leicester also has great transport links. High-speed trains, buses and park-and-ride services provide reliable connections across the city as well as to other big cities in the Midlands and also London.

Studying at De Montfort University

De Montfort University is renowned for its innovative teaching and research in unique and sparsely offered subjects such as footwear design and contour fashion.

The university prides itself on combining teaching excellence with world-leading research. In recognition of its outstanding teaching and its positive impact on students, the university received a gold rating (the highest possible standard) in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017.

With 22 National Teaching Fellows, its lecturers have also excelled in the prestigious National Teaching Fellow (NTF) awards, which celebrates and recognises individuals in higher education who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes.

With its close links to industries, more than half of the 300 courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels DMU offers are accredited by professional bodies.

The university offers a wide range of courses to help equip its students for some of the most lucrative professions and fastest-growing industries in the world such as Information Technology, Management, Law and Criminology, the creative industries and the health and life sciences sector.

With its wide offering of more than twenty different subject areas, high-quality teaching, and excellent studios and workshops, DMU is one of the leading universities for art and design in the UK. De Montfort students have won many high-profile national and international competitions and awards.

DMU student life

If you choose to study at De Montfort University, you’ll be studying at a diverse university where about 30% of the student population are from outside the UK.

In 2019 DMU was named the first-ever University of the Year for Social Inclusion by The Sunday Times Good University Guide. Each year the university accepts almost 3,000 international students from more than 130 countries across the globe.

You’ll also be studying in a modern and inspiring environment with innovative, sector-leading teaching facilities.

Top-notch facilities

In recent years, the university has invested over £130 million into developing the ‘campus of the future.’ The centrepiece of the transformation of the city centre site is the impressive Vijay Patel Building, the new base for the Faculty of Art, Design, and Humanities.

The new leisure centre which was designed by the architects behind the London 2012 Olympic aquatic centre, features a 25-metre swimming pool, a fully equipped gym, fitness studios and a climbing wall.

Strong support

At DMU there’s a range of student support services that will be available to you throughout the course of your studies.

The Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS) provides a range of support to help you develop your academic and professional skills. Each faculty also has its own Student Advice Centre (SAC), which offers help, support and advice to students.

A dedicated International Student Support team assists international students by providing specialist advice and guidance along with general information about living and studying in Leicester.

DMU is also dedicated to creating an environment that caters to students’ health and wellbeing. Its Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing team provide opportunities for students to have confidential face-to-face conversations with people who can help them deal with any emotional or psychological issues.

On and off-campus employment

The university has a number of initiatives to help its students improve their employability.

‘Frontrunners’ and ‘Unitemps’ are campus-based placement schemes that allow students to put their knowledge into practice by offering part-time and temporary work on and off-campus.

The Careers and Employability Team also helps to prepare students for work-life by offering career guidance, psychometric testing, and CV assessment.

History of DMU

Named for the esteemed Earl of Leicester, Simon de Montfort, De Montfort University’s history dates back to 1870 when the Leicester School of Art was founded.

Since then, the university has evolved through many incarnations including the Leicester College of Art and Technology and Leicester Polytechnic, which officially became De Montfort University on June 26, 1992, when it was awarded university status.

Two years later DMU Lincoln and DMU Bedford campuses were founded with the merger of Lincolnshire College of Art and Design, Lincolnshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture, and Bedford College of Higher Education.

The following year DMU merged with Charles Frears School of Nursing and Midwifery.

In 2006 the Bedford campus merged with the University of Luton to become the University of Bedfordshire.

In 2012 Queen Elizabeth II graced the DMU campus with her presence to kick off Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Tour.

Frequently asked questions about student accommodation near De Montfort University

Why should I live in private student accommodation instead of university halls despite possibly higher living costs?

Living in a private student accommodation instead of university halls will typically provide you with nicer living facilities, more privacy and in most cases a better location, since you can choose yourself whether you want to live with flatmates or by yourself in a studio property. You can also choose yourself what part of the city you want to live in.

You’ll be living in a modern, convenient, and well-secured student property, many of which have great amenities like games rooms and in-house gyms offered to their inhabitants.

How do I apply for housing near DMU?

Applying for student housing near DMU is nice and easy with Student.com. Use our search filters and map tools to compare the options and find your ideal property.

Once you’ve selected the property you like, click ‘View rooms’ to go to the property page. There you’ll need to choose the room type you want and the dates you’ll be living in the accommodation. Once you’ve done this, click ‘Book Now’ or ‘Enquire.’ One of our booking consultants will be in touch with you to answer any questions you may have and to take you through the next steps in the booking process.

What are the different types of student rooms you offer?

Student.com usually offers three different types of rooms:

A Shared Room offers a shared bedroom with at least one roommate while other living facilities are shared with tenants from other rooms.

A Private Room offers a private bedroom and, in some cases, a private bathroom as well, while in some properties, you’ll have to share the bathroom. Other facilities are shared with other students from other rooms.

An Entire Place offers a fully self-contained studio flat that comes with a private bedroom, bathroom and typically a small kitchenette with cooking facilities.

Are bills included in the rent?

Typically, all bills are included in the rent but check on the property page of the property you’re interested in to see if that is the case, as different properties may have different arrangements.

Are your housing options fully furnished?

This depends on the property you select, but most properties we list in Leicester are fully furnished.