Frequently asked questions

How many students are there at DMU?

There are more than 22,000 students and 2,700 staff with four faculties offering around 400 courses.

Is accommodation available for first year students in university halls?

We have a wide range of student accommodation| available to our undergraduate students studying one of our full time courses. We advise early application for housing to secure a place in University halls of residence for your first year.

Does the university monitor the private rented accommodation it advertises to its students?

We operate an Accreditation Scheme in partnership with Leicester City Council which means that all properties advertised on the Private Housing Database have been inspected and approved by the Council and comply with the Code of Standards. Our aim is to provide safe and desirable student housing.

What are student living costs?

This varies for each individual student, with the nature of the course being studied having an effect. For example art and design courses tend to have higher costs associated to them due to the necessary materials and equipment. A good estimate to use is £115 a week plus accommodation costs, which generally tends to be between £80-£120 a week. This overall estimated figure includes utilities, insurance, socialising, laundry and travel. For expert budgeting advice students can make an appointment to see a member of the Money and Welfare team in Student Services. It’s a good idea to know how many weeks the course being studied lasts and how long the contract for the accommodation is so that a weekly budget can be accurately calculated.

Is there extra financial support available for disabled students?

The Disability Advice and Support team can help students apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowances|. These allowances are provided in order to help pay for any necessary support required whilst the student is studying at the university. To ensure this support package is in place at the start of the university year, students need to disclose their disability on their UCAS application in order.

What support is there available for disabled students?

Disability Advice and Support| is part of student services and they work with students, Faculties, study support staff and external agencies in order to help disabled students fulfil their potential at the university.

What study support is there available for students?

For students new to higher education, or those aiming to improve their marks, the Centre for Learning and Study Support (ClaSS) offers a range of services.

We support undergraduate, postgraduate and research students, who are studying full-time, part-time and by distance learning.

We know that all students will need help and advice at some point in their studies. These are typical examples:

  • First year undergraduate - learn about simple strategies to help plan that first assignment. 
  • Second year undergraduate - discover practical approaches to critical analysis in academic writing. 
  • Final year undergraduate - use guidance and support for their final dissertation. 
  • Post graduate and research students - make use of advice about studying at a higher level - maybe after some time out of education.

What security is there on campus?

DMU has its own Campus Police Constable, Gail Warden, as well as its own security staff who aim to ensure that all students and staff are able to study and work in a safe environment 24hours a day 365 days a year.

What is Leicester like to live in?

To get a good idea of what Leicester is like as a city to live in, see our Leicester Guide| pages. Here you will find a round-up of the best that Leicester has to offer, along with links to major attractions.

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