O2 Academy Leicester
Leicester has regular buses services, not only for the city centre, but the numbers 80 and 80A also run between Halls of Residence via O2 Academy Leicester and St Margaret’s bus station and the number 30 and 30A from Charles Street. For more information on getting around by bus, just click here.
During term time, O2 Academy Leicester has free buses between the venue and Oadby Halls of Residence for its student club nights (twice a week).
National Express has links from other cities, including those that don’t have direct rail links (Coventry). National Express coaches and the X7 bus stop at St Margaret’s bus station, which is on the other side of the city.
The number 80 leaves St Margaret’s every half an hour and goes past O2 Academy Leicester and the University to the Halls of Residence in Oadby.
When returning, the 80A has roughly the same route (without stops at the railway station or city centre).
Accessible facilities at Leicester railway station can be found at National Rail. The main entrance has step free access and lifts to platforms. You’ll also find details low level counters, indication loops, toilets (radar key) and staff support.
Parking and by car
We’re easy to get to by all major approach roads, including the M1, M69 and A6 and our postcode for sat nav is LE1 7RH.
There’s some street parking on University Road that’s free after 6pm, but it fills up quickly on how show days.
If you’re driving, the nearest pay and display option is the car park on Granville Road, LE1 7RU is run by the City Council and about 600 metres away.
Disabled parking and by car
Our venue is at Leicester University’s Percy Gee building and on a campus.
Designated parking bay for disabled visitors are for University use but there is space for drop off at the front doors.
Street parking on University Road is free after 6pm, but does get busy on show days.
More pay and and display options are at Freeman’s Common (about 400 metres away) and Victoria Park road (about 450 metres away) as well as on Granville Road, LE1 7RU is run by the City Council and about 600 metres away.
Look out for bike racks in local streets and around the campus if pedal power’s your thing.
Always plan your journey in advance.
Venue opening times
We’ll have opening times and curfew times if they’re out of the ordinary for seasoned gig-goers (7pm-11pm) on the event page of this website and on our social channels, too. All timings are subject to change, so check before you travel.
We have bars (of course), a cloakroom to leave your stuff and if you’re visiting us for the first time, just ask any of our friendly staff to show you the way. Please try and travel light as cloakroom facilities are limited, so if you really need to bring a bag, please make sure that it is small (laptop size or small handbag).
Just so you know, we don't have a cloakroom in O2Academy2 Leicester (only the main auditorium).
It’s always best to check the age restrictions for each event in advance as they vary from show to show.
A few obvious ones:
No under 8s please (think about it), but feel free to contact us if you’re unsure and avoid disappointment.
8-13 years, you’ll need to attend with an adult (18+) but check the event details.
If it says 14+, 16+, 18+, 21+… be sure to check before you book and remember to carry proof of age if you need it. Find out what we accept in our FAQs.
Have we got it all covered?
Hopefully, but if we’ve missed anything, it will be in our FAQs (with any luck).