Yours for less than the cost of an LPC: the University of Law is flogging a BMW

The University of Law is selling a BMW 1 Series Hatchback, offering the 2009-reg vehicle at a price of £9,290.

The university is offering its staff the once in a lifetime chance to buy the car, a black automatic with an MOT valid until 17 June, before it contacts a car dealership. 

An email from the ULaw HR team was sent to all university staff this week, advertising the car’s credentials and including two photos of it, shot from marginally different perspectives, in an effort to whet prospective buyers’ appetities. It is not known whether the offer will be opened up to ULaw’s student body, but at £9,290 it is more than £5,000 cheaper than the provider’s London Legal Practice Course. Indeed, following price rises for the 2015/16 year only one provider – Leeds Beckett – offers an LPC that is less expensive than the Beemer.

Potential buyers are urged to contact the HR team before 24 April to avoid missing out and must be able to collect the car from ULaw’s Guildford centre.

The model has garnered good reviews by both What Car? magazine and Auto Trader and notched up a 7/10 score in Alan Partridge favourite Top Gear magazine, which deemed the car “a brilliant premium hatch that appeals to both keen drivers and the economically minded”.

The BMW’s engine size is 1995 cc and it runs on diesel fuel. Its mileage stands at 24,856, an exceptionally low figure for a car that has been on the road since 2009. It is unclear what the car has been used for while in the university’s possession, or whether it comes with a chauffeur, given that the accompanying photographs show an occupant at the wheel. 


The sale comes after the university, now owned by Montagu Private Equity, put in place a sale and leaseback strategy on its Birmingham and Bloomsbury campuses at the tail end of last year.