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Living in Leicester
For a city this small, they certainly pack a lot in, including both the University of Leicester and De Montfort University. The city is a historic meeting place and Leicester is home to a wide variety of races and cultures making for a unique university experience.
Top 10 Tips for Students in Leicester...
1. Comedy. Leicester is home to the Leicester Comedy Festival, which is the biggest of its kind in the UK. It takes place every February. Don’t miss it!
2. Pubs. The two Scream pubs, the Dry Dock and the Loaded Dog, are popular student hangouts. Plus there’s half price food on Sundays at the Dry Dock – perfect for a lazy Sunday.
3. Shopping. For shopping you’ll find everything you need in the Highcross Centre and the Melton Road area. Also try Leicester Market - it might take a little longer to find what you’re looking for but you’re likely to save a few quid.
4. Entertainment. If you’re looking for live entertainment Leicester has plenty of options. There are the obvious venues such as the Leicester O2 Academy and DeMontfort Hall, but try out some of the smaller places like the Soundhouse for cheaper tickets and less mainstream bands.
5. Public transport. Don’t fancy walking? There are Arriva bus services to both De Montfort and Leicester Uni campuses. If you’re going to be using the bus a lot, an Arriva Student Saver ticket could be worth looking into.
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6. Visitors? Parents will love the Leicester Botanic Gardens, or the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. Treat them to something they’ll enjoy, then take them to the Laguna Tandoori (as featured in the Good Curry Guide) and they just might feel like paying the food bill. Nice.
7. Social. It may not be on your official timetable, but in Leicester most students’ weekly schedule involves compulsory attendance at Club Republic on a Monday, and the O2 Arena on Wednesdays and Fridays for Red Leicester and Shabang. You’ll soon learn never to plan anything on a Tuesday or Thursday morning!
8. Fast food. The Food Factory van is your one-stop-shop for a cheeky fast food fix after an epic night at the O2 Arena.
9. Multi-cultural. Leicester is renowned for its multi-ethnic heritage. Make the most of it by enjoying the colourful, multi-cultural events such as the Caribbean festival and the massive Diwali celebrations.
10. Night-out? For a night out on a tight budget try Club Republic’s SKINT on a Friday night.
Food & Drink
- Leicester has two Scream pubs; the Dry Dock and the Loaded Dog, both of which are popular with students. However if you find you’re pining for a proper pint, there’s always the Ale Wagon in the Cultural Quarter, or the Swan in the Rushes. Both sell locally sourced beer and real ales.
- You’re never far from a decent Indian in Leicester, but the Laguna Tandoori has made it into the Good Curry Guide so we thought we’d give it a special mention.
- Bus: The main bus station in Leicester is St Margarets, just down the road from the Highcross Centre. Arriva buses run regularly to both Leicester Uni and De Montfort campuses.
- Taxi: Swift Fox Cabs.
- Out of Leicester: Being smack on the M1 motorway, if you feel the need to explore it will take you less than an hour to reach the open spaces of the Peak District or exciting Birmingham. London is just 2hrs away by either car or East Midlands Trains to St Pancras International.
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Leicester is amazing as a city! From moving from a bigger city I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy it! However, I much prefer it here! The town centre is small, however its got everything you need in one place! It has all the high street stores and supermarkets all in one place!
Leicester is a great city to live in. It is a little pricey for living but holds a lot of opportunities. The night life is great no matter what your vibe is. There are clubs, pubs, bars, and even a mini golf place that’s just for adults called caddyshackers. There’s lots of independent cafes and shops to find and explore and a range of favourites such as primark and urban outfitters for clothing and nando’s, maccies, and wagamama for food.
If you don't enjoy drinking and shopping, Leicester isn't the city for you as there is little to do beyond that. Even if you do, it still isn't. The drinking scene leaves much to be desired. Aside from Wetherspoons, the average price of a pint is grossly expensive at around the £3-5 mark. Compounding this, the nightclubs here are broadly terrible, being expensive with little in the way of deals or musical variety. The bouncers have more in common with SA brown-shirts, being thuggish to the extreme and will throw you out for any perceived infraction. The city itself is horribly laid out, with a road system which is confusing for new drivers due to the one way system. The drivers in this city all seem to have undergone some form of lobotomy as they all seem incapable of following even basic rules of the road. The mayor's obsession with cycle lanes mean that, in most places in the city, you are at risk of being knocked down. The streets are also flooded with beggars.
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Leicester is not the most expensive city however for someone who came in with literally no money and having to rely on the student finance, it has not been easy. I have had to get a job for a good portion of my degree, even now when I'm in 3rd year and a couple months away from finishing! I did not want to originally however I was left with little choice.
Leicester is quite a nice, small city to live in. It has plenty of places to eat out, though the cost of living is a bit higher than what it seems to be worth, in terms of student accommodation. It has a good variety of shops too. Finally, the public transport is ok. I've only experienced it as a first year student, with the uni shuttle bus system. The bus pass was a good price for the year and the buses were usually on time and came frequently.
Lots of restaurants around Mosh is all you need for a night out Shopping can be good due to the Disney store, Yankee candle etc but a lot of it is just branded clothes Don't really need transport as dmu is about 10 minutes walk away from town
It’s alright living in Leicester, it’s very polluted because of the traffic and congestion as everything is a one way system. Most things are within a mile/two mile walk. There aren’t that many places to eat out that’s safe. There are some food takeaways that drug your food especially around the nightclubs and the nightclubs security isn’t very good, especially if someone starts a fight with you, you are the one who isn’t told leave. If you are LGBTQ+ nightclubs and pubs are not accepting and you will receive hate and threats, many of my friends have on nights out and have been seemed out and victimised for their sexuality. The only good shops is the high cross shopping centre, its a lot smaller than the variety of shops in my home city. It’s a small shopping centre for the size of the city.
For a city, Leicester is pretty cheap to live in. Before coming to uni I was actually considering living here anyway (I am 26). There's plenty of food, literally every food chain I like is here somewhere within walking distance of my accomodation and deliveroo/uber eats/just eat all deliver everything you want. I don't do nights out, I'm a boring student I know :) Shoppings fine, again pretty much everything you need. Wilko is a bit far out from most accomodations but its really cheap and worth the trip for any kitchenware etc. I've never used public transport here, but I see busses a lot and they are indeed very bus-like so I guess it works. There's a train station too (but not directly connected to the main london-northwest route, I think you have to change somewhere to get on that line which is what a lot of students would need for going to/from home)
If you take advantage of the fruit and vegetable market in town then you could save yourself A LOT of money, even £1 can go a long way. In my experience with £5 you're sorted for fruit and veg for the whole week if not a bit longer. Close to this market they have a fish and meat hall where everything is reasonably priced but the good thing is that you can buy one fillet at a time and that's what can make things cheaper. There are a good amount of restaurants and retail shops, I shouldn't complain but as I'm from London it is hard to be impressed with the variety when I make comparisons. They have atleast one of each important shop (M&S, Sainsburys, New Look, Topshop/man, Miss Selfridge, Office, Iceland, Tinsel Town, Nandos, TGI Fridays etc). I don't take public transport here so I can't comment on buses however cabs are dirt cheap when you're on a night out or coming back from the rail station. The usual fare for me is £3.50, AMAZING!
Fairly cheap cost of living and accomidation. The quality doesnt suffer for this cheapness though, so it's good value for money. Eating out is a pleasure as there is a very wide chose all within walking distance from DMU. The nights out are not the most entertaining ever but there is a decent number of places to go and they are all cheap so its value for money and you can mix it up quite well. Unfortunately this level of choice does leave some of the clubs a little empty on occasions. The main area of the city is very compact and so transport is not needed but there are many buses running regularly and the train station has very good links.
With Leicester being a multicultural city you meet a lot of people from many walks of life and from different ethnic backgrounds. i love living in Leicester, it has a brilliant night life as well as plenty of things to do during the day when your not at uni or have work to do!
Leicester has a great shopping centre (HighCross) and has amazing facilities for sports and nights out. There are plenty of resturants to eat out whether in the food court at High Cross or out in town! Great atmosphere, easy assabile public transport and plenty of museums and places to visit!
The highcross area in leicester is a fantastic place for students with plenty of good shops and restaurants and the surrounding nightlife at mosh, basement, sophbeck and Republic is very relaxed and sociable due to the high number of students. Also good bars like soar point and polar bear