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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.
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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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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