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.
 

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Study in Leicester

Situated in the East Midlands region, Leicester is home to a wide variety of cultures and some famous sports teams, as well as the University of Leicester and De Montfort University (DMU).

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University of Leicester

University of Leicester was founded in 1921 and is known for its high-quality teaching and world-leading research. The main campus is just south of the city and is currently undergoing a £300 million campus redevelopment programme. Two of the university’s claims to fame are that it is where genetic fingerprinting was invented in 1984 and home of the team who found King Richard III.

 

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De Montfort University (DMU)

De Montfort University boasts high-quality facilities and teaching and is committed to providing it’s 20,000 students career-leading skills thanks to its strong industry links. The university offers over 400 courses and is particularly well known for its professional, design and creative courses.

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Leicester Student Life

Leicester isn’t massive but it has a very large student population and therefore there’ll be something for everyone in this friendly, colourful and lively city. Leicester is a melting pot of languages, races, foods and people groups, making for a unique university experience. 

Cost of Living

Leicester is one of the most affordable cities to live in as a student.

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Student accommodation costs range from £87.50 - £243 per week; the average is £142 per week.

Compare the average elsewhere: Nottingham: £166/week, Birmingham: £173/week, London: £287/week.

(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)

The average price for:

A cheap meal at a restaurant: £11.50
A pint of beer: £3.20
A regular takeout coffee: £2.54
1L of milk: £0.88
A loaf of white bread: £0.89

The cost of living is about the same as Leeds but lower than Lancaster by 7.5% and London by 31%!

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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.

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23rd February 2020

If you don't enjoy drinking and shopping…

If you don't enjoy drinking and shopping, Leicester isn't the city for you as there is little to do beyond that.

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1st April 2020

Practically every shop…

The Campus is so, so close to the city centre. Practically every shop you could need is there, as well as some cool independent businesses. The fruit and veg market is particularly cheap and ideal for students!

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9th February 2020

 It’s a small shopping centre…

It’s alright living in Leicester... 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.

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Take advantage of the fruit and vegetable market…

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. There are a good amount of restaurants and retail shops... (M&S, Sainsburys, New Look, Topshop/man, Miss Selfridge, Office, Iceland, Tinsel Town, Nandos, TGI Fridays etc)

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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. Culture. Make some time while you’re in Leicester to visit the National Space Centre (students get a discounted entry) and the New Walk Museum (which is free).

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.

6. Visitors? Parents will love the Leicester Botanic Gardens or the Museum and Art Gallery on New Walk. Or perhaps gin is more their cup of tea. If so, check out the awesome 45 Gin School.

7. Green spaces. Leicester isn’t short of relaxing parks. Check out Abbey Park, Victoria (Vicky) Park and, for some delightful deer a bit further afield, Bradgate Park.

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 massive Diwali celebrations.

10. History. Leicester has a rich and fascinating history. The remains of Richard III, the last King of England to be killed in battle, were uncovered under a city centre car park in 2012. Explore the history yourself at the King Richard III Visitor Centre (discounted for students).

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Millstone Place 4.71 /5

Can't lie as a university student Millstone is very comfortable, make sure you live with your friends because that's makes the experience better, you ...

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YOHO 4.61 /5

This is a very perfect apartment. The apartment facilities are very good and the front desk management is very enthusiastic. Living here is like being...

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With lockdown it has been a worrying time for all, but the staff and team at Dover street apartments have gone above and beyond to lift everyone spiri...

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Lumis Student Living - Leicester 4.53 /5

Super recommended! My favourite thing about Lumis is the en-suite bathroom, which is modern and spacious, and most importantly spacious. Many of my fr...

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Merlin Heights 4.31 /5

Absolutely amazing , reception staff are so kind and helpful. Darren and Sam are so nice and will go out of their way for you. Management is very org...

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Newarke Street 4.05 /5

Great studio room, only downfall was being on ground floor right next to the smoking area where people would go out in the early hours of the morning ...

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The Wool Factory 4.01 /5

The place is totally worth the money, you have enough space in your room, plus the common room and kitchen is well maintained as well. The management ...

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Upperton Road 3.96 /5

I loved my flat i just wished it was cleaned and checked before I moved in, I found hairs in my shower and a unclean broken toilet seat before I even ...

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Newarke Point 3.49 /5

The most suitable accommodation for students in Leicester...

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Castle Court 3.47 /5

Great place for first year students. Place is well kept and staff are friendly. Decent living space and decor for what you are paying too....

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22nd August 2021

Cheap cost of living,...

Cheap cost of living, not the most beautiful city, but it's ok and has everything you need read more

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17th August 2021

This is a very perfect...

This is a very perfect apartment. The apartment facilities are very good and the front desk management is very enthusiastic. Living here is like being at home and very warm. In particular, warm-hearted reception staff, will be responsible for solving students' every problem! read more

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5th August 2021

Leicester has everything...

Leicester has everything you need really, good shopping centre and loads of bars and restaurants to choose from. Nights out are good there are plenty of clubs and even the O2 Academy on campus. read more

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4th August 2021

As a European student...

As a European student the cost of living is really expensive if under a tight budget. The prince of university and student accommodation alone is worth quite a penny. Most restaurants sell food for double or sometimes even triple the price of just buying the ingredients and making the dish yourself. I can't speak for nights out or public transport since this review is for the year of 2020/21 where night clubs and pubs were closed and it was incentivized to walk instead of taking public transport. There are quite a few discount stores like ALDI and LIDL which have a great assortment of items for a cheap price. There are also a lot of international stores which sell foreign goods, but at a high price read more

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27th July 2021

I love living in Leicester,...

I love living in Leicester, I will hopefully continue to live here after university has finished as I've grown to enjoy this city and everything about it. read more

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21st July 2021

Leicester is a great...

Leicester is a great city- really diverse and accepting aswell as having both city life and park/ recreational spaces very closely intertwined. read more

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19th July 2021

Its very easy to get...

Its very easy to get around if you live near city centre. and its overall cheap. read more

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16th July 2021

All round good place...

All round good place for students read more

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16th July 2021

Amazing city to live...

Amazing city to live in. Feels like home read more

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8th July 2021

Good size city, doesn't...

Good size city, doesn't have much of a live music scene read more

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2nd July 2021

It is quite a quiet city...

It is quite a quiet city that is like the countryside in some element. Students are relatively situated near the centre. It is accessible and everything is practically in the town centre. With nightlife there is something for everyone but the nights they are open can be limited. There is needs to be more bigger supermarkets than express stores as the big stores tend to be quite a distance not practical when doing a shop. It is a diverse with great eateries and dining. read more

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24th June 2021

Had limited mobility...

Had limited mobility due to Covid. But whatever little I roamed around, I liked it. Nice high street and cafes. Good mid-size city experience overall. read more

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22nd June 2021

I think Leicester is...

I think Leicester is a great place to live. It’s not that expensive and it has really nice restaurants. They are many good places for a night out as well. read more

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20th June 2021

Leicester is an amazing...

Leicester is an amazing city has everything from shopping centre high cross to Granby Street with all the clubs it has plenty of Shisha places and there is always something to do. Apart from that people in Leicester are really friendly and polite read more

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19th June 2021

small city but really...

small city but really enjoyable read more

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18th June 2021

There’s student bars...

There’s student bars everywhere read more

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18th June 2021

Never had to use public...

Never had to use public transportation read more

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18th June 2021

Really nice city, alot...

Really nice city, alot of great shops, takeaways and restaurants read more

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17th June 2021

As an introvert I can't...

As an introvert I can't comment on the usual student life style of night life, clubs and socials, however I can say that as a younger student movong straight from the countryside to the city Leicester has been a great experience and location for me to explore by myself and with others. Although it obviously has its dodgey alleys and until parks, I feel safe enough to walk to the shops by myself and enjoy town even with the crowds. There are some great student pubs and shops with student discounts as well as the market and indoor shopping centre. Leicester has a great range of Asian restaurants and supermarkets. read more

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17th June 2021

A lot of nice shops I...

A lot of nice shops I love it here read more

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17th June 2021

Not a lot of nightlife...

Not a lot of nightlife in terms of clubs, but pubs are nice and there's some fancy cocktail bars in town. Lots of non drinking alternative options as well- e.g. late night dessert bars, mocktails. Rent is cheap. Victoria Park is sketchy, don't walk across it alone at dawn or dusk, women have been attacked. Not the safest city I've ever lived in - get a cab home on a night out. read more

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17th June 2021

Recently rent costs have...

Recently rent costs have increased drastically and my student accomodation was extremely overpriced. I would recommend to students to rent a house with friends as it will be A LOT cheaper. The city itself is amazing, as a person that has always lived in Leicester I love it. It's very cultural, has a large amount of history behind it and has a massive student community. You'll never run out of restaurants, clubs or pubs. The best place to shop would be Fosse park which is a bus journey away, the city centre is starting to lack when it comes to shopping. read more

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17th June 2021

It’s a little intimidating...

It’s a little intimidating to live in a city after coming from a town but it’s a really good experience read more

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17th June 2021

Cheap city, lots of restaurants....

Cheap city, lots of restaurants. High cross is great, not the Hay market. Didn’t use public transport. All clubs have been closed but head they’re okay. read more

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17th June 2021

Coming from london, the...

Coming from london, the public transport is nothing like home. But soon enough you get used to buying tickets and knowing where you need to get off the bus without them telling you :) also- walk it! You'll find so many nice places and new things to try and see. read more

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17th June 2021

Leicester is a perfect...

Leicester is a perfect place for students read more

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11th June 2021

Kinda okay. There are...

Kinda okay. There are plenty of crackheads down town. A bit trashy in places. Not as bad as say birmingham but not great. Got some renovations done and looks okay tho. Has some cool parks around it read more

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10th June 2021

It is a very homely and...

It is a very homely and peaceful place to live read more

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8th June 2021

there isn’t much places...

there isn’t much places to go like there is in birmingham read more

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7th June 2021

Great city to live in...

Great city to live in and lots about to visit. read more

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4th June 2021

Everything is close so...

Everything is close so haven’t had to take a bus read more

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2nd June 2021

Public transport is not...

Public transport is not really needed if the student halls are eon campus everything is close to your accomedation. read more

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1st June 2021

Leicester is a great...

Leicester is a great city, no bad words to say about it. Everything is within walking distance which for me was the best thing. Town has a lot of things you need from shops to beauty salons and bars. read more

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28th May 2021

I love the location of...

I love the location of leicester its amazing, wish clubs would open and everywhere is packed when it is open read more

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27th May 2021

I love living in Leicester...

I love living in Leicester - great student city read more

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27th May 2021

My overall living experience...

My overall living experience in Leicester has been satisfactory. read more

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27th May 2021

Great for nights out....

Great for nights out. There’s always something happening. read more

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27th May 2021

I haven’t been able to...

I haven’t been able to eat out as much as I’d like to, or really go on any nights out at all. There are some parts of Leicester which are much nicer than others, some are not to my taste at all read more

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26th May 2021

As someone who lives...

As someone who lives in the country, Leicester is everything I could ask for, however it can feel dodgy at nights but so can every city read more

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26th May 2021

The location is great...

The location is great there’s a lot to see and do in and around Leicester. read more

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26th May 2021

Covid ruined all of this...

Covid ruined all of this social experience we couldn’t go anywhere which was boring read more

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26th May 2021

Leicester city centre...

Leicester city centre is very close to DMU. There are many things to do and a wide variety of restaurants. read more

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26th May 2021

One of the best cities...

One of the best cities for students. Plenty of parties read more

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26th May 2021

Great city and great...

Great city and great places to eat out read more

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26th May 2021

Lots to do with friends...

Lots to do with friends and never gets boring read more

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25th May 2021

Leicester is a great...

Leicester is a great place of its night life read more

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25th May 2021

Love this city, I’m aiming...

Love this city, I’m aiming to stay here read more

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25th May 2021

Nice place, you’re never...

Nice place, you’re never too far for a maccies read more

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24th May 2021

I've never used a public...

I've never used a public transport here because literally everything is within the walking distance read more

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24th May 2021

i’ve lived here since...

i’ve lived here since i was young so i was happy staying here due to the close proximity of everything - lots of bars, clubs and restaurants too! read more

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24th May 2021

Leicester isn't too expensive,...

Leicester isn't too expensive, the food is good, with company, even better. you shouldn't have any problem finding what you need, you're always within 10 minutes of a shopping centre. an added bonus is its diversity, unlike other large cities it even has an overflow of international restaurants. regardless of how niche your taste may be, you will find somewhere that caters to you. read more

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20th May 2021

Plenty to do around the...

Plenty to do around the city and beautiful parks read more

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20th May 2021

As a first year student...

As a first year student at DMU I feel that Merlin Heights is the best option considering the price and the distance from the university, it also has very good facilites such as the Sky lounge to chill out and watch films and the games room being my favourite because of the pool table. The rooms and kitchens are perfect for a first year student too as they are nice and spacious and cosy with a nice modern touch. The staff are also very helpful and polite and make sure your questions are always answered. read more

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20th May 2021

Leicester has everything...

Leicester has everything you need in relatively close proximity so going shopping or exploring new places isn't hard. I'd only say I would like to see more restaurants in the city centre as there isn't a wide selection. read more

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19th May 2021

Leicester is quite small,...

Leicester is quite small, however it has many facilities read more

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17th May 2021

Decent city, very small...

Decent city, very small easy to get around read more

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17th May 2021

Very good city to live...

Very good city to live in because the area is vibrant with lots to do read more

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14th May 2021

A nice city to live in....

A nice city to live in. Not too expensive also read more

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14th May 2021

Near to London and other...

Near to London and other cities and seem safe, peacful read more

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14th May 2021

Lots to do, an overall...

Lots to do, an overall geat city read more

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member857886
14th May 2021

Leicester offers students...

Leicester offers students a fun university experience, with shop located so close next to each other read more

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14th May 2021

Grew up in London so...

Grew up in London so the cost of living is cheaper than I am used to. Nice and generally a clean city with nice restaurants and a decent night life. read more

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member1157879
14th May 2021

City center close to...

City center close to most places and access is easy. read more

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member557873
14th May 2021

Good places to eat lively...

Good places to eat lively at night read more

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14th May 2021

leicester is an amazing...

leicester is an amazing city. very pretty and diverse. amazing choice of food and clubs read more

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14th May 2021

Easy to get to on trains,...

Easy to get to on trains, plenty to do in the city read more

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14th May 2021

Easily able to get everywhere...

Easily able to get everywhere and everything is priced at student friendly costs read more

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14th May 2021

Cheap, fun small city...

Cheap, fun small city and is student friendly read more

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14th May 2021

So many good experiences...

So many good experiences to attend in this town read more

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14th May 2021

In Leicestershire you...

In Leicestershire you will meet many students, it’s a young crowd which like to have fun and party all night, cost of living is average with stores such as Lidl and Tesco close by read more

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14th May 2021

Good little town centre...

Good little town centre with lots to do read more

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14th May 2021

Leicester is a social...

Leicester is a social place. Fun to be and town is diverse and busy read more

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member1157840
14th May 2021

Lovely section of shops...

Lovely section of shops from takeaways to clothing read more

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14th May 2021

Great nights out but...

Great nights out but not many choices for shops read more

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14th May 2021

Nice city, but in the...

Nice city, but in the nightfall some ppl make me fear. #stophateAsia read more

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14th May 2021

Very good city to live...

Very good city to live in , their is loads to do and always some going on . read more

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member457598
11th May 2021

Have a lot of good restaurants.

Have a lot of good restaurants. read more

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member856994
27th April 2021

It is sad that i do bot...

It is sad that i do bot feel safe at all. read more

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member956826
23rd April 2021

cost of living here varies...

cost of living here varies on rent some can be very expensive but some are very good value for money (do not live at castle court). so many great places and variety of food here! shopping is also great :) public transport has always been on time and reliable for me, the bus station here is actually not disgusting which is nice! I cannot really rate nights out as due to covid there haven't been any opportunities. read more

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15th April 2021

I have not had much experience...

I have not had much experience with city life due to COVID19 and hoping things change for the best of what Leicester has to offer read more

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12th April 2021

Nice area to be in, meet...

Nice area to be in, meet people from all over the world read more

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member555963
8th April 2021

Nice little city to live...

Nice little city to live in. You can get your quiet life and a little busy student life as well. read more

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member855898
5th April 2021

I loved living in Leicester...

I loved living in Leicester and the young atmosphere is everywhere. The sunny days on campus are wonderful. Unfortunately due to the Covid most of the shops, restaurants and night clubs were closed. read more

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24th March 2021

The cost of living in...

The cost of living in Leicester has made me look into the possibility of living here permanently after my degree as it is more convenient than what it is in London, etc. I haven’t been able to enjoy a night out or eating out due to the pandemic. read more

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8th March 2021

Although the city is...

Although the city is small, it has enough to do and places to see over the few years of studying. Parts of town can be really sophisticated whereas the others can be very student budget type. read more

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member554364
19th February 2021

Live in the city centre...

Live in the city centre so everything is near by. read more

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member653924
5th February 2021

The city centre has diverse...

The city centre has diverse restaurants so dining is great, alot of shops are in the city centre, Tesco, Morrisons, Lidl and Sainsbury's are comfortable walking distances from the city centre. Public transport isn't as good as London but its fine. read more

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member553543
19th January 2021

Moved here back in September...

Moved here back in September 2019 and I love Leicester! read more

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7th January 2021

Leicester really started...

Leicester really started feeling like home and I enjoyed my time in the city. read more

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4th December 2020

Leicester is a good diverse...

Leicester is a good diverse city to live in! If you look around for accommodation you can find cheaper options than the most popular, but that also depends if you want to share a bathroom and how far it is to your uni or other things you prioritise. read more

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member452605
26th November 2020

I don't really take public...

I don't really take public transport anyways. read more

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member752599
26th November 2020

City's alright, good...

City's alright, good mix of a country and city lifestyle. I really like highcross shopping centre read more

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member452591
26th November 2020

Great place, wish there...

Great place, wish there was more student bars tho read more

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17th November 2020

Leicester is lively enough...

Leicester is lively enough & everything seems to be in walkable distance. read more

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17th November 2020

Best place for international...

Best place for international students, people read more

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10th November 2020

Leicester is amazing...

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! read more

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member1251175
17th September 2020

One of the redeeming...

One of the redeeming features of my experience here. read more

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14th September 2020

Love the city and unless...

Love the city and unless you live on the outskirts you’re always within a 20 minute walk from the city centre which contains every clothes and food shop you can think of. read more

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28th August 2020

Very cheap and a large...

Very cheap and a large variety of places to eat, and shop in the Highcross read more

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member1050784
27th August 2020

Leicester is a great...

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. read more

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member1050391
12th August 2020

Everything is within...

Everything is within 10m walking distance, clubs are a bit naff but high cross is a great shopping centre. read more

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12th August 2020

Can find reasonable pricing...

Can find reasonable pricing for student accommodation read more

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member549899
14th July 2020

A good amount of shops,...

A good amount of shops, poor job opportunities as there’s two unis for one small city. Your Standard city. Not much might life but if you go on the university socials it makes the most of what there is read more

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5th June 2020

Leicester is a good size...

Leicester is a good size city and is great for students as its affordable and its a student-oriented city read more

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18th May 2020

Lot to do in Leicester....

Lot to do in Leicester. very good night out. Lots of students. read more

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member1248408
18th May 2020

Good bus services, great...

Good bus services, great clubs. read more

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member747555
27th April 2020

Very good city, deffo...

Very good city, deffo a good night life and generally a safe city to walk around. read more

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member947532
26th April 2020

Reminds me of a smaller...

Reminds me of a smaller Birmingham city which isn’t a bad thing. Big shopping centre with plenty of restaurants. read more

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21st April 2020

A good place to live,...

A good place to live, lots to do in close proximity to the University. read more

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member1047246
10th April 2020

Leicester is relatively...

Leicester is relatively small but there is everything you want as a student. The nightlife is good too! read more

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member647240
9th April 2020

Mosh is the place to...

Mosh is the place to be for a night out as well as spoons for pre drinks! I love the city its really pretty but obviously has its issues like all cities do. read more

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6th April 2020

I feel the city needs...

I feel the city needs improvements as the nightlife isn't that good read more

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4th April 2020

Court of living is rising...

Court of living is rising a lot since I started uni and is so high that a lot of people have to work read more

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1st April 2020

The Campus is so, so...

The Campus is so, so close to the city centre. Practically every shop you could need is there, as well as some cool independent businesses. The fruit and veg market is particularly cheap and ideal for students! read more

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12th March 2020

Very peaceful town with...

Very peaceful town with lovely residents. read more

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7th March 2020

Plenty of places to eat...

Plenty of places to eat both day and night. Ive only been to two clubs and don't really know of any others. Plenty of places to shop. read more

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2nd March 2020

Leicester city is very...

Leicester city is very lively and best place for students to live read more

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2nd March 2020

great nightlife, social...

great nightlife, social and shopping read more

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23rd February 2020

If you don't enjoy drinking...

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. read more

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21st February 2020

A small sweet city with...

A small sweet city with lots of places to eat and drink read more

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20th February 2020

Leicester is the best...

Leicester is the best student place for everything. read more

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19th February 2020

SO much to do, food wise...

SO much to do, food wise its like they have every type of food one could wish for. read more

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19th February 2020

I came from London to...

I came from London to Leicester and can say its a place im looking to settle for the foreseeable future read more

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19th February 2020

5000-1 says it all, and...

5000-1 says it all, and champions league 20/21 see you there. Vichai had a dream, He bought a football team, He came from Thailand ... from the back and counter attack, Champions of England, You made us sing that . read more

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16th February 2020

great city, does have...

great city, does have areas that are a little dodgy and crime is quite common read more

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14th February 2020

Mosh Nightclub is the...

Mosh Nightclub is the best night out. That's all you need to know. read more

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12th February 2020

Nice area, lots of amazing...

Nice area, lots of amazing places to visit read more

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12th February 2020

It is a great city for...

It is a great city for studying but it does not have so much places to enjoy. read more

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12th February 2020

I like Leicester. I’ve...

I like Leicester. I’ve never lived in a city before and didn’t know what to expect but I enjoy it here read more

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11th February 2020

Leicester is not the...

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. read more

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11th February 2020

Leicester is quite a...

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. read more

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11th February 2020

More food choices on...

More food choices on campus would be ideal read more

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11th February 2020

Uk is expensive and so...

Uk is expensive and so is Leicester. Overall decent city..nothing to do really but oh well read more

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11th February 2020

I decent city with lots...

I decent city with lots of bars and shops. It needs a bit of work and there are a lot of dodgy people. So like any other city centre. Got everything I need. read more

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11th February 2020

Public transport is not...

Public transport is not student friendly, unless you live in Oadby read more

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11th February 2020

Nice place however it...

Nice place however it is very quiet read more

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10th February 2020

There's anything and...

There's anything and everything to suit your budget not forgetting to variety of cuisines to indulge in. From my first year experience of commuting, the buses arrived consistently (give or take a few minutes) read more

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10th February 2020

Lots of restaurants around Mosh...

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 read more

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10th February 2020

Everything easily accessible...

Everything easily accessible and everywhere within walking distance read more

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10th February 2020

The city centre has enough...

The city centre has enough stores in comparison to other towns I’ve been to in the midlands read more

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10th February 2020

it's actually a nice...

it's actually a nice area. Quite a lot of homeless but the people are friendly and there are a lot of nice bars and things you can do. read more

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10th February 2020

Leicester is an okay...

Leicester is an okay city but there is several rough areas that students should be careful in. Overall, social life is good and there is a lot of choice for eating out. read more

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10th February 2020

Great city for students...

Great city for students coming from the countryside. read more

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9th February 2020

overall is a very good...

overall is a very good and convenient city but I haven't really had the chance to use the public transport read more

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9th February 2020

I don’t use public transport...

I don’t use public transport you don’t even really need to use transport in general everything is local read more

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9th February 2020

I love the environment,...

I love the environment, it is very good. read more

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9th February 2020

BEDE park is dangerous...

BEDE park is dangerous at night but leicester is very good place read more

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9th February 2020

It’s alright living in...

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. read more

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member1345349
7th February 2020

It small but everything...

It small but everything is nice read more

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28th January 2020

Wish there were more...

Wish there were more places to go out and do things read more

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3rd December 2019

For a city, Leicester...

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) read more

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member743960
23rd November 2019

Good places to eat at...

Good places to eat at odeon but nights out are dead. read more

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member942728
14th October 2019

It amaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing

It amaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing read more

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26th September 2019

With two uni's in Leicester...

With two uni's in Leicester there is so much for students to do in the city read more

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member542382
24th September 2019

There is lots to do and...

There is lots to do and it is fairly easy to get around. read more

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member1142039
9th September 2019

If you didn't go to Mosh...

If you didn't go to Mosh did you even go to Leicester? read more

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13th July 2015

If you take advantage...

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! read more

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member1011104
13th July 2015

Great developing city...

Great developing city with a great shopping centre and the most traffic lights in any city in the UK! Night life is pretty good and there are plenty of bars to visit with well priced drinks read more

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member911099
12th July 2015

The best of the north...

The best of the north and the south, cheap but high quality read more

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Jed Fagan
12th July 2015

I love Leicester more...

I love Leicester more than my hometown. So beautiful. read more

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member1210484
6th July 2015

Fairly cheap cost of...

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. read more

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member410476
6th July 2015

With Leicester being...

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! read more

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member610464
6th July 2015

Leicester has a great...

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! read more

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member910463
6th July 2015

leicester is a quality...

leicester is a quality place to live! read more

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member1010461
6th July 2015

An underrated city that...

An underrated city that is growing read more

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member1110453
6th July 2015

A great place to shop/eat...

A great place to shop/eat out and night life is always busy with new faces/people to meet read more

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Kimsey95
6th July 2015

Lots of things to do,...

Lots of things to do, with plenty of eating out and clubbing options. read more

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member119396
27th June 2015

Great place for a night...

Great place for a night out with a wide variety of clubs and bars, brand new shopping center with loads of places to eat. Everything is in walking distance so there's no need to bus anywhere read more

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member58955
1st May 2015

wish there were more...

wish there were more places as it's pretty repetitive each week read more

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member118906
30th April 2015

The highcross area in...

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 read more

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member128583
30th April 2015

Great fun but bring head...

Great fun but bring head phones when catching the buses. read more

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member118525
30th April 2015

Quite a nice place to...

Quite a nice place to live. Extremely multicultural and some parts are quite rough read more

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21st April 2015

Leicester has a bit of...

Leicester has a bit of a bad rep but its actually great! Its really central on public transport. Its very multicultural with a great atmosphere. Loads of interesting places. read more

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