Leicester

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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.
 

By member1050784 On 27th August 20

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

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.

Accommodation

Student accommodation costs range from £87.5 - £380 per week; the average is £144 per week.

Compare the average elsewhere: Nottingham: £165/week, Birmingham: £172/week, London: £279/week.

(prices are for all accommodation in August 2020, as listed on StudentCrowd)

The average price for:

A cheap meal at a restaurant: £11.50
A pint of beer: £3.00
A regular takeout coffee: £2.65
1L of milk: £0.90
A loaf of white bread: £0.99

The cost of living is about 6% higher than in Leeds but lower than Guildford and Edinburgh by 10% and London by 26%!

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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.

By member545558 On 11th February 2020

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member846050
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.

member947066
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!

member1045392
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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13th July 2015

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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Top 10 Tips

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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St Martins House 5 /5

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Abode London Road 5 /5

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Austin - St James Road 4.86 /5

The lounge is a great space for socialising and the staff are always friendly and helpful...

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Beaumont Lodge 4.71 /5

Better than my older accommodation...

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Renaissance House 4.71 /5

I loved living here. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place near campus and it’s great value for money!...

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Millstone Place 4.69 /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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Regent Road 4.64 /5

Stayed here for my first year of PhD and I absolutely love it. only 3 mins walk to the university, Can not get a better location than this. Friendl...

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YOHO 4.51 /5

Amazing accommodation. I was very satisfied with it upon my arrival to Leicester. It is very decent and the location is very convenient as it is withi...

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The Hosiery Factory 4.43 /5

Very good location, thanks a lot...

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Newarke Street, Leicester 4.16 /5

The studio is really clean and spacious, maintenance are quick to solve issues, very friendly reception, very happy!...

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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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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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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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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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26th November 2020

Great place, wish there...

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

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member552167
17th November 2020

Leicester is lively enough...

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

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member1052166
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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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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18th May 2020

Good bus services, great...

Good bus services, great clubs. read more

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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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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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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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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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Fureniku
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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