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On 21st May 20

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Peaceful and beautiful

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By member848560
On 21st May 20

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.

Getting about  

  • 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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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 21st May 20

Peaceful and beautiful

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th May 20

convenient

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 18th May 20

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 18th May 20

Good bus services, great clubs.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 27th April 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 26th April 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st April 20

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th April 20

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th April 20

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.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 6th April 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th April 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 1st April 20

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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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 31st March 20

Fun, never bored, lovely town

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 12th March 20

Very peaceful town with lovely residents.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 7th March 20

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 2nd March 20

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

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 2nd March 20

great nightlife, social and shopping

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 23rd February 20

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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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st February 20

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th February 20

Leicester is the best student place for everything.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 19th February 20

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 19th February 20

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 19th February 20

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 .

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 16th February 20

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 14th February 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 12th February 20

Nice area, lots of amazing places to visit

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 12th February 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 12th February 20

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

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 11th February 20

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.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 11th February 20

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 11th February 20

More food choices on campus would be ideal

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 11th February 20

Great place to live

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 11th February 20

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

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 11th February 20

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 11th February 20

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

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 11th February 20
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 11th February 20

Nice place however it is very quiet

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th February 20

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)

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th February 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th February 20

Everything easily accessible and everywhere within walking distance

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th February 20

Good city to live in

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th February 20
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th February 20

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th February 20
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th February 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th February 20

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.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th February 20

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th February 20

Great city for students coming from the countryside.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 9th February 20
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th February 20

One of the best cities in UK

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 9th February 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 9th February 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 9th February 20

I love the environment, it is very good.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 9th February 20

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

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 9th February 20

Fantastic rail links

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th February 20

Very good for a student

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 9th February 20

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.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 7th February 20

It small but everything is nice

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 28th January 20

Eating out is quite expensive

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 28th January 20

Wish there were more places to go out and do things

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 28th January 20

Nothing really to say here.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 3rd December 19

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)

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 23rd November 19

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

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 15th November 19

Basic city night life is awful

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 14th October 19

It amaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 26th September 19

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 24th September 19

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th September 19

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th February 17
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 28th July 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 22nd July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th July 15

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!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th July 15

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 12th July 15

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 12th July 15

I love Leicester more than my hometown. So beautiful.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 12th July 15

Prett decent place to live!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 7th July 15

A great city to be living in.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 6th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 6th July 15

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!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 6th July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 6th July 15

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!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 6th July 15

leicester is a quality place to live!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 6th July 15

An underrated city that is growing

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 6th July 15

Amazing city with lots to do.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 6th July 15

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 6th July 15

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 6th July 15

Great city

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 3rd July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 27th June 15

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 12th June 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 1st May 15

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th April 15

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th April 15

Great fun but bring head phones when catching the buses.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 30th April 15

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

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th April 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th April 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st April 15

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th April 15
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