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Studying at University of Leicester
Leicester University is rated among the top of the world's universities and in the top 2 of all UK universities for student satisfaction. Many notable discoveries have originated from Leicester University including DNA fingerprinting, new ways of measuring blood pressure and discovering a lost city in Libya.
The main campus is only a five minute walk from Leicester City Centre, opening up many additional places and facilities for students to make the most of. The city is known for its culturally diverse events and festivals with its Diwali celebrations being the largest outside of India. Students who enjoy sport will be right next to the grounds of the Leicester Tigers Rugby Club, Leicestershire County Cricket Club and Leicester City Football Club as well as having several venues to choose from for entertainment including the Curve Theatre, and National Space Centre. There is plenty going on at night too with several clubs and pubs and restaurants as well as a comedy festival and caribbean carnival each year.
On campus students can make use of the award winning library, IT and sports facilities plus the O2 Academy Leicester that plays host to many big music artists and the RA Centre where students can get involved in or enjoy watching comedy, exhibitions, dance and music.
The Students' Union has recently be redeveloped and now houses a Starbucks, restaurant, stationery shop, student shop, and bars. As well as volunteering and raising money with RAG, there are more than 180 sports clubs and societies that include all the student media groups; The Ripple student newspaper, LUSH radio, and LUST student television station.
Sport plays a large part at Leicester University, so much so that for those who are exceptional in their chosen area may be able to get a scholarship allowing them individual access to different services, advice and facilities plus money to help fund development. The facilities on campus include two sports centres with indoor and outdoor pitches, studios and fitness equipment, a swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
Knowing that getting a job is important for students once they have gained a degree, the University of Leicester offers several accredited training routes to help students gain vital skills. For example, Enterprise Inc for those that want to start up their own business, Student Leadership, a course helping students gain qualifications for roles taken in leadership and Tomorrow's Managers, a course run over two days to give insight on what it means to be a manager in todays world of business.
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Read University of Leicester Reviews
Keeps spending money on vanity projects, like the new medicine building and the proposed Percy Gee extenstion. However the majority of buildings (Attenbourgh, Charles Wilson, AHAA, Maurice Shock) are in need of serious updating and repair. They need to focus on what they already have rather than new shiny places. They are constantly cutting back on staff and merging departments (like History, Politics and International Relations) which causes problems for students and staff. They do not make any attempt to make courses worth the money for Arts and Humanities students. Since I started in 2014 the uni has gone noticeably downhill. The people at the top have forgotten about the needs and expectations of students at the bottom, which is showing in overall results and league tables. The Careers service is a rare gem of this uni. The staff there are genuinely helpful and the advice given is top quality. No query is too large or small. They helped immensely with my next step.
University of Leicester has one of the most ridiculous rules and regulations where any modules that are not passed they won't allow you to roll it onto the next academic year. Instead they take you out from the year so that you could pass that year. For my course the lecturers and tutors are good for nothing! They will never help you in any way instead you have to refer back to their lecture notes that does not explain everything.
Good student union area and library is open 24/7 but there is a lack of proper meal facility since they closed the Chi restaurant in the early evenings so apart from over priced snacks and salads in the library cafe and Delicious shop, there's no facility to get a proper evening meal on campus anymore.
Very disappointed in how the learning by distance(archaeology department) is being handled. Based on this I would not encourage anyone to enter your institution. Very hard to get in touch with any of the administration in a call to try and work out any misunderstanding and when you complain they simply maybe you should withdraw if you are not satisfied. Such disappointment and a waste of money!!!!
Everything is great from the number of places you can study in the library to the resources (although sometimes it can take very long to get material for research, such as a dissertation - still waiting even though I already had to submit my dissertation). The one thing that I don't like is how cold it is. In winter or spring, sitting by the windows is absolutely a terror, especially if you need to do so for an entire day while doing uni work. It can get very cold in the computer rooms as well. Please do something about that!
What's great about the uni is how compact it is and how easy it is to get around. Being such a compact campus means you don't have to run from lecture to lecture. There is a variety of amenities of campus which cater to all your needs. There are plenty of food options. The internet is good around campus. The library is also a great place as it is open almost 24/7 and had plenty of study spaces that suit all of your needs.
There's always stuff going on around campus, something for everyone. The library is really modern and nice and is open 24/7 during the week but it's packed during exams which is a downfall. The student union is also really modern, there's lots of comfy seating and they've got a few food outlets including starbucks and a shop.
Good careers service especially. Only downfall is the lack of communication from my society - heard nothing from them after making the payment to join and have not been updated on events etc - apparently this is only via Twitter.
They are a huge range of clubs and societies to get involved in away from the traditional sports clubs. The union has an amazing space for relaxing in whilst at university complete with many places to eat a drink (Starbucks being the main attraction). The campus itself is very friendly and small enough so you always bump into someone you know. Great atmosphere all round.
The Students Union was spacious and comfortable with a diverse selection of food prices, though these often bordered on the pricier side of things. Wifi and internet always worked well. Wide selection of clubs and societies. The careers service were not much help to me but were definitely useful to others.
UoL is really the best university - enough time and freedom to explore as well as getting down to work - the night life is fantastic when there are events such as "stamina" or the famous "bar fest" you can't go wrong with UoL
Had the best three years of my life here so far! The university really feels like home, the campus is so versatile and I hold so many special memories here. Each building or certain place will take me back to a time or event and I'll love UoL forever because of that.
Leicester was a great University to attend for those who are academically minded. The facilities are above standard and so are the staff, however you have to really explore the Uni and put the effort in also. Make sure you are making the most of your experience there by talking to your lecturers about your work, using the library and trying out societies. The city is just the right size to get to know and has enough going on to the explore. Although the student union really provides great nights out such as Shabang, Let's Disko, it's also acceptable to explore the bars in the city and not get stuck in the same routine of Shabang Friday nights! Aslong and you put in the hard work and balance that work with activities, Leicester was a fantastic Uni to go to.
While the campus is fairly unattractive, all of the facilities you need are there within a 10 minute walk max. Library is fantastic. Lots of societies on offer. Gym and swimming pool on site. Accomodation offered is fantastic quality, however, very pricey (and getting more expensive every year). Oadby is a wonderful place to live...really beautiful and green with a great atmosphere. Never had any problems while in Oadby. On campus plenty of food outlets and choice (could maybe do with 1 more cafe on the other side of campus for when the SU gets really busy), however prices are very expensive! Wouldn't reccomend regularly eating or drinking on campus for this reason...bring a flask and a packed lunch!
The University of Leicester to me has given me a great experience. The support I have recieved during my first year has been unfaultable. The facilities on campus, such as the library are impeccable and ultra modern. Although the campus price of food is overpriced, I do believe that if this is something we put forward to our union, they would investigate it. Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year and cannot wait to get back!
The atmosphere on campus (and in the city) is really vibrant and friendly - there is always something going on and I never get bored! The gym facilities, which have recently been renovated are excellent. Whilst the student union looks nice, they don't really have a lot on other than your generic student nights, but it is an O2 academy, so there are lots of gigs! The city itself is quite cheap to live in and plenty of stuff to do!
Great support for looking at jobs after university. Helped work on my CV, had workshops for psychometric tests, had practise interviews and even practise assessment Centres. This all allowed me to secure my internship at an investment company.
Love the newly updated SU, never had a wifi issue, careers are great but for my course tend to focus too much on post graduate jobs, there's a wide range of clubs and societies and the uni campus has plenty of areas to eat, work, meet in groups etc
Amazing campus set in the heart of Leicester, only 10minute walk from town and right next to Vicky park which is perfect in the summer to go chill out in. Being in the midlands the rent is a lot cheaper than what you'd pay down south and it's generally easy to find accommodation within a 5/10minute walk from uni, no bus passes needed! I've always found Leicester to be a friendly, socialable uni with plenty of societies, nightlife and sports to offer - always find something you're interested in! I couldn't be happier anywhere else.
Facilities great (abet engineering is average). Clubs are great over 200. Student Union is ok. The opening hours are a bit limited, the shops a little expensive, and you can't get hot food past 4pm. Careers are helpful, can be a bit annoying when they keep contacting you, but they mean well.
So far, I've had the best experience here, the lecturers in the archaeology department (my course) are absolutely brilliant and dedicated to making it a personal experience for you. The university itself has a great campus and is always trying to improve its facilities.
I'm a first year so I've only been here 6 weeks but I feel so at home. I am comfortable with all aspects of the University; the campus, the course, the staff, the accommodation, the societies and the students. It is a wonderful University, 10/10.
I'm a fresher, so I wouldn't say I've had the FULL experience, but having been to another university beforehand, I can say that my experience SO FAR has been much better - the societies are vast and diverse, facilities provided are brilliant, the SU is great. Shame about the WiFi - it's great, when you can actually get it!
Wi-Fi doesn't always work but there is a large area to connect to it. Huge number of societies and clubs to get involved with, all very friendly people. Campus is small but not too small, easy to get around. Student Union area is a great place for lunch and socialising, has a great atmosphere.
A great, very friendly uni! Helpful and friendly staff and students! Campus is very easy to navigate and all buildings clearly signposted for ease! The union organized great events and has a large variety of societies which are open to all!
Great uni with great facilities, I couldn't praise the place more. The student union is just a bunch of clowns thinking they're politicians and it is just laughable. O2 monopolise the union and all events there, every night they put on is complete bulls**t and cheesy s**te at that.