A Student’s Guide to Leicester
When it comes to university cities across the UK, Leicester is certainly up there with the best of them. It has a vibrant student population of more than 25,000 each year thanks to both the University of Leicester and the De Montfort University campuses located here.
With the University of Leicester situated on the outskirts of the city and De Montfort University more of a city centre campus, there are two distinct choices here for those looking to study in Leicester.
It is one of the most colourful and diverse cities in the country. Leicester has been in the spotlight in recent years for its successful football team, which became Premier League champions. However, we’re going to shine a spotlight on the rest of the city now to give prospective students in Leicester an insight into life in the East Midlands.
Main attractions in Leicester
- Leicester is home to the National Space Centre. It boasts the UK’s biggest domed planetarium, named after the iconic Sir Patrick Moore. If you like hands-on experiences, you can even take part in trainee astronaut jobs to understand the physical and mental demands of the astro elite.
- For those with an eye for a bargain, Leicester’s city centre is home to Europe’s largest outdoor covered market. Leicester Market has been in existence for more than eight centuries, with almost 300 stalls offering everything from fresh fruit and veg – ideal for keeping students’ strength up – to jewellery and clothing. Keep an eye out for the monthly Farmers’ Market, which offers great-value local produce for foodies.
- Although we don’t advocate splurging your student loan in one fell swoop, it’s hard not to mention Leicester’s Highcross Shopping Centre. Renovated almost a decade ago, Highcross is now the go-to place for high street brands. There’s even a gym, a multiplex cinema and many restaurants inside to keep you and your housemates entertained after lectures.
Student-friendly restaurants in Leicester
- Leicester is renowned across the country for the quality of its curries. With the largest Indian population in the UK, Leicester’s Golden Mile on Belgrave Road is teeming with Indian restaurants. Many of which don’t have alcohol licences, allowing you to bring your own cans to save money. The Indian restaurants on the Golden Mile and along Narborough Road (home to many De Montfort University students) also offer weekend all-you-can-eat buffets that all you to fill your boots after a busy week studying and partying.
- Many students at the University of Leicester swear by the new Grounded Kitchen, located on Queens Road near Clarendon Park. These guys specialise in nourishing bowls of Asian-inspired goodness, called “Buddha Bowls”. This vibrant Korean fare is great value, nutritious and bursting with flavour – they even deliver through Deliveroo if you and your housemates are feeling particularly lazy!
- If you fancy yourself as a bit of a social butterfly, the best places to eat and drink for students are Leicester’s Scream Pubs. There are Scream Pubs for both University of Leicester and De Montfort University students. The Loaded Dog on London Road is geared towards the former, while the Soar Point – overlooking the River Soar – is ideal for DMU-goers. With a Scream discount card, you can get great discounts on food and drink; particularly when live sport is on!
Student nightlife in Leicester
- If you have an eclectic music taste and a thirst for cheap drinks, Mosh should be one of your first ports of call. It’s not much to look at from the outside, but this gritty nightclub offers all kinds of music nights, from indie rock and drum and bass through to acoustic and chart music. Mosh has been something of an institution for Leicester’s student population for well over a decade.
- On the grounds of the old legendary Zanzibar nightclub, Club Republic was born. It was always popular due to its sheer size. With five different club rooms and bar areas and almost a dozen different music styles offered, it’s little wonder why both universities have official student nights here.
- If you’re a fan of live music, look no further than The Shed on Yeoman Street. It is Leicester’s oldest-established live music venue and has played host to many iconic rock bands over the years. Leicester’s own rockers, Kasabian first started out in the late 90’s here.