Living in Leicester as a student
Under an hour away from Birmingham, and two hours to Leeds and York, Leicester is in prime location, situated in the East Midlands area of England. It lies on the River Soar, and is home to over 329,000 residents. The city has two universities: the University of Leicester and De Montfort University, which have over 16,000 and 23,000 students respectively.
Home to the world’s largest crisp factory, the Beaumont Leys Manufacturing plant, Leicester’s background in manufacturing has given way to a contemporary city with a mix of sports and culture. The city has many festivals, from one of the largest Caribbean Carnivals and parade in England, to the Leicester International Short Film Festival and the Leicester International Music Festival. Notable art venues include the Curve theatre, the De Montfort Hall, and the Sue Townsend Theatre, the latter which was named after the author who set her Adrian Mole stories in Leicester. In sports, the local rugby club Leicester Tigers have won the Premiership title four times, making it the most successful English rugby union club. Leicester City F.C, the local football club, has made history by winning the Premier League title in 2016 against the odds of 5000 to 1. Other well-known sports teams include the Leicester Riders, the oldest professional basketball team in England, as well as the Leicestershire County Cricket Club. The city has a wide range of pubs, clubs, and restaurants to cater to all tastes, and students can find anything, from the most traditional of pubs to the most modern bars.
The University of Leicester’s main campus is located 1.6km south of the city centre, and is recognisable by its three towering buildings: the Department of Engineering, the Attenborough tower, and the Charles Wilson building. De Montfort University (DMU) is located near Leicester Castle, walking distance from the city centre. Popular student accommodation areas include near city centre, or around Freemans, Opal and Nixon.