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Leicester is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, located in the heart of the East Midlands. Leicester is truly unique, as it is Britain’s most ethnically diverse city, so it’s got a wide range of international culture, cuisine and music for you to explore.
If you’re new to the city, our Leicester city guide will help you find your feet and experience the best of it.
Leicester is a fairly compact city for its size. Once you’re in the city centre, you probably won’t need any buses, as most things are within walking distance.
If you’re looking to get to the centre of town from the University of Leicester, you can hop on the number 80 bus, which you can get from Regent Road. You won’t need a bus to the De Montfort uni campus, as it’s quite close to the main city centre.
In terms of getting around by taxi, there are lots of taxi ranks in the city centre and an average fare won’t cost too much.
If you’re a keen cyclist, the city has lots of cycle-ways if you want a quicker way to get around town!
TIP: Look out for student deals and discounts for bus travel. There are a handful of deals students can get to reduce their fares!
Leicester is one of the oldest cities in the UK, with a history spanning two millennia. It’s a fascinating city that’s got so much to discover.
If you’re a history buff, you have to pay a visit to the Richard the Third museum. The previously lost remains of Richard the Third were found less than ten years ago underneath a car park in Leicester. The museum documents this amazing discovery as well as the king’s life. You can even see his skeleton on display at the museum, making it a truly unique experience!
For something out of this world, pop along to the National Space Centre! This huge centre has over 150 interactive exhibits and a massive 360-degree domed planetarium! Going to this place is an awesome way to spend an afternoon (and also the closest you’ll get to be a real astronaut!).
If you love seeing a live play, the stunning Curve Theatre is definitely worth a visit. It’s an incredible building to look at and puts on amazing plays all year round!
Fancy a nice walk? Leicester has got loads of massive parks to get lost in. Victoria Park is a great place to have a look at. It’s pretty big and has a striking war memorial that’s known as a bit of a local landmark. Knighton Park is another place to check out, this one is especially good for playing some sport with mates in.
If you fancy grabbing a few drinks after your day of exploring, Leicester has tons of great bars. If you want to get some delicious cocktails, pop into Manhattan34. This bar is in decorated in a 1920’s style and offers a wide range of tasty concoctions and cocktails. The Basement is a nice place to wet your whistle. They often host Soul and Funk nights, so you can let your inner James Brown run wild! The Soar Point is one to check out, this place is particularly popular with students as well.
Attention any night owls! Leicester has loads of places to party at! If you’re a big fan of Indie and Rock music, go to Mosh. It’s got three floors of banging rock tunes. If you want Punk, Indie or just a bit of nostalgia, pop into Mosh for a rocking night! Club Republic is another one to check out, although this one is a little more ‘mainstream’ than Mosh. If you’re a fan of Hip-Hop and EDM, Ghost is a good place to party at. Havana nightclub is another great place to check out. It’s a great place if you’re a big fan of House music. If live bands are more to your taste, check out The Shed. For LGBT students, check out the gay bar Dover Castle. It’s not the biggest place, but it’s a great place to go with some mates and have a good time!
If you’re a coffee lover, check out St.Martin’s Tea and Coffee Merchants. This place has loads of great coffee to try as well as comfy sofas to relax on whilst you sip your java! Brü Coffee and Gelato is perfect for a quick sweet snack and a tasty beverage.
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If you’re a fan of football, it probably goes without saying that you’ll have a lot of fun in Leicester. Until relatively recently, Leicester City played lower league football, but the plucky side stunned the world a few years ago by winning the Premier League. Although Leicester isn’t within spitting distance of the title any longer, they still play in the Premiership at the huge King Power stadium. So grab a kit, and cheer on the Foxes (and keep your fingers crossed for another title eh?).
Leicester has got plenty of places to grab a bite to eat! Leicester is quite a large city, so you’ll find all of the main restaurant chains here.
Leicester is known for its diversity, and with it comes a whole host of delicious international food from every corner of the world!
For Indian food and curry, check out Kayal, Nawazz, Spice Bazzar and Shimla Pinks. Leicester has got quite a large South Indian population, so you’ll find tons of incredible Indian dishes here.
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If you some Turkish grub, check out the Istanbul Restaurant. Moroccan? Marrakesh Restaurant is for you. Italian? Grab a slice at Peter’s Pizza. Leicester is famous for its international eateries, so go and explore what it has to offer!
For vegans and vegetarians, there are a few places to get a nice meal. World Peace Café is a gorgeous place to get some quality veggie dishes. The Good Earth is perfect for delicious, meat-free food. Its interior is cosy and rustic in style. Mr Veggie is another great place to check out. It’s a modern, charming restaurant with a wide range of dishes on its menu.
Leicester has loads of great shops you can visit. It’s got tons of range, from mainstream brands to quirky vintage shops. Whatever you fancy, you’ll be able to find it here!
The Highcross and Haymarket shopping centres will cater to most of your shopping needs. They’re both full of loads of shops and stock all of the high street labels. They’re both easy to access and are close to the city centre. Leicester’s high street is another place to pick up some new clothes.
If you’re looking for some vintage clothing, Leicester has a lot to offer. The Vintage Scene, DollyMix Vintage and Audrey’s Star Boutique all have loads of old-school clobber to get your hands on!
Leicester has got around 30,000 students living in it, so student accommodation is in abundance here! Leicester’s students tend to be a little more spread out than in other uni cities though.
The main areas are Clarendon Park/Knighton, Stoneygate, Evington, Highfields, Aylestone Park and Oadby. Most of these places are relatively close to both unis and to the centre of town, with the exception of Stoneygate, which is a little bit further and Oadby, which is quite a long way from the centre of town and either uni. Oadby is next to the University of Leicester Oadby Student Village though, so you may find a higher concentration of students here.
Each place has its pros and cons, you’ll generally find that Highfields Aylestone Park and Evanston will have cheaper rents and Oadby, Stoneygate and Clarendon Park/Knighton will have pricier rents. Evington is popular with Muslim students as it’s home to the large Majid Umar Mosque.
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