Our properties are close to both De Montford University and the University of Leicester, and set in the very heart of the action of this vibrant city centre. Leicester is a culturally vibrant city, with plenty of attractions, great restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars, nightclubs, museums, art galleries, live events, and great sport. At the heart of the action Prestige luxury student accommodation in Leicester provides you with the perfect base to have a magnificent life in your new city. On the doorstep you’ll find the amazing public transport links to the rest of the city and the universities, including the Hospital Hopper, which is free for medical students and cheap for other students.
There are two magnificent and highly rated universities in Leicester. Both De Montfort University and the University of Leicester are located close to our luxury student accommodation in Leicester, and both have a tranquil and calm feel, set in green spaces that are great to sit and relax, to catch up with friends, and when the weather is nice to study in. You can reach both universities from your apartment on foot and a leisurely stroll, or via easy to use public transport. They are also both conveniently placed for students to explore and enjoy the city, with its many cafés, bars, and restaurants. Leicester is one of the most popular destinations for students due to the fact it has such highly regarded educational establishments in the heart of the city, and on top of that Loughborough University is only ten minutes away via train.
University of Leicester
The University of Leicester is highly regarded as an institution that prides itself on quality research and innovation. It was here, after all, that genetic fingerprinting was invented. It is also the place where the remains of Richard III was discovered a few years ago. With this in mind, students at the University of Leicester can expect to receive the highest standard of teaching and have some of the finest research and educational facilities to lean on during their studies.
De Montford University
De Montford University is located in a glorious part of town. You enter the grounds through the leafy New Walk and find the medieval buildings of Leicester Castle and Magazine Gateway surrounding the university buildings. It is a truly stunning place to study. De Montfort has also spent money investing in a magnificent sports centre in the last few years to ensure that it has the very best facilities for its students to take advantage of, whether on a casual basis or to aid with elite performance in the BUCS leagues or towards becoming professional athletes in the future. De Montfort focuses on Art and Humanities, Business and Law, Computing, and Health and Life Sciences, throughout its four faculties.
Leicester as a student city is a truly wonderful experience. As there are over 60,000 students living in the city, spread between the two city universities and Loughborough just outside the city boundaries, it is no wonder that many students decide to stay on after completing courses in the city. Your luxury student accommodation in Leicester will go a long way to convincing you that you are in the right place.
Moving to a new city as a student can be hard work, especially if you are not used to cooking meals at home for just you. It’s nice to know that even though you have a fantastic kitchen with all the latest appliances at your luxury student accommodation in Leicester that there is plenty of tasty food to be found in this vibrant city. Whether you are looking for a breakfast and a cup of coffee before university, a light lunchtime snack, or a big meal with friends, there is plenty of choice to suit all taste buds, including some of the best Indian restaurants in the whole of the UK.
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As a student you’ll soon learn how to live effectively on a budget, but this shouldn’t prevent you from seeking out some delicious food. There are some fine examples of student-friendly prices in food establishments in Leicester, so we’ve picked out a few for you to delve into when you arrive.
Jones Café Bistro
Jones Café Bistro on Queens road serves up some of the best value for money food in the entire city for students. If you head on over during a midweek evening you can get some incredibly posh pasta dishes on the two for £10 menu, whilst during the day they have some fantastic prices for breakfast, as well as jacket potatoes, deli sandwiches, salads, and cakes to buy at lunch.
Phoenix is another firm favourite. The arts space and cinema also has an incredible café bar on-site, with a large menu that ranges from brunch deals right through to healthy salads and dishes. The specials board is always worth a look too. They have some incredible offers on, including Film & Dine for just £15.80! For vegetarians, Good Earth is an institution in the Midlands. The kitsch décor makes a comfortable home for hot and hearty dishes of pies, jacket potatoes and casseroles, alongside light options of soups, sandwiches, and freshly made salads.
Fish And Chip Shop
A popular place on the student food map in Leicester is The Fish & The Chip Shop. Here, you come to sit down and eat some of the best fish and chips around. There is even a 10% student discount that is available no matter when you go! Happy hour each day is home to some surprising and inventive cocktails to sup on whilst you wait for your fish supper.
The Golden Mile
The name of the game for many people in Leicester though is the quality of the curry houses. The Golden Mile on Belgrave Road is the place to be, and with the wide range of options and BYOB curry houses, it’s a pretty cheap place to eat as a student. There are a range of all you can eat Indian buffet restaurants on the Golden Mile and Narborough Road to head to if you like a curry.
Other places to explore and enjoy for food in Leicester includes Grounded Kitchen (Korean cuisine), Meat Cure (burger bar), 200 Degrees (coffee, sandwiches and cake), and Northern Cobbler (a coffee shop and shoe shop rolled into one!).
In such a big student city as Leicester there was bound to be a good selection of nightlife to choose from. With 60,000 students to cater for the city’s bars and clubs have certainly stepped up to the plate and smashed it out of the park. Over the past few years there have been plenty of new bars and student specific club nights that have got the juices flowing and made the city an even more attractive proposition for students. Whether you are looking for comedy, live music, hip-hop, theatre, cheesy pop, or alternative music, Leicester has it all. More importantly, Leicester is one of those cities that has a community feel to it, and it is one of the safest nights out you will find anywhere in the UK. In fact, in many pubs, bars, and clubs throughout the city there is a genuine mix of students and locals getting along very well. With our luxury student accommodation in Leicester being pretty central you’ll be able to head out later without missing a thing, and come home without the need of a taxi fare.
Mosh is one of the biggest student nights on the weekly calendar for a night out in Leicester. It runs as an alternative club night every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. For years now it has been the place to be for the alternative student, with three floors of fun to be found. You can sing along to indie anthems, find the DJ with the dance and drum and bass classics, or dance the night away to chart hits.
Another big student favourite is Club Republic, which has an incredible selection of five different clubrooms and bars to explore. There truly is something for every taste here, and this is also the venue for university specific student nights each week.
If live performance is more your thing there are some pretty amazing smaller venues in the city, including The Cookie, which hosts both local and national artists from the world of music and comedy, and is always a packed out audience. Firebug offers something a little different, with a big beer garden open until the early hours of the morning, and a great selection of food to go alongside the fact it is a pretty cool live performance space too. The upstairs venue is home to live music, fun club nights, and even immersive cinema events. Other live music venues include The Shed (the longest-running Leicester live music venue), and The Soundhouse. Both venues have seen a whole host of big bands and artists come through the doors over the years, including homegrown favourites Kasabian. The Soundhouse is also host to a regular open mic night, so if you fancy yourself as the next Ed Sheeran head on down and put your name on the list!
Staying Fit And Healthy
A bustling and passionate city, Leicester certainly takes that approach to its love of sport. There is so much sport to both take part in and watch in this city and from your luxury Leicester student accommodation you will be able to find exactly what you want from your sporting life within either a short walk or from the readily available public transport options.
Football is king for many people in Leicester, and with the absolutely incredible resurgence and re-emergence of Leicester City Football Club over the last decade the city certainly loves the foxes. The Premier League title win in 2016 was one of the most cherished and sporting miracles ever witnessed and it was that year that Leicester was also awarded the title of the UKs Greatest Sporting City. The King Power Stadium is easily reached from your extravagant student accommodation in Leicester and under Brendan Rogers management it certainly promises to be exciting times in the city, with a group of attack-minded and young flair players to get bums off seats.
Leicester isn’t all about football alone though, with the Leicester Tigers one of the most successful Rugby Union teams around (you can watch them play at Welford Road). There are loads of good sports teams in the city actually, with a basketball team, speedway outfit, and Leicestershire Country Cricket Club. Leicester Racecourse can be found on the outskirts of the city and is home to over 30 race meetings every year, including the Ladies Day, which is always a very popular date on the calendar. The racecourse is a National Hunt and flat venue, and also doubles up as a great place for events and private functions. For those of you who love cycling there is even some elite cycling to be found in Leicester with the annual Leicester Castle Classic every summer.
At both De Montfort University and the University of Leicester you’ll find plenty of sports clubs and teams to join if you wish. De Montfort has a recently built sports centre that is aimed at helping create elite athletes, as well as providing everyday support to those looking to stay fit, play team and individual sports, and just to have some fun!
Leicester is also a city that is blessed with many luscious outdoor spaces and parks, which make for fun exploration if you enjoy running, cycling, or hiking. Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre offers affordable sessions for those looking for a bit more of a thrill from their sporting endeavours, including a zip-line, archery, climbing, and canoeing, to name just a few. It’s the perfect outdoor activity centre for thrill seekers.
Where To Shop
When you first move into our stunning Leicester student accommodation you’ll see that you’ve made the right choice with the quality of furnishings and space afforded you. It’s important though that you quickly get to grips with your surroundings and find the shopping outlets that will help you settle in quickly. You’ll need to find the local shops and supermarkets to help you fill the ample cupboard space in your amazing new kitchen, but you’ll also want to know where is best to head to find the brand names you know and love on the high street, and where to go to dig a bit deeper and find some independent gems.
Leicester Market is massive. If you don’t believe us then just look at its truthful tag as the largest outdoor covered market in the whole of Europe! There are around 300 stalls selling everything you can think of from vegetables and fruit from local producers, to meat and fish, and on to jewellery options, vinyl and other music, and clothing. The Farmers Market once a month is also a great place to find local produce of the highest quality.
If you are looking for high street brand names though you don’t have to go very far from your student accommodation in Leicester. Haymarket is a small shopping centre that is home to a few staples that you’ll want to get some cheap items in, such as TK Maxx and Primark. Highcross Shopping Centre is the larger shopping centre in town though, and is home to many a big name store, as well as a range of familiar coffee shops and restaurants, and even a multiplex cinema and a gym.
There are loads of independent stores in Leicester too, with quirky independent boutiques for clothes, crafts, music, and much more, especially in the West End, with the market one of the most vibrant places you can visit whilst living in the city. The Wardrobe is one such place that provides access to retro items, vintage print and flannel shirts, Fred Perry Collections, and 50s and 60s vintage dresses. Pink Pigeon on Silver Street is home to an astounding collection of vintage clothing, some of the finest in the region. If you’re looking for vintage cool to replenish your wardrobe and fashion a whole new image during your first time living away from home, the Leicester independent scene provides ample opportunity.
Leicester is an extremely friendly and vibrant city where there is always a smile to be found, laughter to be had, and events and attractions to explore. There are many popular events throughout the year and you’ll be able to enjoy as many as you like from the comfortable surroundings of your luxury Leicester student accommodation in the heart of the city.
Art And History
There are some really interesting spaces in the city, with The National Space Centre a big favourite for tourists and locals alike. The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is another big hit for those looking to explore some culture on a day out around town. A really interesting event that takes place in August is Portrait of a City, where Leicester is turned into an outdoor art gallery. You’ll find art all over town, representing the faces and the communities that make the city as vibrant and interesting as it is.
If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few hours there is some fantastic green spaces and parks to explore with a casual walk. Abbey Park is just a stone’s throw from the centre and is a really calm and inviting area to relax with friends, sit and get a suntan or read a book. Bradgate Park is a little further away but offers sumptuous views of the local countryside and beautiful wildlife.
The Curve Theatre is a place to catch some live drama, whilst touring bands often play De Montfort Hall. Street food is a fantastic event these days in most cities, and it does not disappoint in Leicester where Canteen in the Cultural Quarter plays host to a fantastic street food festival each month, with a whole variety of cuisines on show, switching with new street food stalls on a regular basis, as well as live music, comedy, and DJs spinning records all night long. It is the perfect event at the end of a hard month of work.
Other festivals that run throughout the year include the Handmade Festival, which is one of the biggest city music festivals in the UK – it runs May Day Bank Holiday Weekend and is located at the O2 Academy. For laughs, head on over to the Leicester Comedy Festival where you can see some of the finest examples of comedians in the country. Leicester is often seen as a stop off before comedians head to the Edinburgh Festival, so expect to see some amazing performers as they work out their sets for later in the year. It is a line-up that is always worth checking out.
Aside from those big events the Christmas Markets and Festive Ice Rink are always a big draw in the winter months, whilst you can take a tour of Leicester City Football Club and the Walkers Stadium if you are interested in sports. Whatever you are interested in this city is home to an interesting array of events and attractions to explore from your luxury student accommodation in Leicester.
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