Leicester

Student Accommodation Leicester

Our student accommodation Leicester properties are located prime locations, close to university and the rest of this multi-cultural city. De Monfort University is 60 seconds away from Ben Russell Court on foot, and the University of Leicester is also just a short stroll.

The Wool Factory is equally well placed, with DMU just 5 mins walk away. Residents can choose from a delightful range of three- to five-bedroom shared student flats, studios and apartments, and all bedrooms enjoy quality furnishings and feature a large bed, spacious wardrobe and study area. Shared areas comes with a fully-equipped kitchen and a lounge area in which to relax on the sofa in front of the television. All bills are included and both our properties have laundry facilities and CCTV security: Ben Russell Court also benefits from on-site parking.

Leicester Universities

In Leicester you will find two highly regarded universities, The University of Leicester and De Montfort University. Each university is located within easy walking distances of luscious green open spaces, as well as the hustle and bustle of shops, bars and nightlife. Just a ten-minute train journey outside of Leicester is Loughborough University. With three highly rated Universities in such close proximity, you can see why Leicester is such a popular city of choice for students from all over the UK and abroad.

The University of Leicester is known in recent years for the discovery of the remains of Richard III, as well as being famous for the invention of genetic fingerprinting. It is a prestigious University that has a vibrant campus. You’ll find the gorgeous Victoria Park with its green open spaces and tree-lined paths, as well as a range of shops, bars and restaurants, and the O2 Academy for live music, all within a stone’s throw of the University.

At De Montfort University students are welcomed through the leafy stroll of New Walk, with the University located in the midst of stunning medieval buildings such as the Magazine Gateway and Leicester Castle. At its heart De Montfort is home to a stunning, multi-million pound sports centre to suit all types of sporting pursuits. The University is split into four faculties: Art, Design, and Humanities; Business and Law; Health and Life Sciences; and Computing, Engineering and Media.

Loughborough University is only 10-minutes by train from the centre of Leicester, and is therefore the third University that can be easily accessed by students choosing to live in the city. It is well known and highly regarded as a University that specialises in elite sports programmes. Alongside the programmes aimed at sporting excellence in a number of disciplines, Loughborough also ranks highly within engineering and technology circles, with a consistently high student experience in all specialisms.

With a diverse range of top class Universities in the city and it’s nearby surroundings, Leicester is a thriving student city, with something for everyone and every interest. It’s no wonder it is a growing student city of over 60,000 students, many of whom decide to stay on after completing courses at the city’s universities.

Eating Out in Leicester

As a student you want to know you can get a good, cheap feed when you need it. In Leicester there is the best of both worlds, with a growing culture of cuisine that offers student-friendly places to sit and enjoy a cheap meal and a cup of coffee, alongside some stunning examples of food, exciting and diverse cuisine, and also one of the best selection of Indian restaurants in the whole of the UK.

The quality of curries on offer is a great place to start, and as Leicester has the largest Indian population in the UK, the Golden Mile on Belgrave Road has become a mecca for those looking for Indian food. It is also a relatively inexpensive way to eat as a student, offerings of fantastic food and BYOB allowing you to save some money by bringing your own alcohol along to the meal. Along the Golden Mile and Narborough Road (which is a popular area for students of De Montfort University to live) offer all-you-can-eat buffets at weekends – the perfect antidote to a hard week of study.

There is plenty of diverse cuisine throughout the city for students to enjoy however, from the exciting Korean cuisine coming from Grounded Kitchen on Queens Road – and their soul-nourishing and full-of-goodness Buddha Bowls, to Meat Cure and its fantastic range of burgers. There really is something for everyone and for all tastes. For students both of these restaurants offer great prices, and Meat Cure has a 25% student discount on offer and 2-4-1 beers and cocktails between 5pm and 7pm each evening.

Other popular eating out destinations includes the coffee shop 200 Degrees – which offers an ever-changing menu of salads and sandwiches. There are some truly astonishing fillings available, at a good price, and the setting is relaxing. The café provides plenty of comfortable seating, plugs and strong Wi-Fi, the perfect stop off for a hardworking student to do some work and have a spot of lunch. Northern Cobbler is another favourite with Leicester students. Located on Queens Road, it doubles up as a shoe shop. The quirky setting is popular with groups of students due to the wide range of coffee on offer – from sweet through to savoury. An idiosyncratic stop off to refuel and re-charge for the day on coffee.

One of the most popular food stops on the Leicester student map is The Fish & The Chip. It is a sit down fish and chip restaurant that you’ll spot behind the giant Union Jack on Jubilee Square. For students it is an ideal place to get those comforting fish and chips that makes you feel at home. There is a 10% student discount at all times, and a daily happy hour that includes some mad cocktails, such as the Mint Chocolate Chip Cornetto and Candy Floss Daiquiri!

Leicester Nightlife

We know of course that there is a large proportion of you that are reading the other info and wondering when we are going to get to the good bits – the nightlife! Leicester, as a thriving student town, has seen an explosion in nightlife in recent years. There really is something for everyone, with student pub crawls organised for newcomers, a thriving indie music scene, club nights, comedy, drinks offers and more importantly a really friendly city-wide vibe where locals and students can mix with ease. With our student accommodation in Leicester being so handily located you’ll be able to reach all the top bars and restaurants on foot, without the need to worry about a taxi fare home at the end of the night in most cases.

For an alternative club night, Mosh is every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, offering three floors of grimy club fun. It has been a staple on the student scene for well over a decade, and you can sing along to chart hits, dance to drum and bass, or lose yourself in indie rock anthems. Club Republic is a massive club on the site of the old Zanzibar, offering five different club rooms and bar areas, with different type of music playing in each. Both the University of Leicester and De Montfort have student nights at Club Republic.

If you like to see some live music The Shed on Yeoman Street is the place to be as the oldest live music venue in Leicester. Located in the heart of the Cultural Quarter, The Shed is open 7-nights a week, with many live music offerings, film nights and gaming events. It is a well-trodden venue for up and coming bands, and is known as the location of local favourites Kasabian’s first ever gig in the late-90s! The Soundhouse is another important venue on the local music scene and they host regular open mic nights in the Cultural Quarter.

For something a little more intimate, The Cookie is home to music shows and comedy gigs, from Royal Blood and Rag & Bone Man, to George Ezra and Jon Richardson to name just a few. Located on the High Street, it’s always a hot ticket in town! Another solid favourite on the scene is Firebug on Millstone Lane. It’s a wonderful place to just chill out with some beers in the garden (where it is open till 4am), or for food in the week. Aside from that though, Firebug is also a beacon for live events and entertainment in its upstairs venue. Here you’ll find live music, silent disco club nights, immersive cinema events and much, much more.

Whether you are looking for a night out drinking, a cheap and tasty meal with friends, a laugh at a comedy night, or a big night out at a club night, Leicester is a friendly and safe student city, with your student accommodation close to all the action and a safe haven after a night out.

Sport in Leicester

Leicester is a passionate sporting city and with our student accommodation in Leicester you’ll be in the heart of something very special. We all saw how passionate the city is during 2016 where Leicester provided the biggest sporting shock of all time by winning the Premier League (a year in which the city was also voted the UKs Greatest Sporting City).

If you are a lover of football then you’ll love Leicester, with a tour of the King Power Stadium a must. Home to top-flight Premier League football means you have the chance to witness the cream of the footballing world visiting the city every other weekend throughout the season. If you are more of a lover of rugby, Leicester has you covered too! Welford Road is home to the Leicester Tigers, who are regularly fighting for honours at the top of the league. Aside from football and rugby there is a whole host of other sporting teams to cheer on, including the Leicester Riders basketball team, the Leicester Lions Speedway, and Leicestershire County Cricket Club. There is even the annual Leicester Castle Classic each August which is a competition involving elite cyclists.

For lovers of horse racing Leicester Racecourse is an important location, with 31 race meetings hosted throughout the year. This includes the very popular ladies day, and the family fun day. It is a dual flat and National Hunt venue, and is also a brilliant venue for private events, exhibitions, and other types of events. There is always something happening at Leicester Racecourse to keep an eye on.

Leicester isn’t just a city where you can consume sport as a spectator it also provides the perfect options for those sportspeople in you. As mentioned, De Montfort is home to a stunning multi-sports complex on campus, providing you with access to a whole host of sporting pursuits and hobbies to take up. There is also many green, open spaces and parks in the city. There are plenty of options for runners and ramblers to explore, from Leicester’s riverside, to the peaceful Aylestone Meadows, Abbey Park.

For the adventurous types, Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre is the perfect location to take part in activities that will stimulate you, get the heart pumping, and educate at the same time. It offers affordable sessions for individuals or groups, including access to canoeing, climbing, orienteering, zip-line, and archery. If you love the outdoors and keeping fit, this is a fun place to stay active whilst you study in Leicester.

From outdoor pursuits, sports centres and University sports clubs, to live sporting events such as football, rugby and horse racing meetings, there is something for everyone in Leicester for those of you interested in sport.

Shopping in Leicester

There is a wide variety of shopping opportunities on offer for a student in Leicester, and with our centrally-located student accommodation you’ll be ready to go, and won’t have to carry those bags of goodies very far home! Let’s start with those looking to shop on a budget. Leicester Market is the largest outdoor covered market in Europe, and is home to around 300 stalls in total. Here, you’ll find everything you could ever dream of, from fresh fruit and veg for those cooking on a budget, to clothing, jewellery and music. Every month there is also a Farmer’s Market providing access to great value produce from local suppliers.

Highcross Shopping Centre provides all of the High Street brands that you know and love. At this large shopping centre you can spend your student loan as you see fit on hours of shopping on the high street. More than this though, Highcross Shopping Centre is also home to a gym, a large multi-screen cinema and a large selection of restaurants and coffee shops. It is a firm favourite with students in the city.

There is something for everyone though, as we said, and in Leicester there is a selection of outlets geared towards those students looking for something a little more vintage and quirky. Two of the favourite clothing stores are Pink Pigeon and The Wardrobe. At Pink Pigeon on Silver Street you’ll find all the retro Adidas and Burberry feels, one of the best collections of vintage and retro clothing you’ll find in the whole city. At The Wardrobe, you’ve got access to a retro store that has been running since 1988. There are various collections at any given time, but you can always expect to find vintage print, flannel shirts, 60s dresses and Fred Perry collections to inspire you.

Whether you are searching for the latest fashion trends, cheaper student offers, or vintage and retro gear, Leicester has something for everyone. As students in the city you’ll find that there is a lovely selection of clothing and shopping options on offer.

Leicester Events

As a growing, multi-cultural and student-friendly city, there is always a popular and exciting event occurring in Leicester. As a future Leicester-student, our accommodation is the perfect place for you to be, at the centre of all of these inspiring and exciting events throughout the year. Let’s take a look at a few of the highlights.

One of the most popular things to do in Leicester is to take in tours of various places. If you are a sports fan, a tour of the Walkers Stadium provides you with all the insight into how a top Premier League club functions. You’ll also see the story behind the magic of the 2016 Premier League win that astounded the world! At just £15 per adult, it is well worth a visit. The National Space Centre is also a popular trip for students and locals alike, with year-round exhibitions and collections, as well as annual passes available.

The Festive Ice Rink is set up on Jubilee Square in December for a month of Christmas fun and frolics on the ice. As students it is the perfect time of year to let your hair down with friends, take on a spot of ice skating and take a ride on the giant Ferris wheel, before heading home for the Christmas break.

If laughter is your thing, the Leicester Comedy Festival is sure to bring out the belly laughs for you and your friends. It is the largest, and longest running festival of its type outside of Edinburgh and is home to hundreds of comedy shows in February, across multiple city-wide venues. In the past, Leicester Comedy Festival has hosted such big names as Stewart Lee, Jimmy Carr, Jason Manford and more. It is also a great place to see popular comedians trying out new material in tiny venues, as warm ups for larger shows. The comedy festival line-up is always worth keeping an eye out for.

Handmade Festival is a city centre festival that takes over the 02 Academy each May Day Bank Holiday and is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed city festivals in the UK. There have been some big hitters perform as part of Handmade over the years, with 2019 no different. The line-up includes Metronomy, The Futureheads and Ibibio Sound Machine.

As a city with such a rich and vibrant cuisine, Leicester is also home to Canteen, a fantastic street food festival in the heart of the Cultural Quarter. This runs on the last Friday of every month at LCB Depot and you can expect to see a revolving door of some of the best street food from throughout the UK. It always ends up one big food party, with a pop up cocktail bar, DJs and music, live comedy and other treats!

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