Leicester Student City Guide
Leicester is a vibrant and stimulating city best known for its multiculturality and world-class universities. With a rich history, the city has plenty of historic attractions to visit, as well as award winning art venues, amazing parks, and a great vibrant and varied shopping scene. If you want to get away from the dynamic city, there are several parks for you to get lost in, including one where hundreds of deer roam free!
After a long day of studying, the city has many options for you to choose from on how to spend your evenings and weekend: from edgy stand-up comedy to intimate live music venues, from student hangouts, rustic pubs, and some of the best Indian cuisine the UK has to offer. You’ll always find somewhere new to explore!
Apart from Leicester Coffee House Company, the city has plenty of options to hang out with friends, study or have dinner with your bestie:
As well as our top pick, the Showcase Cinema, Leicester has loads of entertainment options. The most popular with students include:
Midlands Roller ArenaMidlands Roller Arena is the place to go if you want to try something different, this is the activity for you! At Midlands Roller Arena you’ll have the opportunity to spend your Friday evening at their fun-filled skating disco, with music from their resident DJ and disco lights!
Ferneley’s Adventure GolfFerneley’s Adventure Golf is a family run dairy farm, its 9-hole adventure golf course is themed around farming and there is also outdoor patio seating and indoor café for those wanting to sample some of Ferneley’s fabulous homemade ice-cream or even order an afternoon tea, a must-do British tradition.
In such a city the size of Leicester, the shopping-scene can’t be missed, especially if you’re student!
Whether you are an art or history lover, Leicester has loads of well-known and excellent quality venues to visit:
Attenborough Arts CentreAttenborough Arts Centre is the perfect place for the art lovers. It was founded by famous local film start and director Richard Attenborough, whose brother, David, you will know because he is the most famous biologist and natural historian in the world. The arts centre offers a stimulating environment where you’ll be able to see exciting and inspiring contemporary art exhibitions, and take part in free lectures, debates, talks, tours, and workshops.
Leicester CathedralLeicester Cathedral is a Grade II-listed building dating back to the 13th century, it is known for housing the remains of King Richard II, who was discovered under a car park in Leicester in 2012. Outside the cathedral, you can take a walk through the public garden, where flowers, trees, and a water fountain surround the site’s gravestones and stone pathways.
When you need to get out of the city, don’t worry, Leicester has big green spaces where you can get back in touch with Mother Nature.
Leicester is not as expensive as cities like London and Birmingham; however, you might consider getting a job. Many students find a job within the university as student ambassadors or university application mentors. Apart from gaining some relevant skills such as learning how to handle groups, working under pressure, and managing other students, you’ll gain some extra money that’ll help you to better enjoy your university experience.
Need a side-hustle with maximum flexibility? You could try part-time tutoring or becoming a web writer. Since the pandemic, opportunities to work remotely are now plentiful; the content creation and writing industry are always looking for people for just a few hours per week. According to The Balance (2022), the best platforms to find a job are Indeed (overall) and LinkedIn (best for connecting directly with recruiters). You can also check out StudentJob specifically for jobs suitable for students.
Leicester, apart from its multiculturality and history, is one of the best cities to find work and has been recognised among the country’s start-up hotspots (Capital on Top), and we just know how important it is for you to get right into the world of work after you’ve graduated!