Where do most students live in Leicester?
Leicester is a friendly city bursting with heritage and culture. It’s also home to a clutch of universities, including the University of Leicester, De Montfort University, and Leicester College, and there are many different neighbourhoods where students can live. Some of the most popular areas for students in Leicester include Bede Riverside Park, Clarendon Park and Highfields. In this blog post, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the best areas to live in as a student in Leicester with helpful tips.
Overview of student accommodation in Leicester
Leicester is a popular destination for students from around the world. More than 40,000 students choose to study in the city and as a result, it’s a place with a rich mix of people and things to do. Student accommodation in Leicester is varied, with options ranging from dedicated student apartments to shared houses and flats. Project Student offers safe and secure student accommodation in the heart of Leicester. The Leicester One and Button Factory buildings are designed to provide students with a comfortable and convenient living environment.
Breakdown of where most students choose to live
Neighbourhoods such as Clarendon Park, West End, Oadby and the City Centre all have large populations of students. In all of these areas, you’ll find plenty of shops, transport links, bars and restaurants on your doorstep.
Clarendon Park is a charming and vibrant suburb of Leicester, located to the south of the city centre. The area attracts young families, professionals and lots of students. It’s a desirable location for its proximity to the University of Leicester, Victoria Park, a variety of shops and lots of popular restaurants including The Queen’s Road Tap, The Fish and The Chip, and The Tiny Bakery. Plus, it’s a 25-minute walk from King Power Stadium where you can catch a glimpse of local football team Leicester FC. One thing to note is student accommodation in Clarendon Park can be quite expensive. As much as it might be well located, the monthly rent could stretch your finances over budget.
Located just east of Leicester city centre is where you’ll find Highfields. This neighbourhood really has a sense of community with several well-developed institutions, including the African Caribbean Centre and Melbourne Centre. Student accommodation varies from private lets to dedicated student apartments including The Oval. Here you’re within a stone’s throw from the University of Leicester and just a short walk from De Montfort University. Highfields has heaps of local shops and businesses, offering everything from fresh produce to clothes. And nearby Belgrave Road is particularly well-known for its Indian shops and restaurants. Overall, Highfields is a vibrant and multicultural neighbourhood with plenty to offer, from its diverse food scene to its green spaces and local shops.
Leicester City Centre
Leicester City Centre has it all. From enjoying your favourite cocktail on nights out and dancing until the wee hours, to ancient relics and the city’s Roman quarter, there’s a lot to see and do right on your doorstep. However, it’s worth bearing in mind the City Centre can get busy and you might find you’re navigating hordes of visitors to make it from one side of town to another. Project Student’s dedicated apartment building, Hops House is located just outside the busy City Centre. Here you can experience the best of both worlds, being within walking distance from Leicester’s hustle and bustle while also being far away enough to avoid any crowds.
How to make a decision that suits your lifestyle and budget
When it comes to choosing where you want to live in Leicester, start by considering the type of lifestyle you want at university. Are you looking for accommodation in the heart of city life? Or an off-campus house with a bunch of friends? Or maybe you want to live close to campus alongside lots of other students? Once you’ve answered these questions, you can start to weigh up the pros and cons of each neighbourhood.
It’s also worth researching the most popular neighbourhoods for students in Leicester to help inform your decision. Our best tip? Visit the areas to get a feel for them before settling for a particular location.
When looking for somewhere to live in Leicester, it’s important to know your budget. Start with a figure in mind and keep a record of the different costs involved for each student accommodation option you see. This will help you create a side-by-side comparison of all of the expenses involved so you can see which neighbourhood offers accommodation that best aligns with your budget.
All of Project Student’s dedicated apartments in Leicester come with bills included, which makes budgeting a lot easier.
Leicester is a popular city in the UK to study so it’s little wonder there are several established and diverse student neighbourhoods.
Here at Project Student, we offer some of the best-dedicated student apartments the city has to offer. For more information about Leicester One, The Oval Walk, Hops House, The Button Factory or Inka Studios you can contact our friendly team either by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling on +44 (0)333 050 0099.
Posted on May 3, 2023