Located just over an hour away from London by train, Leicester is a city packed with vibrant festivals and events, attractions, museums and arts and culture. We were named the 3rd most affordable city for students in the UK*, meaning you can enjoy all the perks of city living with a lower price tag – whilst studying at a top 25 UK university**.

To give you a flavour of what you could experience during your time at the University, here’s some insider tips for you …

Top 5 bites for under £10


Grounded Kitchen – from a Buddha bowl to Gochujang, Grounded Kitchen is an independent café serving up bowls of tastiness.
Mrs Bridges Tearooms – tuck in to traditional sandwiches, cakes and salads in one of Leicester’s local legends, Mrs Bridges.
World Peace Café – enjoy this vegetarian and vegan eatery, which offers a peaceful environment to unwind and chat to friends.
Halcyon – if you love a good breakfast to start the day, head to Halcyon (their pizzas, lunches and dinners are pretty special too) with authentic stone bake pizza oven.
Kayal – if you like it spicy, the award-winning Kayal offers authentic Keralan specialities.

Food & drink in Leicester

Top 5 for beats and bars


Brick & Beam – enjoy live jazz and hip hop beats.
2Funky Café – from tribute acts to live sets from music producers, 2Funky Café has a great calendar of musical events to enjoy.
O2 Academy – situated in the heart of campus, next to the Students' Union, the O2 hosts gigs that will suit all music tastes.
The Donkey - this pub presents an eclectic list of local and big-name acts.
WePresent – if dance music is your thing, enjoy a night of music producers and DJs on the decks.

Music in Leicester

Top 5 for #Insta


Cultural Quarter - fill your Insta feed with snaps of cool street art found around the Cultural Quarter.
Leicester Lanes – head to the old town of Leicester for stunning architecture where you will see historic buildings and the 934 year old Leicester Cathedral where King Richard III was laid to rest.
King Power Stadium – all the locals love a selfie outside the home of Leicester City Football Club.
John Lewis bridge, Highcross – look up and take a snap (you’ll see why when you go!)
Old John Tower, Bradgate Park – out in the county of Leicestershire, take a walk up to the tower and find out why it was called Old John.

Discover Leicester

We have lots of great insta spots on campus too – head to the new Percy Gee Building,
the listed Engineering building or David Wilson library.

Top 5 Festivals and Events


Caribbean Carnival – on the first Saturday of August the streets of Leicester are alive with vibrant parades and carnival beats from sound systems.
Bring the Paint – this event sees street art brought to the City from all over the world, with live art, skateboarding, breakdancing, BMX and live music.
Riverside Festival – a weekend of food stalls, arts and crafts, music and tasty street food.
Diwali – the largest celebration outside of India takes place along Leicester’s Golden Mile (Belgrave Road) each year.
Leicester Comedy Festival – from Romesh Ranganathan to Jimmy Carr, Leicester Comedy Festival has plenty of acts that will be sure to tickle your ribs.

Festivals and events in Leicester

Top 5 chill out spots


Victoria Park – known as the back garden to the University you can go for a run, meet with friends or chill in the surroundings.
New Walk – a conservation area that connects Victoria Park, the University and the City centre together. With stunning architecture and bars and cafés nearby, this is a great spot for some time out.
Abbey Park – in the summer, relax and unwind at Abbey Park, the place to head to for bonfire night. At other times, try out the boating lake, pets corner, sensory garden and explore the remains of the twelfth century Leicester Abbey.
Town Hall Square – situated in the heart of the City centre, grab some lunch and sit in the square with friends.
Castle Gardens – take in the views of the River Soar at Castle Gardens.

Chill out spots in Leicester

Top 5 for nights out


Curve – enjoy big show tunes or independent productions and dance in a spectacular award-winning theatre based in the Cultural Quarter .
Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre – from digital art to independent film, Phoenix is the perfect place for culture vultures.
De Montfort Hall – from The Beatles, David Bowie and Frank Sinatra to Chase & Status, Paloma Faith and Jimmy Carr – they’ve all performed at Leicester’s premier entertainment venue. It’s where your graduation will take place too.
Sue Townsend Theatre – renamed to honour legendary Leicester author
Sue Townsend. This is where Sue began her writing career, creating her first award-winning play, Womberang, as writer in residence. Enjoy local and national arts, music, theatre and dance companies.
Haymarket Theatre – located in the heart of the City centre, experience e-Sports along with stage shows and productions.

You can also tee off at Caddyshackers or Treetop Adventure Golf for some crazy golf, or bounce the night away at Boost Trampoline Park.

Nights out in Leicester

Top 5 days out


National Space Centre – for an out of this world experience (sorry!) head to the National Space Centre where you can discover all things space.
King Richard III Visitor Centre – find out about the life and times of King Richard III and his amazing discovery and identification by University archaeologists and geneticists.
Bradgate Park – situated outside of Leicester, you can explore 830 acres of Bradgate Park where you will see roaming deer, rocky outcrops and gnarled oak trees, some of which are over 500 years old.
Rutland Water – whether you cycle, sail or look out for ospreys, Rutland Water is the perfect spot on a sunny day. During the summer you can also take on the challenge of Aqua Park where you can slip, slide and splash your way across the north shore.
Watermead Country Park – if you fancy a spot of wind-sailing or paddle boarding, Watermead is the place to head to…. also great for picnics or bike rides.

Days out in Leicester

*Natwest Student Living Index 2019
**Times Higher Education World University Rankings