Student Life in Leicester

Leicester is a cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city with close to 300,000 inhabitants. During term time, 12% of the city’s population are students


Leicester has a student population of about  35,000 student  and Leicester has a really young and vibrant feel to its social scene. 

Leicester has everything that a student could want in a city, it is lively and vibrant, but it is also a very cultural and beautiful county. Everyone within Leicester is welcoming to students and happy to help you. Through and through Leicester is a student city”.

Leicester and Leicestershire have three big universities,  Loughborough University, University of Leicester or De Montfort University. These Universities are major higher education providers in the United Kingdom. The Leicester undoubtedly is a student friendly city with its three universities and many colleges.


Leicester is a city that likes to celebrate and Leicester’s cosmopolitan character means that there is something grand happening in the city at most times of the year.

In winter, days of January and February attention tends to focus on the soccer and rugby at the Walker’s Stadium and Welford Road and the Leicester Comedy Festival brightens up the month of February with 10 days of laughter.

With warm weather, outdoor events become a feature of city life. The Belgrave Mela, an Asian carnival, runs over two days in June. Abbey Park is the setting for a music festival, a motor pageant and the City of Leicester Show, featuring top personalities and a wealth of attractions. Town Hall Square has its own programme of entertainments, and there is the living history festival based around Castle Park.

The Leicester International Music Festival in June brings world class musicians and offers 10 days of classical concerts and jazz.

In August, things get really hot with the dynamic Caribbean Carnival. The city’s annual Caribbean Carnival is the UK’s largest after Notting Hill and brings vibrancy and colour to the city. The procession dances its way around the city, displaying fabulous costumes and boundless energy, before settling on Victoria Park to party ’til late. This is quite a day and attracts thousands of visitors.

Students and visitors are spoilt for choice over the August bank holiday. The roar of aero-engines heralds the opening of the Leicester International Air Display, featuring both state of the art and vintage technology. And in Abbey Park, Leicester City Show celebrates another year in this vibrant city with entertainment, fairs, shows and fun. Its Green Arena takes an environmental look at our lives and celebrates green alternatives.

Longer nights welcome lighting-up time in the city with fireworks in Abbey Park and magical illuminations along Belgrave’s Golden Mile for the Hindu celebrations of Navratri and Diwali, the festival of light. The city’s Diwali (Hindu Festival of Light) celebration in October is the country’s largest and best and a must for every student to experience. You can be sure of an even warmer welcome than ever in the restaurants and shops of Belgrave and Melton Road, and the opportunity to see some wonderful performances of Indian dance.

Its festive time always in Leicester so Christmas follows shortly afterwards with even more brilliant lights and decorations in the city centre, and a festive programme of special events and street entertainment to maintain seasonal cheer. Leicester is the ultimate student city in the United Kingdom.

Night Life
Leicester has a bustling nightlife, whatever your taste; the city really does have something for everyone.

Throughout the city there is  a thriving music scene with the major venues 02 Academy and De Montfort Hall bringing in international acts, alongside more intimate venues such as The Musician, Firebug and Y Theatre hosting national touring bands and the best of Leicester’s music scene.

Bars and clubs
“As a place to go out Leicester is perfect! In addition to their usual club nights, every club and bar holds student-only nights with special student prices. There is plenty of variety so you won’t get bored of going to the same place each night. Leicester has a wide variety of bars, whether you want somewhere quiet to go for a drink or somewhere you can dance the night away”.

A quick breakdown of a general week in Leicester.

Mondays: Liquid (£1 a drink all night, cheap, gritty, get wasted and dance pretty much) or; Republic (Hot new superclub, this place is MASSIVE, im not exaggerating either, 5 clubs in one – its quality. Slightly more expensive, but still £2 Double Vodka Mixers)

Tuesdays: Superfly (decent enough, good for a change, nice chart/dance/rnb mixes, fairly cheap) or; Mosh (rocky/metally/ although have a DnB/Dubstep room, again, good for a change and not badly priced)

Wednesdays: Red Leicester @ Student Union (o2 Academy) (the FUNNIEST night of the week, most societies and sports teams have their bar crawls before red leicester, its amazingly cheesy (expect to hear Spice Girls/Macarena(sp) etc, better than it sounds).

Thursday: Chilli White (small, but great club. £1.50 a drink all night, 2 different rooms of music, quality night)

Friday: Big Shabang @ o2 Academy (SU) (not bad, but quickly gets boring. Mainly Chart/Dance). Fairly expensive fr what it is.

Saturday: Propaganda @ o2 Academy (massive Indie night, but again quickly gets boring. Cheap by usual Saturday night standards, fairly expensive by student standards).

“Shopping wise, Leicester is your perfect city – It has all the big shops that you get in Manchester or London, but closer together so you don’t have to drag your shopping bags miles! The buses from the halls of residence go past the University and into city centre, dropping you right in the heart of the city”.

Food and drink
“Leicester has a huge market which sells a vast range of goods, from fruit and vegetables to specialist Indian foods and ingredients. There is a fish market as well as lots of small businesses selling different types of food and drinks, and there are many small international shops”.

“Leicester has four big festivals throughout the year, all of which show the vibrant, multicultural atmosphere of the city, and they are all great for students. There is the Summer Sundae Weekender, which has been called a small version of Glastonbury! Leicester also holds an International Music Festival which brings international jazz and concerts to Leicester. Continuing on the music lines, there is also the Caribbean Carnival with a mixture of Caribbean music, food and costumes and is a great weekend out. Finally there is the Leicester Comedy Festival, the second largest outside Edinburgh”.