Last updated: Wednesday 6th April 2016
Leicester is a busy city located just three miles from our South Wigston Campus. The cost of living in Leicester is inexpensive compared to other major cities. Leicester is set in the heart of the East Midlands, only 100 miles north of London; Leicester is a wonderfully diverse city, with many cultures and languages spoken here and many festivals that happen throughout the year. It has many places of interest such as the Curve Theatre, New Walk Museum and fantastic shopping at the Highcross Shopping Centre. Leicester has restaurants from around the world and is famous for the range of Asian food available. There are also many sports to play or watch including Leicester Tigers Rugby Club and Leicester City Football Club.
Places for Shopping
Leicester is a great place for shopping, with everything from designer labels to small, individual boutiques.
The recently-built Highcross Shopping Centre has a wide range of shops, designer stores, restaurants, a cinema and coffee shops.
Leicester Lanes is one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of Leicester, here you will find the Silver Arcade and the St Martin’s Square which both have many independent shops, hairdressers, beauty salons and cafes. Nearby is Leicester Market which is situated in the heart of the city centre and is one of the largest and oldest in the UK. In 2011 it was voted Britain’s Favorite Market. The market is open six days a week, with over 300 stalls, selling fresh food, ethnic spices, clothing, jewelry, footwear and much more. Coming soon to Leicester Market is a new Student and Young Persons’ Market.
Fosse Shopping Park is a large shopping district and is located around 15 minutes away from South Leicestershire College. It offers a wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants, as well as services such as a Bureau de Change and public telephones.
Places of Interest
Leicester is conveniently located for travel to many major cities, including London (1 hour, 15 minutes), Birmingham (50 minutes), Cambridge (1 hour, 30 minutes) and the Peak District (1 hour, 18 minutes), with its beautiful countryside and picturesque towns and villages.
Leicester has many museums, such as the National Space Centre which has a futuristic Rocket Tower and the largest 360° planetarium in the UK. The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester’s original museum has a wide ranging collections and displays spanning the natural and cultural world.
Leicester has many historical buildings going back to Roman Times and beyond such as the Jewry Wall and attached museum with archaeology tracing Leicester’s origins from prehistoric times to the medieval period. Within the city there is also the impressive Leicester Cathedral which is proposing to act as the last burial place for the remains of Richard III, which were recently discovered in the city where they had remained for more than 500 years. In the shadows of the cathedral is the medieval Guild Hall and exhibition centre, which tells the story of King Richard III, his life and times and the search for his lost remains.
Outside of the city in the surrounding countryside there is Belvoir Castle, The Manor House in Coalville and Bosworth Battle Field.
Days Out and Going Out
Leicester has an exciting and lively nightlife with many pubs, clubs and restaurants, some of which have student nights. You can also find live music and theatre at the Curve Theatre, DeMontfort Hall and Phoenix Square. There are several cinemas, including the newly-opened Cinema de Lux in the Highcross Shopping Centre.
Leicester also prides itself on its cultural night life. From more up-market areas such as Braunstone Gate and The Cultural Quarter to spectacular cultural experiences on Leicester's Golden Mile, home to the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India.
There are also lots of opportunities to take part in sports or to watch professional sports teams such as:
Find out more by visiting www.thingstodoinleicester.com
Leicester is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the UK which makes it an exciting place to study and live. As well as Leicester’s famous Golden Mile, there is a great variety of international cuisine, such as Spanish, Japanese, Greek and traditional English. Every year Leicester has a Caribbean Carnival and the Mela Festival, which celebrates South Asian art and Indian culture. Leicester also has the largest Diwali celebrations outside India.
For shopping, Leicester’s Golden Mile on Melton Road, has a wonderful choice of Asian foods, fashion and jewellery. You can find temples and churches throughout Leicester and in Evington you can find one of the city’s largest mosques.
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