By Study Inn

Located in the heart of the East Midlands, Leicester is a city with lots to offer students. Boasting a rich history, thriving centre, and plenty of fantastic places to eat and drink, it also has two world-renowned universities.

Here’s what those heading to Leicester need to know.


If you’re lucky enough to be going to university, the first thing you’ll want to find out about your chosen city is what it has to offer from an educational perspective. Home to two leading academic institutions – the University of Leicester and De Montfort – Leicester’s campuses are renowned for their cosmopolitan vibe and forward-thinking ethos’. The former is lauded for its ground-breaking research and business innovation, while the latter has a slightly more artistic slant.


The chance to live in luxury city-centre accommodation is a major selling point for Leicester, but you’ll also want to know what the shopping is like! While it’s not the most extensive in the region, the area’s retail centre nonetheless has plenty of independent shops and major department stores to choose from. These primarily spread outwards from the city’s famous clock tower, but can also be found at both St Martin’s Square and The Lanes.

Night life

It’s always appealing to know that you can come home to en-suite apartments after a night on the town, believe us when we say that you won’t be disappointed! Leicester has dozens of bars and clubs to choose from, many of them offering highly attractive student discounts. These include not only the university’s Student Union – home to the only on-campus O2 Academy in the UK – but also real-ale pubs and all-night-long clubs.

Eating out

While our Leicester student accommodation has amazing facilities for eating in, it’s still nice to treat yourself to a meal out on occasion, and Leicester has plenty of places to pick from. From cute-and-quirky coffee shops to Michelin-star restaurants, there’s something for every palette and occasion. Curry lovers, in particular, will be excited to learn that the city is famed for its Indian restaurants, and has long been considered the curry capital of the UK!


If you’re looking to fill your free time, there are also lots of fun places to visit nearby. Thanks to fantastic public transport access from our student accommodation in Leicester, you can easily explore the surrounding city, where you’ll find a superb range of attractions. These include the Curve, Highcross, and the National Space Centre, with the latter attracting visitors from across the UK. You’ll also find lots of museums and art galleries close by, as well as some truly sublime outdoor beauty spots.


Last but not least, you’ll quickly discover that Leicester hosts an array of events to keep you occupied all year round. Spread throughout the calendar, these include everything from sports matches and vintage clothes fair to TED talks and musical festivals. The Rum and Reggae event is a particular highlight, as are the many exercise classes that are on offer.

Book your student accommodation at Leicester University

Leicester really is a fantastic place to study for aspiring students, but to truly make the most of it, you’ll need accommodation that’s as high calibre as the city itself. This is what our fantastic team at Study Inn endeavour to offer, so why not get in touch today to book a place with us when our studios opens in September 2021?