International students in the Leicester city centre

Discover the vibrant and multicultural city of Leicester

Thanks to its friendliness and energetic atmosphere, the city attracts students from all over the world.

Leicester enjoys all the advantages of a major city without being too big. It’s easy to navigate and you’ll soon feel at home. Our International Study Centre is located within the city centre, which means you will have convenient access to all the wonderful things Leicester has to offer.

Leicester has a large student population, which gives the city a young and lively atmosphere. Whether you enjoy shopping, culture or sports, you’ll find a huge choice of fun activities for when you want a break from your studies. Leicester is the most affordable city for first-year students (HSBC research).

Shopping and eating

You will find everything you need in The Highcross Shopping Centre. For something more unusual, take a wander around The Lanes where there are great boutiques and speciality shops, or visit Leicester Market - the largest outdoor covered market in Europe.

There are lots of places in the city centre where you can socialise with your friends. Near the University campus, Queens Road is a favourite with students. It offers quirky bars and shops with a relaxed feel.

Leicester’s cultural diversity is reflected in the wide range of foods available, with restaurants representing all corners of the world. The Golden Mile on Belgrave Road is famous for authentic Indian restaurants.

Arts and culture

Leicester offers you a fantastic chance to experience art and many different cultural celebrations. You can see theatre and musicals at Curve and De Montfort Hall, enjoy live music at numerous venues around Leicester, visit an art exhibition at the University’s Attenborough Arts Centre, and watch movies in Showcase De Lux and Phoenix Square.

Leicester’s Diwali (the festival of light) celebrations are the largest outside India, and the UK’s second biggest Caribbean Carnival in August has amazing party atmosphere.

You can explore Leicester’s history, including its Roman origins and associations with King Richard III, through its museums such as New Walk Museum and Art Gallery near the campus.

Sport in Leicester

Leicester is a city of sporting excellence. Leicester City Football Club plays in the Premier League against the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal; Leicester Tigers is England’s most successful rugby club; and our basketball team, Leicester Riders are recent British Basketball League (BBL), Play off and Cup champions.

Many other sport interests are catered for in the city and surrounding areas, including cricket, golf, Speedway, athletics, cycling, sailing and windsurfing.

Great transport links

Leicester is in the centre of England and well-connected by road, rail and air. London is just over an hour away by train, and many other places of interest are within easy reach, including Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of William Shakespeare), Oxford and Cambridge. If you want to visit other countries or travel home during the holidays, Birmingham and Heathrow airports are also close by, making the city easily accessible from other parts of the world.

Our students

Student Manal
Leicester is culturally diverse. You can find people from many backgrounds. I like Leicester because it’s very small and it’s a student-oriented city. It’s very easy to talk to people and make friends... [read more]

Manal from India

International Foundation Year - Economics and Management, progressed to BA Management Studies