Things to do on campus at the University of Leicester

Students enjoy a drink at the Starbucks cafe in the Students' Union of the University of Leicester campus.

The International Study Centre is right in the heart of Leicester. This puts you in the perfect place to explore all the great things to see and do – both on and off campus. With the city centre right on your doorstep, a twenty-minute walk takes you to the leafy University of Leicester campus.

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the range of campus activities and facilities on offer. Here are our top picks for places to check out when you get to the University of Leicester campus.

Students’ Union

The University of Leicester Students’ Union is home to the O2 Academy Leicester. It’s one of the city’s top music venues, which attracts well-known bands and artists. Dizzee Rascal, Scouting for Girls and local band, Kasabian have all been on the listings here. As a student, you may be entitled to priority tickets for certain gigs.

Coffee break

Need some time to relax? Grab a coffee or a cool drink from the on-campus Starbucks and head to the Square. This social space is like your living room on campus. It’s a comfy place for you to hang with friends or meet new people. Find it in the Percy Gee Building.

Study essentials

The Point stationery shop on campus has everything you need to prepare for your classes. Need some cash to buy what you need? There’s an on-campus Santander bank to make it easier for you to take care of your student finances.

Something new

There are around 200 campus clubs and societies to choose from, so you’re sure to find something to capture your imagination. Learning a new skill is a great way to bond with likeminded students. How about trying knitting, airsoft (like paintballing) or Quidditch? 

Making media

Hear the latest up and coming bands as they try to make it in the music industry. The University’s own student radio society, LUSH, plays all the next big names in music. You can watch LUST, the Leicester University Student TV Society. And the Ripple student newspaper keeps the campus up to date with the latest news. As a Leicester student, you can also join in!

Political career

If you dream of being a political leader, there’s no better place to begin than on the Leicester campus. You can run for election as a representative for your course or a Union Council member. Some students even get elected to be a Students’ Union Sabbatical Officer.

Find out more about living in Leicester and discover what a vibrant and multicultural place to live it is.