International students exploring Leicester

Living in the UK

Students in the UK enjoy a vibrant yet historical lifestyle.  An exciting place for young people, the UK has a rich culture, fascinating history and multicultural cities.

Welcome to the UK

The UK is a friendly place to live, making it a great place for international students. With such a huge multicultural community, you will always feel welcome in Leicester. You can embrace the city's history by visiting the grave of King Richard III, or look to the future with a visit to the Space Park.

Living in Leicester

Leicester is located in the middle of England, in a region known as the Midlands. From here, you have easy access to the rest of the country and beyond. Leicester is an ancient city, with parts dating back to Roman and medieval times. Despite this, Leicester is a modern city of science and has recently rebranded itself as UK Space City.

Multicultural community

The UK is home to people from all over the world, making it easy to discover different cultures, languages and food. As well as enjoying traditional British culture, you can use this time to experience the international atmosphere of Leicester. Visit the Golden Mile on Belgrave Road to enjoy delicious Indian food, or try a new cuisine at Leicester Market. The city is also home to the largest celebration of Diwali outside of India.

Leicester city centre

Life in Britain can vary from small towns to bustling cities. Most British universities are situated in cities. As a student of the International Study Centre, you are right in the heart of Leicester. St Georges Tower is located in the city centre, close to the train station and many other amenities. You will be surrounded by restaurants, shops and parks, so there is always something to do.

Within twenty minutes, you can walk to the University of Leicester. This campus has everything you could need – including restaurants, shops and a bank. You are also close by to the peaceful Victoria Park, connecting the city centre to the University.

Explore the UK

The UK has an effective transportation system, making it easy to travel around. Living in the UK also offers a great opportunity to explore the rest of Europe. As a big city, Leicester has many transportation options. It is easy to travel around the UK, as well as abroad.

Rail travel

The UK has a nationwide rail network that connects towns, cities and rural areas. It is usually faster to travel by train than by road. For the lowest prices, book advance tickets online, and always look out for student discounts.

Leicester is very well connected to other cities by rail – London St Pancras International is just over an hour away. From here, you can even take the train to France on the Eurostar.

Air travel

The UK has a wide choice of international airports. Leicester is located in the centre of England, so is within easy reach of several major airports:

  • East Midlands Airport (EMA) and Birmingham Airport (BHX) are less than an hour away by car
  • London Stansted Airport (STN) is two hours away by car
  • Manchester Airport (MAN) is two and a half hours away by car

Our students

Student Alexandra
This town is not as hectic as London. It’s not as busy, but still you get all the things you want. You feel relaxed going to university here. You’ve got everything you need, and at the same time you can enjoy the slow pace.

Alexandra from Hong Kong

Studied International Foundation Year in Science

Progressed to BSc Psychology with Neuroscience