International students in the Leicester city centre

Discover the vibrant and multicultural city of Leicester

Leicester may be a big city, but it is easy to find your way around.

Young people come to study here because of its friendly, energetic atmosphere. It is also the most affordable university destination in the UK, according to HSBC (2014 and 2015).

You will soon feel at home in Leicester.

Our International Study Centre is in the city centre. This gives you convenient access to all the amazing things Leicester has to offer.

Take a break from your studies to enjoy the shopping, culture or sports. You are sure to find something to suit you.

Shopping and eating

You will find everything you need in The Highcross Shopping Centre. For something more unusual, take a wander around The Lanes. Here you will find 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 for socialising with your friends. Near the University campus, Queens Road is a favourite with students. Discover quirky bars and shops with a relaxed feel.

Leicester’s cultural diversity shines through the wide range of foods available. The city's restaurants represent all corners of the globe. For authentic Indian food, walk to the famous Golden Mile on Belgrave Road.

Arts and culture

Experience Leicester's art scene and enjoy a wide variety of cultural celebrations. You can see theatre performances and musicals at Curve and De Montfort Hall. There is plenty of live music going on at 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 has an amazing party atmosphere here each August.

Explore Leicester’s history through museums such as New Walk Museum and Art Gallery near campus. The city has interesting Roman origins and associations with King Richard III.

Sport in Leicester

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

You will find plenty of places to indulge your sporting interests in and around the city. Nearby sports include 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 little over an hour away by train. Many other places of interest are within easy reach. They include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare; Oxford and Cambridge. Birmingham and Heathrow airports are close by. This makes it easy to visit other countries or travel home during the holidays.

Students' Union

The Students’ Union is at the heart of the University of Leicester’s campus. The award-winning* Students’ Union is a great space to relax between classes. Filled with a variety of shops, cafes, and bars, it’s your one stop place to find everything you need. As well as providing support and advice services to students, the Union is home to different clubs and societies for almost every interest.

Parks and green spaces

Leicester is home to many parks and green spaces, each with something different. The area is home to lakes, wildlife areas, and historical buildings. Whether you want to stay close to the city or explore the countryside, there’s something for everyone.


The University has a vibrant music scene and is home to its own music venue, the O2 Academy Leicester. The venue hosts lots of top bands, as well as more local acts playing on the smaller stages. Some acts you can see in Leicester include White Lies, Sundara Karma, and The Smyths.

*Winner of the NUS Students’ Union of the Year Award 2013


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