Cycling is a great way to get around in Leicester as a student. It’s cheaper than getting the bus and quicker than walking or being stuck in traffic (meaning you can stay in bed a bit later!), so it’s no wonder that it’s so popular with students. Cycling is also great for the environment and a great way to keep fit and get lots of fresh air.
In 1st year when I lived in Oadby Student Village I used my bike loads to get between halls and campus, it’s only a 15 minute ride. Now I live a lot closer so I tend to walk to uni but having a bike is still very useful for going further afield around the city.
Leicester city and the university are well equipped for cyclists. Lots of the major roads have cycle lanes or cycle paths on the pavement so cyclists are separate from the traffic. It also means during the rush hour you can beat the traffic jams. Leicester is also nice and flat meaning it’s very easy to get around by bike. It’s also easy to get out of Leicester on a bike and explore the surrounding countryside if you feel like you need a break.
The campus has ample bike racks available to lock up your bike whilst you’re at uni. There’s racks outside most buildings and even an underground bike store underneath the library where you can leave your bike securely and protected from the elements. There’s also bike sheds at all the halls of residence which you can hire a key for. The university security team also give away bike locks at the start of the academic year and sell them at a discounted rate throughout the year.
At this time of year cycling seems a bit less appealing especially in the evenings when it’s dark and cold, but as long as your bike has lights and you cycle fast enough then you’ll stay safe and warm!