So I’ve just got all moved into my house for this year (I did finally find one). This year I’m living a lot closer to the city centre than I have done before, in Leicester or in any other city. And I have a few observations to make about the differences between here and the areas like Clarendon Park (i.e. a nice student area next to the university but not too close to the city centre).
Firstly, the city is more expensive. Having said that, in terms of living costs, Leicester is pretty good, so it’s actually not that bad compared to other universities. And it is a lot noisier here, which is fine in the day but can be a bit of a pain at night, especially when (as I have found) you live on a major bus route.
Having said that, everything’s closer. There are at least 4 different supermarket branches within 5 minutes of walking. The cinema is close. Restaurants are close. Everything is just so much closer. Except maybe university itself, but to be honest I don’t mind walking an extra 5 minutes each morning and each afternoon, because every other journey I have to make is so much shorter.
I know it’s a little early for people to start looking at houses to move in to in a year’s time. But when you do start looking, if you find yourself asking whether you should live more in the city, or a bit out of it, there is no right answer. I’ve tried both, and they both have perks and flaws.