Hi there! One of the perks of living in Leicester is having a great city on your doorstep, I thought I’d run you through all the great places in Leicester, and the ones I especially love as an English student.
Queen’s Road Charity Shops
There’s nothing a student loves more than a bargain, am I right? And for an English student, or any avid readers, surely there’s nothing better than a bargain book. There’s a few good bookshops in Leicester but my favourite’s are always charity book shops like Loro’s and Age UK on Queen’s Road as the books are so cheap, usually around £1.50/£2.00.
Top Tip: students often give old course books to these charity shops, so be sure to take a look before your course starts to save money on your set texts.
Once you’ve found yourself some bargain books, there are plenty of cute and cosy coffee shops to enjoy a coffee with a good read. My personal favourites are; 6 degrees Coffee House on London Road, St Martin’s Tea and Coffee in St Martin’s square, and Northern Cobbler on Queen’s Road. An added bonus, all are super instagrammable if you’re into that!
David Wilson Library
A place I love to go and read all my course texts is definitely the David Wilson Library, the recently installed reading room on the ground floor means you don’t have to sit at a desk to do your reading and can enjoy a comfy armchair instead.
Top Tip: the library keeps almost all of the English set texts, go along before term starts to borrow these or request them as the term goes on. This will save you money especially on the pricey anthologies!
This is one for the warmer months (not quite appropriate this time of year). Victoria Park is also a great spot for reading or just chilling with friends in your time off uni. The scenery is super beautiful and it’s a pretty huge park. Last summer I even did a bit of my revision there as its really relaxing and it meant I could get an ice cream from the ice cream man in my revision breaks.
King Richard III Tomb
Most English students also have an interest in history, and you do have to know a lot of historical information on the course. A fun activity, especially for those of you who have or will study Shakespeare’s Richard III, is to visit the King Richard III tomb at Leicester Cathedral. I did this with my parents the first time they visited me in Leicester and they really enjoyed it too!
If you’re like me and you hate spending unnecessary money on bus fares, then the walk to city centre can be super lovely, providing you go a certain way. Walking down London road can often be noisy and not very scenic. Instead I love walking down New Walk, its really pretty and a much more relaxing walk as you don’t have the noise of the cars.