So, the start of term is really close now and I’m sure all you freshers out there are filled with nervous excitement at the prospect of your new life in Leicester. Everyone should have their accommodation now and moving all your belongings in should fill up your first day in halls – especially if you’re like me and had to bring two(!) cars to fit everything in.
But beyond moving in and meeting your flat mates, some of whom may become life long friends, you’ll probably want to do some exploring of Leicester, to find out about the city you’ll come to call home. And if your parents are anything like mine, they’ll want to get a feel for where their child will be spending the next three, or possibly four, years.
There’s something for everyone in Leicester, so I’m going to give a brief overview of some ideas of what to do and what to see if you’re going to visit the city over your first few weeks at University.
If you’re into your high street shopping or designer brands, Highcross Shopping Centre is probably the place you’ll want to go first. With shops from Karen Millen, Hugo Boss, New Look and Burton, it’s likely you’ll find the one for you! The centre is also a great place to eat, with loads of different places to choose from – including Nando’s, so if you’re addict (like me!) you’ll be satisfied! You can find out more about Highcross has to offer over at their website.
If you prefer a shopping experience that’s a bit different, you might to want to visit the Lanes. The shops there are all independently owned and there are some lovely little stores that might take your fancy. There are five different streets that make up the Lanes – Cank Street, Carts Lane, Guildhall Lane, Loseby Lane and Silver Street – make sure you check out them all!
Renowned as the most creative part of Leicester, the cultural quarter is home to the Curve Theatre and the SoundHouse music venue. The night life in this area is thriving with a host of bars and even some award-winning restaurants. If you’re into art, whatever form it may take, you’ll definitely enjoy a visit.
As you probably know, Richard III’s remains were found in a Leicester car park and he has become somewhat of a figurehead for the University – he’s all over the 2014/15 prospectus! For you historians out there, there’s a whole host of Richard III related activities to get up to in Leicester, including a walking tour and a trip to the King Richard III Visitor Centre.
The Welford Road Stadium and the King Power Stadium, belonging to the Leicester Tigers and Leicester City FC respectively, are both located in central areas and easy to reach by both car and foot. I have had the opportunity to visit both stadiums and would recommend it highly if you’re a lover of rugby or football, or both! Perhaps you could see if there’s a game on one weekend?
I hope this has given you an idea of what you can do to get a feel for Leicester in your first couple of weeks here. Let me know if you find anything else that you think would be a good one to add to my list!