As I’m sure you will be aware (for your own sake I hope you are, otherwise I’d be worried) that A-level results day is fast approaching and shortly many of you will be faced with a huge decision, potentially effecting the remainder of your life (no pressure).
Some of you will simply be clicking an inviting and exciting button that shouts ‘ACCEPT OFFER’ after reading a banner of relief that says ‘CONGRATULATIONS’. Some of you on the other hand (don’t worry you are not alone) will be facing the stressful world of clearing. This is where your results have not met the offer that the universities of your choice have offered you, leaving you without a place – instead you float around in clearing limbo, until you find yourself a place at university. UCAS recommend that you take the time to call up universities of your choice, to inquire about their vacancies.
I have been fortunate enough to not know what it is like to be part of the clearing process, however, I thought that if I created a constructive ‘pros and cons’ list about the University of Leicester, it may help some of you in deciding whether you would like to apply to Leicester after clearing has commenced. Of course these are all based on my own opinions.
– The University of Leicester is highly respected academically and is at the forefront of intellectual research – most recently the University has been credited for discovering the remains of King Richard III and previous to that the University has been globally acknowledged for the invention of genetic fingerprinting. So if you opt for Leicester, there’s no doubt that you’ll be making a prized decision.
– The campus is beautiful and super easy to navigate around. Most of the buildings are located in the same area so you don’t need to waste heaps of time attempting to find your lecture hall in the morning – bonus for your sleeping pattern. If you live farther away from campus, the bus services are pretty frequent.
– If you opt for Media and Sociology, you’ll hopefully find it incredibly thought-provoking, so if you choose the course, you will feel very intellectually stimulated as it encourages students to constantly question and assess the world around us.
– The facilities are user-friendly with cafes on tap and a quirky student’s union – we are the only university to have our own O2 academy, meaning we get some really cool bands in town and we have our own Starbucks!
– The University is relatively close to the city centre (about 30 mins walking and 10 mins by bus) and the walk is very easy going – if you take the New Walk option all the way in to town, you can avoid the traffic and enjoy the park views instead.
– Leicester city is crammed with things to do; all you have to do is look. At times the nightlife can be quiet but the upside is the vast collection of restaurants – the Highcross shopping centre and surrounding shops are bound to fulfil most of your shopping needs too.
– Leicester city possess a strong football and rugby following and with the grounds just around the corner from campus, there’s lots of opportunity to experience some sports.
– If you’re into fashion like I am, then you’ll be happy to know that Leicester has some brilliant second hand shops and vintage fairs that visit on a regular basis – result!
– If you’re interested in part time work whilst you’re at the University of Leicester, then you should find the process quite straightforward. Thanks to the endless supply of shops, bars, restaurants, and events industries, finding part time work should not be challenging.
– Being a multi-cultural city, traditions are strong in Leicester, so there are great cultural events and impressive cuisine available all year round (I had my first curry in Leicester and it’s safe to say I was blown away). Plus, being part of a huge mix of culture at the University, students are provided with the opportunity to learn about other people and their ways of life.
– The University has its own gym on campus (where student deals are great) so this is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle if you so wish.
– Travel-wise the University has great rail and bus connections to surrounding areas and cities. Plus, the taxi fares are incredibly fair.
– Leicester is reasonably quiet which for some isn’t a con, but for myself I found it a little disappointing in terms of nightlife – however this shouldn’t be the cause for not attending the university if your priorities are in the right place.
– Taking a split course can be challenging at times and if you’ve seen my previous blog posts on this topic, you’ll be able to understand the difficulties of having a slightly disorganised department at times, however this doesn’t take away from how much I enjoy my course.
– The newly refurbished library can get pretty hectic during exam period (expectedly), so if you want a quiet revision space, you need to get in quickly!
I hope this quick guide can be of some assistance in your decision making process. As you can see my Cons are hugely outweighed by my Pros as I think Leicester is a great city to be a student! Feel free to leave me any comments if you would like to ask any further questions.