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Student accommodation in Leicester city centre, Leicester

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Universities close to Leicester city centre


Curve Theatre


Highcross Shopping Centre




De Montfort University


University of Leicester


Curve Theatre


Highcross Shopping Centre




De Montfort University


University of Leicester


About student living in Leicester city centre


Leicester city centre is, as you might expect, a very central area with excellent transport links. Student houses in Leicester city centre are just a ten-minute walk from De Montfort University and a fifteen-minute bus ride from the University of Leicester. You will also have easy access to Leicester train station if you need to get around the wider city or pop home for a weekend visit.


Leicester city centre is a hub of history and culture with something new to explore on every corner. Take a wander through the streets and you’ll see noteworthy landmarks like The Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower and impressive sites like the Leicester Cathedral. With impressive architecture surrounding Leicester city centre student accommodation, the area is a great place to live.

Food and Drink

Student accommodation in Leicester city centre is surrounded by places to eat and drink. If you like pubs, The Distillery offers unique gins in a rustic atmosphere, or The Rutland and Derby Arms serves up quirky twists on pub classics and excellent cocktails. There’s also a brilliant selection of food options. Be sure to pick up some traditional Indian street food at Kayal and grab a delicious pizza at Dough What. And don’t miss Herb, a plant-based restaurant serving up aromatic cuisine from Kerala.


There’s plenty to get stuck into in Leicester city centre. Catch a live performance at the Curve Theatre or explore the exhibitions and art house films at Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre. You can also explore the many interactive exhibits at King Richard III Visitor Centre. And, of course, Leicester city centre has a brilliant nightlife. Don’t miss the student nights every week at The Fan Club, Mosh, and Club Republic.


You’ll never have to go far to get to the shops when you live in Leicester city centre student accommodation. Head to Highcross Leicester or Haymarket Shopping Centre to browse the high street shops and department stores until your heart’s content. You can also visit Leicester Market, to explore the hundreds of stalls offering everything from fresh food and produce, to clothes and electronics.

Student Housing

The wide range of student accommodation Leicester city centre has to offer means there is something for everyone. There are Leicester city centre student properties to suit every taste and budget, from shared student houses to purpose-built apartments. Have a browse of our student housing in Leicester city centre and find your next home, today.

FAQs about student accommodation in Leicester city centre

Is Leicester city centre a student area?

As it is located so close to De Montfort University and the University of Leicester, Leicester city centre is very popular with students.

Is Leicester city centre safe?

As you might expect from such a central urban area, the crime rates in Leicester city centre are higher than in some other areas of Leicester. However, as long as you take sensible precautions like walking with friends at night and locking your doors and windows when you leave, you should feel safe living in student houses in Leicester city centre.

How far is the University of Leicester from Leicester city centre?

The University of Leicester is 1.2 miles from the city centre, so you can walk there in under twenty-five minutes or get there in just fifteen minutes on the bus.

How big is Leicester city centre?

Leicester is a large city, but the city centre is small enough to explore comfortably on foot. There are also convenient transport links to other areas, so you shouldn’t struggle to get around when living in student accommodation in Leicester city centre.

Does De Montfort University provide accommodation?

De Montfort University has three halls of residence near their campus, and relationships with six other privately owned halls in the city. Typically students live in halls in their first year before moving into private student houses in Leicester city centre and the surrounding areas for the rest of their time at university.

Is Leicester city centre a good place to live?

Leicester city centre has a vibrant atmosphere, extremely convenient transport links, and plenty to get stuck into. With an excellent balance of history, culture, and nightlife, Leicester city centre is a great place to live.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Leicester city centre are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Whilst tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks' rent per person, it is more common for student deposits to be in the lower £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in Leicester city centre can be rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51-week fixed-term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52-week contracts are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in Leicester city centre are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose-built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses across Leicester.

Latest student property news in Leicester

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