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Student accommodation in Westcotes, Leicester

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Universities close to Westcotes


Crafty Dog


Bede Park


2Funky Music Cafe


De Montfort University


Leicester City Centre


Crafty Dog


Bede Park


2Funky Music Cafe


De Montfort University


Leicester City Centre


About student living in Westcotes


Student accommodation in Westcotes is extremely convenient for students at De Montfort University, as the campus is just a twelve-minute walk away. There are a lot of buses that run through the area, meaning you can also reach the city centre in just fifteen minutes. From there you can easily access the train station and other areas in Leicester.


Bede Park is a popular student hangout close to student houses in Westcotes. With a wide, open lawn, it offers the perfect place to hang out with friends in the sun, enjoy a kickabout, or take a relaxing stroll. The River Soar is also just a short distance away so you can take a calming walk by the water after lectures.

Food and Drink

There are lots of interesting places to grab a coffee, a bite to eat, or a pint in Westcotes. Enjoy a coffee while you study at Cafe Two Ten or 96 Degrees. Experience authentic Indian flavours at Mithaas, or Turkish mezze at Antalya Turkish Kitchen. And for vegetarian options close to student accommodation in Westcotes, you can’t beat Sardaar.


If you love a great night out, Westcotes student housing in Leicester is perfect for you. Head to 2Funky Music Cafe or Natterjacks for regular live music performances. Try The Metal Monacle, a local steampunk bar, for a unique night, or enjoy a lively night out at Crafty Dog, with free pool every Thursday.


With a Tesco, Lidl, Iceland, and Europa Supermarket all in the area, you’ll never have to go too far from student houses in Westcotes to pick up all your groceries. If you fancy a bigger shopping spree, you’re also just a fifteen-minute bus ride away from the city centre, where you can access all the high street stores you could possibly want.

Student Housing

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

FAQs about student accommodation in Westcotes

Is Westcotes a student area?

Due to its proximity to De Montfort University, Westcotes is a very popular student area.

Is Westcotes, Leicester, safe?

Westcotes does have higher crime rates than 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 Westcotes student housing in Leicester.

What is Westcotes, Leicester, like?

Westcotes is a buzzy area with lots of restaurants, cafes, and bars. It is conveniently located near De Montfort University and the city centre, with strong transport links.

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. Students will generally live in these halls in their first year before moving into private student houses in Westcotes, Leicester city centre, and the surrounding areas for the rest of their time at university.

Where is Westcotes in Leicester?

Westcotes is located to the West of Leicester city centre, next to Bede Island and Western Park.

Is Westcotes affordable for students?

There is student accommodation in Westcotes to suit nearly every budget. With lots of options around Narborough Road so you'll be able to find somewhere that's just right. Leicester is also quite an affordable city, so you should be able to keep your cost of living relatively low.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Westcotes 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 Westcotes 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 Westcotes 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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