14 Things Students Can Do In Leicester This Year That Won’t Break The Bank
If you’re heading to Leicester as a student for the first time, or if you’re a long-time Leicester Connoisseur, here are some things you need to tick off the bucket list before you graduate that won’t bleed your student loan dry.
1. Indulge in post-lecture cocktails at 33 Cank Street.
Make the most of the 2-4-1 cocktails every single day and ALL day on a Sunday – they won’t disappoint. Plus, they even have a cocktail that pays homage to Richard III which, as a student in Leicester, you are obligated to try.
2. Take a trip to see what all the fuss was about over King Richard III.
With student tickets to the King Richard III visitor centre at £8, spend your day feeling cultured and taking in the history that Leicester has to offer.
3. Engage in even more local history at the New Walk Museum.
Be enlightened with a wide range of FREE displays and collections, New Walk is a great day out and is only a stone’s throw away from the train station.
4. Or if coffee is your thing, head to Bru.
Arguably the best independent coffee shop in Leicester, Bru often has offers such as breakfast for just £1. There’s also free WiFi, so welcome to your new study spot (you can thank me later).
5. Make use of the free events at the Leicester Comedy Festival.
This highly renowned event actually originated as a student group project. Many of the events are free and are in various venues around the city centre. Snap up tickets to see your favourite comedian for as little as £5 – with some events on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.
6. Watch your favourite musicals at Curve.
The Curve theatre has produced some fantastic musicals which have also been showcased in London. You can watch a dress rehearsal (which is essentially as good as the real thing) of your favourite show for only £1. Yes. £1!
7. Or if you fancy the cinema, take a trip to Phoenix Square.
Watch some classic films or delve into the world of independent features at Leicester’s centre for independent cinema. Phoenix Square offers a student discount not to be sniffed at!
8. Grab some lunch at the Real Junk Food Project.
With a mission to abolish food waste and bring the community together, this volunteer initiative serves up delicious dinners, which is also on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.
9. Visit the National Space Centre for an out-of-this-world experience.
Only a short walk out of the city centre is the National Space centre, which has so many events on throughout the year you’d be silly to miss out. Take your NUS card and get in for the concession price.
10. Take a study break and indulge in late-night dessert dining at Heavenly Desserts.
If you love all things sweet you’ll love Heavenly Desserts. From waffles, ice-cream, crepes and cheesecakes, they can help with those midnight cravings!
11. And fulfil those pizza cravings at Peter’s Pizzeria.
Hilarious marketing and a quirky set up with a brilliant array of pizzas at bargain prizes. You would be crazy to go elsewhere.
12. No gym membership? No problem.
Head to Bede Park and you’ll find a free outdoor gym. Or even better, if you’re a DMU student make use of Campus330 – a scheme which offers a variety of sports and exercise classes for absolutely free!
13. Experience Abbey Park.
Great in the summer or winter, Abbey Park hosts a number events with the fireworks being their biggest!
14. And finally, go team building with your mates or society at Clue HQ.
Live escape games have been taking over of late and Leicester is home to its very own. Grab a group of mates and try and crack the codes to escape from Clue HQ! Probably best when not hungover, though.