Despite the common beliefs, student life isn’t all about drinking and partying. In fact, more students than ever are choosing an alcohol free lifestyle, whether it’s for health reasons or just as a preference. If you’re one of these students, you are definitely not alone; plenty of others like you in Leicester still want to have a good time without getting tipsy. We have put together this guide to help you find some of the best places to have a good time without needing to drink.
Tempt your Tastebuds with Leicesters Food Scene
Leicester is a foodie’s paradise, with so many different restaurants offering cuisines from all over the world. If you are searching for a fun night out and fancy a change from microwave meals and beige oven food, why don’t you discover a new restaurant with your friends? There are so many options in the city, it’s guaranteed you’ll find somewhere new you’ve yet to try. If you are a curry fan, Leicester is the place to be as the city with the second-highest number of Indian restaurants in the world – only being beaten by India itself! Whether you fancy Greek, Chinese, African or Italian, you will surely come across your new favourite restaurant in the city centre.
Get Competitive with a round of Crazy Golf
Challenge your friends in a round of crazy golf. Leicester has three different mini golf courses close to the city centre, each with its own imaginative and aesthetic themes, making for a fun and Instagrammable night. You could be golfing in a tropical rainforest one day and a graffiti and neon grungy hideout the next. Whether you are looking for a fun place to get to know your coursemates, go on a first date, or meet up when your friends from home come to visit, you are sure to have a blast.
Become a Chocolatier for the Day
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this one’s for you. Become a chocolatier for the day and make your dream treat with an expert class right in the middle of Leicester, no need to find the golden ticket. For around £25 you can attend an immersive class led by a master chocolatier to take you through the process of making your own chocolate – delish! Learning a new skill is always fun, especially alongside others, it’s a great way to strengthen bonds with new people. It also makes an excellent idea for a birthday party experience or a unique date.
Soak up knowledge at a Museum
Leicester is home to some really stimulating and interesting museums, including the National Space Centre. They are a great place to visit either alone or with others. New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is roughly a 15-minute walk from both Leicester and De Montfort universities, making it a wonderful place to explore after a lecture with your classmates. While it is home to some staple exhibits, such as its famous Egyptian mummy, there’s always something new and exciting going on. The museum is known for its modern and engaging exhibitions. Even if museums aren’t your usual thing, you might be surprised by what New Walk has to offer.
Shop to your heart’s content
Everyone deserves a little bit of retail therapy here and there, and Leicester is the perfect place for this. With two shopping centres, Highcross and the Haymarket, located right in the centre of the city, you are really spoiled for choice. You will find all of the well-known high-street names, including Primark, New Look, JD Sports and Boots. If you are looking for something more unique, scout Silver Street for some top-quality vintage finds and quirky small businesses. If you take a quick bus ride from the centre, you can reach Fosse Shopping Park, an impressive hub for some of the biggest brands. You can also grab a bite whilst taking a rest from shopping, with its huge selection of fast food restaurants.
Roll the Dice, Head to a Board Game Cafe
If you’ve noticed these board game cafes springing up and have yet to try one, we highly recommend doing so. What’s cosier than snacking on some delicious cheesy pizza, huddled with friends around a table with a board game? Whether you’re a fan of the classics, Monopoly and Cluedo or you want to try something weird and wacky like exploding kittens or farts and fairies, a board game cafe won’t disappoint. Gather your friends and put down your phones for a couple of hours while you relax from studying.
Sing Along with your Favourite Artists and Laugh with the Greatest Comedians
Are you a dedicated gig-goer? If so, you’ve come to the right city! Leicester has a thriving music and comedy scene for you to explore. No matter what your tastes are, there will be a venue full of like-minded people for you to meet and make memorable evenings with. The O2 Academy is right on the Leicester University Campus, home to some of the hottest gigs in the city. Other big venues include The Curve and De Montfort Hall, where you can catch some of the best-known acts in the country. There are many music cafes dotted around the city as well, where you can catch up-and-coming indie acts and local talent.
Take in Leicester’s Nature and Greenspaces
Refresh your mind and keep fit with a visit to one of Leicester’s many green spaces. There are many parks throughout the city, with Victoria Park being the most central. However, if you venture a little outside, you will find Bradgate Park, where you’ll be able to take in the most captivating views of the city from its rolling hills. One of the best things about Bradgate Park is its resident deer herds that you’ll see peacefully roaming about. It’s an ideal spot if you are a keen photographer or perhaps have a project you are working on about nature and need inspiration. It is a spectacular place to open your mind and get your creative juices flowing or just to simply relax and enjoy a picnic.
Does Leicester sound like the perfect place for you?
If so, you might want to consider living with us, at St George’s Tower. Our luxury student accommodation is in a prime location in the city, with easy access to all the places we have mentioned, with restaurants and shops a 5-minute walk away. You will also have easy access to both buses and trains, with the train station a 3-minute walk away and bus stops with regular services just as closeby. Take in all that Leicester has to offer, knowing you have a comfortable studio to retreat to at the end of the day.
Get in touch with us today and our helpful team will answer any questions and guide you through booking your home away from home. We offer both deluxe and premium studios designed with student life in mind. All our studios are bright, with panoramic views of the city. Each room comes with a large desk and study space, a comfy bedroom area and a modern kitchen complete with a cooker, fridge and microwave. You can take a virtual tour of our rooms online today!