Advantages Friendly people, laid back attitude, academic, social scene
Disadvantages distance of university to halls, the locals
I have just finished my 'freshers' year at the university of Leicester; and i have to say it has been the best year of my life.The university campus is set about a mile or so out of town, next to Victoria Park and the nearby shopping area of Queen Road. I would say it is a medium sized campus which makes it extremely easy to find your place and feel comfortable when you first start. It takes about 15 minutes to walk from one side of the campus to the other. Another plus to the size is that you always see familiar faces. The student population is varied, with quite a lot of international students either here full time or on an erasmus scheme.
To the left of the campus is the more picturesque, with attractive older buildings and plenty of greenery. The other side is less pretty and is mainly comprised with 50's style blocks. However i feel the university gets most of its chracter from the huge diversity of its student population. The campus has plenty of social areas in the numerous bars and places to get food such as the popular Redfern; also when the weather is warmer many students lounge around on the big steps outside the Charles Wilson building, or on the various grassy areas.Many areas of the university are being refurbished and currently there is a redesign on the library which includes more study spaces and computer facilities. In regards to computing facilities there is plenty to go round, either in the library or in special designated computer rooms throughout the campus and in many halls of residence. Like anywhere these do come in to huge demand during deadlines, however you can get round this by using them in off peak hours i.e. earlier in the morning and later in the evening.
Socially the university is bursting with things to do. There are various socities to get involved with from the popular Indie society to something more random as the Viking society; as well as all subjects. In addition associations such as RAG are not only full of fun, for example their yearly fashion show and theatre production, but they look great on your CV. There are also numerous sports clubs to join; most teams take part in the anual varsity matches between Leicester univerity and the polytechnic De Montfort. These matches are great to go to as the rivalry is very intense, and often amusing.Leicester student's union is very popular with its students and recently it has seen acts such as the Arctic Monkeys perform.The two big union nights are the cheese infested Red Leicester which plays a huge range of songs from the 90's, as well as your indie and drum and bass which has a huge scene in leicester. On Fridays it is Mad fer it, which has a much wider range of music, to include an rnb room and a drum and bass room. It's usually a lot of fun, and you always get bar crawls ending up at the union in a variety of costumes.
Leicester provides accomodation for all first year students who want it, and there is quite a lot of choice. If you want to live in town then there is the luxuary Opal court which tends to be left open to mature students and those in their second and third years.
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