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Location: {6/10} The location is good but not great. I saw a few restaurants, Kebab shops and pubs, but they were around a 10 minute walk away from UOL. Also, there isn't a wide variety of places to go to, so your options are limited.

Weather: {5/10} Since its North of London the winds are heavier and the weather is more intense. Its colder than London and is more open.

Looks: {6/10} - Its very small so you can practically walk from once side to the other fairly quickly. There isn't anything that made me go "wow" or anything special, its very simple. It has a lot of green areas e.g. (Victoria park) but I doubt anyone uses them... Its too cold / regularly rains.

Inside: {7/10} Again, very simple... The students union "area" was tiny, we were around 40 people and we took up the whole place. The sitting areas were very limited and couches were way too big/took up too much space. This is the main place everyone hangs out when on campus, therefore should be very large... The student O2 place was decent, not too shabby (Small - Medium size)

Lecture rooms: {7/10} Pretty good, they're not bad at all. Criticisms: Seats weren't comfortable and the little desk barely fit a pen and paper.

Students: {9/10} I think this is Leicesters strong point. The students are very friendly and are willing to have a discussion with you regardless of who you are. They were all acting in a mature fashion and were really kind.

Lecturers: {6/10} - Some don't look too happy to be at Leicester. They did know how to sell their subject, but didn't really discuss why Leicester is better than other universities. False statements were made e.g. "X is accredited at the highest level of accreditation".. No its not...(X is the subject). But, on the bright side, you can easily contact or get help from professors or tutors.

Halls: {8/10} - Halls were pretty nice, all had common rooms (some big, others small) and most had bars. I particularly liked the one with the pool tables and projector... Criticisms: Not really clean, yet again they are students... Meh... Nothing really special, and they're far from the university.

Gym: {9/10} - Compact, everything was thrown in together. Its good for a students GYM though!

Overall: {7/10} -

Things that got on my nerves:

1) The University is very small

2) I hated the students union "place where students hang out".. {Not up-to university standard}

3) Cold and Wet.. Weather isn't great

4) City is small, not many places to go to.

5) The course I visited looked basic. The professors said it themselves.


The things I liked:

1) You actually feel independent.

2) Students are very friendly and relaxed.

3) Its out of the city, so its quiet.

4) People at halls looked like they were having fun.

5) Rooms at halls are pretty good.


Something I noticed:

Students being friendly and kind are what make the university good. If students weren't as they are then Leicester will be the most boring university you would have ever seen.
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I'm assuming you got an offer at UOL. What were u planning on studying?
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I'm assuming you got an offer at UOL. What were u planning on studying?
I liked how you said "What WERE u". Physics/maths.
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My bro is at Leicester and i visit him often. You didn't like the town? I thought it was really nice i personally love shopping i think they have a lot to offer and theres also a really fancy are with like designer shops and stuff. I haven't been to the students union i know that most of the students dont hang out there any way so that shouldn't really be an issue for you. You're right the students aren't great. Most unis the lecturers aren't that great thats why you only have them for like 12 hours a week then teach yourself.

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My bro is at Leicester and i visit him often. You didn't like the town? I thought it was really nice i personally love shopping i think they have a lot to offer and theres also a really fancy are with like designer shops and stuff. I haven't been to the students union i know that most of the students dont hang out there any way so that shouldn't really be an issue for you. You're right the students aren't great. Most unis the lecturers aren't that great thats why you only have them for like 12 hours a week then teach yourself.

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I think I would prefer going to a university in London rather than out of it... Even though students at UOL probably love the university, there will always be those "down days" when there's nothing to do.

Universities in London don't really look as good as universities out of the city. However, you'll always find something to do in the City, there is always a wider range of activities to choose from, more student jobs available, more shopping locations/restaurants. Lets not forget nights out in London, IMO they're much better than those you'll find in Leicester... I could be mistaken.
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I think I would prefer going to a university in London rather than out of it... Even though students at UOL probably love the university, there will always be those "down days" when there's nothing to do.

Universities in London don't really look as good as universities out of the city. However, you'll always find something to do in the City, there is always a wider range of activities to choose from, more student jobs available, more shopping locations/restaurants. Lets not forget nights out in London, IMO they're much better than those you'll find in Leicester... I could be mistaken.
'Nothing to do'...I haven't heard of that term whilst living in halls. You are either working or going out, if you find yourself with nothing to do then you have probably not made any friends. Tbh you don't really need to go into the city that much, unless to shop (poor student who can afford to shop?) or on a night out.


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I wouldn't pay any attention to this guy. All he seems to do is thrive on trying to troll this sub-forum.

it really is very strange.
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I wouldn't pay any attention to this guy. All he seems to do is thrive on trying to troll this sub-forum.

it really is very strange.
LOOL. Don't hate because I mentioned some bad comments about your university.

Even the lecturer insulted the schools system. He said that they don't give lecturers a say in their system and that it's rubbish...

I'm not saying that the uni isn't good... It has some strong departments and good academics, but it's not great, it's overrated.

I asked over 7 Leicester students about why they like their university and the only thing I heard was: "Such a friendly atmosphere, it feels very homey and you can make friends quickly"... I agree, it did seem like students were very friendly but it's a budget university, it's not big at all...

Prove me wrong, don't just sit there saying that I troll on the forums. What pushes Leicester up on ranking is the student satisfaction... Its also ranked badly on all world rankings.
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'Nothing to do'...I haven't heard of that term whilst living in halls. You are either working or going out, if you find yourself with nothing to do then you have probably not made any friends. Tbh you don't really need to go into the city that much, unless to shop (poor student who can afford to shop?) or on a night out.


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We all have different opinions. I prefer the city...

What is there to do in Leicester anyway? Go to a pub or bar? Many students have said that Leicester students only have fun when they get drunk... Getting drunk is fun, but I don't wanna get drunk every time I go out.

Meh, as I said: I prefer the city life, there's much more to do, more places to go, abit better weather and bars are better here.
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We all have different opinions. I prefer the city...

What is there to do in Leicester anyway? Go to a pub or bar? Many students have said that Leicester students only have fun when they get drunk... Getting drunk is fun, but I don't wanna get drunk every time I go out.

Meh, as I said: I prefer the city life, there's much more to do, more places to go, abit better weather and bars are better here.
'Many' being a very accurate sample size, I hope you don't publish any surveys looool.

I wonder what your picture of a 'student' is?

Running round the city having fun, seeing sights, doing activities, going out to eat. ?

But in reality more like working at their accommodation and socialising with friends. Going into the city on nights out and eating **** food.

What does the city have to be like in order gain your liking by the way? You keep saying more stuff to do, but in student terms what are these things?


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And nearly all uk universities are ranked badly on the WORLD rankings.


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And nearly all uk universities are ranked badly on the WORLD rankings.


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I quote: "Nearly". Around 10-20 UK universities show up as part of the top 120 in the world.

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'Many' being a very accurate sample size, I hope you don't publish any surveys looool.

I wonder what your picture of a 'student' is?

Running round the city having fun, seeing sights, doing activities, going out to eat. ?

But in reality more like working at their accommodation and socialising with friends. Going into the city on nights out and eating **** food.

What does the city have to be like in order gain your liking by the way? You keep saying more stuff to do, but in student terms what are these things?


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I'm not really going to provide you with a specific number, which is why I said "many". Why should I waste my time surveying and showing you figures... Who are you again?

The city of London is called "the city" for a reason.

Leicester (Cons):

- Colder than London.
- Looks like a ghost town.
- Have to walk for like 30 minutes till you manage to find somewhere decent to eat.
- Cinema "isn't" nearly as big as the one(s) in London.
- Less jobs available.
- Less choice of places to go to when going out.
- Some lecturers hate the uni admins.
- Students try to constantly drink so that they entertain themselves while drunk.
- The students union lounge is tiny...
- Lecturers hesitated while answering questions about world recognition.
- The university has less contacts with companies than universities in London.
- The university is way smaller than expected.
- Looks like Leicester will get really repetitive after the first year... Probably why students drink so much.


Leicester (Pros):

- Accommodation is nice.
- Students are friendly and helpful.


My idea of a student:

- He/she are in university for a reason, its not playtime... Get some work done.
- One who looks for opportunities to work in a field relevant to his/her course (Much harder to do this in Leicester than London)
- Has fun.

P.S.

Getting drunk too often makes you look like a lowlife.
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Tbh you have to live there for a while to find the good places like food shops n stuff, everything is quite close together actually

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Comparing Leicester with London, and then criticising Leicester for not being more like London, seems to be one of the more pointless activities.

You want the big city, which is absolutely fair enough, but I think it's clear that Leicester (and probably most other cities north of Watford) was never going to be a good fit for you. I would also add that your unflattering description of Leicester as a ghost town full of drunks is both unfair and inaccurate.

With respect I suggest that you move on. ****ging off Leicester when you are going somewhere else isn't really helping anybody.
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I quote: "Nearly". Around 10-20 UK universities show up as part of the top 120 in the world.



I'm not really going to provide you with a specific number, which is why I said "many". Why should I waste my time surveying and showing you figures... Who are you again?

The city of London is called "the city" for a reason.

Leicester (Cons):

- Colder than London.
- Looks like a ghost town.
- Have to walk for like 30 minutes till you manage to find somewhere decent to eat.
- Cinema "isn't" nearly as big as the one(s) in London.
- Less jobs available.
- Less choice of places to go to when going out.
- Some lecturers hate the uni admins.
- Students try to constantly drink so that they entertain themselves while drunk.
- The students union lounge is tiny...
- Lecturers hesitated while answering questions about world recognition.
- The university has less contacts with companies than universities in London.
- The university is way smaller than expected.
- Looks like Leicester will get really repetitive after the first year... Probably why students drink so much.


Leicester (Pros):

- Accommodation is nice.
- Students are friendly and helpful.


My idea of a student:

- He/she are in university for a reason, its not playtime... Get some work done.
- One who looks for opportunities to work in a field relevant to his/her course (Much harder to do this in Leicester than London)
- Has fun.

P.S.

Getting drunk too often makes you look like a lowlife.
I think to be honest you were always going to choose London.


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LOOL. Don't hate because I mentioned some bad comments about your university.

Even the lecturer insulted the schools system. He said that they don't give lecturers a say in their system and that it's rubbish...

I'm not saying that the uni isn't good... It has some strong departments and good academics, but it's not great, it's overrated.

I asked over 7 Leicester students about why they like their university and the only thing I heard was: "Such a friendly atmosphere, it feels very homey and you can make friends quickly"... I agree, it did seem like students were very friendly but it's a budget university, it's not big at all...

Prove me wrong, don't just sit there saying that I troll on the forums. What pushes Leicester up on ranking is the student satisfaction... Its also ranked badly on all world rankings.

Mmmmhmmm.


Just give up mate. Find another hobby.
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Mmmmhmmm.


Just give up mate. Find another hobby.
That insult hurt me bro... Come on that was painful!

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I think to be honest you were always going to choose London.


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No, my first choice was going to be Leicester. I actually supported Leicester for months.

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0xygen

Comparing Leicester with London, and then criticising Leicester for not being more like London, seems to be one of the more pointless activities.

You want the big city, which is absolutely fair enough, but I think it's clear that Leicester (and probably most other cities north of Watford) was never going to be a good fit for you. I would also add that your unflattering description of Leicester as a ghost town full of drunks is both unfair and inaccurate.

With respect I suggest that you move on. ****ging off Leicester when you are going somewhere else isn't really helping anybody.
Its my opinion on Leicester, its not inaccurate. I didn't say that "its full of drunks", I said that students get drunk too often, bars are in every corner. Don't deny it.

Leicester campus was "OK", I think my expectations were too high... Only facilities I liked were the library, sports center and accommodation. The rest was terrible in my eyes.

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Yeah maybe, I only went for a day so I might have missed out on some stuff... Tbh, universities sell themselves on open days. So, if that's the best they could do then... Pfft.
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That insult hurt me bro... Come on that was painful!



No, my first choice was going to be Leicester. I actually supported Leicester for months.



Its my opinion on Leicester, its not inaccurate. I didn't say that "its full of drunks", I said that students get drunk too often, bars are in every corner. Don't deny it.

Leicester campus was "OK", I think my expectations were too high... Only facilities I liked were the library, sports center and accommodation. The rest was terrible in my eyes.



Yeah maybe, I only went for a day so I might have missed out on some stuff... Tbh, universities sell themselves on open days. So, if that's the best they could do then... Pfft.

I actually don't think he is trolling as i have seen previous posts where he praised Leicester. If you didn't like it that is fair enough and everyone has their own opinions.
A few things though:
On the drinking front: you will struggle to find a university in the country that doesn't have a drinking culture. Regardless of this there is plenty of non-drinking activities you can do. My last two socials for my society were a laser quest and a meal. Also, with big events such as Diwali, the comedy festival and the recent 'zombie chase through Leicester' there is plenty of things you can do which don't involve alcohol. Last night, thousands went to the Leicester Tigers stadium to watch the university rugby team destroy DMU's team. Furthermore, the curve Theatre is excellent and one of the best i have been. Plenty to do.

You said the rest of the facilities were terrible in your eyes. I would like a bit more detail? As a student ambassador myself i know you are pretty much only shown the SU, the library, accommodation and sports centre. So i don't really understand how everything else was terrible? I can understand your criticism of the SU and the lack of seats and it is a problem. Despite this there are plenty of other places to seat/eat/relax.

I also feel some of your views are quite weak from a day visit. For example, how can you judge the whole city as 'limited'? From one day it is very hard to do. Since i have been here i have had Chinese, Japanese, Sri Lankan, Italian, American and a cracking full English. As i previously mentioned above there is plenty of things to do as well. Obviously it is no London.

You say you doubt anybody uses Victoria Park. I've had kick abouts there four or five times in the last two weeks. In the summer it is just full of people having picnics, playing football, Frisbee etc. Kasabian are also playing there this summer

Your opinion of the lecturers as well annoyed me slightly. It is a shame if you got an average lecturer who may have got information wrong. It of course will impact your experience. On a whole though i love my lecturers and they go the extra mile for you. One of them went out of their way to help me get a travelling scholarship recently. Also a lot of them are really well respected and top of their fields. Archaeology department , for example, discovered Richard the third and my own department are regularly getting credited for their research and publishing.

Also mentioned about the students praising the atmosphere and not the university. The atmosphere is very good, like you said, and was a big reason why i came here. However, looking at the academic side and opportunities it is also a top university. Achievements such as:
1) University runner up of the year (the guardian)
2) Top 2% in the world.
3) A lot of departments are in the top ten nationally
As well as that a lot of money has been spent to push on the university. This includes the library, that you praised, the new medical building to be open in 2015. Also there is an abundance of opportunities here i am going to New York in two weeks time to do my fieldwork and everything is being paid by the university, i am also being funded to do my dissertation research in Thailand. Two fantastic opportunities for one student isn't bad for one student.


I know this is a bit of an essay and i apologise for that but i didn't want to simply reply with a stupid, immature comment. As an ambassador myself it is a shame you weren't impressed and i respect your opinion and i am not here to change your mind. I am here to show there is more to Leicester than you have portrayed and not to put other students off the uni as i thoroughly believe it is an excellent university and i have had two fantastic years here, never with a dull moment.

(I am quite tired from training so i haven't proof read this so i do apologise if there is any spelling/grammatical errors).
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I actually don't think he is trolling as i have seen previous posts where he praised Leicester. If you didn't like it that is fair enough and everyone has their own opinions.
A few things though:
On the drinking front: you will struggle to find a university in the country that doesn't have a drinking culture. Regardless of this there is plenty of non-drinking activities you can do. My last two socials for my society were a laser quest and a meal. Also, with big events such as Diwali, the comedy festival and the recent 'zombie chase through Leicester' there is plenty of things you can do which don't involve alcohol. Last night, thousands went to the Leicester Tigers stadium to watch the university rugby team destroy DMU's team. Furthermore, the curve Theatre is excellent and one of the best i have been. Plenty to do.

You said the rest of the facilities were terrible in your eyes. I would like a bit more detail? As a student ambassador myself i know you are pretty much only shown the SU, the library, accommodation and sports centre. So i don't really understand how everything else was terrible? I can understand your criticism of the SU and the lack of seats and it is a problem. Despite this there are plenty of other places to seat/eat/relax.

I also feel some of your views are quite weak from a day visit. For example, how can you judge the whole city as 'limited'? From one day it is very hard to do. Since i have been here i have had Chinese, Japanese, Sri Lankan, Italian, American and a cracking full English. As i previously mentioned above there is plenty of things to do as well. Obviously it is no London.

You say you doubt anybody uses Victoria Park. I've had kick abouts there four or five times in the last two weeks. In the summer it is just full of people having picnics, playing football, Frisbee etc. Kasabian are also playing there this summer

Your opinion of the lecturers as well annoyed me slightly. It is a shame if you got an average lecturer who may have got information wrong. It of course will impact your experience. On a whole though i love my lecturers and they go the extra mile for you. One of them went out of their way to help me get a travelling scholarship recently. Also a lot of them are really well respected and top of their fields. Archaeology department , for example, discovered Richard the third and my own department are regularly getting credited for their research and publishing.

Also mentioned about the students praising the atmosphere and not the university. The atmosphere is very good, like you said, and was a big reason why i came here. However, looking at the academic side and opportunities it is also a top university. Achievements such as:
1) University runner up of the year (the guardian)
2) Top 2% in the world.
3) A lot of departments are in the top ten nationally
As well as that a lot of money has been spent to push on the university. This includes the library, that you praised, the new medical building to be open in 2015. Also there is an abundance of opportunities here i am going to New York in two weeks time to do my fieldwork and everything is being paid by the university, i am also being funded to do my dissertation research in Thailand. Two fantastic opportunities for one student isn't bad for one student.


I know this is a bit of an essay and i apologise for that but i didn't want to simply reply with a stupid, immature comment. As an ambassador myself it is a shame you weren't impressed and i respect your opinion and i am not here to change your mind. I am here to show there is more to Leicester than you have portrayed and not to put other students off the uni as i thoroughly believe it is an excellent university and i have had two fantastic years here, never with a dull moment.

(I am quite tired from training so i haven't proof read this so i do apologise if there is any spelling/grammatical errors).
Yeah, Leicester was going to be my first choice, I was really looking forward to it too.

Facilities: After taking a tour, I kinda "ran away" and started looking around, going from department to department. It didn't seem "great", the lecture halls weren't comfortable (well, the ones I sat in). I saw a few cafes and food bars around, that was nice, but, you can't really hang out there if you're not eating. The SU was, by far, the biggest disappointment, being the "Student Union" it should be the biggest area... The Sports Hall and the Library were great though.

Victoria park: Since its colder up north than it is London, I assumed that people stay away from parks. During the winter, its always raining and cold so I don't think people run around playing footie in a park at that time of year. OK, the park is great during spring and summer (well, if its not raining).

Lecturers: These put me off the most. They seemed like they were determined and ready to help, but didn't really have anything nice to say about Leicester. They kept babbling on about how high they're ranked on different league tables. I mean, I know, I can see that... They didn't know much about international recognition and stuttered when I asked about if a degree from Leicester was recognised internationally. They seemed to have more negative comments about Leicesters admins than they did praises.

My Course: Universities normally marvel at their students success. This university didn't. Rather than showing us student projects that are useful, they showed us basic projects that require minimal knowledge. Some failed to work. Seeing this made me feel as if the lecturers and students don't know what they're doing.

The city: I only managed to look around for like 30 minutes. But, it was kinda empty, I didn't see many people. I can't really say much about this since I didn't have time to browse around.

Accommodation: These were great. It was sad to see that only one had pool tables and a TV though... The rest weren't as great as that one. I really liked the accommodation and room sizes though!

Events: I can't really comment on this since I was only there for a day.

Campus: Pretty small... Looks nice, but small.

The tour: The students were really friendly, they were FANTASTIC. However, they kept talking about alcohol... All they said was "There's a pub here and club there, there's a bar here and bar there". I swear, every 10 minutes all I heard was "Ok, so we have **** bar to the left, this is where students hang out and watch the game"... "So there's a club across the road, its free to hire"... I loved it, but it looked as if those who don't drink won't make many friends.

Ranking: Its ranked very highly on UK league tables, but if you look at international league tables, Leicesters rank drops below those ranked lower than it on UK league tables.

What it looked like students and lecturers were trying to say:

Lecturers(For my course): We have the facilities you will require to complete your degree. We only teach you core knowledge aka (basic knowledge) that you require in order to pass, but it doesn't prepare you for the real world. We don't really expect our students to leave the UK, which is why we stuttered alot when being asked that question. We are always here to help you and are very student friendly, but we're not great teachers. We also hate the Leicester admins as they don't listen to us, they are very stubborn. (Some of this was actually said).

Students(Tour guides): We're here to help you but beware, we're hungover, we feel like we're gonna throw up so we're going to rush the tour. We drink alot here at Leicester, look at all the pubs, bars and clubs... If you wanna have a good time, just go down to the O2 Academy, have a few beers and enjoy your night. Oh, we eat at Leicester too, you can buy some coffee from here and some food from there. We also read of our price guides for accommodation. We don't advise you on which accommodation to pick or which ones suit which type of students, we just read of the paper and walk around. OH LOOK, you can rent that bar for free.

Student ambassador(s): I really liked these ones, they were fantastic. Two of the ones I saw were brilliant, they had casual conversations with me, took me to where I needed to go and were awesome. I don't wanna talk about these ones as they offered me their honest and unbiased opinion. These people should run the school. 5** 10/10

Course students: I don't know what to call them, but they're the students that have been studying for a few years and look like they're doing their masters or PHD's... These were the most boring people I've ever seen. The department offered us a "meal" aka pieces of toast. After eating, I went upto them and asked them If I should leave my plate on the table or put it somewhere specific... They literally stared at me as f I were a £50 note on the floor and were like "Dunno" then started talking to each other. I had to then ask the waitress which was bringing food in, she was kind enough to take it.
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I personally can't wait to join Leicester Uni this summer! When I went on the open day I was set on going to another Uni but changed my mind within the first hour of arriving in Leicester! The city is gorgeous with a lot of history (Richard III! As a History student I am very excited by this!), the staff and students were all really friendly and the lecturers were genuinely interested by the course (the taster seminar was excellent!)! The Accommodation village at Oadby is in the richest postcode of Leicester and is better than most accommodation I've seen on open days. It is a little far from the Uni but just means I can ride my bike to the Uni and get fit! (Or get the bus when it's raining!). Coming from up North I found the climate quite a bit warmer! It might not be London but it's certainly not as cold as I'm used to which makes the temperature seem perfect to me! (I saw a lot of people having picnics in Victoria Park too!) I personally think Leicester is the perfect student city. It's diverse, not too big, not too small, lots of great shopping centres, the National Space Centre is there, they have a Divali festival and Richard III was dug up there (by the Uni!). I can not wait to spend the next three years at the University of Leicester! London is nice but busy, tourist-y and expensive for three years! I think I'd rather do an MA there and spend my student-y years at Leicester Uni. So excited for September!
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Have you made up your mind on your five uni choices? (November update)

Yes I know where I'm applying (192)
71.38%
No I haven't decided yet (47)
17.47%
Yes but I might change my mind (30)
11.15%

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