Bradgate Park is a selling point for Leicestershire as it is absolutely beautiful but a bit of a trek for a student to be fair. 🙂 At least two buses I imagine. Abbey Park is also not nearby for a student.
Mini golf is very accessible in the city though.🙂 And plenty of nightlife.
I agree with the rest and don't forget Demontfort Hall, as, like Victoria Park, and the Queens Road area, it is pretty much on the university doorstep. New Walk Museum is a nice place to visit and easily within walking distance of the university. New Walk itself is very nearby and a lovely area to walk in.
Leicester has changed a lot over the years.
Leicester is known for its diversity and it is very multicultural. It has many fabulous Indian restaurants, for example. A number are close to the university.
However, Nottingham is a very nice city.
OP I am just saying that I would not rule out Leicester because of the area if you think that it has the best course.