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Living in Leicester, England:
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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Leicester, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 14 people living in Leicester what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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It is a wonderful city, as vibrant and spirited as a university campus is. Surrounded by a multitude of nature landscapes it attracts people from all over the country and it is in the middle of the island which makes it a favourable stop for either leisure or business between other destinations.

Leicester has the feel of a sprawling city and one of its chief characteristics is that there is a large student population. This means that some areas hold a feeling of transience and little in the way of community spirit. there are benefits associated with being a two-university city; there are many lively bars and some decent bands play at local venues. There is a thriving cultural scene and the city’s theatre has an excellent reputation. Whilst the city itself can seem grimily urban, you can quickly find yourself in the surprisingly lovely Leicestershire countryside and there are some well-loved and impressive parks both in the city centre and further afield.

Nazifa, says: 2020

Leicester is one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in the United Kingdom. The people are friendly and there are a number of family events held quite frequently throughout the city. The Leicester football team saw their dream come true in May 2016 when they won the odds of 5000-1 and were crowned Premier League Champions. One of the most famous bands in the UK, Kasabian, also has its roots in the city of Leicester. Besides this, Leicester also has a special Gospel choir representing the De Montfort University who were semi-finalists in the Britain’s Got Talent 2018 competition and who also won second place in the Gareth Malone’s: The Choir, 2016.

Leicester is a city in the East Midlands, and is a multicultural and vibrant city. There is a famous shopping centre called the Highcross Shopping Centre. King Richard III is buried in Leicester. It is a safe city with a lower crime rate than other cities, and there are many schools.

Leicester is fairly central in England and is well-known for having a diverse and multicultural population. The city centre is very modern and there are a lot of shops. In Leicester, there is access to both city life and the countryside. In the rural areas, where I live, I enjoy long walks.

Michael, says: 2020

Leicester is infamous for being the city that built a car park on top of the remains of the last Plantagenet king of England. It has since atoned for its dreadful behaviour and reinterred his remains in the cathedral. Besides the wealth of history the city has, it also has a very broad cultural heritage and fantastic food!

Leicester has a football club which is Leicester city. They have matches every other week which is something that residents get very excited about. and, it is a very small city which many people prefer as It is safer than most cities in the United Kingdom. The city centre is quite small yet has everything one will need.

Kayleigh, says: 2020

Found right in the centre of England, Leicester is a city that offers simple access to the entire nation. Leicester flaunts moderate lodging and a wide range of extraordinary schools to pick. Leicester also has the largest indoor market in Europe that thousands of people visit every week. If you are interested in the history of the royal family, Leicester is the resting place of King Richard the Third.

Leicester is a beautiful, multicultural city where at every corner, one can find a mosque, temple or church. The city unites in celebrating festivals of every religion and accepting cultures and traditions from across the world. Although it is not a big nor famous city, there is a lot of pride associated with our local football and rugby teams, respectively, the LCFC and the Leicester Tigers – the whole city can be heard cheering on game days!

People in Leicester like to use the slang “innit” as in “isn’t it” so don’t be confused when you hear it. Leicester is a very diverse mix of ethnic groups including White, Asian, African, Indian and Pakistani. Over 70 languages are spoken in Leicester with 16% of residents speaking Gujarati, making it the second most common language after English.

Shilpi, says: 2020

Leicester is a diverse and multicultural city. it is in the middle of the country with excellent transport links to every corner. The cost of living in Leicester is affordable compared to larger cities and has plentiful employment opportunities with a number of large companies, such as KPMG and Amazon, having a base in the city.

Dionne, says: 2020

The city of Leicester is known for its diversity that results in dozens of festivals that run throughout the year. It’s fair to say our city knows how to party. The Caribbean Carnival is said to be the largest in the UK after Notting Hill, but where we really have bragging rights is the way Leicester marks Diwali.

Feidias, says: 2020

If someone is planning on moving to Leicester, they would do well to read up on the various housing areas online. Some areas are dangerous and should be avoided, whereas other areas are scenic and beautiful and make a much better case for living in Leicester. They should also know the whereabouts of nearby shops, in case they need to acquire some groceries when settling in.

Rehanna, says: 2020

Leicester is an historic city. It is very peaceful. Mostly people move here from london as this city is very suitable for those who love to live in calm places. It contains two universities as well. It has beautiful shopping malls as well. There are lots of beautiful parks in our city where you can enjoy the fresh breeze.

Leighton, says: 2020

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