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Living in Leicester

Cheerful green city with an ancient past and bright future

Costs Summary

  • Cost of living £317.00
  • Housing £892.31
  • Transportation £55.00
  • Sport and leisure £47.50
Total £1,311.81

About Leicester

As one of England’s oldest cities, Leicester boasts a rich historical legacy that contributes to the rich tapestry of life in the city to this day. First established as an Iron Age settlement in the 1st Century BC, and later conquered and rebuilt by the Romans, Leicester has witnessed the rise and fall of both foreign empires and British monarchs. Archaeological searches in the area even found the body of Richard III under a Leicester car park.

Today, much like its history, the city of Leicester is nothing short of lively. Regularly voted one

As one of England’s oldest cities, Leicester boasts a rich historical legacy that contributes to the rich tapestry of life in the city to this day. First established as an Iron Age settlement in the 1st Century BC, and later conquered and rebuilt by the Romans, Leicester has witnessed the rise and fall of both foreign empires and British monarchs. Archaeological searches in the area even found the body of Richard III under a Leicester car park.

Today, much like its history, the city of Leicester is nothing short of lively. Regularly voted one of the best places to live in the UK, the city is packed with things to see and do. The Curve offers some of the best theatrical productions in England, while Leicester University’s O2 Academy regularly hosts a variety of popular bands and musicians. Street in Leicester Leicester contains a good variety of green spaces, too. For example, Aylesbury Meadows, a large nature reserve located on Canal Street, is perfect for a day out. Victoria Park, opposite Leicester University campus, offers an oasis in the middle of the city.

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  • Avg. monthly salary £1,808
  • Avg. rent £578
  • Pollution Low
  • Avg. house price £167,750
  • Avg. council tax £1,973
  • Internet speed 100 mbps

Demographics

Age

  • Age 19 and under 14.2%
  • Age 20 to 29 47.9%
  • Age 30 to 39 19.6%
  • Age 40 to 49 9.3%
  • Age 50 to 59 4.9%
  • Age 60+ 4%

Social grades

  • Upper / Middle class 19.9%
  • Lower middle class 52%
  • Skilled working class 7.4%
  • Working class / Pensioners 20.7%

Politics

  • Labour and Co-operative 67%
  • Conservative 22%
  • Liberal Democrat 5%
  • Green 3%
  • Brexit Party 2%
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Crime rate in Leicester

Despite having a high crime rate, the level of criminal activity in Leicester is lower than average for a UK city, particularly other cities in the Midlands like Nottingham.
  • Crime rating Very high crime
  • Crimes last 12m 4523
  • Crimes per thousand 887

The local area

Leicester is one of the larger cities in the Midlands with a population of nearly 500,000. That means wherever you go, you're never far from what you need.

For weekly shops, there are a variety of bi

Leicester is one of the larger cities in the Midlands with a population of nearly 500,000. That means wherever you go, you're never far from what you need.

For weekly shops, there are a variety of big supermarkets between the Western Park and Bede Island areas. In the city centre you can find all the usual high street favourites, as well as Leicester Market, a 700-year-old marketplace filled with stalls selling local produce and crafts.

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Local Cafes and Restaurants

7 restaurants in Leicester
  1. KFC Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  2. Lay Tea Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  3. The Globe Pub/bar/nightclub
  4. Caffe Nero Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  5. Cafe Rialto Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  6. Bean Gaming Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  7. The Bottle Garden Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen

Cost of living in Leicester

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Milk£0.89£0.69 - £1.25
Bread£0.91£0.50 - £1.00
Eggs£1.55£0.80 - £2.40
Wine£6.00£5.00 - £7.00
Beer£2.12£1.50 - £3.20
Utilities£151.90£195.93 - £469.04
Preschool cost£536£300 - £1,000

Housing costs

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Buy: 2 Bed house£151K£71K - £220K
Rent: 2 Bed house£576 PCM£456 - £920
Rent HMO£476 PCM£276 - £600

Public Transport costs

Leicester is a bicycle friendly city with designated cycle lanes operating alongside most major roads. For a more weatherproof option, we recommend using the comprehensive Arriva and First Bus companies. Their buses allow for travel across Leicester, as well as many other destinations like Rugby, Nuneaton, and Melton Mowbray. If you’re looking to travel to the countryside or visit a nearby city, Leicester Railway Station offers frequent trains to London, Sheffield, Nottingham, and Birmingham.
Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
One-way ticket£2£2.00 - £4.50
Monthly pass£55£36.00 - £86.96
Taxi starting tariff£3£2.60 - £3.70

Leisure

There are a huge variety of cultural activities that celebrate the city’s dramatic history, for visitors to get stuck into. Favourites include the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, or the King Richard

There are a huge variety of cultural activities that celebrate the city’s dramatic history, for visitors to get stuck into. Favourites include the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, or the King Richard III Visitor Centre. The city is also home to the National Space Centre, a futuristic museum filled with space science exhibits and technology.

If you like your sports, you can catch a game of football at the King Power Stadium, the home of Leicester City F.C, located on Filbert Way.

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Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Fitness Club£26 pm£10.00 - £35.00
Cinema£10 pp£6.00 - £12.50
Inexpensive restaurant£12 pp£6.00 - £20.00

Moving to Leicester

While Leicester has a large student population, many students prefer to live in Evington, given its reputation as a student hub, and its 24 hour supermarket. Most of the housing in other areas of the city, like: Oadby, Clarendon Park, Aylestone and Little Stretton areas, is designed specifically for families and young professionals.

The cost of living in Leicester is much lower than London and many other English cities. The average house price there is £280,000, while the average monthly rent for a three bedroom apartment in the city centre is £942.86.

Help and information

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