What’s Hot in Leicester: 2024 Guide

By Student Digs on December 7th, 2023

Leicester is home to at least 35,000 students from across the world. With that in mind, it’s important for the city to keep up with the high demand for bars, restaurants, and things to do when lectures are finished.

But you’re just here for the student discounts, right?

This 2024 guide to Leicester’s many charms will help you navigate through the city centre based on your specific interests and tell you all the discounts these places have to offer. Let’s get started!


Axe Throwing

Axe throwing is somewhat of a trope in Leicester. It’s a lot safer than you think with specialised safety protocols, including booths for each group and training. It’s the perfect icebreaker activity for a new friend group, and with three places to choose from, you can’t go wrong with the vibe:

Deals available (not applicable to each location):

  • Group discounts
  • Off-peak pricing (Monday to Thursday)
  • Student discounts

New Walk Museum

If you’re somewhat of an artist or history buff, we think you’ll enjoy Leicester’s very own New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. We recommend this for anyone looking to learn more. Some of their collections include:

  • Ancient Egypt
  • Dinosaurs
  • Wild Space
  • Leicester Stories Gallery
  • Victorian Art Gallery
  • Arts and Crafts Gallery
  • Picasso Ceramics

Social Climbing

For the adrenaline junkies always craving adventure, Leicester’s premier bouldering centre, Social Climbing, is the perfect activity for you. Whether you’re a beginner climber or advanced, there’s a wall for everyone.

Deals available:

  • Punch cards
  • Student discount on memberships


The Tree

If you’re looking for a chill and cosy vibe after a hard day, the Tree lives up to its name. Forget about all your troubles on the ground and enjoy a few cocktails with your friends.

Deals available:

The Shed

Looking for a late-night rockout? The Shed is the one place where you can let down your hair (literally) and headbang to your favourite local artists. While rock music is their thing, they also offer specialised events, including:

  • Open-mic nights
  • Jazz nights
  • Game nights
  • Comedy nights


Mosh is renowned for its commercial nightlife vibe. It is truly a place where you can dance however you please and no one will judge you, but that might have something to do with people going heavy on the drinks…


Grounded Kitchen

This Korean-inspired restaurant has something for everyone, whether that’s a vegan bibimbap (heated rice and salad bowl) or fiery ramen (noodles) with iconic flavours.

Deals available:

  • Meat-free Mondays (15% off bowls, baos, and ssambaps)
  • 10% off your first order
  • Discounts on bundles

Crafty Burger

If you’re ever in dire need of a juicy burger to wash away the troubles of your day, Crafty Burger is the place for you. What’s even better is they support local businesses around Leicestershire when buying produce.


Just around the corner from the University of Leicester, Spanish tapas restaurant Barceloneta is the perfect place for a weekend treat. From iconic starters to mains you’ve never even thought to try, why not end your week with elegance?

Deal available:

  • Annual 10% off Christmas offer

For your convenience, we’ve tried to list places offering a student discount. But even without the benefit of saving a little money, the opportunity to get to know your course mates or friends is worth it.

If you’re a new student and like the look of what Leicester has to offer, we invite you to take a look at our student properties. Alternatively, if you’re a returning student looking to rent with friends, we have a range of flats and houses to choose from.

If you’d like to enquire about our accommodation, contact us today and our friendly team will do their best to help.

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