Leicester City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 17, 2008

lendingup200Leicester is a city located in the East Midlands area of England, right on the banks of the Soar River. With a total population of approximately 300,000 people, it is the tenth largest city in the country. Leicester is considered one of the most important industrial and tourist destinations in the United Kingdom.

The climate in Leicester tends to vary throughout the year. The summer months can range from comfortably warm to fairly hot, while the winter months are usually cold although some sunny days can be expected. These climate conditions make for an ideal city to visit any time of the year, although much of the tourist traffic comes in at around spring.

According to many historical accounts, King Lear founded Leicester. The city has experienced a particularly rapid growth in recent years, and today it has managed to build a robust economy largely based on the manufacture of electronics and plastic, food processing, and printing.

Living in Bristol was captured in a post at the Britain Expat Forum last July 30, 2008:

Leicester is a far cheaper city than London and for one person the salary should be ok. Not too sure how much you will be able to save though, as you already know about the high cost of living.

Residential Places in Leicester

At present, there are currently more than 110,000 residential properties in Leicester, with a little more than 25% of these being either detached houses or bungalows. Residential flats comprise about 20% of this number, with the rest being either terraced or semi-detached houses. Single residents occupy approximately 33% of these houses. In comparison the national average for single resident homes is around 30%. Single parents, compared to the national average of 6%, occupy about 9% of residential properties in the city.

A post in the Britain Expat Forum last October 4, 2009 captured the sentiment on property in the area:

I`m looking to move back to the UK and have been effectively priced out of moving back to London and the south east, therefore I have started to look around the midlands area for property. I`ve looked at Solihull and Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham, Earlsdon in Coventry, Knighton in Leicester and also Derby. Would just like to get peoples opinions on these areas as places to live, the crime levels of the areas and just the general feel of the places in general, also any other areas would be considered and any advice most welcome

With almost 60% of all the houses in the city being occupied by their owners, the number of rental properties in the city is still a lot higher than the national average, which is approximately 29%. This relatively high number of rented residential properties is largely due to the high number of students in the city, which has been estimated at around 10%. In comparison, the national average of student residents is around 7%.

Rental prices for houses in Leicester range from around £200 for a 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom house in Northampton, to around £2000 for a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house in Oakham. Houses for sale are priced at around £200,000 to £400,000.

Hospitals and Universities of Leicester

There is a wide range of choices for medical care in Leicester ranging from large private and public hospitals to smaller specialist clinics and alternative care establishments. The quality of health care in the city is generally very good both in terms of service and facilities, although you may want to stick to the better-known hospitals just to be on the safe side. Some of the more reputable hospitals in the city are Leicester Frith Hospital on Groby Road and the Rushey Mead Health Centre on Lockerbie Walk.

In addition to these aforementioned hospitals, the city is also home to the University Hospitals of Leicester, which offers a wide range of medical services to the community under the support of the NHS Trust. These hospitals have been consistently ranked as some of the finest hospitals in the country. Some of the hospitals that belong to this organization are Glenfield Hospital, Leicester General Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary.

There are currently two universities in Leicester: the University of Leicester and the De Montfort University. Both of these universities are quite respected in the fields of education and research, with the University of Leicester being particularly renowned for its excellence in science, arts, humanities, social sciences and law. The university’s medical school has also played a large role in the growth of Leicester as a city.

Commercial Places in Leicester

There are a great many choices for bargain shopping in Leicester, which makes it very attractive to students and younger consumers. The “Golden Mile” section of Belgrave Road is a particularly fertile ground for the budget conscious, with scores of small shops selling everything from clothes to jewelry. This area is also known for the many stores that sell South Asian food. Leicester Market is the largest outdoor covered marketplace in Europe and among the products on sale are fruit and vegetables sold by enthusiastic market stallholders who shout out their prices, and fresh fish and meat in the Indoor Market.

Of course, Leicester has its share of designer boutiques and higher end stores as well, many of them located in the Haymarket and Shires Centre shopping malls. For more esoteric high-end fashion options, you can check out the boutiques on St Martin’s and Leicester Lanes.

Service Establishments of Leicester

With the deregulation of electricity and gas supply services in the United Kingdom, residents now have the option to choose the service provider that they want based on price, service and availability. There are several Web sites that you can go to in order to compare the prices and services of the different companies in your area. Some of the companies that provide electricity in the city are Siba (UK) Ltd, Flex-It Co, Power On Connections, and Pfisterer Ltd.

Some of the companies that provide gas supply services in the city are Four Seasons Fuel Ltd, Dormer Hire Centres, UK Power Ltd, UK Gas Services, Bagshaws, Flogas UK Ltd, Beergas Direct, Jet Service Station, and Leicester Calor Centre.

For bottled gas delivery services, you can contact Flogas UK at 10 Ravensbridge Dr, Leicester, LE4 0BX. You can also call them at 0116-262 1275.

For bottled water delivery, you can contact Pure Ionic International at Holly Farm Business Park in Kenilworth, Princes Ltd at Cross Green in Telford, and Aqua Direct Ltd on Lichfield Road.

Internet service is widely available all over the city from various Internet providers, and you can also go to one of the many Internet cafes around. Some of the Internet providers in Leicester are Macca Telecom & Internet Service on Charles Street, Concept on Welford Road, Dalsan International Company on Wharf Street North, Evington Communications on Evington Road, Multi Link on Narborough Road, and Amal Express Telecom Ltd on Madras Road.

Embassies in Leicester

There are currently no foreign embassies or consular offices in Leicester. If you are a foreign national who is visiting or residing in Leicester, you will have to check online listings for embassies in London where most of the consular offices are located.

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sheen February 20, 2010 at 8:47 am

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