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Leicester and Leicestershire have three big universities. These Universities are major higher education providers in the United Kingdom. The Leicester undoubtedly is a student friendly city with its three universities and many colleges.

So you’re a first year university student, studying in one of the East Midland’s finest universities - Loughborough University, University of Leicester or De Montfort University.

Your first year at university is probably the best year you’ll experience - it’s a non-stop rollercoaster of parties, friends, lectures, nightclubs, pub crawls and just a few hangovers! Chances are that you’re from somewhere else in the United Kingdom or maybe you are an international student and it’s your first time away from home.

Your student life in Leicester will be full of learning, fun and meeting different people from different cultures and races. As a student in your spare time there is something to pre occupy you. Leicester is a city that likes to celebrate and Leicester's cosmopolitan character means that there is something grand happening in the city at most times of the year.

In winter, days of January and February attention tends to focus on the soccer and rugby at the Walker's Stadium and Welford Road and the Leicester Comedy Festival brightens up the month of February with 10 days of laughter.

With warm weather, outdoor events become a feature of city life. The Belgrave Mela, an Asian carnival, runs over two days in June. Abbey Park is the setting for a music festival, a motor pageant and the City of Leicester Show, featuring top personalities and a wealth of attractions. Town Hall Square has its own programme of entertainments, and there is the living history festival based around Castle Park.

The Leicester International Music Festival in June brings world class musicians and offers 10 days of classical concerts and jazz.

In August, things get really hot with the dynamic Caribbean Carnival. The city's annual Caribbean Carnival is the UK's largest after Notting Hill and brings vibrancy and colour to the city. The procession dances its way around the city, displaying fabulous costumes and boundless energy, before settling on Victoria Park to party 'til late. This is quite a day and attracts thousands of visitors.

Students and visitors are spoilt for choice over the August bank holiday. The roar of aero-engines heralds the opening of the Leicester International Air Display, featuring both state of the art and vintage technology. And in Abbey Park, Leicester City Show celebrates another year in this vibrant city with entertainment, fairs, shows and fun. Its Green Arena takes an environmental look at our lives and celebrates green alternatives.

Longer nights welcome lighting-up time in the city with fireworks in Abbey Park and magical illuminations along Belgrave’s Golden Mile for the Hindu celebrations of Navratri and Diwali, the festival of light. The city's Diwali (Hindu Festival of Light) celebration in October is the country's largest and best and a must for every student to experience. You can be sure of an even warmer welcome than ever in the restaurants and shops of Belgrave and Melton Road, and the opportunity to see some wonderful performances of Indian dance.

Its festive time always in Leicester so Christmas follows shortly afterwards with even more brilliant lights and decorations in the city centre, and a festive programme of special events and street entertainment to maintain seasonal cheer. Leicester is the ultimate student city in the United Kingdom.

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