Freshers Week is one of the most important parts of going to university. Not only is it a chance to get to know your course and subject tutors better, but it’s also an opportunity to really explore everything your university and city has to offer. As Freshers Week will typically fall around the time you move into your student accommodation, it’s easy to miss the full potential of this time. That’s why we’ve put together a handy guide to help you get the most out of Freshers Week.
Our student accommodation in Leicester comes as self-contained studios and private en-suite rooms in shared apartments. Students also get exclusive access to amazing facilities including an on-site gym, a stunning sky lounge and games room, as well as beautiful common areas and stylish study spaces.
Because you’re so well-placed for Leicester University and De Montfort University, we’ve looked at Freshers Weeks for both to help make it a little easier for you.
1. De Montfort University (DMU) Freshers Week
When is Freshers Week at DMU?
Freshers Week at DMU will begin on Friday 24th September 2021 and takes place over two weeks.
How do I get into Freshers Week at DMU
Individual event tickets will be released on 1st September 2021. However, the £55 wristbands are the cheapest way of getting into all of the events and activities throughout Freshers Week. Be aware that they typically sell out so it’s recommended you purchase your wristband as soon as possible to avoid missing out. Wristbands can be collected from the De Montfort Students’ Union from 10am until 4pm beginning on Friday 24th September everyday until Thursday 30th September 2021
What can I expect at Freshers Week at DMU?
The whole point is to welcome you to DMU and help you settle into university life. During Freshers Week, DMU Student Union will be hosting a range of events and activities from the university, societies and local business for you to get involved in. The student union recommends you connect with their Facebook and Instagram feeds to keep up with everything taking place throughout Freshers Week. The schedule is yet to be confirmed but you can register your place so you don’t miss any important updates.
2. Leicester University Freshers Week
When is Freshers Week at Leicester University?
Freshers Week at Leicester will begin on Sunday 26th September 2021 until Monday 4th October.
How do I get into Freshers Week at Leicester University?
Wristbands are usually the cheapest way of getting into all of the events and activities throughout Freshers Week. Be aware that they typically sell out so it’s recommended you purchase your wristband as soon as possible to avoid missing out. Wristbands for Freshers Week at Leicester University will be released soon, so keep checking the official Freshers Week page to make sure you don’t miss them.
H2: What can I expect at Freshers Week at Leicester University?
The whole point is to welcome you to Leicester University and help you settle into university life! During Freshers Week, Leicester’s student union will be hosting a range of events and activities from the university, societies and local business for you to get involved in. The schedule is yet to be confirmed but the student union recommends you connect with their Facebook page to keep up with everything taking place throughout Freshers Week.
Explore Leicester during Freshers week
There’s plenty of places for you to explore in the city during Freshers Week in Leicester but here are a few to get you started.
Arriving at university is an exciting but hectic time. If you feel ready for a breath of fresh air, then head over to Abbey Park. Just a 10-minute bike ride or leisurely 20-minute walk away from Merlin Heights, this beautiful, historic park offers 89 acres of lush green space. Divided by Leicester’s famed River Soar, you’ll find a boating lake, where you can hire row boats and pedalos, as well as take in some beautiful shrubberies, colourful flower arrangements and a pet’s corner with a range of birds and animals. There’s also a couple of cafe spots where you can pick up freshly made food and drink while you explore, otherwise, it’s an entirely free thing to do in Leicester.
The Cultural Quarter
Home to the Curve theatre, Phoenix cinema and some of the best bars in Leicester, the Cultural Quarter is a great place to go if you want less of the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Leicester’s hidden gem is the perfect place to take in a show or watch an indie film, or explore the quietly brilliant food and drink scene. You have a choice of independent bars offering cocktails and delicious coffee. Or, check out the range of quirky cafes – although any Leicester local will tell you that you can’t beat a jacket potato from Jack’s on Halford Street.
Queen’s Road in Leicester is a real treat for students. You’ve got loads of choices for coffee shops, cute cafes and restaurants to meet up with your friends during Freshers Week, but also a host of charity shops to rummage around, and a number of little independent gift shops too! You’ve also got a short walk to Victoria Park, another gem of green space in Leicester city. We recommend you pick up a takeaway from local indie favourites Grounded Kitchen, take a wander down to the park and seek out Ernie, the blue coffee van just outside Leicester University – every coffee bought there goes towards helping Leicester’s homeless charity Homelessness to Hope.
You’ll always have the big Tesco on Braunstone Gate but for some serious budget-friendly shopping, you’re better off getting to know Leicester Market. Not only is it the largest outdoor covered market in Europe, it’s also been voted Britain’s best market a number of times – and it’s only ten minutes from your doorstep. The recent renovation of the indoor food hall has only made it bigger and better. You can stock up on fresh food, flowers and produce but also explore second-hand books, fabrics, household essentials and so much more because there’s over 270 stalls. It’s also a host venue for a great year-round events calendar in Leicester.
Live with peace of mind at Merlin Heights by Prima Vidae by choosing one of our all-inclusive self-contained en-suite rooms or studios. Additionally, the accommodation provides great on-site facilities to support your university learning, available to Merlin Heights residents only.
Wherever you are studying, we’ve thought of everything to make the best out of your university years.
Student Accommodation in Leicester
We hope you’re looking forward to studying in Leicester, and that this guide has helped you uncover the different sides of this great city. It’s all part of our commitment to helping students have the best time at university. It’s not just about exceptional student accommodation, but the support we offer too. With on-site teams ready to give you a warm welcome, as well as top tips on exploring your new home, our blog pages offer practical guidance and advice on everything from taking care of your mental health to finding the best things to do in Leicester.