Leicester is a great city for students, packed with lots of places to go, things to see and venues to eat, drink and party! If you’re a student in Leicester getting to know your city, you’re in the right place. If you’re looking for the best bars in Leicester, check out our blog on the top 10 student bars in Leicester! If you’re looking for the best restaurants to eat for students in Leicester then stay right here. Living on a student budget often means looking for cheap eats or special offers. We’ve put together a list of the best restaurants for students in Leicester- and they’re student budget friendly!

Gillys Sandwich Bar

Café, British

Rated 5/5 on TripAdvisor

Fancy a quick lunch or a bite to eat? Feeling hungover a craving a lazy Sunday brunch? Gillys Sandwich Bar is rated a popular destination, especially for those on a student budget. Whilst a great place for student cheap eats in Leicester, it still remains conscious of latest food trends and demand, putting it on the list of the best restaurants for Leicester students!

Gillys Sandwich Bar Leicester

Aarti Sweet Centre

Indian / Asian

Rated 5/5 on TripAdvisor

Craving something sweet? Leicester has a vast Asian community and with that comes plenty of restaurants and shops offering delicious and authentic Asian foods for Leicester students to try. The Aarti Sweet Centre is a popular choice amongst Leicester students and here’s why “At Aarti Sweet Centre we offer a wide range of farsan, tempting sweets and other delicacies. We also use only the best quality ingredients in the preparation of our products, and each ingredient is sourced and imported from the finest in the world.” Here you can find many of the authentic sweets and treats from the Middle East, India and beyond that you can trust will be made with love and care! So if you fancy dessert and you want to try something different, visit Aarti Sweet Centre for some of the sweetest treats in Leicester for students!


British Bar

Rated 5/5 on TripAdvisor

The kitchen will be serving homemade, good quality food, catering for everyone”

A great spot for Leicester students looking for a Sunday roast! If you’re a student in Leicester missing your mum’s roast dinner, or maybe you haven’t quite managed to replicate it yourself at uni, visit Reece’s for a student budget friendly roast dinner.

Reece's Leicester

Bodega Cantina Leicester

Mexican / Latin

Rated 4/5 on TripAdvisor

Feeling spicy? This student friendly restaurant in Leicester has everything you could want from a Mexican and Latin restaurant. Bodega Cantina Leicester offers two floors of South American vibes in the heart of Leicester city centre. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, guacamole and more! Treat yourself and your housemates to a Latin feast! The authenticity of the food offered at Bodega Cantina makes it one of the best restaurants in Leicester for students.

Bodega Cantina Leicester

Café Roma


Rated 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor

Who doesn’t love pizza and pasta? If you’re a student in Leicester looking for authentic Italian food, then look no further. Café Roma serve the finest fresh pizza and pasta in Leicester. Every student loves a pizza when they’re hungover and that’s why Roma makes it on the list of the best restaurants in Leicester for students.

Café Roma Leicester

Crafty Burger

American, British

Rated 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor

THE BEST BURGER IN LEICESTER! This is a must visit for students looking for the best restaurants in Leicester. Pick and choose all you toppings, and know your burger is from a selection of locally sourced beef. Crafty Burger is a favourite amongst Leicester students, especially because you can get a whole burger and fries for as little as £12- so you won’t break the bank!

Crafty Burger Leicester

Chef and Spice

Chinese, Indian

Rated 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor

The only thing students love more than a cheap eat, is a cheap all you can eat buffet! Chef and Spice is probably the most student friendly buffet restaurant in Leicester! With a selection of foods that never ends to choose from, satisfaction is guaranteed. This is a must for students in Leicester looking to go out with a big group of friends!

Chef and Spice Leicester

This blog was written by Isabella Impavido, at the University of Nottingham.

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