Why are younger people staying in Leicester?

Shoppers in Leicester City Centre

Leicester over the last few years is making its mark on the map, with a 2016 Premier League win (woo!), a wide variety of independent restaurants and bars, and great connections to London and other surrounding cities, it’s no wonder why more and more young people are moving here.

According to a 2015 report from the Centre for Cities “Young people tend to prefer having good access to leisure facilities, culture, transport and jobs – which explains why students and young skilled professionals are attracted to city centre locations.”

Lots of graduates will work in bigger cities such as London and Birmingham, but use the convenience of the Leicester train station to get there.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that there were 340,978 people living in Leicester in 2002, and it was found that by 2017, there was a 22% rise in single twenty-somethings and young professionals, that’s 74,003 people!*

Most age groups experienced a rise during those 15 years, but the number aged between 21 and 30 has grown faster, increasing by 39%.

“Around one in three city centre residents are aged 20 to 29, and this proportion rises to almost half in larger cities.

“Young people are drawn to city centre living by a combination of access to jobs, leisure facilities and cultural pursuits.”


“I believe Leicester is a vibrant and multicultural city with lots to offer. Living in the city centre gives easy access to all local amenities. I personally live a ten-minute walk away from the main shopping centre, train station, and my place of work, so I am able to travel easily and save on transport costs! There are plenty of restaurants, bars, and social activities like the cinema and mini golf.

Rent prices are more reasonable than surrounding areas considering cities like Birmingham and London are not too far by train. We also have beautiful rural areas such as Sherwood Forest and Bradgate Park.”

– Sarah Law, Lettings Negotiator


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*Rebecca McDonald, an analyst at the Centre for Cities