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Moving to Leicester

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

28th Jul 2020 (Last updated on 30th Jul 2020) 5 minute read

Located right in the middle of England, Leicester is a city that offers easy access to the whole country. The UK’s first European Sustainable City, Leicester boasts affordable housing and a range of great schools to choose.

Compare My Move has created this guide on moving to Leicester to help you learn more about the city before arranging your Leicester house removals. From the property market in Leicester to where to work in the city, we’ve covered everything. 

This article will cover the following:
  1. Property in Leicester
  2. Best Areas to Live in Leicester
  3. Schools and Education in Leicester
  4. Where to Work in Leicester
  5. Transport in Leicester
  6. Entertainment in Leicester
  7. Crime in Leicester
  8. Save Money With Compare My Move

Property in Leicester

We’ve researched the average property prices for a range of property types in Leicester to help with your house hunt. Our research shows that the average house price in Leicester is £187,449.

If you’re looking to purchase a detached property, expect to pay around £333,042. Semi-detached properties are on the market for an average of £212,349, whilst terraced houses are £165,212.

For those looking to purchase a flat, flats and maisonettes cost an average of £135,722. If you’re looking at renting in Leicester, the average rental price is £876 pcm, with 2-bedroom houses costing £705 pcm. 

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Best Areas to Live in Leicester

Compare My Move has done the hard work and researched 5 of the best areas to live in Leicester. We’ve ordered them starting with the most affordable first to help suit a range of budgets for your costs of buying a house. We’ve also included the average rent price as well as some important information about the area. 

AreaAverage Property PriceAverage Rent Price (pcm)

Braunstone

£225,647

£791

Syston

£240,202

£574

Glenfield 

£288,718

£776

Rothley

£328,924

£760

Oadby 

£348,870

£834


1. Braunstone

Located in the Blaby district of Leicestershire, Braunstone has an average property price of £225,647. If you’re looking to rent property in the area, you can expect to pay around £791 pcm.

2. Syston

Filled with independent shops and cafes, Syston has an average property price of  £240,202. With great rail links to Loughborough, Nottingham and Lincoln, Syston is a well-connected commuter town.

3. Glenfield

Just 3 miles from Leicester, Glenfield offers great transport links with the M1 being easily accessible. Providing plenty of green space, the village of Glenfield has an average property price of £288,718.

4. Rothley

One of the most sought after areas to live in Leicester, Rothley has an average property price of £328,924. Just 5 miles north of Leicester, Rothley is not a far commute from Peterborough and Cambridge. 

5. Oadby

Just 3 miles Southeast of Leicester city centre, Oadby is a small town in Leicestershire. Oadby is a residential area popular with families, offering a real community feel. With an average property price of  £348,870, Oadby is one of the more expensive areas to live in Leicester.

Schools and Education in Leicester

If you’re moving to Leicester with children, it’ll be good to know about the schools in the area. It’s important to secure a new school place early on, whether it’s a primary or secondary school. Compare My Move has researched the best primary and secondary schools in Leicester to help with your search.

5 Best Primary Schools in Leicester:

Primary SchoolLocationAge RangeMost Recent Ofsted Rating

Lady Jane Grey Primary School

Leicester

4-11

Outstanding

Kingsway Primary School

Leicester

5-11

Good

Caldecote Community Primary School

Leicester

3-11

Good

Glenfield Primary School

Leicester

4-11

Good

Millfield L.E.A.D. Academy

Leicester

5-11

Good


5 Best Secondary Schools in Leicester:

Secondary SchoolLocationAge RangeMost Recent Ofsted Rating

Bosworth Academy

Leicester

11-19

Outstanding

English Martyrs' Catholic School, A Voluntary Academy

Leicester

11-19

Good

Fullhurst Community College

Leicester

11-16

Good

New College Leicester

Leicester

11-18

Good

Brockington College

Leicester

11-16

Good

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Where to Work in Leicester

Whether you’re looking for a new job for your move to Leicester or you already have a job lined up, it’s important to learn about the economy. We’ve researched the average salary in Leicester and some of the most popular employers to help with your search.

The average salary in Leicester is £25,000. The most popular jobs in Leicester include Teaching Assistant, Graphic Designer and Operations Manager, with an average pay ranging from £16,000-£44,000, according to PayScale. The most popular employers in Leicester are Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, and Samworth Brothers.

Offices of huge companies such as British Gas, Dunelm Mill, Next, DHL, and British Telecom are based in Leicestershire, so the area is held in high regard amongst businesses. Large offices for major companies provide several opportunities for young professionals, across different departments.

Transport in Leicester

If you are used to driving everywhere, you will want to quickly become acquainted with public transport. Leicester is notorious for its complex one-way roads, so mastering the bus and train routes will save you a lot of time and energy.

Leicester's bus network is extensive, reaching every corner of the city and the areas surrounding it. It will cost you £4.40 for an adult day ticket on First Leicester services, £18 for a weekly and £56 for a monthly.

Entertainment in Leicester

Leicester offers a variety of attractions and activities to suit a range of interests. Arts and culture are hugely popular in Leicester, and The New Walk Museum & Art Gallery will teach you and your family about everything from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt and famous painting collections.

Leicester Castle is another must-see for anyone moving to the area. The ruins of the medieval castle are spread around the Newarke Houses Museum and is where Richard III spent his final days before the infamous battle of Bosworth.

If you're looking for a fun day out with your family, the award-winning National Space Centre makes for a perfect day out. The National Space Centre is the UK's largest planetarium with six interactive galleries, a 3D simulator, and a 42- metre-high Rocket tower to make learning about space fun and engaging, no matter how old you are. 

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Crime in Leicester

Compared to other cities in the Midlands, Leicester has a relatively low crime rate. Violent crime makes up for 31.4% of all crimes reported in Leicester, with the total number of violent crime at 29.2k, according to Plumplot. The total amount of violent crime has increased by 2.7% in the last year. 

Anti-social behaviour is another risk in Leicester, but this has decreased in the last month. Theft from person, weapons and robbery crime are among the lowest crimes reported in Leicester in 2020. 

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Martha Lott

Written by Martha Lott

Having written for Huffington Post and Film Criticism Journal, Martha now regularly researches and writes advice articles for everything moving house related.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the co-founder and director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.