De Montfort University

This September will mark the beginning of my third year at DMU. Time flies! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you have probably noticed a great number of DMU photos I constantly publish.

It’s difficult to resist snapping a shot or two – keep reading and you’ll see why. I enjoy being on campus any time of the day, no matter what the weather is outside.

Fun fact: Before coming to Leicester I (obviously) googled the city and looked at a great number of Instagram accounts of people who lives or study here. It did look quite dull and when I first got here (straight from London, after spending 4 months in a shining capital city…) I started questioning my decision. But days passed and I learned to notice nice things. Now, I call Leicester my home and I can already tell that after graduation, it will be difficult to say ‘goodbye’.

But I’ll save all these ramblings for a post about Leicester, I want this one to focus on DMU only. Under most of these photos, I have added a little note with an explanation/story/advice. If you’re current or future DMU student reading this I really hope you will find these notes useful, questions and observations are more than welcome. Enjoy!

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Riverside Cafe – heaven for every vegetarian or vegan. The plate of salads with additional toppings will cost you about 3£, it’s really filling! You can grab a glass of free water and enjoy a view of river Soar. They also serve hot food (mmm vegan burgers) and nice coffee.
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I like studying/eating where there’s a lot of light, and these large windows and minimalistic interior makes Riverside Cafe a perfect place for revision/meetings/lunch.
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Legendary Vijay Patel stairs. I have taken a countless amount of photos because they look different from every angle and you can’t help, but want to capture them all.

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These are also in Vijay Patel, not as famous, but still really nice.
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Told you. #AestheticGoals
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I feel like Vijay Patel building deserves a separate post… Rooftop terrace – one of my favorite things at DMU. University really did a great job here. Keep scrolling and you’ll see why.
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My sister took this photo of me in January. It’s not as pleasant to sit here in winter as it is when the summer sun is shining, but you can still come for a sneaky photoshoot.
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I love plants. Everywhere. Plants, benches, comfy seats and nice walls… what else can you ask for?
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Told you, it’s amazing!

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Vijay Patel at night.

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Can you spot the gallery? Not a lot of people knows about it, but it’s there and it’s amazing.
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I can still remember how that music used to make me smile. ♥️ There’s an endless amount of hidden little surprises around the campus.
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Ok, I got it, enough of Vijay Patel. Welcome to the Food Village. Somehow I don’t have any photos of the inside, but it’s really worth a go if you like eating with a lot of space and light around you. I would say that the food here is a bit overpriced and not as good as everywhere else on the campus, but you can always visit, try and form your own opinion.
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Queens Building. There are loads of memes about it on Facebook, but I think it’s very unique and inspiring – just look at all these shapes. As far as I am aware of it powers itself with solar roof things (how do you call them in English?) which gives it extra points.
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DMU is probably my photography biggest fan. Not to brag or anything, but I have won two Instagram photography contests (yass Amazon vouchers) and also received few cute treats, like this chocolate above, for my tweets. From my experience, I can say that DMU staff is very supportive and it’s easy to receive recognition for your work!
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I took this on my way home from the library. I think it was about 3 AM in the morning. Day or night, there’s 24/7 campus security and the place is well lit.
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When you meet your friends on campus, come across a cute wall and … PHOTOSHOOT!
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This is where I have my lectures.
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Full-time street supervisor, anyone?
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Our amazing recently renovated Campus Centre. More stairs…
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This is a wall of CC. Everything is white/minimalistic and nicely decorated. When I had my drama workshops there, the building used to look completely different. Unfortunately, I do not have photos of the old building for you to compare, but you can find them on google.
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LOOK. AT. ALL. THIS. LIIIIIIIIIGHT #loveDMU
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This one is important – on campus beverages. Starbucks does NOT taste anything like real Starbucks and personally, I think their coffee tastes weird, but it’s the only ‘on campus’ cafe that does iced coffee (as far as I am aware of) and I love iced coffee. Costa in HA building makes the best hot chocolate and their hot food is nice as well. You can get water anywhere you go and all types of fruit juices are available both from small shops and from vending machines.
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Castle Gardens – my favorite place all year round (especially in the spring, you can see why). Technically not on DMU campus, but it’s only a minute away and when the weather is nice, Castle Gardens turns into perfect meeting space for students. Yay!
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This is not snow, but baby pink blossoms. Yes, I know it would be nice to see this is colors, but the picture was not as impressing as reality and none of the colorful filters would work…

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I think this place is called Turret Gateway.
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Campus swans!
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Soar Point – campus very own pub. The atmosphere here is great, prices are not too bad and they organize all sorts of activities you can get involved with your friends. There are also some pool tables and you can sit outside – it’s really nice there: fairy lights, river, and trees…
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I realize that some of the photos may seem a bit dark, because of the filter I used, but don’t let it fool you.
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Another night shot. You can see Queens building towers.
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DMU Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre also known as DMU gym. It’s pretty cool – they do loads of classes, there’s a swimming pool and free activities like this badminton session. I had a membership for a year. There’s only one negative thing I can think of – opening hours. I like going to gym after work, but I do finish pretty late and this gym closes quite early. Other than that – 10/10 would recommend.
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And that’s about it (for now). I will probably make another post in the future, there’s so much more to tell about DMU! Let me know if you have any questions or maybe know more hidden campus places.

P.S. I’m currently in a process of writing few detailed entries about my first year as a law student, reasons why I have decided to leave my drama course and some useful things I have learned while working in the hospitality industry as well as more London related things. Watch this space! x

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