New landmark on Leicester's skyline the Summit marks a new high in student rooms
The latest landmark on Leicester's skyline has opened for business.
The 66.6m (219ft) Summit building boasts views along the Grand Union Canal, across the city centre and to Bradgate Park.
From the 11th floor – of 22 storeys in the £15 million student accommodation block – Priya Patel, 20, can see the whole city.
The fine art student at De Montfort University said: "From my room, I can see all along the river, the football and rugby stadiums and the whole city.
"It's even nicer at night. I was in a small student block near the campus last year but this is much better."
The stereotype of student accommodation used to be a draughty, dingy bedsit in a low-rent part of the city with peeling wallpaper.
For today's Leicester students, however, their living space is more likely to come with satellite channels and flat-screen televisions.
The rooms in the Summit, located on the corner of Jarrom Street and Eastern Boulevard, in the West End, have everything a student could need, from the kitchen sink to the 32-in flat-screen TV.
Chelsea Richter, 20, who is studying interior and architectural design at De Montfort, said: "I was quite picky about where I lived and I feel really lucky to have got a nice flat here.
"I really love it. You've got the TV, the desk, the bed and everything.
"All you've got to add are your pots and pans and an ironing board."
The flats in the tower cost between £100 and £140 per week.
The penthouse rooms offer several Sky sports and film channels.
There is Freeview TV and free internet access available throughout the building.
Opponents at the planning stage said the tower was out of place in an area of terraced buildings.
The civic society said it was "too big" for the neighbourhood and "hideously out of place".
However, architect Fergus Lowe, of Maber Architects, in De Montfort Street, Leicester, said the building was similar to neighbouring structures along the canal in Eastern Boulevard and Western Boulevard.
He said: "I think it looks fantastic."
The flats have proved popular with students and all have been snapped up for this academic year.
Austen Fletcher, of Megaclose, which owns the building, said: "We've got 369 rooms in the tower and the annex next door and they're all taken.
"But every day we get three or four students coming in asking if they can move here.
"It's a beautiful building with fantastic views.
"There are 32-in flat-screen TVs and double beds in every room, as well as cookers, microwaves and en-suite shower rooms.
"But mostly it's the views people want.
"It's one of the most modern blocks in Leicester and definitely the most impressive. It's a landmark building."