With students making up roughly a quarter of the population, Loughborough’s something of a medical miracle, looking younger and younger as time goes by.

Pretty much anywhere in Loughborough town centre is walking distance from campus (about 20 – 40 minutes depending on which side of campus you're on), and it's always felt very safe, even when I've been walking back at night. There are some fun street art pieces around which makes it nice and colourful, and Queen's Park is really nice for a walk – there's also a bunch of tropical birds in the aviary to go look at! You're really spoilt for choice for pubs, which makes for some brilliant pub crawls. There's plenty of nice food and drink places dotted around, including some pretty unusual ones – Chocolate Alchemy has amazing custom hot chocolates. (Second year student, University of Loughborough)

What Loughborough's famous for...

Big bells

Going back to the mid-19th century, John Taylor & Co. is the country's last remaining bell foundry. Their most famous piece of work is ‘Great Paul’, in St Paul’s Cathedral.

Loughborough nightlife, according to students

There's a ridiculous number of pubs to choose from, but The Amber Rooms (one of the Wetherspoons) is a definite favourite – cheap and spacious! The biggest club (I think) is Echos, which has several different rooms with different music (club, cheesy tunes, drum and bass, etc.). Firefly is smaller, but has a cool decking area which can be booked out for events. I haven't been to Revolution but I've heard good things about their special events. Since everything in town is close together, it's easy to move between different clubs and to go get food. (Second year student, University of Loughborough)

Get steamy

A retro date idea or family activity, Loughborough has the only double track, mainline steam railway in the UK. Ride in carriages from the 1950s, passing through three restored stations.

Loughborough nightlife, according to students

[Loughborough] is only a short way away from Leicester and Nottingham, therefore you get the best of both worlds. However, the biggest mistake is to underestimate Loughborough – most of us are more than content with the student union, but also there are bars like Echos, Revs, and Firefly that provide a refreshing change. (Second year student, University of Loughborough)

Beautiful outdoors

Escape the art deco town centre, into the 330-acre country park that cradles Beacon Hill. On a clear day, you can see Lincoln Cathedral at the top. There’s wildlife too, including cattle and alpacas.

Student life in Loughborough

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Low on cash
There is a forest nearby that holds an annual art exhibition near summer time, that is free. The artwork is scattered around the forest, and there are maps that show you where all the exhibitions are. (Second year student, University of Loughborough)
Treat yourself
The Basin is our favourite place to go to splash out on sushi and Thai food. It’s slightly more expensive. but so delicious. Heavenly Desserts is also such a treat! (Second year student, University of Loughborough)
Friday night out
Friday nights are known for the union’s Friday Night Disco. It’s where everyone goes. They sometimes host different themed nights, such as foam parties. (Second year student, University of Loughborough)
Sunday chilling
Beacon Hill Country Park is perfect to relax and clear your mind from university work. If you are looking for somewhere not far from the uni, Queen’s Park is the perfect spot. (University of Loughborough student)
When family visit
We have an escape room located in the town centre. I recommend completing ‘The Sands of Time’, as that had us climbing into multiple, different-sized rooms. It’s a lot of fun. (Second year student, University of Loughborough)
Feeling cultural
There's a student cinema called Flix, which shows student films, and tickets are very cheap. (Second year student, University of Loughborough)
Catch up with mates
The Griffin is the best place to go with your friends. The drinks are reasonably priced, and you can sit outside or play board games inside. There are also loads of nice coffee shops. (Third year student, University of Loughborough)
Grab a bite
Bom Bom Patisserie – they do great smoothie bowls and waffles at the weekends, as well as a great selection of vegan and gluten-free desserts, such as their famous cookies. (University of Loughborough student)

Loughborough in pictures

Town centre

(Aayush Shah, second year student at University of Loughborough)

Living in Loughborough, according to students

The Golden Triangle – this is a hotspot area for students, and is fairly reasonable in price depending on which letting agency you go through. Lidl recently opened, which is a five-minute walk. Places like Bom Bom café are a short walk too. It's about ten minutes to town, and ten minutes in the opposite direction to campus, depending on how quickly you walk. There are bus stops close by, to get the free campus shuttle bus or to head to the train station. (Second year student, University of Loughborough)

Beacon Hill Park

Living in Loughborough, according to students

Ashby Road – the spot I’m in is good. Anywhere around Ashby road and you’re set. A bike is not a bad idea. No shifty behaviour so far, but I’ve heard about robberies in the road next to me. [Rent is] about £95 to £100 a week, which is pretty standard here. (Third year student, University of Loughborough)

Living in Loughborough

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips.

Where you'll find students
  • The Golden Triangle
  • Kingfisher
  • Forest Road
Local transport
  • Weekly ticket: £10.64 approx.
  • Based on a Leicester Zone Two ticket (summer term) = £140.00 (or £1.52 per day)
  • Bus

Student money tips

Everyone said town was unbearably far. In reality, a 15 to 20-minute walk is nothing from the heart of campus accommodation, and by second year you'll be even closer. Don't waste money on buses. Coaching to Leicester and Notts is super cheap! They pick you up right from outside the uni. (Second year student, University of Loughborough)

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