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The cost of living here is pretty great. There is a lot of ways to spend less and get more - just go to the town market. In terms of eating out, the town centre has a lot of places offering different cuisine. Can't say much about night life since i have been staying here during lockdown.
I truly dislike living here. But bear in mind I also dislike most places in England. The place lacks soul. I can't say anything strictly bad about it but they say that the opposite of love isn't hate - it's indifference. There's nothing to do in Loughborough or to see in Loughborough. If inspiration is something you seek, avoid this place at all costs.
- It's relatively cheap to live in Loughborough, you have the staple shops such as Lidi and Aldi. - Very limited as to where you can eat. But there is a Nandos in town. Shopping is terrible thus one would have to go to either Leicester or Nottingham.
Loughborough has good nights out, cinemas, bowling and places to eat. There are lots of nice bars and restaurants- chains as well as independents, and easy links to cities like Nottingham and Leicester. Also very easy to get to the airport and London.
Not the greatest town scene with very average clubbing and nights out. Nottingham, Leicester and Derby are nearby, but realistically you'll be stuck with the same 5-6 locations for going-out. The Union is pretty massive to make up for this, but I found myself missing bars and decent pubs.
Very affordable small town, with places to eat and go out... filled with mainly students. Not much shopping to be done but the location is close to Leicester and Nottingham so its never far on the train for those occasions.
Despite being a place with a small city centre, it has all the facilites, shops and bussiness that a student needs on a daily bases. Leicester and Nottingham are quite close from the train station or by bus, so bigger tasks or shopping can be made without taking a lot of effort and/or time.
My overall experience was okay as they had good lecturers. However, the University saw me as a money-making opportunity. Due to circumstances, I had to commute from Birmingham to uni every day. Only when I got there I hear they were charging hefty fees. So I decided to park outside campus away from the uni. One day when I visited my friend I got a warning from the unis or shall I say frauds that I parked in a no uni parking zone. However, I was visiting a friend to do some group studying. They let me off saying I shouldn't park there. But where else should I park when I visit my friend? Then halfway through the year, another friend said that he lives in a house just outside the campus and said that its a private road where I can park if I liked. So I did this and then the uni made me pay a fine of £50 even though and denied my appeal saying its because I missed a deadline. They didn't consider how busy I was commuting and managing work. They did this after charging me £14k tuition!!
It has all of the entertainment needed to enjoy your evening/weekends, however, Loughborough isn’t a city and so the same extent of options cannot be expected!! Luckily, Nottingham and Leicester are easy to reach by train/bus if you occasionally want a little more choice.
The town is like most smallish towns, have most things you want in terms of shops, gyms and so. Lacks any restaurants if you are looking for a culinary experience but several places you can get a great lunch for 5-6 quid.
The public transport here is pretty poor. Buses don’t come too often and it’s expensive to travel on them. However, because Loughborough is so small - you can walk most places anyway! Loughborough town centre is like any other small town a it has the basic shops, restaurants and 2 cinemas but most students take a short 7min train journey to Nottingham or Leicester for a day out, as there’s slightly more on offer!
Loughborough is very cheap, it is a town built around students and you can see this in the prices. Since updates to the town have been made there are a lot more places to eat out, albeit they are big chain restaurants. Nights out are varied and a great fun. Shopping is the bare minimum for essentials. Tonnes of charity shops. The quick links to Leicester and Nottingham make up for this though. It is not as small as people say it is and this should not be a reason people are put off by Loughborough.
Cost of living is very cheap, ideal for a student budget. When you do want to treat yourself, there is some good options to eat out in the centre of town (Pizza Express, Centro Lounge, Nandos) although there could be more variety - in the past few years a lot of change has gone on so I expect the options to grow and lots more places if you venture further out. Night life is good, something for everyone - r n b, techno, drum and bass, pop etc, something on most days of the week every week. Shopping is the weak link, some okay places but lets be real, you can buy anything online now. Transport links are good, train station in town, great taxi service specifically for students available on and off campus, good bus links to campus and beyond.
I find rent expensive here in relation to salaries but socializing and shopping is cheap enough. There is a lot of choice for eating out. The shopping, whilst cheap, is not very interesting though. The public transport is really good here.
A very student town. There are many areas that are student housing dominated, meaning a busy and student feel to these areas. The housing type ranges massively and so do costs, you can pay from 60 pppw up to 100+. The nights out are alright, but the SU takes priority with many. Shopping isn't great, however with Nottingham to the North and Leicester to the South you can go shopping there. Public transport is good, however, being such a small town you can walk everywhere!
Shuttle buses go from campus to train station via town centre and it's cheap to do so (less than £2). Town has some of the best, authentic food to offer including The Basin (Thai/Chinese/Japanese), Peter (Italian) and World Buffet 108 (Mixed cuisines) which are all good value for money. Some great clubs which have great deals for student nights, e.g. Mansion (Mondays), Vodka Revolutions (Thursdays). Huge Tesco on edge of town, only 10-12 mins walk from SU and most high street shops nearby (Burton, Next, SportsDirect etc). Leicester and Nottingham both very close by train (10 mins) for days and nights out.
Loughborough has everything to offer for its students and accommodates for everyone's styles (and budgets!!) From shopping centers to the cinema, from coffee shops to pubs and clubs! It has everything you could possibly need!
Loughborough town is pretty rough/grotty in areas, we had a few break ins by the locals trying to thieve things (this happened in other areas of the campus too). The nightlife is good, you can go out pretty much any night and the place is always full of students! I have visited friends at other unis that are situated in cities (e.g. Sheffield) and the general vibe is a lot better and there are lots more clubs to go to at night. However this doesn't really detract from the Loughborough experience so don't let it put you off!
It has all the basic places you require, nothing lavish but it gets the job done which i can cope with. Being student dominated, night outs are insane and constantly feels like freshers when you have an event going on! Compared to anywhere else I have ever visited, the buses are quality, literally 5 minutes is the average time you'll have to wait. Campus is so much fun I can sacrifice a fancy city.
Lots of supermarkets, farmfoods etc. Nightlife is electric due to loughborough students running the town. Very close to nottingham which is a great night out, especially stealth.
Can argue its a fairly quiet area off campus with little activity other than the XMAS fair.
Students Union at the University is fantastic for a night out Easy to get around, well connected via buses and trains
Shopping could definitely be better - same experience as any other small town in the UK
Living in Loughborough
Everything is in walking distance. It's a perfect size between too big and too small. Student dominated. The town has everything you need and if it doesn't then Nottingham and Leicester are really close. A great town market.
Unless you want to go to London the train journeys are a bit of a pain. Student dominated. Very windy.