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.

By member1046302 On 3rd March 2020

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A busy market town nestled in the heart of the East Midlands, Loughborough is home to some 17,000+ students. 

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Loughborough University

Loughborough University is Top 10 in every national league table for 2020. It is a single-site campus spread over a vast 440-acre green site among beautiful gardens and open spaces. The University boasts some incredible facilities, including the brand new STEMLab which is part of a £25 million investment. The University is proud of its reputation for sport, ranked the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in 2019.

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Loughborough Student Life

With 440 acres and lots of green spaces to explore on campus, you won’t be lacking things to do with state-of-the-art sports facilities and the Students’ Union nightclub. If you venture off-campus, there are plenty of shops, pubs, bars and restaurants plus local beauty spots to discover.

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Loughborough is very cheap, it is a town built around students and you can see this in the prices

By EJ2015 On 29th November 2019

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Loughborough’s Students Union on campus, with a capacity of 4,000 people, hosts loads of events on both weekends and weekday nights and there’s a great turn out across all the years. There are several options in town for bars, clubs and pubs. Leicester and Nottingham are also frequented by Loughborough students as they have a greater variety of entertainment venues.

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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!
 

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1st March 2020

Loughborough town centre is like any other small town…

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!

member846213
1st March 2020

A great lunch for 5-6 quid…

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.

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27th November 2019

When you do want to treat yourself…

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

Rebecca Potter
4th June 2018

Lots of nice places…

A good student town, good value for money in terms of rent etc. Lots of nice places to eat out or grab a takeaway and the town is always vibrant.

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1. Slider Town

Creative Cocktails. Street food (think platters) and the best nachos in town. Great atmosphere.

 

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2. Dolcino

A lovely spot for some Italian gelato, desserts, homemade cakes and great coffee, bank smack in the middle of town.

 

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3. Grill House and Shisha Lounge

Generous portions of authentic Turkish food if you fancy it (though they don’t serve alcohol). Falafel anyone?

 

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4. Jade Tea Rooms

Pop in for a cream tea or try one of their lovely cakes then walk it all off round Bradgate Park. Just 10 minutes’ drive from campus.
 

 

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5. Chocolate Alchemy

A hidden gem of a cafe with truffles, cakes, chocolates, drinks and cream teas. It’s pretty cosy so might be worth booking in advance.

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Study Inn Loughborough - Lemyngton Street 4.73 /5

Amazing experience. Daniella, Dorota, Rob and the rest of the staff are very lovely and helpful people. The place is very close to town center and not...

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Falkner Eggington 4.68 /5

I did not choose this accomodation, however had a much better experience than I wanted And would not change it, wish more people knew about this. Clea...

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Harry French 4.62 /5

I met some of my best friends here, the rooms are nothing special but the kitchens are lovely and spacious and great for socialising. The cleaners wer...

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Asha House 4.55 /5

I’ve stayed in 3 private halls over the course of my degree, Asha House is best accommodation I’ve stayed in. Management really makes a difference, th...

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Butler Court 4.52 /5

Very underrated, a brilliant alternative to the much loved Claudia Parsons. By far the biggest rooms on campus, ensuites and double beds. Closer to th...

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Telford 4.45 /5

Quiet rooms and lovely with big kitchen space and a dining room to socialise. All facilities were great!...

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Hazlerigg - Rutland 4.43 /5

Rigg-Rut is by far the best hall on campus. I lived there for two years and had two amazing flats. We always kill it with social involvement, and I wa...

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The Cube - Loughborough 4.33 /5

Very cosy rooms with private toilets and showers. The building is located in a quiet area near Loughborough University campus which is very convenient...

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The Print House 4.32 /5

The Print house is very good place in terms of location, rent and administration. Workers are very friendly and helpful. As location, it is center of ...

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William Morris 4.3 /5

Great option to have for freshers. In normal circumstances, here would have been a great place for Freshers, a community vibe about the place makes it...

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20th September 2021

I don’t know. I haven’t...

I don’t know. I haven’t been at the university for very long. read more

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15th September 2021

nice place to live but...

nice place to live but very quiet read more

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6th September 2021

Small Uni town vibes,...

Small Uni town vibes, everything is walkable, don't expect insta coffee shops and avo on toast. If your looking to get away from the big cities before you slave your adult like away in corporate London, this might be the place for you! read more

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29th August 2021

It's a really small so...

It's a really small so don't expect much. Even if you can't do much here, the cost of living is quite high. I wouldn't advise you to take the bus, really expensive and walking from place to place is not that bad. There are lots of places where u can eat out but not so many shops for clothes etc.. read more

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member1161937
25th August 2021

Nice little town if you're...

Nice little town if you're not looking for much. Shops are okay but not great, but can easily go to leicester or nottingham for a proper day out read more

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member761898
24th August 2021

A nice town, with enough...

A nice town, with enough to do to not feel bored. Nottingham and Leicester are close by, so if you do want to go explore more those are available. read more

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member661652
11th August 2021

Good social life but...

Good social life but lacking transport and shopping read more

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member761606
8th August 2021

Town is a long walk away...

Town is a long walk away or a very expensive bus ride (one way). There should be a student discount for the bus. read more

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member1061580
5th August 2021

Visited many towns and...

Visited many towns and cities to find this one that was so perfect to me and felt so homely. Everything is on your doorstep and truly the pinnacle of a university experience. read more

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member761071
28th July 2021

From what I've seen,...

From what I've seen, Loughborough has many places to get food from, to shop and to have a good night out in. The public transport is good, is available in a short space of time if you miss a bus, and it goes onto the campus. read more

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member1361454
28th July 2021

The buses are suprisingly...

The buses are suprisingly expensive comparing to the ones back in london and we weren’t able to experience the night life however hopefully next year it will be better read more

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28th July 2021

Small town however has...

Small town however has 3 nightclubs in town and the union. Loads of places to eat as well so not bad for students read more

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28th July 2021

Good environment for...

Good environment for students with something for everyone in Loughborough and easy access to Leicester and Birmingham. read more

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28th July 2021

Loughborough isn’t the...

Loughborough isn’t the biggest or most exciting place but there are great pubs and restaurants. The clubs aren’t brilliant but you can have a fun night out easily. Also countryside around town is great for walking and cycling read more

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28th July 2021

Nice area to live in...

Nice area to live in and great affordable public transport but smaller town compared to capital. read more

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28th July 2021

Good bus transport and...

Good bus transport and I don’t think the walk to campus is bad. Not too much in nightlife but close to Nottingham and Leicester (quick train ride) and the clubs and pubs in Loughborough are a good time. Couple shopping locations with most things you’d need but would recommend Nottingham for a proper shopping day. read more

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28th July 2021

Very good location if...

Very good location if you don’t want to waste your money in town every night. Great to make a special quick trip to Nottingham or Leicester for the best days and night out. read more

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member561441
28th July 2021

Decent little town, only...

Decent little town, only a few shops there, but not far form Leicester and Nottingham for better range of shops read more

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member461435
27th July 2021

Typical franchise town,...

Typical franchise town, uni campus is the best thing about the town by far read more

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member761428
27th July 2021

Loughborough is a great...

Loughborough is a great town built mainly for student needs and therefore has everything you need and want right on your doorstep. read more

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26th July 2021

great sense of community,...

great sense of community, always a good night out read more

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member1261329
26th July 2021

town is about 20 minute...

town is about 20 minute walk away from campus but has everything you need for a basic day out/night out and grocer shop. read more

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26th July 2021

Loughborough is a small...

Loughborough is a small town so naturally nights out, shopping etc is going to be limited, however the student union and campus life make up for that and shopping trips can easily be taken in Leicester or Nottingham! Public transport is great, the only thing I’d change is having the train station closer to campus. read more

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25th July 2021

Affordable housing and...

Affordable housing and connected to nottingham and leicester for nights out read more

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member1261305
24th July 2021

Lovely town with many...

Lovely town with many restaurants & bars and nice market. However, limited amounts of places for nights out and not many shops. read more

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member1161304
24th July 2021

Everything you need to...

Everything you need to for the top social experience read more

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member1261293
23rd July 2021

Loughborough town is...

Loughborough town is OK, the shops are awful but always a good night out if you have good company. Revs and firefly are the go to student hotspots. and there is a bus from campus to the town every 10 mins read more

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23rd July 2021

Loughborough is a small...

Loughborough is a small and quite town, mostly made up of students, however, the locals are amazing as well read more

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23rd July 2021

The only annoying thing...

The only annoying thing is shops close at 18:00 however I enjoy the town and walk everywhere read more

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23rd July 2021

it’s a very small town...

it’s a very small town and most of the restaurants are fast food-ish, so i’d rather cook for myself. however i’ve seen a lot of new places opening which is exciting! shopping for food is okay but for clothes and other stuff there’s not much read more

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22nd July 2021

The town is quite a nice...

The town is quite a nice area with everything that we need in one place. It takes around 15-20 minutes to walk from campus and if you take the bus it'd only take around 3 mins. read more

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22nd July 2021

Loughborough is a small...

Loughborough is a small town in comparison to bigger cities like Nottingham and so there are not many facilities however there is always still places to go. You can also always just hop on a train to Leicester or Nottingham for something fresh. read more

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22nd July 2021

Transport was great and...

Transport was great and nights out at firefly, but shops could be improved read more

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22nd July 2021

A pretty decent town...

A pretty decent town once you find things for you to do there and get to know the area read more

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22nd July 2021

The places to eat out...

The places to eat out in Loughborough have been really enjoyable as the clubs have not been open in the past year read more

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21st July 2021

Has everything you'd...

Has everything you'd need in town. Plenty of pubs and a few clubs too. Pretty much all on one or two main roads. Lots of places to get great food too read more

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21st July 2021

Lovely town, most places...

Lovely town, most places within walking distance! read more

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member1061239
21st July 2021

As Loughborough is a...

As Loughborough is a small town it has a small variety of shopping facilities. Night life is great in Loughborough as it has such a large proportion of students, it is also in close proximity to Leicester and Nottingham to broaden the variety of nights out available. Loughborough town centre has some great pubs and restaurants to offer too. read more

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21st July 2021

The size of Loughborough...

The size of Loughborough contributes to the community feel and safe environment and has quick connections to large surrounding city’s providing options for nights out and shopping read more

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member1161233
21st July 2021

Not a lot of nightlife...

Not a lot of nightlife around or shops a few nice pubs but good value read more

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21st July 2021

Drinks are pretty reasonable!...

Drinks are pretty reasonable! can get a pint for £2.18 read more

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21st July 2021

The social scene apparently...

The social scene apparently revolves around the union and yet they took away a room from the union read more

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21st July 2021

Sprint and campus shuttle...

Sprint and campus shuttle buses make it easy to move around Loughborough and as it is a smaller town it doesn't take long to get from one side to the other read more

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21st July 2021

I couldn’t really eat...

I couldn’t really eat out or go to clubs because of Covid, lockdown and restrictions but there is a good variety of shops, restaurants and cafes. Lots of large parks and good public transport. read more

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21st July 2021

Loughborough’s not the...

Loughborough’s not the best town but that’s sort of a running joke at the uni - the student union more than compensates for the lack of clubs in the town, and we often just go to nearby Leicester or Nottingham for a proper club night out. read more

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21st July 2021

99% of students don’t...

99% of students don’t need to go to town as everything that you need is on campus. UP THE LOUGH! read more

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21st July 2021

Loughborough is a great...

Loughborough is a great market town that is great if you make use of the local market every Tuesday and Thursday. Otherwise, just go to Nottingham or Leicester for nights out read more

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21st July 2021

Loughborough is a bubble,...

Loughborough is a bubble, you will always see your friends around town and will always know people on a night out. read more

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21st July 2021

Lack of choice for shops...

Lack of choice for shops but that’s the only downside, great pubs and clubs perfect student town read more

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21st July 2021

Loughborough contains...

Loughborough contains everything you need and is what you expect of a student town, it has plenty of options for pubs and transport links are excellent for venturing to cities like Nottingham if you want a bigger night out read more

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21st July 2021

Small town but close...

Small town but close to notts and Leicester read more

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21st July 2021

Loughborough may be small...

Loughborough may be small but has everything you need. There are many places to eat and things to do, but so close to Nottingham and Leicester so have so much choice! Train station with mainline and buses run regularly! The nights out and great but the best night out is at the Union!! Shopping isn't the best but you've got all the choices you need in Nottingham and Leicester! read more

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21st July 2021

Small town but Nottingham...

Small town but Nottingham and Leicester are a short train ride away read more

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21st July 2021

Town is great for food...

Town is great for food with so many cool place to go read more

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21st July 2021

Affordable living. Lots...

Affordable living. Lots of shops, restaurants/pubs to choose from The sprint bus is a lifesaver; £2.10 from town to anywhere on campus read more

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21st July 2021

Worth the walk, everyone...

Worth the walk, everyone is friendly read more

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21st July 2021

The town is small and...

The town is small and there aren’t a lot of options to shop read more

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21st July 2021

Small but has everything...

Small but has everything you could need read more

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21st July 2021

The public transport...

The public transport system is easy to use and allows easy access to various big cities (bus and train to nottingham, train to london etc). The town centre has a variety of restuarants catered to different individuals needs. read more

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21st July 2021

They need a better transport...

They need a better transport system because the sprint is not reliable and during later hours you have to walk or take an uber. There aren't many good shops, you have to go to Nottingham or Leicester if you want a good night out or a day out in the city. read more

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21st July 2021

Small town but has everything...

Small town but has everything needed read more

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21st July 2021

Nice if a little tired...

Nice if a little tired in the town centre, a very good student town just stay away from the locals ;-) read more

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21st July 2021

Great to be near friends...

Great to be near friends but shopping is awful, smaller primark ever and then a newlook read more

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21st July 2021

Uni is quite far from...

Uni is quite far from train station but bus is cheap to get to town and fairly quick read more

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21st July 2021

Loughborough is a small...

Loughborough is a small quiet town. read more

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21st July 2021

Not many shops to go...

Not many shops to go to, however all the essentials are there read more

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21st July 2021

Nice town all essentials...

Nice town all essentials needed, great links to big cities with trains to notts and leicester taking 10 mins or so. read more

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21st July 2021

From what I’ve seen cost...

From what I’ve seen cost of living is quite low, with student houses around £110 a week, and with student housing being so close to campus and town they’re perfectly placed. Plenty of restaurants in town like Peter’s pizzeria and pubs too. Fireflies for clubbing along with many other events organisers ensure there’s plenty of opportunities for weekend fun. Free campus shuttle bus (but costs about £2 if you need it to get into town). Usually a summer market on Saturdays I believe with trinkets and clothes too, along with the usual primark and such. read more

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21st July 2021

Great plethora of restaurants...

Great plethora of restaurants to choose from. read more

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21st July 2021

Quite a chilled town....

Quite a chilled town. Lots of really good pubs around always filled with students. There are a few clubs in town which are good but the union is the best. Very easy and cheap transport links to Leister and Nottingham if you are looking for a night out in a city which is a bonus. Everything is very cheap, £2 pint in most pubs read more

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21st July 2021

Sprint bus is a very...

Sprint bus is a very easy connection from campus to town and the train station. Easy access to the other major cities around as well read more

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21st July 2021

As was living on campus,...

As was living on campus, town was just somewhere to do a food shop or to go on the odd night out. The mix of permanent residents and students is nice, but town itself is not that exciting. read more

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21st July 2021

the buses are always...

the buses are always late so don't relay on them read more

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21st July 2021

The location wasn’t too...

The location wasn’t too bad, it’s not difficult to get to different cities such as Leicester and Nottingham, whether by bus or by train read more

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21st July 2021

Pretty good pretty good....

Pretty good pretty good. Was enjoyable. Small town but fun nonetheless read more

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21st July 2021

Loughborough is great...

Loughborough is great in all these aspects read more

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20th July 2021

It's a small town that...

It's a small town that is mostly known for the uni campus. Quite alot of the social spaces in town such as pubs and clubs are catered mainly to students, similarly quite alot of the shops have student discounts. It's not too bad to walk through, not a massive amount to see. read more

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20th July 2021

Shopping is a bit rubbish...

Shopping is a bit rubbish but Nottingham isn’t too far or too expensive read more

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20th July 2021

Not a lot of places worth...

Not a lot of places worth going, you have to travel to Leicester or notts really read more

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20th July 2021

Student housing in town...

Student housing in town is very expensive for what you get as landlord know that students don't have much choice so charge silly prices. The night life is what you expect for a small town not amazing but better then nothing read more

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20th July 2021

Free bus round campus...

Free bus round campus and fairly cheap into town/ to the station. Not a huge variety of nights out but a safe town and a great union night out. read more

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20th July 2021

Loughborough is a very...

Loughborough is a very quiet town, but I like this because it means it’s not overcrowded. The nightlife could be better, but the uni has a good union which is sufficient. Plus Nottingham is a short train journey away! read more

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20th July 2021

Good student town. A...

Good student town. A good number of pubs and clubs are dominated by Loughborough University students, so it feels less remote. read more

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20th July 2021

There have not got bike...

There have not got bike rental but there have good bus transport from uni to town (near station) read more

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20th July 2021

I personally like quiet...

I personally like quiet places. Loughborough meets this requirement very well, or it can be said that the country life is great read more

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20th July 2021

Could have more buses,...

Could have more buses, good places to eat out read more

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20th July 2021

It's a nice town, but...

It's a nice town, but not like the big cities. read more

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20th July 2021

20 minute walk away from...

20 minute walk away from campus. read more

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20th July 2021

Takes about 30 mins to...

Takes about 30 mins to get to town, regardless if your getting the bus or walking. 20 mins usually waiting for bus and usually late. Shops are small. Local market on Saturdays are good though. read more

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20th July 2021

Great student atmosphere...

Great student atmosphere and perfect for students. It’s not the nicest town but it’s not what you go for. With easy access to Nottingham, Birmingham and Leicester you have anything else you might need a stones throw away. read more

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20th July 2021

Loughborough is an amazing...

Loughborough is an amazing student town read more

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20th July 2021

Loughborough is quite...

Loughborough is quite a small town, therefore not much to do. read more

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20th July 2021

A very nice small town....

A very nice small town. Easy to get anywhere by foot, alcohol and the likes is much cheaper than any city. Shopping is surprisingly decent. read more

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20th July 2021

I found that the Kinchbus...

I found that the Kinchbus Sprint bus service from the university to the town and train station were very useful and good value for money. I did however find it often confusing finding the correct timetable for when the bus would arrive, due to different timetabling in holidays and term time, however the MyLboro App helped with this. read more

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20th July 2021

Decent town, bus service...

Decent town, bus service is good and some good social venues. read more

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20th July 2021

Loughborough has lots...

Loughborough has lots of pubs and bars meaning you’re spoilt for choice depending on your budget and the restaurants and cafes are good. Only downside is that some of the cocktail drinks are quite expensive and make for expensive nights out read more

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20th July 2021

Not too much going on...

Not too much going on but very close to notts or Leicester read more

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20th July 2021

It’s nice halls better...

It’s nice halls better than the rest good bathrooms and kitchens read more

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20th July 2021

I really enjoyed first...

I really enjoyed first year at Loughborough University even during the corona virus outbreak. read more

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20th July 2021

Loughborough is a nice...

Loughborough is a nice town, its small in size but big in character. read more

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19th July 2021

There is easy access...

There is easy access to the town with a regular bus service, as well as good restaurants and cafes in the centre. Although there is only a small number of clubs in town the union makes up for this with its great nightlife. read more

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13th July 2021

Although the town is...

Although the town is small, it has a great variety of restaurants, and pubs for nights out. read more

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8th July 2021

Loughborough Town has...

Loughborough Town has a variety of shops and cafes perfect for meetinfg up but it lacks activities for friends to do read more

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4th July 2021

Due to the pandemic I...

Due to the pandemic I haven’t been able to experience the night life. The shopping is very minimal- as Loughborough is a small town, I think getting transport like the bus is a waste of money but other forms like the train weren’t too bad- it’s just a shame trains aren’t always frequent, but that’s because Loughborough has a small train station. read more

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23rd June 2021

Loughborough town is...

Loughborough town is incredibly good value for money with rent being very cheap and there being a diverse set of places to eat. read more

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22nd June 2021

Solid public transport...

Solid public transport cheers mate read more

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20th June 2021

Loughborough has the...

Loughborough has the best of both worlds - it is small, neat and calm but there’s also a lot of places where you could have fun. read more

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12th June 2021

Great cost of living...

Great cost of living as it is a student town making things afforable and cheaper than London. Rent is affordable as well and there is always student discounts available. read more

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2nd June 2021

Cute little town and...

Cute little town and if you get bored, Leicester and Nottingham are a quick train-ride away. read more

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1st June 2021

It’s a nice town to live...

It’s a nice town to live in for students. Everything is easily accessible and reaching major cities for a different night out is easy. read more

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28th May 2021

Loughborough is mostly...

Loughborough is mostly populated by older people and students. It has everything you could possibly need, but hardcore city-lovers will struggle. read more

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26th May 2021

It's a small place but...

It's a small place but has most of the stuff you need. The night life is surprisingly pretty good and becomes part of the Loughborough experience. read more

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26th May 2021

Loughborough is a perfect...

Loughborough is a perfect student town, it’s got all the essential shops a student would need including primark, new look, boots, Superdrug and more! Plenty of fast food and restaurants options as well as a cinema, escape room, bars, clubs, coffee shops and more! read more

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25th May 2021

Loughborough is a nice...

Loughborough is a nice town and is near some other great places to read more

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24th May 2021

Loughborough is a uni...

Loughborough is a uni town, so there isn’t much around to do, but I do bear in mind that I am from London so a small town was a huge change for me. The bus is also quite expensive around town. read more

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23rd May 2021

It’s not a very busy...

It’s not a very busy place but the student life means there’s usually a lot to do read more

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23rd May 2021

Great public transport...

Great public transport links, not much in the way of eating out and other social activities. read more

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22nd May 2021

Transport has been adequate....

Transport has been adequate. Cannot comment on eating out and nights out due to Covid restrictions but will give the benefit of the doubt. Cost of living is reasonable enough for any budget. read more

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21st May 2021

Very nice and quiet area,...

Very nice and quiet area, town has many good shops such as Home Bargains. Busses can be a little unreliable which isn't unexpected. read more

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21st May 2021

Coming from London, I...

Coming from London, I honestly still get so shocked by how cheap food is over here. There are many shopping options, and Leicester and Nottingham are nearby so if you want a city-feel then those are accessible. Buses are frequent and travelling around Loughborough is pretty easy. Overall, a cozy town which, once you settle in and get used to it, is a nice change from a fast-paced city like London. read more

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21st May 2021

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20th May 2021

Loughborough is a nice...

Loughborough is a nice little town, and it meets the basics. Maybe not enough if you want to shopping! read more

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20th May 2021

Loughborough is great...

Loughborough is great if you like living in a small town. If you're into city life it may be a bit too quiet for you. read more

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19th May 2021

Beautiful little town,...

Beautiful little town, a lot of greenery and things to do read more

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19th May 2021

Loughborough has the...

Loughborough has the basics you need and with notts and Leicester just 15 minutes on the train it’s ideal read more

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18th May 2021

In comparison to where...

In comparison to where I’m from, Loughborough is quite a small and peaceful town, but it has everything you need for university life. The location of the town is in walking distance from the university and is easy to find. read more

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18th May 2021

town experience is great,...

town experience is great, restaurants and their cuisines available is fantastic. The clubs offer a very safe and good social experience. read more

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18th May 2021

Not too bad of a town...

Not too bad of a town really, has everything you expect from a typical student town read more

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18th May 2021

The town is rather small...

The town is rather small with not much night life but some nice pubs and shops with very friendly locals. read more

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17th May 2021

Often called a "University...

Often called a "University town", it provides a fantastic combination of greenery and fresh air with modern conveniences. read more

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17th May 2021

As small town, it is...

As small town, it is relatively cheaper compared to bigger city's like London, the town itself is small, however, it has most shops you will need. The only downside would be public transportation and would recommend bring a bike to commute and/or be okay with walking a lot. read more

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17th May 2021

Beautiful small town...

Beautiful small town to live in, with a god range of shops despite the size of the town. read more

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17th May 2021

Nice town, but not too...

Nice town, but not too many options for nights out. Quiet place, great for students who don’t want to live in a city read more

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17th May 2021

Nice little town with...

Nice little town with many shops. Busses come often and there are busses every 15 mins to the next big town read more

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17th May 2021

With no pandemic, they...

With no pandemic, they are only like three clubs to go to so it gets boring over time but the student union is lit🔥 read more

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15th May 2021

The town isn't the most...

The town isn't the most interesting, but it is a short commute to Nottingham or Leicester read more

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15th May 2021

Loughborough is a beautiful...

Loughborough is a beautiful town. Ideal for students. read more

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15th May 2021

The town is relatively...

The town is relatively small, which means that it offers fewer opportunities than big cities. However, there is everything you need. As it is a student-populated town, you will probably meet your friends everywhere. read more

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14th May 2021

The best thing about...

The best thing about Loughborough is the campus. Town has everything you need but is quite basic read more

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14th May 2021

Living costs are generally...

Living costs are generally low. Lots of places to eat such as Nando’s and McDonalds, but the nicest places are in surrounding villages such as The Priory in Nanpantan or Packe Arms in Hoton and for these you need a car or taxi. Loughborough is strict on car parking even for returning students sometimes to a petty and ridiculous effect. Not much shopping nearby unless you head to Leicester but there is still two large Tescos, a Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and M&S. read more

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12th May 2021

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10th May 2021

Loughborough is good...

Loughborough is good city to live. read more

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10th May 2021

Loughborough is a very...

Loughborough is a very quiet town but has a lot of character. There are lots of different food places and so many natural sites (parks, lakes, etc.) to explore read more

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10th May 2021

Nice small town with...

Nice small town with all the essentials. Good selection of food and shopping. read more

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8th May 2021

The cost of living is...

The cost of living is ideal for students but there aren't that many options for night outs or eating out. The public transport isn't the best, the buses are usually not on time but the town is not that big so walking is usually the best choice to get around. read more

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member557444
7th May 2021

small lovely town. Close...

small lovely town. Close to Nottingham. read more

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16th April 2021

SU does a lot to make...

SU does a lot to make it a fun place to be with it being a small town. Committees also put on loads of events so there is always something to do. read more

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12th April 2021

Great student town, quieter...

Great student town, quieter and calmer than others but perfect for hard working students read more

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10th April 2021

A small town, very close...

A small town, very close to campus. read more

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3rd April 2021

It is a small town but...

It is a small town but it is a great place. There might be some shops that you will not find here, but that's not an issue since Leicester is a 10 min train. However, it is rare that you dont find something you need in this town. read more

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1st April 2021

a very cute town, every...

a very cute town, every shops on the street looks like nice. read more

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1st April 2021

This form is too long,...

This form is too long, I really just wanted to review my halls! read more

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13th March 2021

buses are really insanely...

buses are really insanely expensive and the restaurants are not so good read more

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7th March 2021

Loughborough is a relatively...

Loughborough is a relatively inexpensive place to live compared to city universities, lots of private accommodation available in or near the town for when you want to move out of halls. Plenty of restaurants and takeaways, some bars and a few popular nightclubs in town (the uni has an excellent students union which is used for nights out 3x a week minimum to make up for lack of nightlife in town). More than enough shops to get your essentials (supermarkets, clothes/shoe shops, book shops, bakeries, cafés, local businesses) with Loughborough also a short distance from Nottingham and Leicester (accessible by train, bus, car etc.) where there are loads of shops, clubs, bars, restaurants etc. No need to get public transport from uni campus to town as it is close enough to walk, but the uni does run its own bus service from the train station to campus which stops at several locations in the town. Train station has regular trains to nearby cities and towns as well as further afield. read more

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3rd March 2021

it’s cheap living in...

it’s cheap living in the private halls, the town is abit dead, there’s only once club and 2 places you’d go to for drinks (revs and amber rooms), only a few shops to go to and not many places to eat out in read more

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2nd March 2021

Location is good it's...

Location is good it's town and some places are good for me to walk around. read more

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2nd March 2021

Amazing town with lot...

Amazing town with lot of pubs and great crowd read more

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26th February 2021

Definitely, you can enjoy...

Definitely, you can enjoy shopping and eating in Loughborugh. read more

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26th February 2021

The cost of living here...

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. read more

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25th February 2021

A fantastic college town...

A fantastic college town with some good stores in the town centre. Not a lot to do but understandable for a small town read more

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25th February 2021

Great city but everything...

Great city but everything closes down quite early read more

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25th February 2021

Not very used to seeing...

Not very used to seeing a quiet town like this. Public parks are the best I like about this town. read more

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25th February 2021

The best student city...

The best student city ever. You can find cheap things over here and everyone is really very generous to you and will help you in the best possible way. read more

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24th February 2021

Nice town. Has good place...

Nice town. Has good place to eat. read more

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24th February 2021

Its the best town, student...

Its the best town, student friendly and budget friendly read more

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23rd February 2021

Quest when students are...

Quest when students are away, nice parks, plenty of shops. Did dent style clubs and loads of places to eat and drink read more

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23rd February 2021

Nights out are only three...

Nights out are only three star because we haven’t been able to have any since October but the town is small and friendly and there is everything available read more

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30th December 2020

I truly dislike living...

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. read more

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10th October 2020

I will definitely miss...

I will definitely miss loughborough. A small town with just everything you need read more

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16th August 2020

Nice town everything...

Nice town everything there. Nice countryside around it. read more

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10th August 2020

Loughborough is a town...

Loughborough is a town of obvious places to enjoy yourself be it the park in town, the cinemas or eateries, but it is full of hidden gems you can only experience by breathing in this vibrant little town read more

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6th August 2020

easy transport, but not...

easy transport, but not much to do here. Better off going Leicester or Nottingham for a night out with friends. read more

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13th June 2020

Haven’t been on a night...

Haven’t been on a night out so can’t say much, but the restaurants are really good. read more

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member449252
11th June 2020

- It's relatively cheap...

- 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. read more

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member1349229
10th June 2020

Loughborough has good...

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. read more

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10th June 2020

The only problem I had...

The only problem I had was using the bus, which did not seem to run on posted schedules read more

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10th June 2020

Nice town, but can be...

Nice town, but can be quite quite out of Uni term time. Enough resturants to keep you going but much more on offer in Nottingham and Leicester which are pretty easy to get to. read more

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10th June 2020

Nice town, but can be...

Nice town, but can be quite quite out of Uni term time. Enough resturants to keep you going but much more on offer in Nottingham and Leicester which are pretty easy to get to. read more

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member1049205
9th June 2020

Not the greatest town...

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. read more

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9th June 2020

Very affordable small...

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. read more

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8th June 2020

Very good town for student...

Very good town for student living here. read more

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8th June 2020

Amazing quiet town Very...

Amazing quiet town Very good for students read more

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member449153
8th June 2020

This is a very quiet...

This is a very quiet town with a small population, but the people living here are very friendly and suitable for retirement. read more

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6th June 2020

Quiet and safe small...

Quiet and safe small town. People are good, always taking smell. read more

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4th June 2020

Perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! read more

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4th June 2020

the environment is very...

the environment is very safe and beautiful. everything you need can get quite easily. read more

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2nd June 2020

Despite being a place...

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. read more

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2nd June 2020

There are no shopping...

There are no shopping malls in loughborough and the school is relatively far from the city centre. Public transport is convenient, but often not on time. read more

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2nd June 2020

Loughborough is a peaceful...

Loughborough is a peaceful town that good for studying and creating artworks, people here are nice and gentle read more

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2nd June 2020

Nice location, friendly...

Nice location, friendly atmosphere, everything is close by and can be gotten to quickly. Not too busy and overwhelming. read more

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23rd May 2020

barely any shops. nights...

barely any shops. nights out are rubbish read more

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13th May 2020

My overall experience...

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!! read more

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13th May 2020

the nice little town...

the nice little town and good commute system to Leicester and Nottingham read more

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11th March 2020

Good but not many shops...

Good but not many shops and buses can be slow read more

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11th March 2020

The town isnt the nicest,...

The town isnt the nicest, although it has everything you need. It's more than sufficient for a student lifestyle. read more

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7th March 2020

Very good. Only problem...

Very good. Only problem is that town is too small read more

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4th March 2020

Nice town, clubs are...

Nice town, clubs are limited though read more

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3rd March 2020

It has all of the entertainment...

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. read more

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1st March 2020

The town is like most...

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. read more

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1st March 2020

The public transport...

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! read more

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25th February 2020

A clean, beautiful student...

A clean, beautiful student town. read more

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16th February 2020

Great town, small but...

Great town, small but has everything you need read more

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12th February 2020

Small town easy to manage...

Small town easy to manage a busy life with distances however nothing to do u get depressed in the long term read more

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8th February 2020

Sprinty bois will save...

Sprinty bois will save your life. Night's out are decent for the first few years then you'll get bored, but it's only a short journey to Notts! read more

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5th February 2020

Nice, small town. Not...

Nice, small town. Not too much to do but easy to get to nearby cities Nottingham & Leicester. read more

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13th January 2020

i will never return to...

i will never return to this awful place read more

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19th December 2019

Loughborough is not a...

Loughborough is not a bad place to be, town is okay, enough to do. read more

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9th December 2019

Always walk to town and...

Always walk to town and only get the bus back if you have heaving things to carry. The £2.10 bus fee is ridiculous. read more

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29th November 2019

Loughborough is very...

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. read more

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27th November 2019

Cost of living is very...

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. read more

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27th November 2019

Loughborough is a quiet...

Loughborough is a quiet town that is full of amazing social activities targeted at students read more

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9th October 2019

Town is quite far to...

Town is quite far to walk and trains aren’t direct as it’s a market town. Cheap to live though read more

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10th September 2019

The Kinch bus is expensive...

The Kinch bus is expensive and late a lot but is very useful. Food and nightlife is awesome read more

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8th September 2019

Pretty cheap to live,...

Pretty cheap to live, reasonable nights out, great links to anywhere read more

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4th June 2018

A good student town,...

A good student town, good value for money in terms of rent etc. Lots of nice places to eat out or grab a takeaway and the town is always vibrant. read more

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jolenanell
7th November 2015

I find rent expensive...

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. read more

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22nd July 2015

Nice, quiet town but...

Nice, quiet town but really small. Almost has everything you need but not much choices. read more

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member611396
20th July 2015

Small, no need for public...

Small, no need for public transport. read more

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member811388
20th July 2015

Link bus service is fantastic!...

Link bus service is fantastic! Refurbishment has made town look very pretty and nice to spend time in. Everything you need, but could use more variety of shops/things to do. read more

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member1111386
20th July 2015

Quite a small town but...

Quite a small town but pretty cheap for whatever you want to do and if you know the places then can find great food and a good night out. read more

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member911288
15th July 2015

Loughborough in generally...

Loughborough in generally pretty cheap to eat out and go out in. However it's shopping and nights out are limiting. The sprint busses are fantastic and regular. read more

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member1011250
15th July 2015

A very student town....

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! read more

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member1210830
10th July 2015

Loughborough town has...

Loughborough town has the bare minimum of things you need, but as it's so small everything is in walking distance from the Uni. There are decent nights out but just beware of the locals! read more

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10th July 2015

Pretty cheap, good number...

Pretty cheap, good number of clubs and bars for size of the town, very student orientated town, not much to do during the day! read more

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member610703
9th July 2015

Really small town so...

Really small town so it's easy to go out. But the fact it's a uni town means the nights are always going off! The shopping isn't great though read more

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VelvetyMoose
9th July 2015

The locals are dodgy...

The locals are dodgy as hell but the price of housing and food is pretty good, echoes on a saturday is also pretty good! read more

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member710693
9th July 2015

Small town so no danger,...

Small town so no danger, relatively cheap but no shops neither something special in town read more

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member610522
7th July 2015

For awhat there is it's...

For awhat there is it's great but its a small town so wish there was a bit more of everything. But luckily Leicester and Nottingham are near by for more of a city scenery read more

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Krishant
3rd July 2015

Shuttle buses go from...

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. read more

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member79561
30th June 2015

Loughborough is a wonderful...

Loughborough is a wonderful town with many great shops. read more

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member79559
30th June 2015

Small town made for students!...

Small town made for students! Great links to Leicester and Nottingham makes up for the lack of shopping. read more

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member109553
30th June 2015

Actually a really nice...

Actually a really nice town to live in, has everything you need read more

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member79470
29th June 2015

Loughborough has everything...

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! read more

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member109433
29th June 2015

Shopping is a bit limited...

Shopping is a bit limited and there isn't a lot of daytime entertainment but there are some nice places to eat and a couple of really fun nightclubs read more

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member109397
27th June 2015

Theres not really a lot...

Theres not really a lot to do in the town, especially for shopping, there aren't many clubs, although the ones that are there are good read more

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member49241
23rd June 2015

Loughborough town is...

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! read more

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member119235
23rd June 2015

small town. Great transport...

small town. Great transport links to leicester and notts for shopping read more

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member79226
22nd June 2015

The town has everything...

The town has everything that is needed within walking distance of the university including a range of restaurants and shops read more

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member79222
22nd June 2015

The town is not as bad...

The town is not as bad as I expected. It has everything you need but as it's not a buzzing city so you can feel like you are missing out on that sort of student life sometimes read more

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JKF
22nd June 2015

It has all the basic...

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. read more

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member129056
5th June 2015

Small town so not much...

Small town so not much public transport is needed but there are good regular buses and the train station is not far away. read more

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Alice
5th June 2015

I enjoy living within...

I enjoy living within Loughborough. I like the size of the town, not too big or small. read more

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ANON
22nd February 2015

Lots of supermarkets,...

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. read more

Cons?
Can argue its a fairly quiet area off campus with little activity other than the XMAS fair.

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Dominic
21st February 2015

Students Union at the...

Students Union at the University is fantastic for a night out Easy to get around, well connected via buses and trains read more

Cons?
Shopping could definitely be better - same experience as any other small town in the UK

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sadler876
6th January 2015

Everything is in walking...

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. read more

Cons?
Unless you want to go to London the train journeys are a bit of a pain. Student dominated. Very windy.

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