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Loughborough is a town where students are top dog. Its small size makes it a great place to go to uni and students here feel like they run the place! It’s well located in the East-Midlands and is just down the road from Leicester and Nottingham.
If you’re new to the city, our Loughborough city guide will help you find your feet and experience the best of it.
Loughborough is quite a small place so you won’t need to worry about getting any buses around the city.
All of the main clubs are bars are located near to each other and are conveniently located.
If you do need to get a taxi, there are taxi ranks in the city centre and most trips shouldn’t cost much.
Loughborough is conveniently located to get over to other cities. It borders Nottinghamshire and is in Leicestershire, so if you fancy popping over to Nottingham or Leicester, it’s a short train ride to either.
Loughborough may be on the smaller side, but don’t be fooled, there’s plenty to see and do here! With a big students population, this place is a fun place to be, day or night.
Popping along to Loughborough market is a great way to spend an afternoon. It’s got tons of different things on sale. Whether it’s delicious ingredients for a cheap meal, or some vintage clothes, or even a great gift for when Mum and Dad are next up, the market has it all!
If you want a fun way to keep fit and have fun, pop over to the Climbing Station. It’s a huge indoor rock-climbing centre with over 800 square meters of wall for you to get your hands on. Whether you’re an experienced climber or an absolute beginner, you’ll have a great time here!
For something a little different, have a look at the Loughborough Carillon Tower and the War Memorial Museum. The tower itself is beautiful and is in a lovely open green space. Inside, the War Memorial Museum has tons of great artefacts and things to see. It’s got a large collection of guns and war relics as well as themed areas. Some of the areas are themed around specific dates in history, including one section dedicated to artefacts from the airborne division of soldiers who fought at the Battle of Normandy in World War 2. It’s like nothing else in Loughborough and a hidden gem when it comes to things to do.
Want to see a bit of nature? Loughborough has got lovely parks for you to go and have a look at. Queen’s Park is the best and biggest Loughborough has to offer. It’s especially gorgeous in Autumn. This park is a favourite of students and a great place to spend an afternoon. This gorgeous park is perfect for a lovely walk and has art sculptures made by university students scattered all over. See what you can discover!
Looking to grab some drinks with mates? Loughborough’s got loads of great bars and pubs for you to grab a pint or two! The Wild Lime is home to many a wild student night. It’s a great place to have a few drinks. They also regularly screen all the latest footy matches and even late night boxing and UFC! Fenways is a great bar with a cool, modern interior (and lots of lovely sofas to boot!). For somewhere relaxing, check out The Orange Tree. It’s got a modern, cosy interior and is perfect for a relaxing pint!
Loughborough got a handful of clubs to check out as well. The standard student spot is Echo’s. It’s got cheap drinks deals and is popular with Loughborough uni students. Fire-Fly is another cool place to check out. It’s got awesome DJs and a cool atmosphere. Another popular spot is Revolution. Although Revs is a little more like a bar than a club, it’s super popular with Loughborough students. If Loughborough nightlife doesn’t do it for you, Nottingham and Leicester are only a short train ride away for a night on the town!
If you’re looking for somewhere nice to grab a tea or coffee, The Coffee Pot, A Perfect Blend and Baobab Café are all worth a look. Baobab has a cool interior with lots of brightly coloured chairs and seating areas.
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Unfortunately for sports fans, Loughborough doesn’t have a side that plays in the EFL. If you’re craving some sport though, the University football team is always a great watch and plays in the university stadium. If you really want to see some live footy, you’re only a short train ride to Leicester. Leicester F.C play in the Premier League and won the title a few years ago. Alternatively, Nottingham Forest is close as well. They currently play in the Championship.
Loughborough doesn’t have all of the major restaurant chains, but you’ll a decent number of the big brands here, don’t worry!
If you’re looking for some delicious international foods, The Basin has amazing Thai, Japanese and Chinese dishes. If you want some great Indian food, check out Eastern Spice. It’s got a gorgeous range of great dishes and is a favourite among students and locals alike! If you fancy some tasty Mexican food, head over to Plan Burrito.
For vegans and vegetarians, The White horse is vegan and vegetarian-friendly and have a range of great veggie options on their menus! If you fancy some Meat-free Mediterranean munch, pop over to Tarboush! It’s a stunning restaurant has loads of delicious dishes for you to try.
Loughborough has loads of great shops you can visit. It’s got tons of range, from mainstream brands to quirky vintage shops. Whatever you fancy, you’ll be able to find it here!
There are a few small shopping centres in Loughborough, but for your big shopping trips, you may be better off taking the train down to one of the larger shopping centres in Leicester. They’re very close by train and have a much bigger range than the shops you’ll find locally.
There are a number of shops in the town centre for you to explore as well though. If you’re looking for something a little different, pop along to the Loughborough market. You can find a wide range of clothes here, including some cool vintage gear!
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Loughborough’s student population make up a large part of the town. Wherever you live here, you’ll likely be close to your mates! Here’s a run-down of each student area and there pros and cons.
The main student areas are Park Road, York Road and Frederick Street.
Park Road is only about a twenty-minute walk away from the uni campus, so it’s ideal if you want to dash to and from uni throughout the day. It’s also only a fifteen-minute walk to the centre of town, which is perfect for people who want to do a quick shop! There are loads of takeaways on Park Road as well as a McDonald’s if you fancy a quick bite! There’s a fairly big Tesco here as well if you want to do your weekly food shop!
York Road is in a great location as it’ll only take you 10 minutes to walk to the city centre or uni! York Road is a teeny bit more expensive, but you’ll be glad you live here when you have to walk to uni at 8AM!
Frederick Street is also in a great location. You’re only five minutes away from the centre of town and 15 minutes away from the uni. There’s a Sainsbury’s and Iceland less than five minutes away as well if you get peckish!
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