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Loughborough University
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Loughborough University

(4.6) 2205 reviews
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Overview
Overview

Overview

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WUSCA Overview ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
3rd/131

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national 2020 university league table, and top in the region. It ranked 1st for Accommodation and 2nd for University Facilities and Students’ Union in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019. These annual awards were voted for entirely by students – with 41,000+ reviews and comments submitted from more than 130 universities across the UK that year.

This single-site campus university is spread over a sprawling 440-acre green site, containing everything you need for day-to-day student life. It has been awarded the Green Flag Award for its vibrant campus in 2018/19, recognised as one of the nation’s best green spaces. Loughborough is also consistently praised by students for its unbeatable community spirit.

Loughborough students on Whatuni say:

“I have made great friends and I find my course incredibly interesting. The whole experience has been entirely transformative for me, and I'm very glad that I made the decision to come here.”

“It’s amazing, I couldn’t ask for anything better, everyone is so friendly and it’s nice that everyone gets involved. Loughborough is the best decision I have ever made!”

Loughborough has boosted my self-confidence, time management and interpersonal skills. Most importantly, I've made friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

It's been amazing! When you come to Loughborough, you join a family! I've grown so much and had so much invested into me outside of my studies, and I’ve also really, really enjoyed my course. I couldn't fault it and would love to do it all over again if I could! #LboroFamily forever!

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Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

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WUSCA Job Prospects ranking The Job Prospects ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
3rd/131

Every undergraduate course at Loughborough offers the option to incorporate a placement year into the degree, giving students the chance to maximise employability skills and make valuable contacts, something which several reviews praised.

There are also opportunities to gain additional work experience during your studies via the University’s Careers Network. They provide advice on CVs and interviews as well as organising careers fairs, work placements and employer-led events. 94% of Loughborough students are in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17). Loughborough is also home to the UK’s largest annual graduate careers fair, with more than 260 exhibitors in attendance and offering opportunities for students.

Loughborough students on Whatuni say:

"There are many placement opportunities. As an art student, my lecturers often encourage/advertise various respected art competitions, broadening our opportunities to outside of University, even while we’re here."

"Loads of careers talks / modules, lots of help with finding placements."

"Loughborough University is one of the best for employability and really makes sure that students not only get a good education but are able to transfer their skills into a work setting which is great."

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Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

There is a wide range of courses available at the University, and all include an optional work placement. Study areas include:

  • Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering
  • Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Bioengineering
  • Biosciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering
  • Communication and Media
  • Computer Science
  • Construction
  • Creative Arts
  • Design
  • English
  • Foundation Studies
  • Geography and Environment
  • History
  • Materials
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physics
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social and Policy Studies
  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Reviewers seem to love how their courses are being taught, in particular the practical elements and the flexibility of the learning. They also praise the lecturer’s knowledge and willingness to help when things get complicated.

Loughborough students on Whatuni say:

“My courses are taught by enthusiastic, passionate and engaging lecturers. Every one of them cares about their subject which, in turn, makes it all much more exciting to learn.”

“Our workshops simulate a real working design environment to prepare us for industry. The lecturers’ offices are all located in the same building so it’s so easy to go and have a chat with them.”

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

The award-winning Students’ Union is praised by students for invoking a strong sense of community. There are more than 170 clubs and societies for students to get involved in, ranging from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for charity to fancy dress nights out. Impressively, Loughborough Students’ Rag raises over £1 million for local and national charities every year. The SU have their own building containing a coffee bar, shop, Chinese restaurant, hairdressers, pharmacy and many other services. At night, the building becomes a nightclub with capacity for 4,000. Loughborough ranks 2nd for Students’ Union in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019.

Loughborough students on Whatuni say:

The Union is extremely active and makes a great effort to involve all student types and ensure everyone is represented.

The Students' Union is a great place to hang out and study during the day, with a number of different cafes there is something for everyone. The nights out are good, and it is clear they have the students' best interest at heart.

The Students' Union makes a great effort to offer things for everyone in terms of societies and their events, to volunteering, fundraising and even great nights out.

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Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

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WUSCA Accommodation ranking The Accommodation ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
1st/131

Loughborough has 16 undergraduate halls of residence to choose from, all situated on or very close to campus. A brand-new Hall of Residence (Claudia Parsons) opened in 2019 and is located at the heart of campus, in close proximity to the Students’ Union and sporting facilities. Designed to provide outstanding recreation and fitness opportunities, students benefit from living in an environment where they can study and relax in spaces specifically designed to support learning, health and wellbeing.

In total there are 7 catered halls and 9 self-catered halls, with a variety of shared/en-suite options to suit all budgets.

Loughborough were ranked 1st for accommodation by student reviewers in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, who told us they find the housing spacious, homely and value for money.

Loughborough students on Whatuni say:

It's a shared room but besides that it is very home like and I love staying on campus seeing that everything is close-by and the kitchen is literally opposite my room so it's very convenient when I need to make food. Apart from this, I love living in my accommodation and getting my studies done and it is very relaxing and has a calm environment which I love most about it.

My accommodation is class. Great flat, great people. The atmosphere around is so chilled. Quiet at night but also lots of chance to party and socialise. Easy access to the rest of the campus but slightly out the way. Falk Egg is the best halls in the country is true.

Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£10,771

per annum
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Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

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WUSCA Facilities ranking The Facilities ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
2nd/131

Loughborough is home to the country’s largest concentration of world-class sports training facilities including an indoor athletics centre and outdoor stadium, a football stadium, sports hall, grass and artificial pitches, a 50 metre swimming pool, tennis, badminton and netball courts plus a state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Loughborough University opened STEMLab in Autumn 2017; a £17 million investment into state-of-the-art learning facilities for students covering Science and Engineering disciplines. The lab offers a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop and a range of modern laboratories and teaching spaces. These enhanced facilities benefit current students and broaden the skills that future STEM graduates supply to the industry. 

There are also a variety of open-access computer labs across campus, plus a four-story library that offers a huge variety of books, journals and work stations to suit a variety of study types.

Loughborough students on Whatuni say:

Loughborough's facilities are extremely good. The lecture halls and learning spaces are comfortable and good quality. Their gyms and sporting facilities are world-class.

The facilities at Loughborough are outstanding, you can definitely tell that there's a lot of investment in spaces for students to learn and hang out.

They are exceptional. There is ongoing improvement and investment in all areas, from sports facilities, study spaces and labs.

The University has great, well-maintained facilities that are inclusive of everyone.

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City life
City life

City life

Situated in the county of Leicestershire, Loughborough is a small market town that offers a range of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. The railway station can be reached in 15 minutes via the campus shuttle bus, while East Midlands airport is also only a 15-minute drive away. The larger cities of Nottingham, Leicester and Derby are close by, whilst tourist attractions like the Peak District and Sherwood Forest are also local to Loughborough.

Everything students’ need can be found on campus, but Loughborough town is also within walking distance and is home to a variety of additional shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants, as well as two cinemas and an escape room.

Loughborough students on Whatuni say:

The city life might seem quiet but when you know the best places to go there is a lot to do! The clubs in town are good and always have a number of different events on which provides variety to the Students' Union. Loughborough has a number of local cafes/restaurants which serve great food and there is plenty of choice!

Loughborough is a small town, mainly built upon university students. It doesn't have the best 'city life', but it has everything a student needs within walking distance - there are even some good bars/clubs which are good for different days of the week! If city life is important however, Nottingham and Leicester are only around 20 minutes away on the train!

The city life is good, it is mainly made up of students due to the location but that's why it makes it that little bit better. The bars are secluded but open at the same time.

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£2.95

per pint
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

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WUSCA Clubs and Societies ranking The Clubs and Societies ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
2nd/131

There are more than 170 clubs and societies for students to get involved in - plus a student magazine, TV and radio station. LU Arts is the University’s arts programme which has plenty of events and opportunities to learn new creative skills. There are classes for pottery, painting and drawing as well as a book club and National Theatre Live screenings.

Students love the range of societies on offer, as well as the people they’re meeting and the activities they’re experiencing. They also often praise the SU for the support they give the clubs and societies throughout the year. Loughborough came third in the Clubs and Societies category at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, entering the top 5 for the sixth year running.

Loughborough students on Whatuni say:

There are so many different clubs and societies to get involved with and it is a great opportunity to meet people outside your hall or department. This is definitely one of the highlights of Loughborough as there is something for everyone.

There are loads of clubs and societies which are really fun and welcoming. From sports to Harry Potter, there's something for every interest!

There are clubs and societies that would appeal to anyone and everyone. They are always very welcoming and inclusive. There is the opportunity to start your own club/society if none of the existing ones float your boat.

Clubs and societies are great, no matter what level you are at there is always someone similar in ability to be welcomed in with.

Student support
Student support

Student support

WUSCA Student support ranking The Student support ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
8th/131

Loughborough offers a variety of different support services to students, including: mental health support, disability support, student advice and support, counselling, English language support, wellbeing advice, hall wardens and 24/7 campus security, and a university chaplaincy.

Loughborough students on Whatuni say:

Really really good. I once mentioned to my tutor that I was struggling for money and they pointed me in the direction of student service. They were kind and patient and helped me get the support I needed.

The University makes great provisions in providing support. In terms of academics, lecturers and tutors make themselves approachable, offering their assistance and giving you guidance. They also provide adequate feedback on coursework and exams. Meanwhile, with personal support services, the University is great reminding you of the services available and how to access them.

Fees
Fees

Fees

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries.

For UK/EU scholarships and bursaries, please click here

For international scholarships and bursaries, please click here.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

3rd / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2020

8th / 131

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2019 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)

13,125
HIGH

TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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Jessica
27 Feb 20

Computer Science BSc (Hons)

Overall, my uni experience couldn't be better and I couldn't recommend Loughborough University anymore. I really like the campus and I am very porud to be part of the Lboro...
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Ying
24 Feb 20

MSc Environmental Monitoring, Research and Management Degree

Not bad, but can be improved. Hope the University can offer more facilities to students and the price can be lower. Also, can supply much more help to international...

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