Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Overview of Loughborough University

Loughborough University has the largest single-site green campus in the UK and is situated in the county of Leicestershire.

Founded in 1909 as a small Technical Institute offering courses in technical subjects, science and art, it now has 19 different schools and departments. It was awarded its Charter in 1966 making it the Loughborough University of Technology before assuming its current name in 1996.

Despite a clear technological history, it is impossible to talk about Loughborough University without mentioning sport. It is both nationally and internationally recognised for its excellence in this department. Notable sporting personalities that have passed through Loughborough include world-record breaking athletes such as Sebastian Coe and Paula Radcliffe, as well as World Cup-winning England rugby coach Clive Woodward.

As well as acting as the official preparation camp for Team GB in the 2012 London Olympics, past and present Loughborough students accumulated a total of 35 medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games (if it had been classed as a country in its own right, Loughborough would have finished 11th in the 2012 medal table).

The university’s outstanding sporting facilities come complete with an indoor athletics centre, an outdoor stadium and a 50m swimming pool.

Loughborough’s library contains over 500,000 books, 90,000 bound serials and access to around 30,000 electronic journals. It is made up of four floors with 250 workstations and its most rented book is Modern Banking Theory and Practice by Shelagh Hefferman.

With the launch of Loughborough University London, the institutions has increased its postgraduate presence with a campus at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

Loughborough is a frequent front-runner in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, an annual survey of UK undergraduates.

Summary of Loughborough University

LOCATION Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom


Health Sciences,

Business and Economics,


Arts, English and Drama,



 Location of Loughborough University

Loughborough itself is a lively market town that is really geared towards its student population. It has a vibrant nightlife and plenty of reasonably-priced places to eat and socialise with friends, including a brand new Cineworld complex opened in summer 2016. If you’re looking to head further afield, its convenient Midlands location means that London is reachable by direct train in less than 1.5 hours and you can be in Nottingham, Leicester or Derby within 30 minutes. We are also only 15 minutes from East Midlands Airport so international travel couldn’t be easier.
Loughborough is at the heart of England in Leicestershire and is well served by road, rail and air. Loughborough railway station is a mere 10 minutes away from campus with regular bus services operating between the two locations every ten minutes during term times. Regular Intercity services operate between Loughborough and other main line towns including daily trains to and from London St Pancras International only 90 minutes away. There is a free shuttle bus that runs across campus every few minutes which is free to use during term time, too.

 Loughborough University’s ranking

Loughborough University is ranked in the top 10 in each of the most recent national league tables, cementing its status as one of the country’s leading higher education institutions

  • Guardian University Guide 2019, Loughborough was ranked 4th overall.
  • Complete University Guide 2019Loughborough was ranked 7th overall.
  • In the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, Loughborough rose to 5th place and was named University of the Year, making it the only university in the history of the guide to take the University of the Year title twice.

Loughborough is now ranked ahead of two thirds of the 24 universities that comprise the Russell Group, placing it firmly among the UK’s higher education elite.

Accomodation at the Loughborough University

Loughborough has 17 halls of residence to choose from. Thirteen of those are owned by the university and managed by the university’s Campus Living staff.

An additional four self-catered halls are offered in partnership with other service providers and supported by Campus Living staff. There are around 5,300 students living on or close to campus in hall accommodation. There is a choice of en-suite, studio, flat, and shared facilities. Rent includes all bills and internet and prices vary depending on where you stay.

  • International students are guaranteed a room in university accommodation for the first year of study, providing they make Loughborough their firm choice and register for accommodation by the specified deadline.
  • Students will also be guaranteed a further year in university accommodation providing they apply for their accommodation before the January deadline of that year.

Notable alumni at the Loughborough University

  • Former chief executive of BT Group Sir Peter Bonfield;
  • Olympic athlete Lord Sebastian Coe; world marathon record holder
  • MBE Paula Radcliffe; Head of Vehicle Performance at the Williams Formula One team
  • Former race engineer to Felipe Massa, Rob Smedley;
  • Aircraft and car designer Malcolm Sayer;
  • English actress Rosalind Ayres.