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Loughborough University

UCAS Code: L79

Location: Midlands Show on Map

Site: Single campus in Loughborough

A top UK research-intensive university; a member of the 1994 Group of universities. 

Student Population

Total Students:16,195
FE Students:1%


Total undergraduates:11,705
Full Time:97%
Mature on Entry:5%
UK Students:89%
State school entry:81%

Teaching Staff

970 full-time, 73 part-time

Broad study areas

Engineering, science, business, sport science, social science & humanities, art & design 


Admission Information:AS-levels sometimes accepted in combination with 2+ A-levels or equivalent. Most offers expressed as grades rather than UCAS tariff points. 
Points on Entry (Mean):389
Drop Out Rate:3%
Accommodation:All first years housed if Loughborough is first choice 


Founded:1909; university status in 1966
Site:Single campus (437 acres) approx 1 mile from Loughborough town centre. 
How to get there:1 mile from M1; 1½ miles from railway station; 8 miles from East Midlands airport; bus service between town, railway station and campus. Miles of cycle paths on- and off-campus. 
Special features:Excellent business & industry links: many staff with industrial experience; number of professors seconded from business. 

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Medical services, counsellors, advice centre, chaplains, personal tutors, disabilities and additional needs support unit, mathematics education centre. 
Amenities:Purpose-built SU building with bars, cafés, shops, banks, bookshop, optician, hairdresser, launderette; performance area; day nursery/playgroup; student arts centre with studio equipment; associated music centre; drama studio with workshop; media centres; campus radio station. 
Sporting facilities:Sports halls, gymnasia, squash courts, floodlit all-weather areas and athletics stadium, tennis courts, fitness centre, dance studio, numerous playing pitches, Olympic-standard swimming pool, cricket centre, gymnastics centre, tennis academy.
Accommodation:60+% of all students in university accommodation (all 1st years guaranteed hall place if the university is first choice). 5000+ places available, some ensuite: full-board at £123–£160 per week, contracts 35–41 weeks; self-catering at £84–£131 pw, contracts 39–42 weeks. Students live in privately-owned accommodation for 1+ years: rents £70–£90 pw for self-catering. 5% of students live at home.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Pilkington Library with 500,000+ volumes, 90,000 bound serials; 900 study places. Information provision, £137 pa spent for each student (FTE). Access to internet and range of university databases from student rooms.  
Other learning resources:Online learning environment holds module material to support study.
Study abroad:Formal exchange links with 90+ universities and colleges in Europe and overseas in many disciplines.  
Careers:Active careers centre providing advice & guidance to all students.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £8200 for 38-week academic year (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:Student employment exchange helps students find part-time work.
Financial help:Bursaries of up to £3000 pa for English students, depending on family income: of £3000 pa for those whose family income is up to £18k pa, of £2000 pa where it is £18k-£22k pa, of £1000 pa where it is £22k-£25k pa, or of £500 pa where family income is £25k-£32k pa; additional funding for foundation years, for integrated masters and for care leavers. Bursaries doubled for mature students. Merit-based scholarships of £1000 in year of entry for some science and engineering subjects. Special help for students with special needs, disabled students, those with dependants, mature students or those experiencing unforeseen financial pressures particularly finalists.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees. International students pay £12,250 pa (classroom), £15,800 pa (lab/studio).


Academic features:

Range of specialised centres and institutes, including polymer technology & materials engineering, hazard & risk management, water engineering, construction, ergonomics & safety research, surface science & technology, sustainability, social policy, sports technology, renewable energy systems technology. 

Awarding body:

Loughborough University

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, BEng, MChem, MEng, MMath, MPhys, MSci.

Length of courses:

3 or 4 years; some 4 or 5 years

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Air Transport Engineering
  • Architectural Design
  • Architectural Technology
  • Art
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Avionics
  • Banking
  • Building Surveying
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Ceramics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Control Engineering
  • Criminology
  • Drama
  • E-business
  • Econometrics
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering (General)
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • English
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ergonomics
  • Finance
  • Furniture Design
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Human Biology
  • Human Sciences
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Information Science
  • Information Studies
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Internet Technology
  • Jewellery
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Materials Science
  • Materials Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Multimedia
  • Painting
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Politics
  • Polymers
  • Printmaking
  • Product Design
  • Production Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Publishing
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Retail Management
  • Sculpture
  • Silversmithing
  • Social Policy
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Structural Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Textiles
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Transport Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Development/Design

Student view

Ellie Read, Union President


What's it like as a place to live?

Loughborough is a really great town with many shops, clubs and bars to suit every student's need. The campus is buzzing and there's a really great atmosphere both in the town and on campus.

How's the student accommodation?

We have a real range of student accommodation from catered to self-catered, en suite to shared bathroom, off campus to on campus - there really is something for everyone. Our accommodation is run by the university which means it really has a Loughborough feel to it. Hall spirit is very apparent in Loughborough!

What's the student population like?

The student population is really diverse with people from all round the country and all over the world coming to Loughborough. Everyone is really friendly and there's a really good student atmosphere, particularly on campus.

How do students and locals get on?

As a students' union we work really hard on ensuring that we have a good relationship with the community. Students play a huge role in this, last year we had over 2,300 student volunteers who collectively took part in over 20,000 hours of volunteering in the community. We have campaigns running which encourage students living in town to integrate with the residents they may be living next door to, and we have student representatives sitting on all of the community residents groups that take place. Generally our relationship with the community is really positive.


What's it like as a place to study?

There's a huge range of courses and some really amazing facilities. Particularly our sports facilities and engineering facilities, which are both really popular courses at Loughborough and you can certainly see why! Courses have a mixture of lectures, seminars, practical work, tutorials, formal exams and coursework - all depending on which course you are on.

What are the teaching staff like?

Generally all the teaching staff are really great, really interested in the subject they are teaching, and happy to help and support students. Many of the staff here are taking part in their own research which means the teaching you receive is up-to-date and relevant, which can be really exciting.


What are student societies like?

We have over 60 societies ranging from Afro-Caribbean society, to breakdance, to hot air ballooning club. There's over 2500 students involved in these societies, and they are a key part of the students' union and the Loughborough experience.

What's a typical night out?

The union hosts 4 different nights a week, each offering a different atmosphere and feel. These nights are really popular and our venue often reaches its 3500 capacity! This is probably because of the great venue we have, the cheap prices to enter, and the short walk from both town and halls on campus to the union. There are also several popular clubs in town which host a range of different nights out.

... And how much does it cost?

Most nights are really student friendly = cheap! Particularly the union nights in which you can easily have a night out for £10.

How can you get home safely?

The union provides a night bus which runs on a Wednesday and Friday for just £1 and will take you right to your door ensuring that you get home safely. There is also a taxi rank on campus, right next door to the union, who are really trustworthy and have really reasonable prices to ensure you get home safely.


Is it an expensive place to live?

Loughborough isn't an expensive place to live at all. Rent in town is really cheap and there is cheap accommodation on campus. You can pay slightly more for some accommodation and houses but this will give you a pretty up-market room or house. The positive of not being a big city is that prices are much more reasonable, so people tend to get by just fine with their student loan.

Average price of a pint?


And the price of a takeaway?

Pizza £6, chips £2

What's the part-time work situation?

Many of our students have part time jobs. Lots of students have those jobs within the union, which is really convenient and you know that you are with a trusted employer! We have a really successfully careers centre that is really helpful in assisting students who wish to find part time work.


What's the best feature about the place?

The huge and lively campus, home to the students' union which is the heart of the Loughborough student experience.

And the worst?

With so many things to choose from to get involved in at Loughborough it's often hard to choose what to take part in, which can be overwhelming to begin with.

And to sum it all up?

You might think you're going to university to get a degree, at Loughborough you will take away so much more than that through invaluable skills for the future, unforgettable social experiences and 3 years that you will remember for life!

Past Students

Alastair Biggart (Channel Tunnel); Peter Bonfield (ICL); Rob Dickens (British photographic industry); Sebastian Coe (athlete and politician); David Moorcroft, Steve Backley, Chris Rawlinson (athletes); Forbes Robinson (singer); Sir Clive Woodward (rugby); Monty Panesar (cricketer); Tanni Grey-Thompson (paralympic athlete and presenter); Paula Radcliffe (runner); Ben Challenger (high jump); Lawrie Sanchez (football); Fran Cotton (rugby). 

More info?

Ring SU president on 01509 635000, email president@lborosu.org.uk or visit website at www.lufbra.net.



Loughborough University
LE11 3TU


01509 223522





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