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Loughborough University

Loughborough University offers the full package of internationally renowned research, excellent teaching quality, innovative and dynamic courses, outstanding facilities and a friendly and supportive community that enables students to be the very best they can be in whatever they choose. Best known for high quality, world-leading programs in Engineering, Business and Sport, Loughborough also excels at Art & Design (2nd in the UK, The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2016), Social Sciences (World Top 50 for Communications and Media Studies, QS Rankings 2013-16), and Science (Top 20 in the Guardian University Guide 2017 across all 4 departments; Chemistry 3rd, Computer Science 6th, Physics 10th and Maths 16th).

Located in the heart of England, the superb 438 acre single-site campus is Loughborough University’s most glorious asset, offering great facilities for students, staff and visitors alike. Loughborough is a busy market town with a great choice in restaurants, entertainment and shopping just 20 minutes’ walk from the campus. 

In 2015 Loughborough University opened up a second campus dedicated to graduate study in London – on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Loughborough University in London has diversified and expanded the high quality education offered to both graduate students and those looking to advance their professional development.

Student Experience – First place in the Times Higher Education Survey 2016
Loughborough is well known for offering a life-changing student experience. In addition to academic excellence, the renowned student experience, award-winning students’ union, sports clubs, societies and community spirit play a big part in why Loughborough’s students are so passionate and proud to be part of the Loughborough family.

– top 5 in the UK for graduate employability, 39th in the World (QS World Graduate Employability Rankings 2015)

When it comes to employability and capabilities, Loughborough graduates are in a league of their own. The average starting salary for a Loughborough undergraduate student is £25,000 per year. Loughborough is also home of the UK’s largest graduate careers fair with over 200 exhibitors seeking to appoint Loughborough graduates to their companies due to the exemplary record and reputation of Loughborough graduates.

Bringing together exceptional athletes, facilities, coaching and research expertise alongside extensive partnerships with major sports organisations, Loughborough University is proud to be the number one University for sport. Top sporting governing bodies based on campus include; England and Wales Cricket board, National Cricket Performance Centre, British Athletics, British Swimming, British Triathlon and British Weight Lifting. Also home to the National Centre for Sport Exercise Medicine. If Loughborough had been a country at the 2016 Rio Olympics it would have placed 17th on the medal table above countries such as Canada and New Zealand.

Living in Loughborough generally costs less than it does in major UK cities, particularly for items such as rent and local travel. Loughborough is also a safe place for students to live. In recent research, Loughborough was ranked the sixth safest place for students, out of 64 towns and cities in England and wales [StuRents.com University Crime Rankings].

Loughborough’s location in the centre of the UK is also ideal for exploring not only the British Isles but also Europe too, thanks to the direct train line to St Pancras International and nearby East Midlands Airport. 

London campus
Loughborough University London is an inspiring new graduate campus that enhances the existing world-class partnerships and excellence in research, to deliver an industry-focused learning experience that is second to none. Institutes include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Enterprise Development, Sport Business, Media and Creative Industries and Diplomacy and International Governance.


Loughborough is the UK’s premier university for sport, with an unrivalled heritage in excellence and achievement. The facilities are world class and include an indoor athletics stadium, outdoor stadium and a 50m swimming pool as well as a host of health centers and gyms and recreational parks. Loughborough achieved 1st place in high quality facilities and sport facilities (the Times Higher Education Student Survey 2016). At the London campus students are able to access to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The academic facilities on both campuses are excellent and the Loughborough campus was awarded ‘5 Star for facilities’ (QS Stars University Ratings 2014). With laboratories, state of the art computers, workshops, key equipment and software specific to the discipline and all managed by highly experienced expert technical staff who work closely with students to help them develop and realise their ideas. Graduate students benefit from access to specialist equipment and facilities in purpose-built teaching and learning areas. Students also have access to dedicated 24/7 computer suites and private study areas, alongside a network of informal learning zones where they can work in groups or socialise. Master’s degree students can also utilise Graduate House, a dedicated graduate building located on the Loughborough campus which offers space to study and meet friends.

The university library provides a complete range of services to support a student’s journey including over 1300 study spaces (250 with fixed PC access), around 700,000 volumes, over 100 databases and 30,000 electronic journals. The library also hosts free workshops to all students on the getting the most out of the facility and is open 24 hours during revision and exam time, the library is at the heart of the campus, surrounded by University accommodation.


With competitive rents and a friendly and supportive atmosphere, halls are a great choice for students seeking accommodation. All on campus accommodation includes 24 hour security, Wi-Fi, hall wardens, heating and electricity. There is also a choice of private accommodation off campus, the university accommodation centre can advise on reputable landlords and properties close to campus and in Loughborough town. Loughborough was also voted ‘Best Accommodation’ in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2015.

Continuing to expand, Loughborough was awarded £5 million to develop STEMLab – a state-of-the-art suite that will provide science and engineering laboratories, workshops, studios and facilities – due for completion September 2017.

Loughborough also offers a range of support services, designed to help students maintain their health and wellbeing throughout their studies including; Student Advice and Support Service, Careers Support, Counselling Service, Disability Office and Mental Health Support Team, Faith and Spirituality and Medical facilities.

If you would like to enquire about studying at Loughborough University, please contact one of our UK Study Experts.

Student population: 17,000

Number of international students: 2,600

City population: 60,000

Location: Campus based University approx. 1 mile from Loughborough town. 15 miles south of Nottingham, 13 miles north of Leicester

Closest airports: East Midlands Airport (8 miles) Birmingham Airport (40 miles)

Date of establishment: Established 1909, gained Royal University charter 1966.

Areas of expertise: Engineering, Sport, Business, Art & Design, Social Science

Cost of Tuition per year: from £18,650 per year (2020/21)

Accommodation cost:

  • Full board (including 15-19 meals per week): £137 to £187 GBP per week (dependent on en-suite/shared bathrooms etc.)
  • Self-catering: £90 to £155 GBP per week (dependent on en-suite/shared bathrooms etc.)
  • Graduate Accommodation, Self-catering: £86 to £128 GBP per week (dependent on en-suite/shared bathrooms etc.)

Notable alumni:

  • Lord Sebastian Coe (Olympic athlete, Politician and Chair of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Currently President of the International Association of Athletics Federations)
  • David Collier (Cricket administrator and Businessman, Chief Executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board)
  • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (Paralympic athlete, parliamentarian and television presenter)
  • Steve Hallam (Formula 1 race engineer, head of the race team for the McLaren Mercedes Team)
  • Sir Clive Woodward (former Rugby Union player and coach of the winning England team at 2003 Rugby World Cup, Currently Director of Elite Performance for the British Olympic Association)

January 15th deadline

If you're thinking of applying, consider applying before January 15th! While generally the 15 January UCAS deadline doesn't apply to international students, there are some exceptions and it helps to beat the rush of UK/EU students who will be submitting.  

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Loughborough at Top Ten of All UK University Rankings

The Loughborough University is now officially listed as a top ten university in every university guide in the United Kingdom! Loughborough has also been shortlisted as the University of the Year and have been on the shortlist more times than any other university. Additionally, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide have ranked Loughborough for #1 in building, communication and media studies, and librarianship and information management. These accomplishments showcase the high quality of a Loughborough education.   

A Decade of Excellence

No university in the UK has offered a better student experience over the last decade than Loughborough, a national survey has revealed.

The annual Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey is based on the views of students about their university experience across 21 criteria including teaching, accommodation, facilities and social aspects.

In the 2017 table, Loughborough is second in the country. Since the survey began in 2006, Loughborough has topped the table seven times and come top five no less than 10 times.

Loughborough 6th in the UK

The Times Higher Education’s ‘Table of Tables’ is a ranking system that compares the UK’s top 30 universities’ performance in three league tables, which are considered the UK’s primary rankings lists – the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, The Guardian University Guide, and the Complete University Guide.  These universities’ combined performance on these three lists is, therefore, the best overall indicator of that university’s league standing. 

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