Vibrant social scene
Studying your degree is just one part of student life; getting involved in Union activities also provides opportunities to meet friends from across the globe, challenge yourself in new activities and experience and develop valuable transferable skills.
We have an outstanding record in the last decade for providing the best student experience, we offer everything you could ask for: a great location in the middle of the UK, a friendly campus community with comprehensive support systems, and incredible opportunities for social activities, sport, and the arts.
Our community is one focused on giving. We won the WhatUni Student Choice award for ‘Giving Back’ in 2017 and our Student Union Rag raises over £1,000,000 annually for local, national and international charities. Our Union also has several community action groups working with the most vulnerable in our society.
We believe in inclusion; our union societies represent people and cultures from all over the world. Wherever you are from and whatever you enjoy we think you will find something in our university for you.
We are committed to providing you with every opportunity to achieve your potential – professionally, intellectually and socially for the time you are here.
The Students' Union
Postgraduate students are encouraged to get involved in every aspect of Union activities and services. From 2016, postgraduate students at Loughborough are represented on the Union Executive team by a full-time Executive Officer to ensure the Students' Union can continue to offer an exceptional postgraduate experience.
The Union also works to promote positive health and wellbeing for all students and, alongside the University’s Support Services, can help with everything from exam stress to finding accommodation. Within LSU there is also Student Voice, a confidential and non-judgemental service that is run independently from the university. The Voice team provides pastoral support and academic guidance to students of the university, and has a Postgraduate and International Specialist who works to provide specific support to our postgraduate and international communities.
In your spare time, there is something for everyone. You can join in with our Rag charity fundraising, community Action volunteering, the Media Centre, the Athletic Union and over 100 different clubs and societies. These opportunities offer you unforgettable experiences that will stay with you for life.
The Students’ Union also offers a programme of trips across the UK- a great way to relax for the day, meet new people, and (perfect for students from overseas) take in the sights! Our list of destinations includes London, Liverpool (including the Cavern Club), Cadbury World in Birmingham, Manchester Christmas Market, Chester Zoo and many more.
The Union building
The LSU building is buzzing with students throughout the day and night. With food outlets, a Starbucks, and a bar and nightclub, there are always opportunities to meet up and socialise with friends. The central Piazza is a lively meeting place with acoustic musical performances, a cafe serving a variety of food and our own supermarket. In 2016, LSU opened John Cooper's restaurant and bar, serving a number of high quality meals and varied drinks, including cocktails and fine ales.
The building is also well equipped with other amenities like a Chinese restaurant, a hairdresser, an optician, a dentist, a taxi rank, a pharmacy, sports massage and beauty salon.