School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Undergraduate study

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Living in Loughborough

Where is Loughborough?

Loughborough is situated within easy access to every part of the UK. We are approximately 15 minutes away from Nottingham East Midlands Airport, 5 minutes away from major motorways (M1 and M42) and have an excellent coach and train service that means we are only about 1 ½ hours away from London – great for those chilling out moments. Furthermore, we have our own Campus bus (Sprint) that starts outside our buildings, and ends at the Train Station via the Town centre. Bus times are approximately every 10 minutes in term time.

Loughborough is a friendly town based in the East Midlands, and is only a short distance away from Leicester, Nottingham and Derby city centres. It is ideal for those who enjoy the city facilities but wish to live in a low crime rate town, with lower living costs than you would find in a major city.

Leisure and Entertainment Facilities

Loughborough campus On Campus

The Students Union provide an excellent wide-range of entertainment from big-name bands to regular club nights (Tuesday-Friday).  There are three club rooms catering to a wide range of music tastes with guest DJ sets, themed nights and Universal Thursday for International Students; with more than a hundred clubs or societies that can let you take your interests or hobbies that one step further. Can’t find the club you want, the Students Union will help you set one up. Further information can be found at


The sports facilities on campus are available to every student for recreational use. The following is a guide to the facilities that Loughborough University has to offer.

  • 50m swimming pool
  • Three sports halls including a three-court hall
  • Four-court badminton centre
  • Two-court badminton centre
  • Two-court netball centre
  • Gymnastic analysis centre
  • Fitness suite
  • High performance training centre
  • Gym weights facility
  • Dance studio
  • Five Squash courts
  • One water-based hockey pitch
  • One sand filled synthetic grass area
  • One rubber crumb synthetic grass area
  • All-weather athletics stadium
  • 5000+ square metre indoor athletics training area
  • Numerous major games-playing pitches
  • Nine all-weather tennis courts complemented by an eight-court indoor tennis centre
  • New sports medicine, sports science and conditioning facilities

The Loughborough Region

As the town is based in the heart of Charnwood Forest, the surrounding area provides a tremendous opportunity for outdoor activities and pursuit. For example, if you are interested in water activities, Holme Pierrepont (National Watersports Centre), Bosworth Water Trust, Rutland Water and Carsington Water are all within easy reach of Loughborough. Also, Beacon Hill Countryside Park, Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods are only about 10 minutes away for keen bikers, walkers etc.


Theme Parks:

  • Alton Towers
  • Drayton Manor Park
  • All are less than 55 mins away

City/Town Fairs:

  • Loughborough holds a fair every year on the 2nd Thursday in November for three days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday).
  • Goose Fair, Nottingham held every year in October.


  • Odeon Cinema (six screens), Loughborough
  • Cineworld, Loughborough. 
  • VUE Cinema, Leicester
  • VUE Cinema and Showcase, Nottingham

Entertainment Venues:

  • Curve Theatre, Leicester
  • Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
  • Nottingham Ice Stadium
  • Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Motor racing:

  • Donington Park (20 minutes)
  • Mallory Park (40 minutes)
  • Silverstone (1 hour, 10 minutes)

Football Clubs:

  • Nottingham Forest
  • Notts County
  • Leicester City
  • Derby County


  • Leicester Tigers
  • Nottingham RFC


  • Snowdome, Tamworth (30 minutes)
  • Swadlincote Ski Centre, Swadlincote (30 minutes)
  • Peak District National Park (40 minutes)
  • Megabowl at Leicester, Nottingham and Derby (30 minutes)
  • Meadowhall, Sheffield (40 minutes)


This is just a small sample of venues to choose from

Restaurants and Pubs in Loughborough

  • Nandos
  • Bella Italia
  • Pizza Express
  • Preto (Brazilian)
  • Centro Lounge
  • The Cactus Café (Mexican)
  • Tarboush Cafe and Restaurant (Middle Eastern)
  • The Moon and Bell/Amber Rooms (Whetherspoons - English pub food)
  • Goodliffes (English)
  • Pizza Hut (Italian)
  • Browns Lane (English)
  • The Printroom (English)
  • Moomba (Australian)
  • Indian Ocean (Indian)
  • The Basin
  • The Orange Tree (Pub/cocktail bar)
  • Forest Gate (Toby Carvery)
  • Fernandez Grillhouse

Restaurants and Pubs near Loughborough

  • The Quorndon Fox, Quorn
  • Copt Oak, Copt Oak
  • The Bull’s Head, Woodhouse Eaves

Night Clubs

  • Firefly, Loughborough
  • Echos, Loughborough
  • Revs (Revolution), Loughborough
  • The Long Bar, Leicester
  • Midas Bar, Leicester
  • Liquid & Envy, Leicester
  • Rock City, Nottingham
  • Gatecrasher, Nottingham
  • Oceana, Nottingham 

Cocktail bars/Pubs

  • The Kelso
  • The Orange Tree

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Contact us

The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU