Academically strong across the board it may be – and it is – but Loughborough is still famous for its strength in sport. It’s proud of its reputation in teaching, studying and participating in all sorts of athletic activities, though it probably is possible to be a student here without once being compelled to don a sweatband and take to a pitch of some variety. Indeed, art and culture are taken seriously here, too. The university is the town’s biggest employer and students are a major part of the population here. The student union is unique as it’s the only one in the country that is physically owned by the students. The rest of the 437-acre campus is a safe and pleasant place to spend time, with good facilities for all aspects of student life.
£9,000 for full-time undergraduates in 2014-15.
The Loughborough scholarship programme provides a cash bursary and in some cases tuition fee waiver to those who fall within a qualifying household income band. In 2014-15 a bursary of up to £2,000 a year is available to those on a three-year course with a household income of £22,000. Mature students and registered care-leavers and those studying a foundation year or integrated masters are eligible for an enhanced scholarship package.
Additional forms of support are also available such as Development Trust scholarships, worth £9,000 over three years, which provide support to UK undergraduates from low HE participation areas who achieve ABB at A-level or equivalent.
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Potential students who make Loughborough their firm choice and apply prior to the end of July are guaranteed a room in university hall accommodation. A range of housing is available. Self-catering options in hall cost from £3,131 a year. Catered options from £4,702 a year.
Loughborough was selected as the 2012 Olympic Games official preparation camp for Team GB. Not surprising really, as the University has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.
The refurbished Sir Robert Martin theatre and the Cope auditorium regularly host concerts, dance and drama productions, both by visiting artists and the university’s own highly successful students. The university boasts a centre for biological engineering and a design centre. The building includes teaching, lecture and research space, and workshops for the various design disciplines at the university.
A 20-minute walk from the town centre, or take the shuttle bus. Train to Nottingham, Derby or Leicester in 30 minutes.