The Ultimate Student’s Guide To Loughborough Town
Start getting your bearings in your new hometown…
Moving to a new town can be exciting but it can also be pretty stressful trying to get your bearings in a new place, especially if it’s the first time you’ve moved somewhere new.
Thankfully, you’re not the first student to move to Loughborough (and you won’t be the last!)
So, we’ve canvassed the internet, checked in with past and present Loughborough students, and spoke to the locals in order to bring you ‘The Ultimate Student’s Guide to Loughborough Town’.
Loughborough University Campus
Image source: Loughborough Grounds & Gardens Team
One of the first things you should do is explore the uni campus. It’s pretty impressive and you should definitely set aside a day in your first few weeks to have a wander and really get to grips with what’s on offer here.
Loughborough campus has a great history and the grounds are some of the most picturesque (and expansive) in the country. It takes a 29 strong team of Grounds and Gardens staff to maintain the university’s outdoor spaces and what better time to explore it than Autumn?!
Top Student Bars, Pubs & Clubs In Loughborough
We’re pretty sure you won’t need to be told about the Student’s Union Bar and the various LSU Nights on offer there, every single week. So, we’ll blow right past that and focus more on what’s on offer in town.
The Paget Arms: The Paget Arms is a popular choice amongst Loughborough students. It’s retro decor, chilled out vibe and awesome burgers might just have something to do with that! There’s also a decent outdoor space which they use to host regular BBQ’s and beer festival style events over the spring/summer period.
Griffin: The Griffin is another popular choice amongst the Loughborough student community, not least because they offer great entertainment during term time, as well as live sports pretty much every weekend.
The Generous Briton: If you’re a fan of real ale then The Generous Briton should be on your list of top pubs to visit. It’s located on the Ashby Road so it’s within easy walking distance of uni and town, and you can even take in your own food — winner!
Echo’s Nightclub: Probably the most popular club outside the LSU, Echo’s is located in the centre of Loughborough Town. With regular events and offers you’re bound to find something to keep your entertained over the weekend (if you haven’t had enough of partying at the LSU during the week!)
Shopping & Eating Out In Loughborough Town Centre
Carillon Court Shopping Centre: Carillon Court is the main shopping centre in Loughborough Town Centre. You’ll find most of the usual shops that any high street has to offer, with a decent selection of cafes and eateries to help you re-fuel during even the longest of retail therapy sessions.
Loughborough Market: If you’re looking to be a little thrifty with your money, or you just like a good wander round a local market, then make sure you visit Loughborough Market. Open every Thursday and Saturday from 8am to 4pm, approximately 125 traders attend selling everything from fruit & veg to clothes.
Peter Pizzeria: If you love traditional Italian style pizza, then Peter Pizzeria is for you!
Fernandez Grillhouse: A real favourite with students, Fernandez Grillhouse was the original student eatery hang-out in Loughborough (before Nando’s came along!) Offering a range of flame-grilled meats as well as veggie options, it’s definitely worth a visit — top tip: go when you’re REALLY hungry!
Loughborough Hidden Gems
45 Gin School: Maybe not so much of a hidden gem anymore due to the number of times this place has been cited as ‘a hidden gem of Loughborough’, but all the same this place is a must visit for any gin lover. Located in Charnwood Forest, 45 Gin School offers the full gin experience at their distillery.
The Climbing Station: Whether you’re an experienced climber or just fancy giving it a try, The Climbing Station is a great little spot for pros and complete beginners alike.
The Great Central Railway: If you’re a fan of steam trains, then you’re in luck as Loughborough is the home of The Great Central Railway — the UK’s only double track, mainline heritage railway. With services running most of the year, as well as tonnes of special events (including the Santa Special), The Great Central Railway is definitely worth a visit.
Chocolate Alchemy: Another Loughborough ‘hidden gem’ that’s possibly not so hidden anymore is Chocolate Alchemy. Situated in Churchgate Mews, this artisan chocolatier is the perfect place for a spot of afternoon tea or just a good old-fashioned chocolate binge (maybe save this one for when your parents come to visit though as you’ll want to buy EVERYTHING).
FREE Stuff To Do In Loughborough
Cycle The Cloud Trail: If you’re into cycling and scenery then you should definitely check out The Cloud Trail. The trail takes the route of a disused railway and canal towpath from Derby to Worthington.
Picnic at Queens Park: Queens Park is a lovely place to spend a sunny day in Loughborough! Grab your mates, throw together a picnic and head on down for some good old-fashioned park fun.
Explore Charnwood Museum: Also located in Queen’s Park, Charnwood Museum is FREE to get into and provides a bit of local history to sink your teeth into should the weather not be favourable for an outdoor excursion.
Sunset at Beacon Hill: This is one for the uni bucket list for sure! Sunsets up on Beacon Hill are pretty spectacular — make sure you catch at least one during your time at Loughborough.
Bonus Tips From Loughborough Students – Past & Present
Eat A Papa Si’s: Probably one of the most talked about fast food places amongst Loughborough students is Papa Si’s. If you haven’t already been, make sure you get yourself down there after your next night out (located next to the Purple Onion LSU shop).
Take The Campus Art Trail: A fantastic way to get to know the university campus better is to take the Campus Art Trail. The trail takes in the best of the Loughborough campus outdoor sculptures and art pieces and is a great way to spend an afternoon with friends.
Meet Charlie – The Library Cat: Charlie is probably the most popular Loughborough uni resident, most often spotted skulking around Pilkington Library. Keep your eyes peeled for this campus celebrity during your time at Loughborough!
Our student houses are extremely popular and some have already been booked for next year!
To avoid disappointment, take a look at our Loughborough student accommodation now and enquire today. Alternatively, pop into the office anytime for a coffee and a chat to discuss your needs. We’re happy to talk things through with you.
Andrew Chell can be contacted as follows:
Phone: 01509 552814
Mobile: 07769 684800
Office: 66 Ashby Road, Loughborough LE11 3AE
Published 10th October 2016