Living in Loughborough as a student
Located within Leicestershire, England, is the market town of Loughborough, one and a half hours away from London by train. Loughborough is west of the River Soar, and just 20 minutes away from Nottingham by train. Home to over 59,000 residents who live and work in the town, Loughborough has one university, Loughborough University, which has over 17,000 students.
The town is known for housing the world’s largest bell foundry, John Taylor & Co, which made bells for places such as St Paul’s Cathedral in London, York Minster, and the local WWI memorial carillon in Queen’s Park. The firm has its own museum in the town, with it being one of five museums total in Loughborough. One of the other museums is the Great Central Railway station museum, which showcases the history of the local railway up till its present state as a double-track preserved heritage railway that is operated mostly by volunteers. Loughborough is also known for its art deco buildings which house landmarks such as the town’s Odeon cinema, as well as for its twice-weekly outdoor market and monthly farmers’ market in the Market Place area. Loughborough hosts a few festivals throughout the year, from the Picnic in the Park event to a November street fair. The town has seven cricket teams, two rugby clubs, and a number of other sporting teams, with the well-known ECB National Cricket Academy located at Loughborough University.
Loughborough University’s campus is situated around Epinal Way and Ashby Road, 1.5km west of the town centre. Popular student accommodation options are located within the famed ‘Loughborough Golden Triangle’; i.e. the area in between Ashby Road near the university, Derby Street at its top end, and the town centre. Other student living options include places like Park Road, Radmoor Road, York Road, and Frederick Street.