Loughborough is a busy market town which has loads to offer when it comes to shopping. With Topshop, Burton, Primark, and Boots among the many high-street stores, you can make the most of your student discount on your doorstep.
For food, there are grocery shops to suit all pockets with Iceland, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and M&S Food all located in the town centre. On top of this, market day occurs at least twice a week offering a variety of fresh produce and household goods.
There are plenty of places to eat out in Loughborough and, with the variety of cuisine on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Ranging from Indian, Italian, Thai, and Mexican to Chinese, Halal, and Australian, there’s plenty on offer to whet your appetite. Firm-favourite fast food chains are also available in the centre, alongside independent pubs, delis, and coffee shops.
Whatever kind of night you’re after, Loughborough has got it covered. With the local clubs and bars offering dance, chart, rock, and R&B, you can enjoy a great night out less than 10 minutes’ walk away from your halls. For the biggest student nights, head to the SU where entertainment is offered throughout the week.
Around 20 minutes’ train ride away, the city is home to Robin Hood, Nottingham Castle, and the newly refurbished into Victoria Centre; which boasts over 120 high-street shops. As host to two universities, Nottingham has the fourth largest student population in the UK, as well as a thriving creative arts scene.
Only 9 minutes’ train ride from Loughborough, Leicester is famous for its museums and galleries, its diverse range of cuisines, and its local history; most recently, the discovery site and tomb of King Richard III. The city is also home to the National Space Centre and, with its scenic parks and woodlands, the surrounding county of Leicestershire is renowned for its natural beauty.
Derby is a 20-minute train ride from Loughborough and a substantial portion of the Peak District National Park lies within its county. Derbyshire is also home to Chatsworth House, where a number of famous films, including Pride and Prejudice and The Duchess, have been filmed.