Clubs and social environment
Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.
"Loughborough is renowned for sport so there are evidently plenty of opportunities to get involved in. 'My Lifestyle' is a timetabled programme that let's you do sport for free regardless of your ability. There's the AU clubs for the serious sportspeople. Even if you don't think you're good enough I recommend going to the trials anyway because you'll be surprised at the number of opportunities you have. There's also IMS sport between the halls, it gets very competitive and definitely builds team spirit."
"Loughborough is such a sociable place that it is impossible to stay in your room and not socialise. There are hundreds of societies but you are welcome to make your own as well. There are many sports clubs although everyone at Loughborough is insane at sport so there are also IMS clubs to join if you don't make the top teams. The social environment is great."
"There are loads of sports clubs and societies but it can be difficult to get on a team unless you are at county level or above. There are opportunities to play for your hall or course at a lower level as well."
"I don't know much about sports clubs but there are free exercise classes available to those interested in casual and non-competitive exercise. We have a good list of societies that are very inclusive of all ethnicities and social groups."
"There is every kind of sport you can imagine and lots of taster opportunities, which are really good to have a go at something new. There are also hundreds of societies so you are bound to be interested in one of them."
"The uni has a fairly standard set of societies, though sport does feature heavily. Note that regular sports are for elite-level performers only."
"Loughborough University has diverse societies including surfing, East African, Christian union, music, British red cross, radical youth, yoga, Arabic, computer, Islamic, salsa, TedEx, sustainability and motor club among others."
"There are loads of sports clubs at different levels and many societies. It's a very sociable university but very focused on sport."
"Lots of sports clubs to choose from, both tied to the university and separate. They are all very reasonable on price. For example, a year of gymnastics membership at Loughborough is the same as a month at my home gymnastics. Plenty of societies to choose from although I have not joined any."
"There are a lot of amazing places around my university like Copper Box gym, which was used in the Olympic and Paralympic games. There's the Aquatic centre for swimming pools, this was the one that was actually used during the Olympic Games. We have nice restaurants, and one of the biggest shopping centres in Europe (Westfield) is just a ten minute walk."
"Loughborough is all about student experience. Our Olympic sports facilities are second to none."
"You have to be really good at sport to get into a sports club. At other unis you can probably get into the sports teams more easily."
"Loads of sports, most of them are open to high levels only though, so it's hard to start a new sport. Really good if you want to improve in a sport you already do though. Loads of societies, which are either free or very cheap to join."
"The social environment is pretty decent. If you live in halls, at least for first year, it's quite easy to meet new people. There are a lot of sports clubs if you have an inclination towards sports. You can take part from a more casual level up to pretty much professional. There's also a wide range of societies which you are encouraged to find out more about during the societies fair at the beginning of the year. There are societies for a wide range of interests, if there isn't already a society that appeals to you, there are resources and training for you to set up and run your own."
"Loughborough has a very elite level of sport so it can be difficult to get onto teams. However, they provide plenty of other opportunities to play sport at a lower (but still high) level, often for free. This does not include the coaching opportunities as well. There is always loads going on socially and every society you could think of."
"Sports clubs, obviously, are a huge part of living at Loughborough. Even though I don't take part in any sport, I am a member of a society and have an amazing time through that. The societies section is thorough and brilliant, and there is genuinely something for everyone. Plus, we have sections such as Action and RAG, which allow us to take part in volunteering and fundraising activities too. Loughborough is the place to be for a social environment!"
"We have over 120 societies and countless Action and RAG projects to get involved in. Being the biggest sporting university, there are always opportunities to get involved in sports at any level, and the whole university has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere."
"Loughborough is very sports oriented, and has an athletic union club for almost every sport. There is also a wide range of societies, all of which are very welcoming. The university halls also partake in Intra Mural Sports (IMS), which affords non-elite athletes the chance to partake in a range of sports competitively. There is never a shortage of things to do around Loughborough University campus."
"Fantastic range of sports clubs and societies to choose from (even things like quidditch for the Harry Potter fans)."