Loughborough University

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.

2017

"The university has a plethora of societies. Loughborough also runs a nightline phone service that allows students the opportunity to talk to someone if they have things concerning them. There is a really nice attitude about Loughborough, everyone seems very approachable."
"There are loads of sports clubs for pretty much every sport, from athletics to skateboarding."
"We are the best sports university in the country. Also, there are more than 100 societies you can join, from chess and gaming societies to finance and investment societies."
"Loughborough is a sporting university so their sporting facilities and teams are great. Loughborough tries to make sport accessible to everyone by having many different levels of sports that students can participate in. There are BUCS teams that compete all over the UK as well as development and university hall teams that students can participate in. There are over 100 societies that students can join ranging from sports to religion to cocktail making. There really is something for everyone."
"We are the number one sporting university in the world. There are so many sports with different levels of ability but it's very competitive, even at lower levels, but still fun. There are plenty of societies from salsa and the French society to the quidditch society and cocktail society. Societies are where many people meet their friends."
"The Loughborough University campus is a very friendly and sociable campus with hundreds of societies to choose from and the opportunity to make your own society. The sporting experience is phenomenal with world-class facilities and opportunities to watch Olympians or national sportsmen and women compete on campus. It is a truly excellent environment for a student."
"Sport is for everyone at Loughborough. You don't have to play at a university level to play competitively and you don't even need to have played before for some sports."
"There are lots of sports and societies to get involved in if that's your thing. Apart from sport there's not much else to choose from."
"Many societies already exist, which is great to meet like-minded people but, if there is a society that doesn't exist yet, all a student needs is at least 20 others and an application form and they can set up a new society. There are also many charity events happening throughout the year that are great for socialising and often interacting with the local community."
"Socially it is really nice as you will see students and locals all the time in town as well as the town having high-street shops. If you don't get into the Loughborough sports teams then there are sports clubs in town. There are a vast number of societies, from Disney to cheese and wine."

2016

"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)."

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