Loughborough University

Rank 10
Location Loughborough, England
Established 1909
International Students 10%
Famous For Sports, Engineering, Business
International Fees £23,000-32,000
Key Information
Location Loughborough, England
Established 1909
Famous For Sports, Engineering, Business
International Fees £23,000-32,000

Overview

Loughborough University is located in Leicestershire, 90 minutes north of London, and has been a university since 1966 with over 19,000 students currently enrolled from over 130 countries. Loughborough University is a top 10 UK university and is a two-time Times and Sunday Times 'University of the Year'.

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Loughborough has one of the largest single-site campuses in the UK and is generally regarded as the best in the country for sports, having been named the Sports University of the Year multiple times by the Times Good University Guide. Other recent accolades include being ranked 7th in the Complete University Guide 2024, having secured a place in the top ten for the eighth year running, and being in the top 10 of the Guardian League Table 2023.

Loughborough prides itself on being inclusive for all, with students, graduates and staff at the heart of the university experience. The Student Experience at Loughborough gives "every student the opportunity they need to achieve their full potential". Strong industry connections, both local and international, boost these opportunities.

Services for International Students

Loughborough University offers a free airport pickup service for international students, which runs at various times before the start of the academic year. At the beginning of the term, the International Office runs an induction session for new international students to introduce them to university life and useful departments. Pre-sessional English courses lasting 6-11 weeks before the beginning of term are also available.

Ranking

  • 10th in the Times University Guide 2024
  • 10th in the Guardian University Guide 2024
  • 224thin the QS World University Rankings 2025
  • 251-300th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024

The 2021 REF results show an 11% increase in Loughborough’s share of the UK’s best research since the REF was last undertaken in 2014, as the institution gained significant ground compared to others. The results particularly underline the wide-ranging positive impacts that Loughborough’s research has on the world. 

Accommodation

Loughborough University has 17 halls of residence – seven catered, seven self-catered and three run in partnership with a service provider – for students to live in during their stay. Accommodation in University Halls is guaranteed for international undergraduate students for up to two years.

Location

Loughborough is situated just 90 minutes away from London by train, with the major cities of Nottingham and Leicester both close by. Students have easy access to shopping, entertainment and leisure facilities, while Loughborough itself retains the charm of a small market town.

Alumni

  • Sebastian Coe, Baron Coe (Athlete, politician and Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games)
  • Monty Panesar (England cricketer)
  • Tanni Grey-Thompson (Athlete)
  • Paula Radcliffe (Athlete)
  • Rob Smedley (F1 race engineer)

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