“ Loughborough (pronounced LUFF-burra, LUFF-bruh, or as the majority of the student population call it, lufbra) is the largest town in Leicestershire, England (the City of Leicester excluded), the population of the town in 2004 was assessed at 57,600. It is the administrative centre for the Charnwood district and home to Loughborough University. „
As a resident of Loughborough, I can exclusively say that Loughborough is an average place to live. The accessibility is very good, with many major bus services, like the 127 and 2 to Leicester, 1 to Nottingham, the Rainbow5 to Nottingham and the surrounding area.
Loughborough, having a population of around 58,000 is a reasonable small town considering its university, famous for producing sportsmen such as Seb Coe and Paula Radcliffe.
It is situated in the centre of England in the county of Leicestershire in the East Midlands, just to the east of the M1 J23 which is found near to the large village of Shepshed nearby.
The main industry used to be the manufacture of cranes, but the infamous Herbert Morris factory has now been shut down. At this point in time, the pharmaceutical industry is very prominent, with Astra Zeneca, Fisher Scientific and 3M all having large quarters in Loughborough in and around the Belton Road Industrial Estate.
I have lived near to Loughborough for the whole of my life and also went to school there. It is a fairly average town, however does have an excellent university. The shops in Loughborough are not exactly awe inspiring but it does have some big chain stores like Primark and TK Maxx, those two should give you an idea that it isn't exactly high end retailing. It is quite annoying that the train station is right on the outskirts of the town and is probably a 15 minute or so walk to the middle of the town, however as the town is a bit of a nodal centre within the midlands the links to the big cities are not too bad. There are a number of good restaurants in Loughborough, for example the excellent 'Noodle Bar' which due to its cheap nature certainly appeals the the students but it is a nice place to eat. Overall its a pretty good town and housing prices are about average too.
Having lived in Loughborough all my life I've seen changes in it in terms of shopping and housing developments. Loughborough has a wellknown and critically acclaimed University. Therefore it's got a big student population during termtime (porbably about 20%). The thing is there's not enough in terms of the nightlife to satisfy the students. Nightclub Pulse is above average but has a huge number of steps everywhere, this means if you are a bit tipsy you can have a nasty accident. I've not actually been to Club Xs, I've been to it when it was Echo's and was not too impressed with it. Discoteco (if that's how u spell it!) is adequate and can host some great one-off nights with famous names such as DJ EZ, M&S and more. A great opening of late has been 'Vice Versa', it looks fantastic and has a popular Tuesday R&B and garage night. There's a huge number of pubs in Loughborough, pubs worth a visit are 'Orange Tree', 'The Custard Bar', 'The Moon & Bell' and 'Warehouse'. In terms of shopping we have 'Next', 'New Look', Dorothy Perkins','Littlewoods' and 'Etam'. What we are lacking in is shops that appeal to young people, there's no 'Top Shop', 'River Island', 'Miss Selfridge' and the like. The thing is Loughborough is in a good location, Nottingham and Leicester are nearby and easy to get to. There's a KFC and McDonald's but no Pizza Hut :( This is something that's a bit of a sore point with me! The local Curzon cinema is a bit small and doesn't give NUS discount. However on Thursday's and Monday's it is only £2.80 for any film. It also doesn't always get the new films as soon as they're released. Regent Place is a recently opened shopping development with shops like 'Carphone Warehouse', 'Powerhouse' and 'Currys'. Basically Loughbor
ough has the necessities and anything else you'd need is in easy reach. Worth a visit if you like pub crawls!
Loughborough's one of those places that very rarely gets into the spotlight, quietly going about its own business and rarely kicking up a fuss. Perhaps this rather isolationist attitude, however unwilling, it what lends the town a certain charm - few people seem to know anything about it until they get here. Having lived here virtually all of my life, though, it's a place which you can grow to love quite easily. Historically Loughborough's a major market town, a tradition dating back from the 11th Century or something ridiculously ages ago, which continues today on a Thursday and Saturday, and is seen as one of the most vibrant street markets in the country (apparently). What it certainly means is that getting round Loughborough on a Saturday afternoon is the pedestrian equivalent of Friday night on the M25, but as you can appreciate this is a fairly minor gripe. The other main selling point of Loughborough is its excellent University, amongst the best in the country for engineering, and sports (a bizarre combination if ever there was one). Having such a major university in a comparatively small town (Loughborough's population is ~60,000) means that the student population is an influential section, making up 15-20% in termtime. For some the presence of the ever-increasing student body is nothing but a nuisance, but it certainly makes Loughborough a far more vibrant town than it would otherwise be. The presence of the students in Loughborough certainly means that you can enjoy a decent night out in Loughborough. Don't come expecting the plushest clubs in the land, but Loughborough's three nightclubs (Pulse, Xs, and Discoteca) aren't bad - though they look better if you're a bit tipsy :). Loughborough's pubs and bars however are another matter altogether - there's loads!. The towncentre apparently boasts 30+ pubs; pub-crawls are therefore an ideal pastime on a typical Friday night. Major pub chains ar
e all represented - JD Wetherspoon's, It's A Scream etc. Prices on the whole are more than reasonable, though slightly on the up as the bars seem to be getting swankier and swankier. Loughborough is pretty self-sufficient when it comes to shopping, though its size means there limited department store representation - the best you get is Littlewoods, sadly. There's no M&S either unfortunately. All this could change though with the recent commencing of a rather grandiose-looking shopping/cinema development on the site of the town's old decrepid bus station. Hopefully this should attract a few more of the larger stores to the town. In any case, Leicester is 10 miles away, and Nottingham 14 - neither take more than 20 minutes on the train to get to - so anything you can't find in Loughborough is within easy reach. Most of the town centre regulars are here though - Next, WHSmith, Woolworths, Dixons, McDonalds and such. There's not much that's not covered. The Churchgate area also has a number of smaller, independent, designer-type shops which are a bit more varied. Being stuck right on the M1 and A6, about 20mins from East Midlands Airport, Loughborough's other main plus-point is its accessibility. It's also on the main Sheffield-London St.Pancras line. As a market town there's little to set Loughborough aside from the plethora of other similar sized towns across the country; there's little rich heritage or anything such. It's just an incredibly self-sufficient town; most people seem of a genial nature, and there's generally little to dislike about it, especially from a young person's perspective.