The town of Loughborough is situated in the county of Leicestershire in the East Midlands of the UK. The town is the largest settlement in Leicestershire outside the city of Leicester. Loughborough has a student population of over 18,000, forming nearly a third of the town’s population. The abundance of young people in the town means there is no shortage of options for a night out, as there is always something going on in the many bars and pubs in the town. The Loughborough Student’s Union is the destination of choice for many students on a Wednesday and Friday. The Union attracts students for its social atmosphere and cheap drink offers. There are a number of clubs and bars scattered throughout the town centre- Rain and Echos are the most popular clubs. Rain hosts a student party every Monday and boasts cheap drink offers, a cocktail bar and a rotation of live DJ’s. Echos is the firm favourite on Saturday nights; the club is one of the town’s largest clubs and includes a variety of rooms catering for every taste with an eclectic mix of music genres. Vodka Revolution is the place to be on Thursdays, the club recently introduced a range of cheap drinks and on some nights you can find a bouncy castle, bucking bronco and a ball pit!
History enthusiasts can enjoy any of the four museums in Loughborough. Charnwood Museum is the largest and houses a range of exhibits reflecting the geology, industry and history of the town and surrounding area. The Carillon and War Memorial and be found in nearby Queens Park and is home to a small museum, the museum showcases military memorabilia from the first and second World Wars.
“3 words to describe my time at Huddersfield? A great time! My course was pretty smooth running, I had nice lectures and often a really good timetable!
The nightlife is varied and pretty good for the size of the town. Everything is in stumbling distance which comes in handy for meeting up with friends in other places.
One of the sights to see in Huddersfield.
One thing Huddersfield could improve on is the Student Union, which was decent but needs a bit more going on I think. The same goes for facilities- could be a bit better, but it’s still fine to work with.” John, 23
Huddersfield is home to one university: the University of Huddersfield, which provides places of study to over 19,000 students. The university is organised into seven academic schools: School of Applied Sciences, School of Art, Design and Architecture, School of Computing and Engineering, School of Education and Professional Development, School of Business, School of Human and Health Sciences and the School of Music, Humanities and Media.
The University of Huddersfield has a main campus, Queensgate Campus, which can be found southeast of Huddersfield’s town centre. The campus has seen over £1 million of recent investments including a Student Centre, which enables students to access a range of study support services. The Student’s Union was opened in 2005 and offers a range of social and leisure facilities. In 2008, a Creative Arts building was completed. The building is home to a recital hall, an electro-acoustic research studio, art and design studios and live recording facilities. Huddersfield University enjoys a strong reputation across several fields. In 2012, The Complete University Guide placed the university 58th in the national league tables.
Part of the University of Huddersfield is located on the Oldham Campus in Greater Manchester. The campus opened in 2005 and offers a range of full and part-time courses at degree level. The university also has a campus in Barnsley in South Yorkshire. The Barnsley Campus caters for students studying subjects such as music, art and design, and journalism.
The market town of Huddersfield is located in West Yorkshire, between Leeds and Manchester. The town has a student population of over 19,000, and there are a number of options for a night out. Bar 66 is a late night venue and attracts lots of students and young people. Wednesdays are designated student nights, entry is free and there are cheap drink offers throughout the night. Every Friday and Saturday the venue is open until 6am, providing you with a great opportunity to dance ‘til dawn.
Shoppers can take refuge in Kingsgate Shopping Centre, a large complex located in the centre of the town. The centre offers a variety of shops and restaurants including TK Maxx, Pilot, JD Sports and H&M.
Huddersfield is home to a number of cultural events throughout the year, many of them are free and are great days out. Huddersfield Festival of Light takes place in November. The town puts on a theatrical performance, usually on a large scale and involving a parade through the streets. The performance ends with a firework display. Huddersfield Carnival takes place annually in July and begins with a procession from the Hudawi Cultural Centre in Hillhouse. The procession flows through the town centre to Greenhead Park, where there are fairground rides, West Indian food stalls and a music stage and dance area. The Pink Picnic takes place every summer at Castle Hill and is a celebration from the gay, lesbian and transgender communities. The picnic is a lot of fun and there are lots of bright costumes and fun characters to see and be seen with.