Loughborough

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Getting Around

Loughborough is so small in comparison with other UK locations that crossing from one side of the town centre to the other takes a matter of minutes. The university, on the other hand, is so large it takes 15 minutes to walk end-to-end. Because the town is so small, many students choose to cycle and there are a lot of short cuts cars cannot use as well as scenic areas to bike. Driving into university is not advised due to the lack of available spaces and the need for permits. Entry by vehicle is only allowed with a security swipe card.

Although getting into town from campus can be achieved on foot, there is a Sprint bus service which runs from Loughborough University. It takes ten minutes to get to the town centre for £1 and 20 minutes to reach the train station for £1.30. Passengers should be prepared for delays when the roads get congested. Return fares are not available, but ten rides are sold for a discount. The number four Shepshed Sprint stops at the student union and an Arriva 127 service passes close by. International students should check Transport Direct to plan door-to-door travel.

The train station is on the far side of town from the campus to the west of the town centre. Services run along the Midland Main Line to London in the south and Sheffield in the north. Savings can be made on out-of-town journeys by purchasing a young person's rail card, which takes a third off the cost of a ticket. Loughborough is unique in that it is also part of the steam-powered Great Central Railway, which offers international students with a great way of seeing the town’s surroundings on a different mode of transport.

East Midlands Airport is connected to Loughborough by rail and special Skylink buses, which run to and from the town centre every half an hour, seven days a week. The airport is about 20 minutes away by car and provides connections to major international destinations through London.