Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Student Advice and Support Service


Housing options

Most students choose to live on campus during their first year at Loughborough University  and on-campus accommodation is arranged through the Student Accommodation Centre.

After your first year, you can apply to stay in halls or move off campus and rent privately. 

Consider where you want to live, who you want to live with, and what you can afford. Once you have considered this, you can then choose whether to live on campus or off campus.

Our experience shows that students who rush into renting early have more problems with their properties and housemates than those who wait so it's best to take some time to think about this carefully.

Once you know what's right for you, you can then choose accommodation on or off campus.

Take a look at our dedicated webpage (click in the image below) where you can find:

  • An overview of all the options available for living on and off campus
  • Our video guide on why we recommend taking your time before committing yourself (including why there is pressure to sign up early, the consequences if you do and the advantages in waiting)
  • Our video guide to house hunting including five points to consider before you look
  • A video clip on house hunting from a student's perspective and their experience
  • A guide to using StudentPad to find accommodation accredited by Decent and Safe Homes (DASH) and inspected by the Student Accommodation Centre
  • Living off campus FAQs
  • Student Advice and Support FAQs
  • Living on campus FAQs
Click on the image below for more information

Applying to go back into halls

You can find out more about this on the Student Accommodation Centre website.

Having a contract for a University hall on campus is the safest option if you are:

  • Considering a placement but not totally sure
  • Might change your mind about studying at Loughborough (or could potentially fail your academic studies)

Living off campus

1. Don’t rush into renting

If you sign a housing contract and your circumstances change, you may remain liable for the rent irrespective even if you don’t live there.

Wait to start house hunting until after you have your semester 1 exam results at the earliest.

2. Look for accommodation off campus via studentpad

We advise you to apply through StudentPad. All properties on StudentPad have been inspected by the Student Accommodation Centre and all landlords have been accredited by Decent and Safe Homes Accreditation (DASH).

3. Check out Marks Out of Tenancy for landlord agent and property reviews

The Students’ Union has teamed up with Marks Out of Tenancy where you can see how previous students have rated their landlord or letting agent and accommodation.

4. Ask current tenants for feedback when viewing the property

5. Read our Guide to Living Off-Campus 

This will take you through the whole renting process from house hunting to moving out.

6. Get your contract checked by SASS before you pay or sign anything