About the University

How to find us

Loughborough is at the heart of England in the northernmost part of the county of Leicestershire and being centrally placed it is well served by road, rail and air.

Main line road and rail networks link Loughborough directly with the rest of the country, and the town itself is served by excellent bus services.

Loughborough University is less than two miles away from junction 23 of the M1 motorway.

London is one-and-a-half hours away by train, Birmingham one hour and Manchester and Leeds around two hours.

There are regular scheduled flights from UK, European and international destinations to East Midlands Airport, only seven miles away.

Whatever your reason for coming - and there are plenty - here's the travel information you need to find your way to Loughborough University.

Travelling by car

Loughborough's nearest motorway link is the M1; the campus is just two miles from Junction 23. The University is clearly signed on all the other main approach roads to Loughborough.

Driving directions

To get driving directions to the University, enter your postcode in the search box below and click 'Go'.


The following organisations also provide route planning services from anywhere in the country.

For 'Sat-Nav' users

To help ensure your satellite navigation system gets you to Loughborough University correctly, use the postcode LE11 3TT when setting your destination.

(Important: If coming into Loughborough using any other postcode, please follow signposts to 'University' to ensure you are directed to the main entrance.)

Car parking

Parking on campus is restricted. Visitors are asked to use the main entrance on Epinal Way. When you arrive, Security will advise you where to park and issue you with a temporary parking permit.

University and public car parks are marked on the campus map.

Disabled visitors are requested to telephone our Security Office on the number below before visiting so that suitable parking can be arranged.

For more information contact the Security Office on 01509 222 141.

Travelling by coach or bus

Coach and bus services to and from other parts of Leicestershire and the UK operate from the centre of Loughborough.

Travel by National Express or regional bus services to Loughborough then connect with local Kinch bus town services to the Loughborough University campus.

For enquiries about all these services call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

University Shuttle bus service

Kinchbus Number 7 commences from Loughborough Railway station and brings you straight to campus.

Alighting points on the campus include:

  • Students' Union
  • Pilkington Library
  • Wolfson School
  • Holywell Park

In term time this service runs every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday.

Travelling by rail

Regular Intercity services operate between Loughborough and other main line towns - including daily trains to and from London St Pancras International, 90 minutes away.

Once at Loughborough's railway station you are just ten minutes away from the campus. From here there is a regular bus service which operates every ten minutes during term time.

Taxis are normally available from the station and the journey should cost around £5 - £6.

For information on train times and ticket prices phone National Rail on 08457 48 49 50 or you can use the following web services:

You can also buy a combined train and bus ticket which incorporates the bus journey to and from the railway station. Just select Loughborough University Bus (XLO) when booking on websites such as the The Trainline and East Midlands Trains.

Travelling by air

East Midlands Airport is only 7 miles away and offers both domestic and international flights.

For destinations and a full timetable contact the East Midlands Airport Information Desk

Tel: +44 (0) 871 919 9000

Where to stay

There are three University-owned hotels within easy reach of the campus providing overnight accommodation, food and drink and leisure facilities.

Burleigh Court Conference Centre and Hotel

Burleigh Court is an award-winning 4-star conference centre and hotel and is conveniently located on the University campus. Burleigh Court offers 185 4-star en-suite bedrooms plus 40 high quality lodge rooms. Guests also benefit from free use of Burleigh Springs Leisure and Therapy Centre.

Visit the Burleigh Court website

The Link Hotel

The Link Hotel offers 94 3-star double en-suite bedrooms, a bar and restaurant plus flexible meeting and banqueting spaces for up to 200 people. The hotel is located just one mile from J23 of the M1 on the approach to Loughborough town centre and a short walk from the University campus.

Visit the Link Hotel website

Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel

The Elite Athlete Centre, located on campus, provides a unique sports hotel and conference centre that promotes high performance, tailored nutrition and the pursuit of excellence. The hotel offers 44 en-suite twin bedrooms, 20 of which are specially designed altitude rooms. This inspiring high-performance environment offers aspirational space for athletes, businesses and fitness enthusiasts.

Visit the Elite Athlete Centre website