September brings Fresher’s week and exciting new moves for many individuals joining a new University or returning for further years.
But perhaps you are new to Loughborough and want to know how you can enjoy the area, find local events and grab a bargain along the way!
Moving to a new place can be daunting, especially trying to navigate your new home and find new networks of people, so here are the top four ways to help you get to know Loughborough, a vibrant town full of hidden gems for you to enjoy:
1. Get involved with the Student Union on campus
Loughborough has an infamous Student’s Union, host to events but also interesting societies and peer support. The union building can be found in the North-Eastern corner of the campus across two floors. The Union (LSU) exists to ensure students have the best possible experience whilst studying in Loughborough, and also extends to the College.
LSU runs weekly events to cater to all students. In Loughborough this ranges from ‘Happy Mondays’ run in conjunction with the arts, to FND, a large student club night on Fridays.
Whether it’s for local events, volunteering or other support you can find out more about how to get involved with the union here: https://www.lsu.co.uk/getinvolved/
2. Use the LoyalFree app to bag a bargain and explore the area
The LoyalFree app is available in 15 UK towns and cities, and Loughborough is one of them, the first place to sign up to the scheme! This app pulls together local deals and exclusive discounts for you to enjoy around the town. This could be on food and drink, but also includes discounts at local shops in the town.
The app also features digital trails, which are really useful to explore your new home, in addition to a ‘Local Guide’ listing the top attractions in the area. Popular trails you can enjoy in Loughborough include Cocktails, Vegan Eats and even a Dog Friendly trail!
The best part? The app is completely free to download and hosts regular giveaways and Student specific promotions. You can download LoyalFree here: https://www.loyalfree.co.uk/download
3. Find out what’s on from Love Loughborough
Love Loughborough serves as the local ‘Business Improvement District’ to the town with the goal of making the area a more vibrant town. Whether this is through special offers or exciting events, the Love Loughborough team are always up to date with happenings in the town.
Love Loughborough hold a series of events in the town which cater to everyone; whether this is the Seaside which comes to town in summer or the annual dog show. They also regularly team up with the shops in town to hold ‘student sessions’ type events where students can get extra money off in stores.
The Love Loughborough Social Media is regularly updated with details of events in the town. You can find out more from their Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Loveloughborough/
About the Author
Sophie Hainsworth is co-founder of LoyalFree, a multi-award winning innovative mobile phone app which helps connect people to special offers in their area. The app combines this with local digital loyalty schemes, tourism information, tours & trails and events. Users benefit by using one app across the UK – so they can tap into the local area wherever they are.