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Loughborough or Nottingham

Hi there,

So I just got my offers from my two top unis:
PPE at Loughborough and Politics and Economics at Nottingham. I’m very indecisive between the two because I honestly didn’t think I’d get offers from both and thought I’d accept the uni that gave me an offer.

Some are telling me to go to Notts because of the social life and the city as well as the fact that it’s better at Economics and Politics than Loughborough. It is also highly respected by employers as it’s a RG university so likelihood of me getting a job is higher.

Others are telling me that Nottingham has now developed a reputation and may be considered less prestigious. Loughborough overall is higher in the rankings and also is #1 for accommodation whereas Notts accommodation is expensive and less nice than Loughborough.

I’m just unsure as to what factors are more important and where I would be happier especially since I’m moving out to go to those unis.

SOMEONE GIVE ME ADVICE AND HELP AN INDECISIVE GIRL PLS 😭

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This is my question too! (those are the top 2 unis on my UCAS and I'm pretty indecisive between the two) Will be keeping an eye on this forum...
Nottingham - unless you are seriously into sport, then Loughborogh.

Nottingham campus tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBUQKIuaoTE
Loughborugh campus tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RHZ1K-ev2w
The factors you list are all sound - course ranking, uni ranking etc. Loughborough, although not an RG uni, is widely recognised as an elite uni. Have you visited each campus or at least looked a the YouTube videos? I found Loughborough a bit isolated and campus-centric; meaning that there is not a big city nearby (30-minute train ride to get to Nottingham) and so your next 3 years would be all about campus life. On the other hand, the Nottingham campus is amazing and had wonderful sports facilities. It also seemed more integrated into the city - a short bus ride to get to the city centre.

I would choose Nottingham over Loughborough to spend the next 3 years.
Original post by mike23mike
The factors you list are all sound - course ranking, uni ranking etc. Loughborough, although not an RG uni, is widely recognised as an elite uni. Have you visited each campus or at least looked a the YouTube videos? I found Loughborough a bit isolated and campus-centric; meaning that there is not a big city nearby (30-minute train ride to get to Nottingham) and so your next 3 years would be all about campus life. On the other hand, the Nottingham campus is amazing and had wonderful sports facilities. It also seemed more integrated into the city - a short bus ride to get to the city centre.

I would choose Nottingham over Loughborough to spend the next 3 years.


Original post by McGinger
Nottingham - unless you are seriously into sport, then Loughborogh.

Nottingham campus tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBUQKIuaoTE
Loughborugh campus tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RHZ1K-ev2w


Thank you both for this!
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Original post by ZeeshanYousuf
This is my question too! (those are the top 2 unis on my UCAS and I'm pretty indecisive between the two) Will be keeping an eye on this forum...

hahaha it’s so nice to know that someone else is going through the same thing. what course are you taking ? and also what other factors have you taken into consideration when considering both unis?
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Original post by McGinger
Nottingham - unless you are seriously into sport, then Loughborogh.

Nottingham campus tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBUQKIuaoTE
Loughborugh campus tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RHZ1K-ev2w


Original post by mike23mike
The factors you list are all sound - course ranking, uni ranking etc. Loughborough, although not an RG uni, is widely recognised as an elite uni. Have you visited each campus or at least looked a the YouTube videos? I found Loughborough a bit isolated and campus-centric; meaning that there is not a big city nearby (30-minute train ride to get to Nottingham) and so your next 3 years would be all about campus life. On the other hand, the Nottingham campus is amazing and had wonderful sports facilities. It also seemed more integrated into the city - a short bus ride to get to the city centre.

I would choose Nottingham over Loughborough to spend the next 3 years.

thank you so much!! I think I may have a bias towards Nottingham now. I’m planning on visiting them soon as I received my offer from Loughborough like two days ago and therefore plan on visiting both at the same time since they’re not too far from each other.
Original post by mx_lia
plan on visiting both at the same time since they’re not too far from each other.

Excellent idea - hope the visits go well.
Original post by mx_lia
Hi there,

So I just got my offers from my two top unis:
PPE at Loughborough and Politics and Economics at Nottingham. I’m very indecisive between the two because I honestly didn’t think I’d get offers from both and thought I’d accept the uni that gave me an offer.

Some are telling me to go to Notts because of the social life and the city as well as the fact that it’s better at Economics and Politics than Loughborough. It is also highly respected by employers as it’s a RG university so likelihood of me getting a job is higher.

Others are telling me that Nottingham has now developed a reputation and may be considered less prestigious. Loughborough overall is higher in the rankings and also is #1 for accommodation whereas Notts accommodation is expensive and less nice than Loughborough.

I’m just unsure as to what factors are more important and where I would be happier especially since I’m moving out to go to those unis.

SOMEONE GIVE ME ADVICE AND HELP AN INDECISIVE GIRL PLS 😭


Hey,

I am a current 3rd year student at Nottingham.
I obviously can't give you a direct comparison between the two but my experience at Nottingham has been very positive. The city is really lively with lots to do, loads of independent bars and restaurants and club nights in various different places throughout the week.
In terms of reputations, I wouldn't be too concerned with this. Just look at which uni offers the modules that you would find most interesting. Nottingham has Russell group status so that is always going to be looked upon favourably but like I said I think it is more important to enjoy what you are studying in order to get the best grade you can.

I hope this helps but if you have any questions about Nottingham, the city, the campus etc then just let me know,
Emily :smile:
Original post by mx_lia
hahaha it’s so nice to know that someone else is going through the same thing. what course are you taking ? and also what other factors have you taken into consideration when considering both unis?


I took Product Design and Manufacture for UoN and Product Design Engineering for Loughborough (so yea pretty geeky lol :P)

To be honest, I haven't had a campus experience from Loughborough yet (their offer-holder event is in May) so I'm not too sure about campus life yet, hence why I posted a question in this forum... They both have an amazing reputation from what I've heard, but at the end of the day, I will be living on campus so the degree itself isn't the only thing that matters, right? What did you take? Can't wait for the responses on this forum!
Original post by mx_lia
Hi there,

So I just got my offers from my two top unis:
PPE at Loughborough and Politics and Economics at Nottingham. I’m very indecisive between the two because I honestly didn’t think I’d get offers from both and thought I’d accept the uni that gave me an offer.

Some are telling me to go to Notts because of the social life and the city as well as the fact that it’s better at Economics and Politics than Loughborough. It is also highly respected by employers as it’s a RG university so likelihood of me getting a job is higher.

Others are telling me that Nottingham has now developed a reputation and may be considered less prestigious. Loughborough overall is higher in the rankings and also is #1 for accommodation whereas Notts accommodation is expensive and less nice than Loughborough.

I’m just unsure as to what factors are more important and where I would be happier especially since I’m moving out to go to those unis.

SOMEONE GIVE ME ADVICE AND HELP AN INDECISIVE GIRL PLS 😭

Personally I'd go with Notts. Whilst university is a lot about growing up, living by yourself and socialising, it's first and foremost a place of academic learning and to prep you for a career so whichever course has the modules you're interested in and whichever environment you think would push you to be the best should take precedence over things like accommodation or those silly rankings.

Unless you're really sporty, I can't really see too many advantages of Loughborough over Nottingham personally. Notts is certainly better for economics, is in/close to a big city so is good for socialising yet is set in a quiet and green campus. It appears to have a brand associated with it which helps for careers, people overplay the Russell Group card but Notts school of economics students do tend to place really in the grad job market from what I've seen. If you're a good candidate then Loughborough won't hold you back and Nottingham won't get you a job, but I'd say Notts does have an advantage career wise.

In terms of accommodation, I know this can seem pretty important to perspective students, personally I don't think it's that big. Yes you want to be comfortable where you're living when you first move from home but you'll realise that you're likely out pretty much the whole time so only really use it to crash, and that the people in your accommodation are far more important than the actual accomodation and you can't predict this based on accomodation.

I'd say Notts is less prestigious than places like Bristol, Edinburgh and Durham for example, but I certainly wouldn't say it's less prestigious than Loughborough. Prestige is only really important if you're targeting certain industries like IB, corp law, consulting and maybe politics. Ultimately, just pick the one that you think you'd thrive at most, academically and socially.
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Original post by BenRyan99
Personally I'd go with Notts. Whilst university is a lot about growing up, living by yourself and socialising, it's first and foremost a place of academic learning and to prep you for a career so whichever course has the modules you're interested in and whichever environment you think would push you to be the best should take precedence over things like accommodation or those silly rankings.

Unless you're really sporty, I can't really see too many advantages of Loughborough over Nottingham personally. Notts is certainly better for economics, is in/close to a big city so is good for socialising yet is set in a quiet and green campus. It appears to have a brand associated with it which helps for careers, people overplay the Russell Group card but Notts school of economics students do tend to place really in the grad job market from what I've seen. If you're a good candidate then Loughborough won't hold you back and Nottingham won't get you a job, but I'd say Notts does have an advantage career wise.

In terms of accommodation, I know this can seem pretty important to perspective students, personally I don't think it's that big. Yes you want to be comfortable where you're living when you first move from home but you'll realise that you're likely out pretty much the whole time so only really use it to crash, and that the people in your accommodation are far more important than the actual accomodation and you can't predict this based on accomodation.

I'd say Notts is less prestigious than places like Bristol, Edinburgh and Durham for example, but I certainly wouldn't say it's less prestigious than Loughborough. Prestige is only really important if you're targeting certain industries like IB, corp law, consulting and maybe politics. Ultimately, just pick the one that you think you'd thrive at most, academically and socially.

Why do you think Bristol is higher than Nottingham in terms of prestige? Any particular reason?
Original post by mx_lia
Hi there,

So I just got my offers from my two top unis:
PPE at Loughborough and Politics and Economics at Nottingham. I’m very indecisive between the two because I honestly didn’t think I’d get offers from both and thought I’d accept the uni that gave me an offer.

Some are telling me to go to Notts because of the social life and the city as well as the fact that it’s better at Economics and Politics than Loughborough. It is also highly respected by employers as it’s a RG university so likelihood of me getting a job is higher.

Others are telling me that Nottingham has now developed a reputation and may be considered less prestigious. Loughborough overall is higher in the rankings and also is #1 for accommodation whereas Notts accommodation is expensive and less nice than Loughborough.

I’m just unsure as to what factors are more important and where I would be happier especially since I’m moving out to go to those unis.

SOMEONE GIVE ME ADVICE AND HELP AN INDECISIVE GIRL PLS 😭


Loughborough is barely a top 30 UK university, if that. Nottingham is a solid top 20 UK university, and has some of the best facilities and academic buildings of any UK university. Employers look at the THES World Rankings, not the UK Times / Sunday Times league tables or the UK Complete University Guide tables. The latter tables are too focused on subjective student satisfaction scores, and put more weight on Research quality over research power (which penalises the larger Russell Group Universities like Nottingham, a top 8 university on that measure). Annual income of a university can also tell us a lot in terms of where a university is at - Loughborough earns ~ £310 million a year to date; Nottingham earns ~ £700 million a year.
Original post by Manvith
Why do you think Bristol is higher than Nottingham in terms of prestige? Any particular reason?

Bristol is quite a bit older, has more impressive old historical buildings (very Oxbridge-like in appearance), and is higher in the THES / QS World rankings. That said, employers won't distinguish between a Bristol graduate or a Nottingham graduate. In fact, Notts graduates are among the most sought for by UK graduate employers.
Original post by McGinger
Nottingham - unless you are seriously into sport, then Loughborogh.

If it's not Engineering or Sport Science, then definitely Nottingham.

If you are into Sport but not reading it, arguably Nottingham isn't far off Loughborough in terms of facilities. The David Ross centre is elite athlete standard. At this stage, Loughborough just has a few more pitches and a stronger academic Sports department. Some sports (esp womens) Nottingham is quite a way ahead.
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Original post by StarLinyx
Loughborough is barely a top 30 UK university, if that. Nottingham is a solid top 20 UK university, and has some of the best facilities and academic buildings of any UK university. Employers look at the THES World Rankings, not the UK Times / Sunday Times league tables or the UK Complete University Guide tables. The latter tables are too focused on subjective student satisfaction scores, and put more weight on Research quality over research power (which penalises the larger Russell Group Universities like Nottingham, a top 8 university on that measure). Annual income of a university can also tell us a lot in terms of where a university is at - Loughborough earns ~ £310 million a year to date; Nottingham earns ~ £700 million a year.


Where to check how much a university earn in a year?
Original post by EmilyClarke24
Hey,

I am a current 3rd year student at Nottingham.
I obviously can't give you a direct comparison between the two but my experience at Nottingham has been very positive. The city is really lively with lots to do, loads of independent bars and restaurants and club nights in various different places throughout the week.
In terms of reputations, I wouldn't be too concerned with this. Just look at which uni offers the modules that you would find most interesting. Nottingham has Russell group status so that is always going to be looked upon favourably but like I said I think it is more important to enjoy what you are studying in order to get the best grade you can.

I hope this helps but if you have any questions about Nottingham, the city, the campus etc then just let me know,
Emily :smile:

Russell Group status of a university can help when it comes to applying for PhD studentships also, since these are the most research intensive ones.
Original post by Manvith
Where to check how much a university earn in a year?

Annual income is provided in the financial statements for a university on their websites. Wikipedia also provides raw data, but it is sometimes outdated.
Original post by BenRyan99
Personally I'd go with Notts. Whilst university is a lot about growing up, living by yourself and socialising, it's first and foremost a place of academic learning and to prep you for a career so whichever course has the modules you're interested in and whichever environment you think would push you to be the best should take precedence over things like accommodation or those silly rankings.

Unless you're really sporty, I can't really see too many advantages of Loughborough over Nottingham personally. Notts is certainly better for economics, is in/close to a big city so is good for socialising yet is set in a quiet and green campus. It appears to have a brand associated with it which helps for careers, people overplay the Russell Group card but Notts school of economics students do tend to place really in the grad job market from what I've seen. If you're a good candidate then Loughborough won't hold you back and Nottingham won't get you a job, but I'd say Notts does have an advantage career wise.

In terms of accommodation, I know this can seem pretty important to perspective students, personally I don't think it's that big. Yes you want to be comfortable where you're living when you first move from home but you'll realise that you're likely out pretty much the whole time so only really use it to crash, and that the people in your accommodation are far more important than the actual accomodation and you can't predict this based on accomodation.

I'd say Notts is less prestigious than places like Bristol, Edinburgh and Durham for example, but I certainly wouldn't say it's less prestigious than Loughborough. Prestige is only really important if you're targeting certain industries like IB, corp law, consulting and maybe politics. Ultimately, just pick the one that you think you'd thrive at most, academically and socially.


Original post by StarLinyx
Loughborough is barely a top 30 UK university, if that. Nottingham is a solid top 20 UK university, and has some of the best facilities and academic buildings of any UK university. Employers look at the THES World Rankings, not the UK Times / Sunday Times league tables or the UK Complete University Guide tables. The latter tables are too focused on subjective student satisfaction scores, and put more weight on Research quality over research power (which penalises the larger Russell Group Universities like Nottingham, a top 8 university on that measure). Annual income of a university can also tell us a lot in terms of where a university is at - Loughborough earns ~ £310 million a year to date; Nottingham earns ~ £700 million a year.


Original post by Trinculo
If it's not Engineering or Sport Science, then definitely Nottingham.

If you are into Sport but not reading it, arguably Nottingham isn't far off Loughborough in terms of facilities. The David Ross centre is elite athlete standard. At this stage, Loughborough just has a few more pitches and a stronger academic Sports department. Some sports (esp womens) Nottingham is quite a way ahead.


I'd like to thank you all for these amazing contributions to this thread, its really helped me put things into perspective... I have a question for Trinculo which is following these words: "If it's not Engineering or Sport Science, then definitely Nottingham."

I'm looking to take an Engineering Subject (product design engineering) at both, and whilst Nottingham is getting a lot of love, your words put things off course slightly, as since they both offer Engineering courses... I'd like to know what makes Loughborough. a better engineering Uni? (or not, I'm open to both sides!)
Original post by mike23mike
Loughborough, although not an RG uni, is widely recognised as an elite uni.

By whom? I have never heard of Loughborough being called anything other than a good, mid-tier university, be it academia or in industry. It excels in certain fields, like engineering and sports science, but so do other mid-tier universities like Reading for other subjects (e.g. Cybernetics, Meteorology).

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