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Lancaster vs Loughborough fine art students

With the deadline coming for firming UCAS options, I've got unconditionals from Loughborough and Lancaster.
I was wondering if anyone had any experiences. I'm looking for an element of socialising but will be mostly wanting to focus on my artwork - I was thinking definitely Loughborough but have slight concerns with it having more of a reputation as a party uni with larger classes and higher acceptance rates and whether or not people will be as focused on the work. Also helps that Lancaster seems to have much lower rent prices as well.
I have an offer from Loughborough. Not for fine art but I take it as an a level and was also considering it at Loughborough before I switched.
I haven't heard Loughborough to actually be too rowdy and very much if you enjoy going out it works, but if you don't then it isn't like you're missing out.

I know I haven't worded that well at all but I think wherever you go you will be able to find people who have the same intentions of not going out like you!
Go with your gut!
If you are in any way into sport then Loughborough.

Aside from that, look at the structure of the course and optional units, look at campus tour films on YouTube and think about where you will feel more confortable.
Original post by SuspiciousIbex
With the deadline coming for firming UCAS options, I've got unconditionals from Loughborough and Lancaster.
I was wondering if anyone had any experiences. I'm looking for an element of socialising but will be mostly wanting to focus on my artwork - I was thinking definitely Loughborough but have slight concerns with it having more of a reputation as a party uni with larger classes and higher acceptance rates and whether or not people will be as focused on the work. Also helps that Lancaster seems to have much lower rent prices as well.

Hi @SuspiciousIbex,

I'm a second-year at Lancaster Uni. I study science not fine arts but I can give you some idea about what life at Lancaster is like.

I love Lancaster because it is a campus uni. It has over 200 societies on campus ranging from Taylor Swift society and Living History to sports societies like Hockey and Rugby. If you want an element of socialising as you say, you'll be able to find a society that interests you.

Although campus has 8 bars and there are 3 clubs in town, I have never really had an issue with people being too focussed on partying. People do like to go out and some people like that more than others but ultimately a lot of people are here to do well in their degrees so will be focussed on their work as well. Generally, you'll make friends with people with the same values as you so hopefully they would be focussed on their work too.

Although lectures can have lots of people in, seminars and workshops have a smaller class size. This means that you can get more help during that time if you need it because the group is much smaller.

If you're struggling to decide, maybe try to look at the course and its' modules more. You'll spend a lot of time studying so making sure you like the things you'll study and the way in which it is taught is important. Also, see what facilities are available to you at both unis. For example, I know that at Lancaster we have art studios open 24/7 and a digital art lab. Maybe you could try to visit some open days to get a feel for each university as I know that really helped me to decide on what uni to go to.

Hope this helps
-Beth (Lancaster Student Ambassador)
Original post by SuspiciousIbex
With the deadline coming for firming UCAS options, I've got unconditionals from Loughborough and Lancaster.
I was wondering if anyone had any experiences. I'm looking for an element of socialising but will be mostly wanting to focus on my artwork - I was thinking definitely Loughborough but have slight concerns with it having more of a reputation as a party uni with larger classes and higher acceptance rates and whether or not people will be as focused on the work. Also helps that Lancaster seems to have much lower rent prices as well.


Hi there,

It's fantastic to hear that you're interested in studying at Loughborough :smile:

I know you may have done, but have you taken a look at each course page and compared them both to see if any stand out to you? Here is Loughborough's Fine Art BA degree page. You may also want to view the facilities we have at the School of Design and Creative Arts at Loughborough University.

You may also want to take a look at our 'Why Study Here?' page to find out more about studying at Loughborough.

Furthermore, Loughborough has a whole host of societies and sports teams for students to get involved in.

If you do have any specific questions about the course at Loughborough, you can email [email protected].

I hope this helps :smile: feel free to get in touch if you have any other questions!

- Lindsay
(edited 11 months ago)

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