Life as a Loughborough University London student
Diplomacy, Business and Trade MSc student, Kyle Paisley, has written this blog on his life as a Loughborough University London student.
A week at Loughborough University London tends to be a busy one. My week revolves around balancing lectures, group work, sporting activities and maintaining a social life. Depending on the time of year, I have around 10-15 hours of lectures a week, accompanied by tutorials. As a Diplomacy and International Governance student, my lectures usually consist of debates to gather a wide range of views, which I love! Alongside lectures I have several group projects, the most prominent being the Collaborative Project module. This involved up to three meetings a week with a diverse team of students solving a real-business problem.
After an intense day of lectures and group meetings, it is very easy to get tempted into going for a refreshing drink with my friends. Located a couple of minutes from campus is Canalside, an array of restaurants and bars by the Canal. What is great is that many of the bars and restaurants offer student discounts!
In addition, a 10-minute walk from campus is Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre. There is a free Here East bus that you can catch from campus to directly outside the shopping centre in 5 minutes! Westfields in Stratford hosts a selection of shops and restaurants to suit everyone! The Vue Cinema is also located there which allows you to relax after a busy day on campus. What is great, Stratford Underground and Stratford International Station are close by so you can get home afterwards easily. Unite Stratford One (an accommodation provider), in particular, is located right next door to the shopping centre!
Alongside studying, I really like to keep fit and healthy. There are many sports facilities located around the campus, especially because we are situated on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the former 2012 Olympic Games Park. You can enjoy a morning swim at the London Aquatics Centre clearing the mind before a busy day at University or go to the Copper Box Arena to partake in sports such as basketball. There is also a newly established football club which takes place on Wednesday evenings. As well as this, there are a number of gyms available nearby including in the East Village, Westfields and Copper Box.
Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, I sometimes take a stroll with my friends and admire the park. Loughborough University London also offers a relaxation space in the Enterprise Zone where students can listen to music and enjoy a study free atmosphere, as well as develop business ideas.
Weekends in London are amazing and full of opportunities! A benefit of London is the large number of jobs available and how many allow international students to work for up to 20 hours each week which conforms with their Visa. As well as this, you can take the Underground to Central London locations in 15 minutes, enjoying sites such as Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street and Hyde Park. I would recommend any student to make the most of their time living in London and exploring the city.