We know you're going to have loads of questions before you get to Loughborough, and while you're here! So here's our best shot at answering them all for you!
We've split them into 5 categories for you, and if you don't see your answers use the search function just to make sure! If not, feel free to contact us! Details are at the bottom of the page.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does Freshers last?
From your move-in day on Saturday 26th September, Freshers runs until early October.
Day and night events put on by the Claudia Parsons and the Union will be in and around course, society and sport inductions – it can be quite hectic, but it is all great fun!
Should I pay Fresher Subs?
Yes – Fresher Subs (or Hall Subs) cost £125 and once paid entitle you to use all of Claudia Parsons' facilities, represent the hall in sport, Action and other sections and attend socials and hall events (including those in Freshers). This payment covers the whole year – without them, you are unable to participate in any of the above, including Freshers.
If you can’t drink alcohol, for religious, health or personal reasons, we offer a sober Freshers Sub, which costs £100.
You can find out all about each of Sub on offer here.
You will see Committee post about these regularly, and will only ever be referred to as 'Subs', not 'Tickets' (Fresher Tickets do not exist and any post about them may be fraudulent).
Fresher Subs can be bought here - log in, scroll down right to the bottom and buy your Fresher Subs to ensure you can enjoy everything there is on offer and have an unforgettable year!
When should I pay Fresher Subs?
It is better to pay for them in advance by clicking on the website link above – it saves both you and us time on move-in day and means you can start enjoying hall events straight away!
You will be able to pay on move-in day if this suits you better.
Are Claudia Parsons events during Freshers the same as Union events?
Claudia Parsons and the Union have different Fresher timetables. At times, they cross (for example, the Sing Off on Sunday 29th September and the Fresher Ball on Saturday 5th October).
Provided you have paid your Hall subs, you are welcome to participate as much as you like throughout Freshers at the Hall events, and you can participate in Union events regardless.
Both Claudia Parsons and the Union’s Freshers Week timetables include Day and Night plans.
What hall events are there during Freshers?
This will all be revealed when the theme for our Hall (of which every hall has one) is unveiled!
This will be followed by the release of a day-time and night-time program, which is supplemented by Union events as well.
What should I wear to Freshers' Ball?
Smart stuff – shirt and tie for lads, nice dresses for girls (although heels are not a necessity).
Who are Committee and Fresher Helpers?
All 17 Halls in Loughborough have a Student Committee – we will be introducing ourselves to you on the chat and the freshers page, and then in person on the 25th September!
We organise your Freshers week over summer, and subsequent hall events after Freshers! There are 18 people on the Claudia Parsons Committee, as well as 28 Fresher Helpers. The Helpers, along with Committee, will help you move in, answer your questions and ensure you have a great time!
Six Committee members and 13 Fresher Helpers will be living in Claudia Parsons with you next year.
What are the different sections?
The 18 Committee members represent different sections of the Students’ Union, all of which allow you to get involved however you like in the Loughborough experience! They are:
You can find out more about them all in the links above!
The Hall and Committee
Who is Claudia Parsons?
Claudia was an English engineer, traveller and a Loughborough alumna. She attended the University between 1919 and 1922, graduating with a degree in Automobile Engineering and as one of just four women on a course of over 300 men.
Following her degree, Claudia became a highly respected member of the Women’s Engineering Society, and went on to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by car.
Find out more about Claudia here.
Where is the Hall located on campus?
The Hall is in a great location on campus, being situated next door to both the Hockey Pitch and the Athletics Centre. It is number 35 on the online campus map.
It is no more than a five-minute walk from the Students’ Union, the East Park lecture buildings (such as James France, Edward Herbert and Stewart Mason), and the Purple Onion.
It is also around a 10-minute walk from the Library, West Park lecture buildings (such as West Park Teaching Hub and STEMLab) and Powerbase and Holywell Gyms.
When do I find out what room I’m in?
This is sorted by the Student Accommodation Centre – this is not controlled by the Students’ Union or the Hall’s Committee and Warden Team.
You will be contacted about this as move-in day approaches. Each of the eight blocks has at least three floors. Each floor has at between one and two flats, and each flat has anything between 5 and 8 en-suite rooms (and a communal kitchen).
Once you know your room, we suggest putting your room number (this will appear as Block, Flat and Room, e.g. Block C – G27 – C) in your nickname on the Freshers chat, which you can find linked to our group here.
When do I find out who I’m living with?
The Student Accommodation Centre (SAC) will allocate you a room a couple of weeks prior to your arrival at Claudia Parsons.
Unfortunately, you don’t have any control over who else is in your flat, but you will make friends for life here. One thing that we did last year was put our room numbers in our group chat nicknames.
Just a tip; it helps to be clean – making an effort and washing something up that isn’t yours gets you in people’s good books and keeps the kitchen tidy.
Where do I pay my accommodation fees?
You pay them here.
This is the same place where you pay your Room Bond (which is part of your maintenance fee). You can pay all of it in one payment, should you wish.
The accommodation fee is different from Hall Subs – the accommodation fees go to the University, whereas the Hall subs go back into the Hall to be spent on events for you all!
When is each maintenance fee instalment due and how much is needed in each?
A couple of weeks before the payment deadline, you will receive an invoice from Student Accommodation. This will tell you how much you need to pay, and by what date.
Can I bring my bike and is there space to store it?
Of course! There are two large bike sheds within the Hall, which all residents can use. Bikes must not be chained to railings, which are part of our active environment!
The bike and security of it is your responsibility, so please make sure you bring suitable locks with you. You are able to buy D-bar locks from the Security Gatehouse should you need one.
What is already in my room?
A lamp, chair and bin are provided as standard, as well as a lot of storage space.
How big are my room's storage sections?
Wardrobe (hanging): D 55cm, H 157cm, W 70cm
Wardrobe (boxes): D 55cm, H 36cm, W 36cm
Wardrobe (top shelf): D 55cm, W 106cm
Wardrobe (bottom shelf): D 55cm, H 27cm, W 106cm
Desk/headboard storage (square): D 23cm, H 43cm, W 43cm
Desk/headboard storage (rectangle): D23cm, H 43cm, 113cm
Desk width: 155cm (enough for a tv/games console, laptop, stationary and work space)
Underbed storage (rectangle: D 60cm, H 40cm, W 85cm (x2)
How big are the beds?
The beds are 4ft – a small double. You should ensure you buy bedding to fit a double bed, including a duvet and pillows.
Can I have other people stay in my room at Uni?
Yes (it’s not necessary to tell anyone) however they won’t be covered by any insurance if anything goes wrong, so always be mindful of what you’re doing and be respectful of other Claudia Parsons residents around you!
Is a TV licence included?
No – if you choose to bring your own TV, it is your prerogative to get a TV licence, which costs around £150. You can choose not to get a licence, but it is your own fault if you then get fined.
Is there a supermarket nearby?
The Purple Onion is around a 5-minute walk away from Claudia Parsons. This is essentially a Tesco Express, and can be handy if you need something urgently.
The nearest supermarket is Sainsbury’s in town, which is around a 20-minute walk away. Online shopping is very handy as it can be delivered to your door! There is are two Tesco’s, a Morrisons, two Aldi’s, a Lidl, and a Sainsburys in Loughborough, and even a Waitrose in the village of Quorn, just down the road. Delightful.
Is the Wi-Fi good and is there phone signal?
Claudia Parsons, like every other hall, uses the main University Wi-Fi provider, Eduroam, which also covers campus.
It can drop out from time to time, but this is rare. You will all have a small receiver in your room, so Wi-Fi in your room should be fine. Phone signal in the Hall depends on your provider, but there aren’t usually any problems.
You can find out more about Loughborough's IT Services here.
Can I bring my car?
No – first years are not allowed to bring cars to campus, purely due to the number of cars that this would bring to campus.
What is already in my kitchen?
There is enough cupboard space for everyone in your kitchen. However, these can't be locked.
You can find out what is already in your kitchen, and what you will need to bring yourself, on our ‘What to Bring’ page!
What type of hob is used in the Hall?
All hobs in Claudia Parsons are electric. Pans are not provided, so please make sure you bring the correct type of pan!
How does laundry work in the Hall?
There is a designated laundry room inside The Hub. Washing machines cost £2.80 per wash, which can be paid for by contactless card only.
Who are committee?
Your committee can be found here: What is the role of your committee? Committee are their to make your Loughborough experience as good as it can be!
What sections of committee are there?
Committee has 8 main strands: Sport, Action (volunteering), Rag (fundraising), Social, Media, Welfare & Diversity, FREEC and Societies. There is also a Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer.
Living in halls over vacation
Your accommodation contract is set to 40wks allowing you to stay in halls over winter and spring breaks should you require but you must inform the hall manager. Your contract will terminate before the summer term.
Should you require storage of personal items over any period of the year (for example if you are an international student) then please ask reception to give you details of local companies that can store your items.
What’s included in my room?
Rooms have: 4 foot bed, bedding (nicer to bring your own), full size mirror, overhead lamps, bins, desk chair, toilet brush, radiator and heated towel rack, 8 (4x2) 3-pin plugs & USB ports (desk, bed, mirror), wifi router, shaving sockets.
Kitchens have: 8 electric hobs, 2 ovens, microwave, kettle, toaster, sink, cleaning equipment (washing liquid and cloths need to be brought), ~2 cupboards (not locked)/1 fridge/1 freezer shelf per person.
Student Union & Campus
Where is my lecture building?
You can find your lecture buildings on the online campus map.
The closest lecture buildings are those of East Park, such as James France, Edward Herbert, Stewart Mason and Herbert Manzoni – these are around a five-minute walk away
If you have lectures in buildings such as West Park, STEMLab, Sir John Beckwith and Martin Hall, these are around a 10-minute walk away.
When is my course induction?
Most inductions are in the day on Friday 27thSeptember – it is wise to go to them, to get to know coursemates and how to get to and from your lecture building. Your department will email you about this separately.
How can I get around campus?
If you have, or regularly use a bike - bring it! We have two large bike sheds in Claudia Parsons for you to store your bike, too. We do have the biggest single-site campus in the UK, after all!
Besides cycling and walking, there is also a campus shuttle bus which is free, which will take you right around campus. The nearest stop is around a three-minute walk away.
Is it worth getting a Platinum Student Union Membership?
Absolutely – they save you loads of money and entitle you to loads of drinks offers, queue jumps and free event tickets. There is a deadline to buy these, but this isn’t until around December time, and there is an unlimited amount – anyone can get one.
The cost of each type of membership, and what each one offers you, can be found online.
Please note that the exact cost and details of Platinum memberships for 2019-20 are still being ironed out and will be announced soon. From experience, Platinum gives you more and is better value for money, but this depends on how often you enjoy LSU nights and events. There are different passes to suit you, and you may not always make the most of it - so be careful!
These, however, are completely seperate to your Hall Subs!
What clubs are there in the Union and when is it open?
The Union has three clubs: Fusion (cheesy, chart and well-known pop songs), Cogs (Grime, R&B) and Room 1 (House and DJ). It’s easy to move between each one, so you can sample a bit of everything!
The Union is open Tuesday (Stupid Tuesdays, or Stuesdays), Wednesday (Hey Ewe) and Friday (FND) nights. These are the most popular nights out, and the Union is safe, cheap and convenient. On a Tuesday only Fusion is open, whereas on Wednesday and Friday all three rooms are open.
What should I wear in the Union?
The Union is quite casual – t-shirts or casual shirts, crop tops, jeans, skirts, shorts and trainers are all perfectly acceptable. It can also get very hot and sometimes the floor can get dirty, so don’t wear anything that makes you overheat and only wear shoes that can either get dirty or be cleaned!
Is it easy to get to and from the Union?
The Union is no more than a 5-minute walk from Claudia Parsons. It’s an easy walk and we will make sure you guys are familiar with the route and given the Hall’s postcode, so you can put it in phones on the walk home.
How far away is the town centre?
It’s around a 20-minute walk away. To walk is pretty simple - you just follow one road – and there is also the Sprint Bus (colloquially known as the Sprintyboi), which for £2.10 one way can take you as far as the Train Station on the other side of town.
Is there much to do in town?
There is a range of activities, such as cinemas, restaurants (including Nandos, Pizza Express and Fenways), a laser quest, an indoor trampoline park and a range of shops. This includes Boots, Topman/Topshop, B&M, GAME, WH Smiths and Superdrug.
It is important to remember that Loughborough is a small town – for some shops, such as Apple, you may need to travel to Leicester or Nottingham.
How can I get to other cities?
The quickest way is by train. You can get to the station, which is on the other side of town from the University campus, by using the Sprint Bus which runs through campus regularly. Rough journey times to some popular destinations by train are below:
Leicester >> 10 minutes
Nottingham >> 20 minutes
Derby >> 25 minutes
Sheffield >> 50 minutes
London (St. Pancras International) >> 60 to 90 minutes
Birmingham >> 80 minutes
Leeds >> 120 minutes
There are also bus services to Leicester, Nottingham and East Midlands Airport.
What nights out are there in Loughborough Town?
The Union is open Tuesday (Stupid Tuesdays), Wednesday (Hey Ewe) and Friday (FND) nights. These are the most popular nights out, and is also safe, cheap and convenient.
There are clubs open every night of the week in town – Thursday is Revs night (the only night with a dress code), Saturday is Echoes and Sunday and Monday is Firefly.
Is it easy to get a job whilst at Uni?
Pretty easy – the Union is often looking for student staff for their bars, shops and security, especially around Easter. If you don’t fancy working there, the town does have plenty of openings throughout the year.
What’s the difference between IMS and AU?
IMS is Inter-Mural Sport – representing the Claudia Parsons against other halls. It’s competitive but is relaxed and friendly. IMS has taster sessions during Freshers Week – these will be advertised on the Claudia Parsons IMS group. IMS is played throughout at the week and if you want to play, just say! If you have any questions about IMS, speak to our Sport Secs.
AU is Athletic Union – representing Loughborough against other Universities in the BUCS (British University and College Sports) League. This is a lot more serious. AU trials are also during Freshers, but must be signed up for at the Sports Bazaar, which is 11-4 on Saturday, 28th September (you will be told about this).
AU teams communicate with you and train independently and play on a Wednesday afternoon, where all lectures finish at 1pm.
What gyms are there in Loughborough?
Campus has two gyms – Powerbase and Holywell. Both are around a 10-minute walk, and is for elite sportspeople or those who go to the gym frequently.
Holywell is for more leisurely gym-goers. There is also PureGYM, as well as other commercial options in the town centre.
How can I get involved in IMS or AU sport?
IMS trials and taster sessions for popular sports, such as football and netball, will be organised by our sport secs and communicated via our Freshers timetable, so just turn up to the sports you are interested in.
Did we not manage to answer your questions in full? Well, there's a few other ways we can get you an answer to your burning query!
You can join our Facebook Group, which will keep you up-to-date with everything Claudia Parsons or you can message us and one of our Committee will be happy to answer your questions!