The Question Everybody Wants Answered!

So there’s now less than four weeks until Freshers officially starts and rather than fill this post with tales of woe and the misery of trying to pack your entire life into a single suitcase for the journey to Loughborough and the inevitable fate that you can’t bring absolutely everything… We decided to address a more pressing issue.

Every year Freshers seem to have the same burning question… “Where can I pitch my tent on Campus?”



Well thanks to a few intrepid SCOGUI members a few years ago we are able to provide you with a comprehensive answer to that very question



Now we wouldn’t normally encourage the pitching of tents above ground level – however, sometimes exceptions have to be made. It turns out that the tree in front of Herbert Manzoni is looking to branch out into the camping market.



Fred certainly likes camping… Those of you who are living in the student village area of campus next year will certainly meet Fred whilst those of you who have an unfortunate Royce disposition may well begin to worship the ground upon which he stands. Whatever your feelings towards Fred, he certainly likes a happy camper.



To the best of my knowledge the Student Accommodation Centre are yet to advertise camping as a viable option for student living. SCOGUI disagrees and wants to see it on the list for 2017!



Cope Auditorium plays host to some pretty amazing musical and theatrical performances throughout the year and is also the home of the student run cinema – Flix … Regardless of what’s on you can always rely on SCOGUI when things inside become too tents!
To wrap up I think there is one place that every single one of us can agree would be the best place to pitch a tent on campus. As these final two examples testify – the closer the food source, the better the camping opportunity.



Hopefully that has answered the question for you and has also whet your appetite for arriving in Loughborough in a few weeks’ time. If you have any other questions you’d like answered then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us either through the social media channels or by leaving a comment below. We’ll be more than happy to answer you and who knows… our next blog post may even feature your idea!

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What Next!!

So you’ve got into Loughborough!!… First of all, you deserve a massive congratulation as you have clearly excelled in you’re a-levels – but it’s now time for a new era.

You’ve got your email from UCAS and hopefully your accommodation is all sorted for you to move in at the end of September – so we thought we’d use this Blog post to give you some answers to the few hundred other questions you probably have.


“What Happens when I move in?”

The Student accommodation centre will have given you an arrival time – this ensures that everybody doesn’t turn up at the same time and turn Loughborough’s roads into a car park.
When you arrive you’ll be met by an army of Freshers’ Helpers from your hall who are there to make your experience as easy as possible. You don’t have to worry about unloading those heavy bags as they’ll help you find your room and carry things to it.

Upon arrival at your room you’ll have time to unpack, make yourself at home and say those goodbyes to your parents before meeting all of your new flatmates who you’ll be spending the next year with at least.

Everyone will be in the same situation so you’ll make friends more quickly than at any other time of your life and the most important thing to remember is that you will only get this experience once… So make the most of it!


“What should I do during Freshers if I don’t like to drink?”

Loughborough strives to put on activities that everyone will enjoy and you shouldn’t feel pressured into drinking if you don’t want to. Every hall will provide alternative freshers activities and the students union also put on alternative events throughout Freshers’ week to ensure you don’t feel out of place. We can hall hope for the return of Raveminton (badminton with a difference) or the roller disco – but you’ll have to wait and see what the Union revel as this year’s activities.

If those don’t float your boat, then the university’s plethora of societies will also be hosting a bounty of activities for you to come and try during your first few weeks so you’ll have plenty to choose from!


“What if I need to see a doctor?”

Loughborough University has its own medical centre on campus where you are able to register under the NHS. You will need to register with them as you would with any GP but they will be on hand to assist you should Freshers’ Flu get the better of you. Its best to register before you arrive to save the rush on move in day – the link to their form can be found here:


And Lastly… But most importantly “How do I join SCOGUI?”

You’ll have to opportunity to join SCOGUI and any other society through the student union website as soon as the system goes live again for this year. Each and every society will be running taster events for you to go along and try them out with absolutely no obligation. Check out our previous blog post for information about the Societies Bazaar where you’ll be able to see all of the exciting opportunities available to you.

Once again, If you have any questions about student life, courses, halls, or anything about Loughborough, post a comment or get in touch on our Facebook page, or Twitter feed, there will be someone to give you an answer, as we’ve all been through this before!

How to Make it Your Space

So you may be moving in tomorrow, or later in the week, but you really will be at Loughborough then! Are you excited? I definitely was, and it felt so good to know I was moving into the halls and could then start freshers week, but when faced with my room I felt a little deflated. Blank white walls, pale wood furniture, I was excited to move in, but the room didn’t feel mine.

So how do you make it feel a little more like home (and less plain and boring)? Here’s some ideas!

Bed Sheets

Bed Sheets

You’ve probably already got these, and bright red was my colour of choice, to liven up the room, though patterns or warm colours can help bring aspects of home, or just make the white walls not look as cold.
You will probably spend quite a bit of time in your room over the next year, and most people end up using their beds as impromptu seating, so you can also add some more homey touches with cushions and pillows.

Fairy Lights

Fairy lights

These are not just Christmas decorations when you live away from home. Halls can have harsh lighting, so fairy lights can give off softer, coloured light, perfect for trying to get to sleep or mood lighting.

Photo Wall

Posters and Photos

They can cover vast amounts of bare walls, and make a statement about who you are, perfect! You may not have thought about these, but that’s no worry, because poster sales are a uni speciality. Give it a couple weeks and one will pop up in the Union with a large selection (and they’re all quite cheap!). Photos can be reminders of home, or memories of your first year at uni, and with lots of photo developing companies offering free snaps, such as Snapfish, you can plaster them all over your room relatively cheaply!


Books and DVDs

Now in the age of Kindles and Netflix, you may not have any, but it always worth having a few favourite movies on a shelf for movie nights with your flatmates, or a good couple of books for any sleepless (non-uni work filled) nights. You never know you may find you have interests in common with your flatmates though your movie and book choices!

You may have other things that help your room feel more homey, but I hope these can be a starting point when you’re faced with a room that’s a blank canvas to make your own.