Independent study shows Loughborough University provides ‘Best Return on Investment in the Country’

Loughborough offers students the best return on their investment in the UK having been named the ‘Best Value University in the Country’ in a new independent study.

Researchers from Expert Market looked into which UK universities provide the best outcomes for their students, judged in relation to the costs of study.

The report has cross-referenced student expenses such as tuition fees, accommodation costs and even the price of a local pint, with the income and opportunities that students will enjoy after graduating from every university in the UK.

The study concluded that Loughborough University had a winning combination of low living costs and excellent graduate prospects, which mean its students enjoy attending the best value university in the UK.

Head of Research at Expert Market, Adelle Kehoe, said: “This is the first study of its kind to rank universities based on the return on investment they offer. Tuition fees have risen more than 200% since 2007, so ROI is more important than ever.

“Our study takes into account a broad spectrum of concerns for the prospective student to give a realistic picture of what that establishment has to offer so that hopefully they can make a more informed decision.”

Richard Taylor, Loughborough’s Chief Operating Officer, added: “It is pleasing to see it independently confirmed that Loughborough offers its students the best return on their educational investment.

“With an award winning student experience, state-of-the-art facilities and impressive graduate employment rates, we hope our students are as pleased and proud of us as we are of them.”

The top ten best value universities in the country are:

Loughborough University 1st
Keele University


University Warwick 3rd
Newcastle University 4th
Cardiff University 5th
University of Nottingham 6th
University of St. Andrews 7th
University of Bath 8th
Swansea University 9th
University of Dundee 10th

View the press release on the Loughborough University website for further information and resources.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.