Stanford on Soar is a village and civil parish located on the River Soar, just within the Nottinghamshire side of the Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire boundary, in the Borough of Rushcliffe. It is around a mile north of Loughborough in Leicestershire. It is the southernmost place within the county of Nottinghamshire. Other nearby places are Normanton on Soar and Cotes.
Close to the church there is a viaduct (Stanford Viaduct) over the River Soar carrying the former Great Central Railway. This stretch of line runs from the Midland Main Line at Loughborough South Junction to Ruddington and carries freight trains to the British Gypsum works at East Leake as well as heritage steam and diesel trains. There are proposals to build a railway bridge over the Midland Main Line, known as Loughborough Gap, at the east end of Loughborough Station to reconnect this stretch with the remaining Great Central Railway (preserved) running from Loughborough Central railway station to Leicester North. Although there isn't a rail station in the village, East Midlands Parkway opened early in 2008 at Ratcliffe on Sour providing links on the Midland Main Line.