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    Welcome to Lancaster University

    Lancaster University was founded in 1964 and it is consistently ranked amongst the best universities in the UK. Based two miles from Lancaster city centre, the university is set in a beautiful 360 acre parkland site complete with playing fields and a duck pond - the perfect backdrop to your studies.

    It offers a whole spectrum of courses and qualifications in subjects like health, medicine, science, management, and the arts and makes use of the collegiate system which creates a community atmosphere and helps you easily connect with your fellow students.

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    Courses and fees

    There are more than 250 undergraduate courses on offer at Lancaster University in subjects which include the arts, business, health, medicine, science and technology. Typical entry requirements are between ABB and AAA depending on the course you're applying for.


    There are four faculties which make up Lancaster University: Arts and Social Sciences, Health and Medicine, Lancaster University Management School, and Science and Technology.

    The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences also contains the School of Law and it covers qualifications in subjects like English, history, politics, philosophy and sociology.

    The Faculty of Health and Medicine providers MBBA qualifications as well as those relating to NHS leadership, psychology, disability studies and health research.

    At the Faculty of Science and Technology you can study biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics and psychology. Finally, at the faculty of Management, a wide variety of subjects are taught here including accounting, economics, leadership and management science.


    Students at Lancaster University have the opportunity to study abroad as part of their course. You can study at one of the many partner institutions on offer or take part in the Erasmus+ scheme which lets you study in Europe for up to a year.

    Tuition fees

    Undergraduate fees for UK and EU students are £9,000 per year, and for international students it costs from £13,270. Postgraduate fees vary from course to course, and is worth checking on their website.


    Lancaster University's campus occupies a 360 acre parkland site and boasts a huge selection of facilities including shops, restaurants, bars, theatres, galleries, a multi-faith chaplaincy and a state-of-the art sports centre.


    The main Greenfields campus is based two miles from Lancaster and is perched in amongst luscious countryside and greenery. The serene backdrop is an ideal haven for anyone who wants a peaceful time studying, while the main town centre has a small shopping centre and plenty of pubs and restaurants for you to enjoy.

    Library and study facilities

    There's almost one million books available at Lancaster University's library, plus a wide range of electronic resources online. More than 1,000 study spaces make up the library, each wifi enabled, and there is also a team of specialist subject librarians on hand to help you find course-specific materials.


    There's a variety of interactive learning spaces and facilities to support your studies including 14 computer labs which contain more than 1,000 computers. Wireless connectivity is available throughout the campus, plus a selection of software is on offer to help you get ahead on your course.

    Careers service

    The careers service works with the student union to help provide you guidance on your career and your future employability. 92% of the university's graduates will go into work or further study after they finish their course.


    On site there are two banks, a post office, bookshop, supermarket, newsagent, travel agent, hairdresser, charity shop and even an ice cream parlour, meaning you really don't have to ever leave campus! In addition to this, there are dozens of places to eat and drink, including nine college bars.

    Student Union

    The Students' Union organises more than 100 clubs and societies, and also arranges a number of events and club nights for students.


    The sports centre at Lancaster University has both indoor and outdoor facilities which enable you to take part in a variety of sporting activities. Facilities include a climbing wall, 100 station gym, swimming pool, sauna, tennis courts, and two floodlit synthetic grass pitches.

    Medical and welfare services

    On site, there's an NHS doctor's surgery, a pharmacy and a dentist to see to your every health need. The university also offers a counselling service, and support for those with disabilities and learning problems.

    Financial aid

    A range of scholarships and bursaries are on offer, with around 400 individual grants awarded to students each year.


    Where you stay at Lancaster University widely depends on what college you choose to become a member of. There are eight colleges to choose from, each with their own benefits and personalities.

    There are several different room types on offer, with a range of budgets so everyone should be able to find something to suit them. Visit the website to find out more information about the accommodation on offer.

    Standard rooms

    The standard rooms each come with a washbasin and share bathroom and kitchen facilities with other students. The oldest standard rooms on offer are at the Bowland College which offers basic accommodation for £86 per week. The rest of the standard rooms were refurbished between 2010 and 2013 and cost £100 per week. Perfect if you're on a budget and would like to get to know your fellow students.

    En suite rooms

    The majority of accommodation is en suite with Lonsdale and Cartmel offering exclusive ensuite residences. All ensuite accommodation costs £122 per week, and the older accommodation is reduced to £111 per week to reflect the date of the buildings.


    Based at the Grizedale and County Colleges, 12 people share each townhouse, which is ideal if you want to experience more independent living. These houses were built in 2008 and you'll share facilities with one other person. Weekly rent for these rooms are £112.

    Self contained studios

    There are 72 studios on offer at Pendle and Grizedale which are single occupancy and cost £146 per week. Ideal if you want total independent freedom, you won't have to share facilities with anyone else.

    Catered accommodation

    Catered accommodation is available tin Bowland, Count, Cartmel and Lonsdale which provides you with breakfast and dinner during term time. All students who have catered meals are housed together and it costs £122 per week for a basic room.

    Open days

    Visiting Lancaster University on an open day is the best way to find out more about the institution and whether it's the right place of study for you. There are both postgraduate and undergraduate events so the information you'll get will be tailored to you.

    You'll be able to find out more about the courses on offer and meet with staff members and current students. You'll also be able to tour the facilities, see the accommodation on offer and find out information about fees and finances.

    Term Dates

    There are three terms which make up the academic year. the dates for the 2014/15 year are as follows:

    • Michaelmas Term: 3 October - 12 December 2014
    • Lent Term: 9 January - 20 March 2015
    • Summer Term: 17 April - 26 June 2015