Lancaster University is among the best in the UK. We're top ten in The Complete University Guide 2024 and consistently placed in the top 15 in the major UK league tables. Lancaster University has risen 24 places in the QS World University Rankings 2024. Listed as 122nd out of 1,500 universities around the world in the latest QS global league table, Lancaster remains the highest-ranked non-Russell Group institution in England.
Located just three miles from Lancaster city centre in England's scenic North-West, Lancaster University is situated on a spacious green campus that is home to a community from around the world. Campus has everything needed for an enriching student experience - modern and well-equipped teaching facilities, award winning accommodation. A 24/7 library in term time. Social spaces to suit every mood – from cosy cafes to lively bars, places to eat and art venues. Extensive sport facilities suitable for a multitude of sports. And everything needed for the day to day—laundrettes, post office, supermarkets.
The Lancaster community is split into eight undergraduate colleges and a postgraduate college. Your college is there from day one, with welcome reps and events designed to help you settle in and make friends. Every college has its own events, social and study spaces with a genuine community to be a part of. Your college is always there to offer advice and support, with dedicated welfare teams in each college and 24/7 security in term time.
Lancaster’s location means choice, from the city shops, pubs, bars and clubs to the scenic quiet of the UNESCO world heritage site on our doorstep, the Lake District. Just 1 hour from Manchester or Liverpool or 2.5 hours from London, Glasgow or Edinburgh, Lancaster is well connected and easy to get to.
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Lancaster University offers over 280 undergraduate degree programmes across four faculties; The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University Management School and The Faculty of Science and Technology.
Lancaster students have the opportunity to experience life at an overseas university through our study abroad programme. With over 150 academic partners across 24 countries around the world, Lancaster has strong links with universities and institutions in the USA, Asia and Europe. You can explore the world in a range of different study placements, cultural exchanges and volunteering programmes.
The 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assesses the quality and impact of research in UK universities across all subjects. 91% of Lancaster's research has been independently rated as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading' with 46% rated in the highest category of 4*. The results combine with Lancaster's strengths in teaching and investment in the student experience to reflect our distinctive university community, able to excel in teaching and research.
Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation. The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student.
The Lancaster University campus in North-West England occupies a beautiful 560-acre green site, just three miles from Lancaster City Centre. Campus has everything you need. From the expected: teaching facilities, accommodation, library, places to eat, a sports centre, supermarkets, laundrettes. To the slightly unexpected: an ice cream shop, farmers' market and even its own Greggs.
Surrounded by woodland that you can explore with paths and trails, campus has many green spaces that are ideal for moments of calm or somewhere to socialise with friends. Keep healthy with our extensive sports facilities, including sports halls, a climbing wall, swimming pool, fitness suite, strength and conditioning room, outdoor pitches and courts, and a 2.6-mile Trim Trail that spans campus.
Located at the heart of campus, our library is a welcoming place that brings people together to study, learn and attend events. With staff ready to support your learning, over a million digital and physical resources, living walls and a tree affectionately named Norma.
Our eight undergraduate colleges have a social space each (open to all) and campus boasts an assortment of food outlets and recreational spaces that are the perfect setting for life outside of your studies.
Other on campus facilities include:
Health Services such as an NHS doctor's surgery and a pharmacy.
A multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre and Muslim Prayer Rooms.
An on-campus Pre-School Centre with playrooms, a sensory room and enclosed outdoor play areas.
A theatre, student cinema, art gallery and concert series hosted by Lancaster Arts.
Accommodation at Lancaster has been named UK’s ‘Best University Halls’ eight times since 2010 at the National Student Housing Awards, so whatever your budget or room preference, you’ll find a comfortable place to live. Incoming full-time undergraduates are guaranteed a place on campus if Lancaster is your firm choice university, you have firmly accepted an offer via UCAS, and you submit your application before 10 August.
An open day is the perfect place to get the essential information you need to decide if you want to apply to a University.
Lancaster University is located approximately 3 miles south of Lancaster City Centre. There are regular buses and a walking/cycle path that will take you directly from campus into the city.
The City of Lancaster is around 70 miles from Manchester’s International Airport. It is well connected to the rest of the country by road and train, situated on the West Coast Main Line.