Lancaster University is among the best in the UK. Out of over 120 UK Universities Lancaster is consistently in the top ten, recently climbing in both The Guardian University Guide and The Complete University Guide to 7th Place in the 2020 rankings.
Lancaster achieved a Gold Award in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which is based on high-quality teaching, excellent teaching facilities and the good careers Lancaster graduates go into. The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), in 2014, confirmed Lancaster as a world-leading research university with 83% of research rated internationally excellent or world-leading.
Across the campus, Lancaster offers exceptional learning facilities, from the labs and lecture theatres in faculties to the multi-million-pound sports centre and outstanding library facilities. Lancaster University students also benefit from accommodation that has won the Best University Halls in the National Student Housing Survey eight times since 2010.
A short bus ride or cycle will take you from the campus into the heart of Lancaster - a city full of character and culture. The city is compact enough to walk around and small enough to hold onto a friendly personality. But there's also everything you'd expect from a modern city, with plenty to see and do, from busy shops and a vibrant nightlife to cultural attractions and beautiful parks.
Lancaster is a collegiate university and has nine colleges which each provide students with small close-knit communities and a "home from home". Lancaster is one of only a small number of leading UK universities to operate a college structure. Each college has its own identity, accommodation, elected student representatives, social scene and facilities. Colleges make it easy to get to know people outside of your course, allowing you to make the most of your university experience. Colleges are about the people: speak to any Lancaster graduate and it's likely that before they ask what you're studying, they'll ask which college you're part of.
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Lancaster University offers over 300 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 prides itself on having a flexible approach to undergraduate study, particularly in your first year, and is one of only a handful of universities within the UK where in many subjects first-year students can study additional minor subjects alongside their major subject.
Lancaster students have the opportunity to experience life at an overseas university through our study abroad programme, Lancaster has over 150 academic partners across 24 countries around the world. Strong links with universities and institutions in the USA, Asia and Europe ensure that we work at the forefront of international, collaborative research projects, working on major global issues. It also means that we can help our students explore the world in a range of different study placements, cultural exchanges and volunteering programmes.
Lancaster is home to a dynamic postgraduate community with research partnerships around the world. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed Lancaster as a world-leading research university with 83% of our research rated as internationally excellent or world-leading. We offer taught Masters degrees, such as MSc, MA and MBA, across a wide range of subject areas.
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. For more information visit undergraduate or postgraduates pages on the Lancaster University website.
The Lancaster University campus in North-West England occupies a beautiful 560-acre green site, just three miles from Lancaster City Centre. Over £170 million has been invested into the campus since 2013 with up to £250 million planned over the next five years.
Campus facilities include:
- Outstanding study spaces including the recently refurbished Library (open 24hours in term time), the 'Learning Zone' with bookable spaces for individual or group study as well as a variety of study spaces across the faculties. Lancaster has recently invested in the engineering, chemistry and physics learning facilities. The campus also boasts mock courtrooms for Law students and bookable woodland study pods.
- Banks and shops. The campus is home to a post office, supermarket, hairdresser, charity shop and even an ice-cream parlour.
- Places to eat and drink. There are dozens of places to eat and drink across the campus including coffee shops, sandwich shops and restaurants offering a variety of food options with influences from across the world.
- A multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre and Muslim Prayer Room.
- A £20m Sports Centre, complete with climbing wall and 25m swimming pool and a number of opportunities to exercise outside on the beautiful campus including a trim trail and woodland walk.
- An on-campus Pre-School Centre which cares for over 150 children in eight playrooms, a sensory room and enclosed outdoor play areas.
- Health Services such as an NHS doctor's surgery, a pharmacy and a private dentist.
- A theatre, student cinema, art gallery and concert series hosted by Lancaster Arts.
Lancaster University on-campus accommodation has the won the Best University Halls in the National Student Housing Survey eight times since 2010. With almost 6,800 university rooms we can offer students a range of high quality, safe and comfortable accommodation on our campus or in the city. We're one of six institutions nationwide to be awarded the International Accommodation Quality Mark, for providers that achieve higher than 90% satisfaction from their overseas students.
Our Open Day gives you the freedom to explore our 560-acre campus and learn everything you could want to know about Lancaster University. You can meet with staff and students from your department to help you to build a picture of what it would be like to study here.
Throughout the day, there are a range of talks and activities available to help you get the information that you need and provide you with some insight into whether Lancaster is the place for you. You'll find that even grabbing lunch or a drink on campus will give you a feel for whether you can picture yourself here.
Take five minutes to experience our campus with our Virtual Open Day and discover what it’s like to live and learn at Lancaster University. Explore spaces to study, live and have fun - on campus and in the nearby City of Lancaster.