Life at Lancaster

Lancaster is everything a university should be. It’s somewhere you can belong, a community to join with a collection of colleges that offer close-knit support and a proud identity. Lancaster sets high standards, and challenges, pushing people to new heights, supporting and guiding people through their studies, research and careers.

Colleges are central to the Lancaster University experience. It’s where you live, but more than that, it’s a place to socialise and a support network too. The difference our colleges make can’t be overstated. For ‘collegiate’ read ‘supportive’, ‘friendly’, ‘fun’ and ‘open’.

With an award-winning accommodation, take your pick from en suite rooms, standard rooms, townhouses, studios and family flats. Whichever you choose, you’ll be welcomed into one of our friendly colleges. Lancaster accommodation has been named ‘Best University Halls’ eight times since 2010 at the UK’s prestigious National Student Housing Awards

Lancaster University campus occupies a beautiful 560-acre parkland site and is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have acollegiate system.

At Lancaster, we like to be at the centre of all things. We are the university closest to the geographic centre of Great Britain. 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.

Founded in 1964, Lancaster University is among the best in the UK.

Lancaster Campus

Lancaster University and the Surrounding Area

Lancaster has so much to offer. On the campus, in the city and in the community, you’ll find your place – whoever you are. Lancaster University campus is situated just a short bus ride south of Lancaster city centre.

The campus is the complete setting for your life and your studies, with accommodation, sports facilities, shops, places to relax and socialise and study spaces to suit your mood. Lancaster campus is made for learning with study areas in our state of the art library, a Learning Zone for more relaxed group working spaces available 24/7, a learning lab for computers and printers, and our woodland pods when you feel like a calm space away from it all.

Rankings and Reputation

League tables can’t tell you everything about a university, but they’re a good place to start.

Out of over 120 UK Universities, we are consistently in the top 15 of the three main domestic league tables

Lancaster is 146th out of more than 1,000 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2023

THE Wolrd University Rankings

Lancaster is ranked 122nd in the Times Higher Education World        University Rankings 2022, up from 136th in 2021 – making Lancaster 15th out of the 101 UK universities included in the table.