Lancaster University has consistently shown commitment to inspiring teaching and research. Ranking in the top ten UK universities overall in the Complete University Guide 2020, it is also in the top ten for graduate prospects. Being recognised for gold standard teaching (TEF 2017) Lancaster proves itself to be among the best in the country by any objective measure.


On the outskirts of a city or town


In or close to the countryside


The university is composed of individual colleges


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: L14

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 72%
  • Postgraduate 28%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 90%
  • Part Time 10%

Where students come from

  • UK 67%
  • EU 10%
  • Other 23%

Student gender

  • Male 49%
  • Female 51%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Located at the heart of the Lancaster campus the 24-hour Lancaster University Library holds over half a million printed items as well as providing access to hundreds of thousands of electronic journal articles, e-books and more.
  • Choose from more than 1300 workspaces in Silent and Quiet Zones, designed to suit formal and informal individual learning styles. There is power throughout for all devices, as well as fixed PCs and loanable laptops.
  • Academic Liaison Librarians can offer specialist one-to-one appointments to help with specific subject support; and learning developers and digital advisors can also offer training and support with how to use library resources effectively.

Student jobs

  • Lancaster University has an on-campus recruitment agency which handles part-time work opportunities offered by the university. The service also works with local employers for both part-time and full-time positions. Students and graduates are therefore able to benefit from a dedicated university-run service to help them find work during and after their studies.

Careers advice

  • A dedicated careers team provides a variety of services which help students to develop skills, connect with working professionals, build networks and realise their potential. Staff work with students and graduates, providing help and advice with respect to job hunting, effective applications, and interview performance.
  • Services offered include an annual careers fair attracting over 100 employers, sector-specific careers events, career-mentoring programmes and career-planning workshops.
  • The Lancaster Award can help students stand out from the crowd and enhance future employment prospects. Developed in partnership with employers, it's a rewarding way of developing the skills and experience that will support career prospects.

Health services

  • The university has a campus medical practice providing a service for students and staff registered there. Patients have the option of being seen on campus at the Lancaster University Medical Centre or at one of the other six sites across Lancaster.
  • A number of other health services on campus include a BUPA-accredited dental clinic, pharmacy, and natural healthcare centre offering holistic massage, acupuncture and other homeopathic treatments.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Lancaster-based students can access the campus Counselling and Mental Health team or Well-being Services. Each college has a Well-being Officer for general welfare concerns and advice. Student Based Services also offer professional support on any personal, family, social or academic matters.
  • For students not based in Lancaster, there are a selection of online resources and signposting to relevant local services.

Disability support

  • Lancaster University has a dedicated team to support and help students during their time at university. Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • Lancaster University Students' Union represents its members within the university, provides a free, impartial advice and support service, and offers a diverse range of commercial services including on-campus shopping and a lettings agency. The union is at the heart of the university's social scene, running The Sugarhouse − Lancaster’s biggest, safest and most popular student nightclub – along with the annual Christmas market, the Graduate Ball and the end-of-year Extrav events hosted at each of the university's colleges.
  • More than 230 clubs and societies suiting all interests are affiliated to the union, which takes the lead in promoting both competitive and recreational sport. The Roses Tournament, the annual sporting clash with York University, is one of the most eagerly awaited events in the Lancaster University calendar.
  • A growing range of volunteering opportunities, including overseas experiences, provide opportunities for personal development that help Lancaster students gain employability skills and graduate as confident individuals.


  • In just over 50 years Lancaster has firmly established itself among the UK's elite universities with world leading research, excellent teaching and career prospects and a beautiful campus with award-winning facilities.

Fascinating Fact

  • In 2018, environmental scientists at Lancaster University discovered that rats – and their devastating impact on seabirds – can damage island coral reefs.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Sam Hodges – head of communications for Twitter.
  • Ralph Ineson – actor who has appeared in Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and The Office.
  • Edd Kimber – baker, food writer, TV personality and winner of The Great British Bake Off in 2010.
  • Jane Lingham – director of brand, media and planning for the BBC.
  • James May – TV presenter.
  • Alan Milburn – former Labour MP.
  • Ranvir Singh – TV presenter and journalist.
  • Andy Serkis – BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy award-nominated actor.
  • Kath Durrant – group director for Ferguson Plc, the world's largest trade distributor of plumbing and heating products.
  • Rainer Hersch – conductor, actor, writer and comedian.


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