Lancaster University has consistently shown commitment to inspiring teaching and research. Ranking in the top ten UK universities overall in The Complete University Guide 2019, it is also in the top ten for student satisfaction and 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 71%
  • Postgraduate 29%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 89%
  • Part Time 11%

Where students come from

  • UK 66%
  • EU 10%
  • Other 23%

Student gender

  • Male 51%
  • Female 49%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This service also works with local employers for both part-time and full-time positions. Students and graduate are therefore able to benefit from a dedicated university-run service to help them find work during and after their studies.
  • Staff also work with students and graduates, providing help and advice with respect to job hunting, effective applications, and interview performance.

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.
  • The Lancaster Award is a certificate recognising the extra-curricular activities of students taken outside of their academic studies. Developed in partnership with employers, it enhances student's future employment prospects and encourages them to undertake extra-curricular activities and acquire new skills and experiences valued by employers.

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 the city centre Kings Street Practice.
  • There are a number of other health services on campus including a BUPA-accredited dental clinic, pharmacy and natural healthcare centre offering holistic massage, acupuncture and other homeopathic treatments.

Counselling services

  • Lancaster-based students can access campus Counselling and Mental Health team or Well-being Services.
  • Each college has a Well-being Officer for general welfare concerns and advice and Student Based Services 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 Lancaster. 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 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.
  • There are a growing range of volunteering opportunities, including overseas experiences, providing 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 2014, Lancaster University scientist Dr Greg Holland was involved in the discovery of the world's oldest water – isolated from the outside for over 1.5 billion years. The discovery was made in partnership with scientists from Manchester University and two Canadian universities.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Jon Moulton – venture capitalist and philanthropist.
  • James May – TV presenter.
  • Andy Serkis – BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated actor.
  • Jason Queally – Olympic gold medallist in cycling.
  • Gian Fulgoni – entrepreneur.
  • Sarah Waters – award-winning novelist (Tipping the Velvet).
  • Ahdaf Soueif – Anglo-Egyptian novelist.
  • Robert Fisk – journalist.
  • Nahed Tahir – founder and CEO of Gulf One Bank, ranked 72nd by Forbes magazine in 2006 in their list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
  • Paul Simons – senior advertising executive.


Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4YW