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Lancaster University Reputation
Lancaster University has a reputation for providing strong student experience and high-quality teaching in a supportive collegiate community. In 2017 it was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Lancaster University has also been recognised for its commitment to graduate prospects and outstanding research.
Lancaster University’s undergraduate open days take place in the summer and their postgraduate open days are held during autumn and winter. Campus Tours, which are led by student ambassadors, are offered throughout the year. Campus Tours provide the perfect opportunity to view university accommodation, explore social venues and see what facilities are on offer.
Book your place here for one of the upcoming Campus Tours:
● Saturday 13 October
● Monday 15 October
● Saturday 20 October
● Monday 22 October
You can also view our Virtual Open Day for a quick tour of our campus and city.
Where is Lancaster University Located?
The Lancaster University Campus is located at Bailrigg on a 560-acre green-field site, only three miles from Lancaster City Centre with regular bus services and two signed cycle routes. The campus is extremely well connected with the M6 motorway only a 5-minute drive away. From the university, Manchester can be reached by train in an hour and a half and London is a three-hour journey away.
Lancaster is ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate-level employment in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, with 89% of graduates going into professional work or further education after graduation. The university has an alumni network of over 148,000 graduates in more than 180 countries. Lancaster University places a strong emphasis on employability and this is reflected in the skills development courses, employer workshops, industry placements and career events it offers.
Lancaster University’s campus is home to a range of shops, banks, restaurants, cafes and bars. There is also an onsite multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre, pre-school, dentist, NHS doctors surgery, theatre and art gallery. Since 2003, over £500 million has been invested into the campus and in the next 5 years, a further £400 million investment is planned. As well as providing cutting-edge research and teaching facilities, Lancaster University has implemented a wind turbine, biomass boiler and a combined heat and power unit as part of their Green Lancaster sustainability initiative.
What is Lancaster like?
Lancaster offers rich history and culture combined with modern city living. As well as boasting plenty of green spaces and canal walks, the city is in close proximity to Lancashire’s beaches and the beautiful Lake District National Park. Lancaster has an impressive mix of independent shops and boutiques alongside stores from many major retailers, an eclectic mix of restaurants and cafes and a buzzing nightlife. It is also a creative city and students enjoy a range of live music nights, festivals, theatre productions and art galleries.
Lancaster University Students’ Union offers over 250 clubs and societies, college events, volunteering opportunities, health and wellbeing support and academic and financial advice. Every undergraduate at Lancaster belongs to one of the university’s 9 colleges. The University's modern interpretation of the collegiate system ensures that students feel part of a close supportive community that provides them with sporting, academic and social opportunities.
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A great campus for living away from home for the first time - feels safe and welcoming. Study abroad options at Lancaster are also fantastic. Teaching staff in LEC are friendly, approachable and happy to tell you more about their course and their research projects. There are plenty of societies to join as well as collegiate sports teams, so everyone has an opportunity for some kind of out-of-academics fun and socialising.
My time at Lancaster so far has been great. I've been able to get involved in multiple activities and have been given some amazing opportunities to find out more about my career goals. The society I joined, I didn't really like as I found it to be too competitive and I just wanted something to keep up my fitness as I had just recently quit competing in it and didn't want to go back to doing that again. I believe that all sports teams at Lancaster are like this though. Lastly, the facilities at Lancaster could be improved, with more space/seating being created in the library or signage to tell people if their bags have been left unattended for 30 mins+, they will be removed as that is unfair on other students.
Academic staff very rude, especially in respect to the basic level of tuition fee that a student is paying; Many times I have asked questions just to receive a more ambiguous and confusing answer (wide range going from a simple workshop tutor to the Academic tutor of my department); Many lecturers speak poor English and pretend that recycled slides from previous years give you basic understanding about modules, while in truth they are barely understandable and readable (yes readable!!); Campus facilities like lecture theatre and library are fantastic, as for campus accommodation they are very small rooms and most of them they were built a long time ago, you can’t open windows completely for “security reasons” but the real truth is that unfortunately there is at least one case of suicide and “nobody” knows why...
Lancaster is a really modern university, with lots of facilities, activities and societies. The nights out are the absolute best, as well as the people here. It also has an excellent gym and an incredible library which is open 24/7.
Hope you don’t want to walk anywhere fast! Thanks to construction everywhere that’s planned to last for years and will probably go unfinished, you’ll have to divert every journey and I can tell you now your seminar tutors will NOT be understanding.
The Law Department should consider filming the lecturers and putting them on to Moodle. All the people I know who attend other Universities have this feature available, and they believe it really helps them when trying to understand the topic as they can go back and watch the lecture.
Lancaster reminds me of home- the good and the bad. It rains a lot (imagine torrential) but in the summer the bad weather is replaced by glorious sunshine and barbecues. Similar to home, the wifi is... well, not ideal, though it tends to be fairly fast within the accommodation, just don't try facetiming while walking around campus! The societies tend to be well run and they create a distinct sense of family when you're really missing yours. The campus seamlessly blends urban and rural living, from the bustle of Thursday's market in Alexandra Square, to the quiet serenity of the woodland trail (with a mountain bike route!) Lancaster's social spaces (i.e. the bars and common rooms of each college) each have a different personality meaning that there's something for everyone (you can go into a college's bar or common room even if you aren't part of the college). All in all, I'm happy I chose Lancaster as my university, everyone here is lovely and I would recommend it to anyone!
The student union are awful. Suppress free speech and forward their left wing agenda. They under fund sports teams and over find obscure societies. The sports facilities and sports administration are woefully poor for a top uni which they clearly aspire to be. Eduroam is cancer.
The university spends money on unnecessary things such as a redevelopment of a walkway to include fountains, rather than putting money into areas that matter. There is little to no help available to students, essentially they spend more money on making themselves look good than actually focusing on the essentials for a university, such as contact time.
The students union is a joke, it's nightclub is even more laughable. The campus atmosphere is one of absolute political correctness and classes are not a space for sharing or discussing alternative ideas to those of the mob. Great facilities although the construction work on the main routes across campus are still ongoing after 2 years. Campus wide WiFi is great and there is a fairly large selection of societies and groups as well as intercollegiate competitions. The college system can be a mixed bag, certain colleges and their JCR are an extension of the students union - i.e. pathetic. Avoid Bowland like the plague.
The clubs and societies are amazingly wide ranging. However the student union take too long to respond to students queries, are poorly organised and uncooperative, to the extent that a charity run was cancelled due to lack of cooperation from the union. Students additionally had to organise their own grad ball as the union didn't create one that was value for money
If the money the uni was given was equally distributed between courses based on how many people did the course my experience would have been much better. Art students pay £1.2 million to the uni and still end up spending on average £200 a term of their own money for resources because the uni provides literally nothing - not paper, pencils, sketchbooks, nothing. And yet physics and chemistry and other STEM or Management School majors get all their lectures, textbooks etc included and FREE PRINTING. Shocking.
Campus is currently a building site which is very unattractive and inconvenient when we are not updated about diversions. It is quite frustrating as well to see the priority of a medical campus section when the spine is still not complete and the spine attempting to be completed in exam period! The student's union is a joke, they have has to cancel grad ball due to the backlash from students about the poor quality of the ball. They make life more difficult for students societies and seem like a waste of time tbh. On the other hand there are loads of careers services that can help such as cv writing practice interviews and they are always posting jobs and sending emails. There are tons of clubs and societies for everyone to get involved with and obviously you can start your own if you would like a new society. Eduroam has improved since my first year at uni and they are investing more into the campus Wi-Fi.
The lecturers aren’t that great(especially for mathematics), give you no study break to revise for 13+ exams and also make you do courses you have no interest in. The library is always overcrowded so there are no study spaces unless you get there really early.
Lancaster campus is beautiful, definitely the best part of the uni! However, I have no idea how this is “university of the year” what with the constant building work which has been disrupting lectures for over a year, and staff who care more about their research than their students
Lusu doesn’t stick up for students or support societies well. The university spends money on tv screens and poorly managed building work (they’ve dug up and replaced the same area 5 times now). But they refused to put Braille on their campus maps. Our tuition and rent has increased to fund the building works, yet the chancellor has a chauffeur and lives in a mansion. It feels like the bureaucratic side of the University is focused more on making money than on the happiness and welfare of its student body. That they are more interested in pleasing shareholders than creating dynamic education
Very bad experience here overall. The university is very self absorbed and only interested in generating a profit (largely at the expense of the students that go here e.g. through library and parking fines) standard of teaching Isn’t too bad when lecturers actually turn up. Housing system creates unnecessary and immature rivalry and mentality between students. Overall not a good experience here. Should definitely not be in the top 10!
Very poor quality of education. Lecturers not turning up on time sometimes not at all. Housing system creates immature and unnecessary rivalry between students. The university in general is very self absorbed and only interested in generating maximum profit (at the expense of students e.g. library fines and parking fines). Overall a very bad experience here.
I got here trough clearing and I believe it was destiny. Not a lot of people know about it because it is a quite young university (funded in 1959 if I'm not mistaken) but the fact that it is already in the top 10 UK universities says a lot. It is beautiful, with many beautiful buildings and stunning landscapes of green. There are an endless amount of clubs and societies which allow everyone to feel part of a community. We also have the #2 university wifi in the country. Amazing.
Lancaster University is an amazing place! From the campus and the facilities to the various diverse students and the amazingly helpful staff! Even the nightlife is pretty fun!! The students union is amazing and they actually listen to what students have to say. The University has something for everyone, so nobody ever feels left out. Overall, this university is definitely up there as one of the best universities in the UK! 10/10 would recommend Lancaster University to anyone!
I LOVE IT!! The teachers are amazing, the amount of support you get is unbelievable, they have so many departments dedicated to just help students with their mental health and everything you could possibly need help on!!!
Good overall Vibe, everyone seems a bit too serious at times. Clubbing is rather awful there's literally 2 places you can end up and that is either sugarhouse or Dalton's and they're both either really busy or dead as a fly there's no in-between.
Fantastic real all in one campus. Feels so safe but yet full of energy and lively, there's a club or society for everything and everyone. The university really put the work in to make sure the facilities are up to scratch and that we get all the help and support we need on our path to getting a job. So grateful to be part of this university.
Some of the tutors are not very helpful and I find it hard to take much away from the workshops. I feel as if the economics course is too difficult for a lot of people, compared to other universities' economics modules Lancaster's is a whole level harder; the maths part especially which is almost impossible for people who have only done maths at GCSE. The shops on campus are not great for students regarding prices, but there is a nice range of shops / food places and things to do on campus. There is a lot of support set out for students such as the night line and The Base is known for being able to offer support. The library is very good and the learning zone are great places to study. However the Wi-Fi in some particular student rooms is not very good at all. Overall it is a nice environment yet I wish that the work given to students was more carefully considered - not everyone has entered uni as experts.
The Campus will be a lot better if ever the University stops with its poorly planned and never ending "Developments", but I don't think the Spine (the central walking route) will ever be fully open whilst I attend this University. Hopefully the planned new campus expansion will take the minds and money elsewhere, though goodness knows if that will be before 2030. The various societies vary massively in quality based almost totally on the students running said societies. The Philosophy Society is especially interesting for me though, as it takes a more serious look at various overarching issues rather than getting bogged down in the "Real World". The Students Union is a body with little real power, and essentially acts as another body of the University rather than the semi-autonomous representative body that it should be. Various schemes run by the Union are decent, but there is a total disconnect between the Union and the student body, which in turn discredits and weakens it.
The design the spine project is awful, it's hard to get anywhere as everything is constantly under construction. The campus is loud and busy because of this also. There is very little nightlife and things to do and the teachers offer very little help or advice, including career advice. The art facilities are little to none and some classes expect you to sit on a chair without a desk for lectures 3 hours long. The campus is incredibly welcoming and everyone is very nice however. It is very safe feeling and I've met some incredible people, the accommodation is great and the campus has lots of interesting shops.The library is nice and peaceful and the college system creates a sense of unity. You just have to find your own fun as the union is useless.
Lancaster has a really welcoming feeling campus. However, the 'Design the Spine' project causes much disruption. Many staff don't seem to prioritize the students or their work. Feedback is minimal, and lecturers unhelpful. Structures given are not stuck to, markers do not seem to follow guidelines, and mark differently from each other. Lecturers copy and paste from books online but don't reference the material. Academic tutors are not helpful and not matched with your degree discipline e.g. soil scientist with a human geography student. Get to see tutor for 10 minutes a term. Lecturers from same module contradict themselves. Handbook guidelines are not stuck too. Very few hours of contact time a week. Have 3 terms, third term is non-timetabled, i.e. 1/3 of the £9,250 for nothing. Etc. The uni itself is really nice, but tends to feel quite disorganized at times. Accommodation is nice but expensive for what you get, and is increasing i.e. first year prices have gone up around £400.
Having lived on the university campus for 2 years, I can honestly say I have enjoyed every second of of it... The accommodation is the best student accommodation I have ever seen - the on campus facilities are also second to none!
Great campus situated in a lovely area. The staff, in my experience, are very committed to their students and go above and beyond with the help they provide. Constantly being provided with opportunities to start/develop my career, and plenty of societies to keep everyone entertained.
Has as many facilities and opportunities as near as possible. Large personal cost incurred to participate- any sports teams will be a cost of min £100 plus club fee. Brilliant careers- even separate for each school department can't do much else for you!
Amazing university academically. Academic facilities are everything you could possibly wish for and an abundance of facilities on campus, I.e. Greggs, costa, etc. Many clubs and societies to get involved in. Not all to the highest standard, but depends what you’re wanting to achieve. Lovely peaceful friendly campus.
Brilliant educational facilities & teachers. Great respect commanded of any graduate with a good degree. Leftist political culture embedded within the institution & Union needs addressing for conservatives to feel welcome & not ostracised.
My experience has been one where the faculty staff and students mesh together, enjoy healthy debate and have an attitude of learning together. Some aspects such as the SU can be slow to respond to some issues but they do well to represent such a varied student body and group of societies.
Lancaster University is a fantastic place to live and learn. Off city campus makes it a much nicer area to study and breath. One of the only downsides is the continuous development of the spine, the main walkway up and down campus. However, this shouldn't affect new students as it should be completed. Additionally, the Students Union offers some good services, but I have some misgivings due to its red status for free speech. However, societies still continue to function as normal.
Fantastic university with a real sense of community. One exceptional feature is the university's collegiate system, whereby you live in different colleges. This creates a true sense of identity and makes socialising much easier.
Students union is a joke. sports funding and other stuff they suck at. Nice amount of facilities on campus though, especially the newly opened "study zone", Sports centre and more. freshers fair was awesome, glad to see so many sports and societies full of people with interest in them
I really like the campus, you library card also gives you access to study rooms and buildings almost all hours of the week which is really helpful if you don't want to study in your room or the library. I haven't needed to use the careers service just yet but I know they are there if I need them
I didn't expect my uni experience to be as great as it has been so far! I can't explain just how good the teaching is here and I think it's a huge privilege that Lancaster has teaching staff that are so determined to help you do well.
Interesting international students scene, maybe lacks the attractions big cities can offer. At the same time the small size of the place means almost no criminality and an environment where it's very easy to make friends.
Lancaster University is a university where the feeling of pride is almist poignant! The micro - community that the university id made up of provides a forum for success in both the academic and social side of life. Many thanks!
Amazing Univerisity with so much going on, never short of something to do. The campus means you are close to everybody you've met and could easily never leave with the amount there is here. Well never leave except to go to sugar that is...
The students union is a bit s***, they tend to be really unbalanced towards the different societies an are themselves useless at coming up with good ideas. Aside from that everything is top quality. I'm pretty sure the internet speed is the fastest internet I have ever used!
Thoroughly enjoyed my first year at Lancaster Uni, I've made great friends and I've really enjoyed my course. Being able to chooser a minor subject for first year was interesting as you got to learn about another subject you are interested in.
Campus is absolutely beautiful and has everything you could want! There are societies to cater for everybody and LUSU are very useful most of the time. One of the best universities for getting a job after graduating, and the wifi is very accessible all over campus.
Brilliant university!! Collegiate system Lancaster makes everyone feel inclusive and apart of something from day one. Great variety of socities. And there's always some place to go in a night out on or off campus! I'm so happy I choice to go to Lancaster.
100% the best decision I've ever made. Studying literature and linguistics: the three subject concept in first year (for most) can be daunting but allows freedom and if you decide you hate your course you still have options. The campus is beautiful and the accommodation is all fab (even pendle is great). The city is a short bus away and small but has everything you need if you're not looking for the party life people expect in places like Newcastle and Liverpool. Highly recommend a visit day to get a feel for the community and campus. The collegiate system is also such a massive bonus because the support is impeccable if you want it.
100% the right university for me! The campus is amazing, it has everything you could possibly ever need or want, the range of food and drink options is great including a subway and 9 college bars and we even have an ice cream parlour! The sports centre is reasonably priced and very modern. The college system is great, I really feel part of a community and have met some friends for life! Honestly don't have a single negative to say!
Lancaster has been an incredible place to study. I have made so many new friends and the style of halls and the campus really help that, especially with such easy access to all of the facilities used by societies. Everything about my time so far has been great and I look forward to more time in Lancaster!
Campus is isolated and loud, Constant building work and maintenance, even during end of year "Quiet period". Half the campus smokes pot in public and the porters do nothing about it. Nothing to do but go out drinking. All societies are cliquey and never offer none-drinking activities. Absolutely miserable place, miserable experience, do not attend.
The collegiate system coupled with the campus based university means you are completely immersed in university life and gives you a university experience unlike that of most other places. The main downside with the university has nothing to do with the actual establishment but with the location. The town is small which means for shopping you do have to get a train and nights out can get repetitive. Originally, crap nights out was my biggest fear when I started but to be honest, having a small city with fewer clubs does have its benefits. With fewer clubs, students tend to congregate in the same places each night. That means that anyone who is social and goes out fairly regularly will soon get to know the familiar faces and before long nights out involve bumping into loads of people you already know. There are also a ridiculously large number of societies available and creating a new society is easy which makes it almost impossible not to meet like minded individuals.
Just completed first year at Lancaster. Campus is only small, but fantastic in that there are range of shops, places to eat and bars for all needs, and the sport centre's pretty great as well. To my knowledge, there weren't that many societies compared to other universities (apart from the obvious sports ones). Student Union is alright, bit exploitative. A lot of career opportunities available, from how the staff at the university itself actually help you in getting a job (placements, internships etc) as well as how they advertise for jobs on campus and around the uni too. Internet/wifi is decent (Eduroam). Every so often in turns off unexpectedly for about 20 seconds which can get a bit annoying, but when it's on it is strong and download/upload speeds are great.
The most fantastic 3 years of my life, I absolutely love Lancaster University. The facilities are great, the staff are amazing and supportive, the community spirit is stronger than any university I've visited and the accommodation is second to none!
I have just completed my first year at Lancaster Uni and I have to say it has completely surpassed my expectations. I absolutely love the collegiate system (Lonnie Lonnie!) and I love the size of the campus as it's big enough that everyday you can meet someone new but it's small enough that you anywhere you go you are bound to meet someone you already know. Everyone is incredibly helpful and friendly both on campus and in town. Although the town is small compared to some of the bigger cities I much prefer being very familiar with the a few clubs and restaurants rather than trying some place new everyday but of course that is my personal view. I study Law and French and I love the focus on individual study as I much prefer to work at my own pace with less contact hours but that is mostly specific to law and again my own personal preference. I have made some of the best friends in my first year and I'm so excited for my second. I would highly recommend Lancaster!
If you are planning on doing post-graduate studies at Lancaster, think again. It is mostly focused on undergraduate and there are basically no opportunities for post-graduate, unless you are in Management School. Also, avoid living on campus, it is quite overpriced for a prison-like environment (that is graduate college of course). For the same money, you will find a whole flat in town, without the many restrictions that come with living on campus.
Lancaster uUniversity is a very nice place to study and to socialize, personally I believe that all the student at Lancaster gain a lot more not just education wise but they also learn how to face the real world after their degrees and that's one of the reasons why I chose lancaster as my firm option.
I could simply not imagine myself anywhere else. Lancaster is an incredible uni that I would recommend to anyone. Be warned though, if you're looking to go clubbing every night Lancaster is not a city uni, we have clubs, and we have amazing nights out, but we're no Liverpool / Manchester night-life wise.
Such a good community feel and the uni have so many events for students, even after the year has ended. They also do so much in the local community and not to mention how excellent the teaching and research standard are.
Lancaster university is the one of the nicest places to be. There is a lot to do on campus and many societies to get involved with in. The only issue is the shopping variety in the city centre. However, food shopping is easy whilst living on campus as there are several shops and you can shop online easily.
prons: + a lot of refurbishments and developments + Lancaster Green: a good campaign that plants fruit trees + very green: extensive meadows and forest-like places + good accessibility + modern and beautiful sports centre cons: - rubbish food on campus - worst Language Department