Particular: Details

Location: Bailrigg, City of Lancaster

Established: 1964

Total Students: 15,979

Percentage of International Students: 20.5%

  • Lancaster offers a wealth of acclaimed academic staff who guide and support the academic development of our students. We conduct research at the highest international level, creating new knowledge and sharing the benefits of this with our students, partners and users. Lancaster marries academic excellence with practical impact, valuing rigorous research and high standards and also working with industry, business and companies to ensure the relevance of our research and teaching.
  • Lancaster University(legally the University of Lancaster) is a collegiate public research university in Lancaster, Lancashire, England. The university was established by royal charter in 1964, one of several new universities created in the 1960s.
  • Lancaster is ranked in the top ten in all three national league tables, and received a Gold rating in the Government’s inaugural (2017) Teaching Excellence Framework. In 2018 it was awarded University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, and achieved its highest ever national ranking of 6th place within the guide’s national table. The annual income of the institution for 2016-17 was £267.0 million of which £37.7 million was from research grants and contracts, with an expenditure of £268.7 million.

The university was initially based in St Leonard’s Gate in the city centre, before moving in 1968 to a purpose-built 300 acres (120 ha) campus at Bailrigg, 4 km (2.5 mi) to the south. The campus buildings are arranged around a central walkway known as the Spine, which is connected to a central plaza, named Alexandra Square in honour of its first chancellor, Princess Alexandra.

The university has nine colleges. Formerly, these were quasi-autonomous bodies providing for accommodation, welfare, social-life and student discipline, but are currently centrally controlled. All members of the university are members of a college, although in recent years academic staff have had decreasing involvement. Most colleges have about eight or nine hundred members and all on-campus accommodation is linked to a college, with blocks or individual flats being linked to one college or another each year according to demand. The colleges were governed by a syndicate, including a principal (originally a senior academic but nowadays more usually a middle-ranking administrator or IT professional), a Dean and assistant deans (responsible for student discipline), together with a senior advisor, heading a team of College Advisors. These were previously known as Senior Tutor and College Tutors, but the titles were changed in 2011 to Advisor to avoid possible confusion with “Academic Advisors” in students’ academic departments. Collectively, the colleges are run by their individual SCR (Senior Common Room) and JCR (Junior Common Room), the latter being made up of student members of the college.

Lancaster University Students’ Union (LUSU) is the representative body of students at the university. Unusually, there is no main union building – instead the union is organised through the eight college JCRs, each of which has its own social venues and meeting spaces. The union is, however, allocated an administration building by the university. SCAN (acronym for Student Comments And News) is the union’s newspaper and was established in 1967. LUSU owns a nightclub in Lancaster called The Sugarhouse (which survived an attempt to close it in 2019); operates a shop on campus, LUSU Central; and also an off campus housing agency LUSU Living.

The Sugarhouse nightclub

LUSU also helps to support LUSU Involve, a volunteering unit allowing Lancaster University students to become involved with communities locally and internationally.

There are over 175 different societies operating within Lancaster University. Common areas include sports, hobbies, politics, academic, culture and religion. There are several fairs during the Freshers period in which various clubs and societies promote themselves.

National rankings
Complete (2020)7
Guardian (2020)7
Times / Sunday Times (2020)8
Global rankings
ARWU (2019)301-400
CWTS Leiden (2019)140
QS (2020)128
THE (2020)139=
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence FrameworkGold


Lancaster University offers a wide range of undergraduate accommodation to suit different preferences and budgets.

Postgraduate Accommodation

Postgraduate accommodation on-campus is located in the Graduate College and offers a variety of living options.

Family Accommodation

We have a range of accommodation suitable for families, from one-bedroom flats ideal for couples to three-bedroom family homes.


City Centre Accommodation


Our approval scheme, Lancaster University Homes, lists only the best city houses, halls and apartments in one place.

The purpose-built campus occupies Bailrigg, a 360-acre (0.563 sq mi; 1.457 km2) site  donated by Lancaster City Council in 1963. The campus buildings are located on a hilltop, the lower slopes of which are landscaped parkland which includes Lake Carter duck pond and the university playing fields. Lake Carter is named after Charles Carter, the first Vice Chancellor of the university, and it was built in the early 1900s.

Other Campuses

South-West Campus

Health Innovation Centre

Off Campus

The University maintains two rooms at The Storey in Lancaster city centre as postgraduate study space.

In 2016 the University purchased the 165-acre Forrest Hills conference centre and golf course, located on the M6 opposite the main campus, which it continues to operate as a conference venue.

  • Brian Arthur, Operational Research, 1967 – Economist
  • Antony Burgmans, Marketing, 1971, Bowland – Former Chairman of Unilever(until 2007)
  • Richard Cuthbertson, Research Director of the Oxford Institute of Retail Management, Oxford University
  • Jon Moulton, Chemistry, 1973, Furness – Founder, Better Capital
  • Mark Price, Classics & Archaeology, 1982, Bowland – Managing Director of Waitrose
  • Bruce Sewell, Psychology, 1979, Bowland – Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Apple
  • Dave Snowden, Philosophy, 1975, County College – Knowledge Management researcher and consultant
  • Nahed Taher, Economics, 2001, Graduate College – CEO, Gulf One Investment
  • Richard Allinson, Economics, 1980, Fylde – Radio presenter
  • Louis Barfe, Politics – Journalist
  • Robert Fisk, English Literature, 1968, Lonsdale – Middle East correspondent, The Independent
  • James May, Music, 1985, Pendle – Television presenter
  • Anthony Tucker-Jones, International Relations and Strategic Studies, 1988, military historian and author
  • Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Music, 1978, Furness – Actor
  • Paula Brackston, MA Creative Writing – Writer
  • Lucy Briers, Independent Studies, 1988, Cartmel – Actress
  • Brian Clegg, Operational Research, 1977, Bowland – Author of popular science books
  • Joseph Delaney, English, 1975, Lonsdale – Writer
  • Emily Fleeshman, Theatre Studies, 2007, Manchester – Actress
  • Andrew Ford, Music, 1978, Cartmel – Composer
  • Rainer Hersch, Economics, 1985, Cartmel – Comedian, musician
  • Ursula Holden-Gill, Theatre Studies, 1999, Graduate College – Actress
  • Janni Howker, Independent Studies, 1980, MA Creative Writing, 1984, Cartmel – Writer of teenage fiction
  • Tez Ilyas, Biochemistry, 2004 – Comedian

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