The university was established by Royal Charter in 1964 and initially based in St Leonard's Gate until moving to a purpose-built 300 acre campus at Bailrigg in 1968. The history of Lancaster itself can be traced back several thousand years. The city has a cathedral and a medieval castle and is set against the backdrop of the countryside of the Lake District, the Forest of Bowland and the Lune Valley.
The motto adopted by the university ‘Truth Lies Open to All’ reflects the hope that the expansion of higher education would lead to the extension of education to all.
There is also a cycle track from Lancaster town centre to the university campus which is 3.3 miles away.
Lancaster is a single campus university and students can easily live, study and play without leaving the safety of the purpose built site.
Lancaster is ranked 136th in the Times Higher Education rankings. Lancaster is ranked between 301-400th in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Lancaster is not a member of the Russell group of universities.
Lancaster university is ranked 17th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.
There are approximately 3,000 International students from more than 100 countries representing 24% of all students at the university.
Pathway entry for international students - Lancaster University’s international study Centre offers foundation courses leading to degree course entry.
For more information, please visit Pathway & Foundation page.
There are around 12,500 students at Lancaster: 9,000 undergraduate and 3,500 postgraduate.
97% of Lancaster’s graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source:HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
Lancaster University has more than 35 sports societies and 170 affiliated societies.
The Bailrigg campus is home to two banks, a post office, supermarkets and other general stores, cafes, restaurants and services. Health services include an NHS doctor's surgery, a pharmacy and a private dentist. There is a multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre which has facilities for the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam and Jewish faiths and also a Muslim Prayer Room. The on-campus Pre-School Centre cares for over 150 children in eight play rooms, a sensory room and enclosed outdoor play areas.
Culturally, the Bailrigg campus hosts the Nuffield Theatre, the Peter Scott art gallery and its own concert series. A newly built Sports Centre offers tennis and other racquet sports, football, rugby, basketball, swimming, hockey and crown bowls and many walking trails nearby.
Lancaster University provides on campus accommodation for 6,500 students and university accommodation is guaranteed to non-EU study abroad and exchange students.
The lowest price for a standard room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £110.88 per week.
An example price for catered accommodation is £147.14 per week at Bowland College.
International undergraduate tuition fees:
There are 4 bands of fees: Band 1 for subjects such as Arts, Law and Social sciences -£19,930, Band 2 for subjects such as Business & Marketing - £20,440, Band 3 for other subjects including all Science & Engineering degrees - £24,070, and Band 4 for Accounting and Finance - £21,900. Medicine - £36,430
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
Lancaster University offers online/distance learning, including online library resources and support, online seminars and conferences, and one-to-one tutorials. These courses include Arts, Social Sciences and Linguistics, and are offered to PGradCert, MA and PhD level.