University Guide

Lancaster University

Lancaster University was established in 1964 and is situated in a 560-acre park in Bailrigg, three miles from Lancaster city centre. The University is one of only a few UK universities that have a collegiate system, with every student belonging to one of their nine colleges. There are currently 15,969 students studying at Lancaster University.

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Lancaster University

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Lancaster University.

  • Rankings

    Lancaster University has been ranked 10th place in the UK in both The Times Good University Guide 2021 and The Guardian University Guide 2021, as well as coming in 8th in the Complete University Guide 2021. The University has also been awarded the highest possible score in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

  • Employability

    Lancaster University is the best in the north-West for graduate prospects and has the third-highest graduate prospects across all universities in the UK according to The Complete University Guide 2021.

  • Fees

    Fees for UK and EU undergraduate students are £9,250 per year. The cost for international students varies depending on the course, starting at £18,700 for arts and social sciences, up to £34,700 for medicine courses.

  • Bursaries

    Lancaster University offers bursaries to students who wither meet the eligibility for UK funding support or who have a household income of less that £30,000. The amount of support students may be eligible for can be calculated on the website.


Lancaster University’s accommodation has been named ‘Best University Halls’ for the eighth time since 2010 by the UK’s National Student housing Awards. The collegiate set up offers a range of different options to suit different budgets and allows students to settle in quickly. AFS also has some suggested private accommodation options.

Students' Union

Lancaster University’s Student’s Union is committed to ensuring every student has a fulfilled university experience by offering a huge number of services. These services include an impressible number of societies and sports clubs, volunteer projects, environmental and sustainability initiatives and much more. The dedicated staff ensure everything from health and welling, budgeting, to exams all runs as it should.

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Famous for

Lancaster is well known for its sporting events against York every year, which have been dubbed the ‘Roses tournaments’. Although it’s not quite the War of the Roses, it is often described as the largest inter-university sports tournament in Europe.


Nine Lancaster academics were part of a team of experts advising the British government on a strategy for life beyond the coronavirus. They discussed the implications of the COVID-19 and what effect it will have on the country for the next two to five years.

AFS says

"If you want to study at a small city packed with entertainment, history and culture, Lancaster is the perfect place for you to come to university".

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