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About Lancaster University

A UK top 15 university

Lancaster University is among the top 15 universities in the UK (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023). We were recently named International University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. We have one of the safest campuses in the UK, where you can live, study and pursue your future career. Our new academic facilities are some of the best in Europe, and our college system provides personal support and an outstanding student experience.

Why study at Lancaster University?

At Lancaster, we help you to achieve academic success and gain a wide range of skills that will enhance your career prospects. With us, you can reach your career goals – as Lancaster University was ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate employability by the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and the Complete University Guide 2021.

World-class research

Lancaster University is a research-intensive university, with 91% of our research rated as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading' and 46% rated in the highest category of 4* in the UK Government's latest independent review, the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

A five-star university

Lancaster University was awarded five stars for overall performance by QS Stars. Lancaster’s QS Stars evaluation features five-star ratings in seven individual categories – teaching, employability, internationalisation, research, facilities, subject ranking and environmental impact.

Flexible options

You can study up to three subjects by choosing minor subjects alongside your major degree option. This allows you to explore a range of interests, and gives you a wider education that is attractive to employers and unique to your interests.

QS Gold rated for environmental impact

Lancaster was awarded a Gold rating for Environmental Impact as part of the QS World University Rankings 2022. Based on six of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, this award recognises Lancaster’s commitment to affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water and life on land.

Academic facilities & schools

At Lancaster, our brand new academic facilities are some of the best in Europe. Our faculties and schools are internationally important, and we regular invest in new high-tech facilities. We recently invested £26 million in our Chemistry facilities and equipment and our new Engineering building has high-tech workshops and laboratories. We have also invested millions of pounds in our outstanding library, holding over one million books. Our Business School (LUMS) was ranked 54th in Europe by the Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2020 and our Law School is ranked the best in the northwest of England.

Everything you need on campus

Our campus is one of the best and safest in the UK. It has everything you need to focus on your studies – you can live, study and socialise here without distractions. To help you to achieve success and make the most of university life, we've invested millions of pounds in our modern facilities. On campus you will easily find banks, shops, cafés and medical offices to make your daily life easy and relaxing. There are also theatres, art galleries, a multi-million pound sports centre and a multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre so you will always find exciting events and helpful people.

You can explore what life is like on campus by following a day in the life of four students in our video below:

Join a unique collegiate system

All students belong to one of nine Lancaster colleges – eight for undergraduate and one especially for postgraduate students. Your college will be your community and your home. This is where you will live, study and become part of student life. Your college is the best way to meet new people and get the support you need as you adjust to life at university. Lancaster is one of only a few UK universities (including Oxford and Cambridge) with a collegiate system.

Clubs and societies

Lancaster students come from more than 100 different nationalities, so you will meet students from the UK and all over the world. The Student Union (LUSU) has more than 200 groups and societies you can join – or you can even start your own. You can also join competitive sports clubs and annual social events.

Top 150 university in the world

Lancaster was ranked within the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2023.

David from Brunei

"The course at Lancaster University International Study Centre offers an in-depth picture of the world of business. The facilities are amazing, very modern and user-friendly."

David from Brunei studied International Foundation Year in Business and Management Studies