Students sitting outside on Lancaster University campus

Lancaster University campus

Lancaster University International Study Centre is based at the centre of the Lancaster University campus, located within a sweeping 560-acre parkland. Here you will find everything you need to study and socialise, with shops, sports facilities, study spaces and places to eat all on campus.

What is a campus university?

In the UK you can study in city universities or campus universities. Whereas city universities are based within different buildings spread across city centres, campus universities are located on their own sites away from city centres.

This means that, at campus universities, all university facilities ­– such as teaching rooms, the library, study spaces and sports facilities – are located in one place. You will also find amenities such as shops, restaurants, and banks on campus. So there’s no need to leave campus if you don’t want to.

Campuses are great for building a sense of community between students. Having everything on hand makes it easier to meet new friends, to find your way around when you first arrive, and to adjust to life in the UK.

Lancaster University campus amenities

Most students live and work on campus during their time studying in the UK, so you want to choose somewhere you will feel at home. Lancaster accommodation has won Best University Halls in the National Student Housing survey eight times since 2010. We offer a wide range of accommodation options on campus, including en suite rooms, standard rooms, townhouses, studios and family flats.

Beyond your rooms, you will have the convenience of study spaces, the University library, and lecture halls right on your doorstep. Other amenities on Lancaster University campus include:

  • Banks
  • Supermarkets
  • A bakery
  • A post office
  • A bookshop
  • A hairdresser
  • An ice cream parlour

Our campus amenities also provide lots of opportunities to meet new people. As well as a student-run cinema showing Hollywood movies, classics and international films, there are dozens of places to eat and drink where you can catch up with friends over coffee or grab lunch after a lecture.

Health and wellbeing on the Lancaster University campus

Campus life makes it easy for you to look after your health and wellbeing. If you enjoy sport, our £20 million Sports Centre contains a swimming pool, indoor climbing wall and fitness suite where you can take part in a wide range of classes.

Love the great outdoors? The 2.6-mile ‘Woodland Walk’ around our beautiful campus woodlands offers a free and easily accessible way to exercise, with 11 exercise stations along the trail.

The campus also houses a dental practice, pharmacy, health centre and multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre with facilities for the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic and Jewish faiths.

Arts on campus

You shouldn’t have to leave campus to enjoy culture, and you will find multiple arts venues on the Lancaster University campus. Lancaster Arts comprises a theatre, art gallery, and concert series, and the Nuffield Theatre hosts performances for both students and the public. These venues host national and international artists, theatre performances, dance shows, exhibitions and concerts.

The Peter Scott Gallery also houses the University's international art collection, which includes Japanese and Chinese art, and prints by significant European names such as Dürer, Ernst, Miró and Vasarely.

Lancaster University campus virtual tour

Want to see what life on Lancaster University campus looks like? Explore the campus with a virtual tour.

Where is Lancaster University campus?

Lancaster University campus is just three miles from the city of Lancaster. The route is well-served by buses, so you can easily travel between city and campus.

Learn more about the campus location and the historic city of Lancaster by visiting our Lancaster location page.