Lancaster University

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.

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 honor of its first chancellor, Princess Alexandra.

Lancaster is a residential collegiate university; the colleges are weakly autonomous. The eight undergraduate colleges are named after places in the historic county of Lancashire, and each has its own campus residence blocks, common rooms, administration staff, and bars.

For us, Lancaster is everything a university should be. It’s somewhere you can belong, a community to join with a collection of colleges that offer close-knit support and proud identity.

We set high standards, and we challenge, pushing people to new heights. But we also support, guiding people through their studies, research and careers.

Why Lancaster University?

  • Gold Rating for Teaching
  • Lancaster is ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate-level employment in the Complete University Guide 2021, with 89% of Lancaster students going into professional work or further education after graduation.
  • Wellbeing and support

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