Lancaster town, a settlement in Lancaster City, is within cycling distance of the self-contained Lancaster University campus.

Historic Lancaster City


RegionPopulationNearest cityUniversityEngland (North West)138,400Preston (22 miles)Lancaster University

An historic city with a collegiate university

Lancaster is an English university city where the main university pretty much does its own thing. Student life revolves around the campus and colleges rather than the city itself.

The city has an official population of 138,400, though this takes in many small towns and villages outside the Lancaster settlement. The historic town has a population of around 46,000.

Lancaster University is positioned a short distance from the town and city centre, which can be accessed using frequent bus services or via cycle lanes. There is a network of linked cycle tracks in the city and around the local area.

In addition to Lancaster University, the city is home to a campus of the University of Cumbria. It provides undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the arts, social sciences, business, teacher training, health care and nursing.

Lancaster University

The Lancaster University student campus is designed to protect students from the wind and support the collegiate university structure.Lancaster University campusLancaster University is strong in being both a campus and collegiate university. The university has a single, large campus and is one of only six collegiate universities in England. Students commonly live and study for the duration of their course at the university.

The university's 13,075 students belong to one of nine colleges. New students are allocated a college after stating a preference. Each college has its own distinctive character and community, reinforced by the colleges having their own bars, social spaces and sports facilities. The university also has a union nightclub in the city located near other entertainment venues.

While the colleges act as interdisciplinary communities, students are taught by four academic faculties: arts and social sciences; health and medicine; management; and science and technology.

The university is highly regarded internationally and has a course satisfaction rating from students of 4.4 / 5.0. Around 28% of its students are from outside the UK. Annual tuition fees start from £12,640 and a standard on-campus accommodation package is around £3,600 for the academic year.