four students waking across Lancaster Square on campus

Our Campus

The Lancaster University campus occupies a beautiful 560-acre parkland site at Bailrigg, just three miles from Lancaster city centre. 

Our Bailrigg campus is open to all, and members of the local community are welcome to use and enjoy many of our facilities and events.

Art and culture on campus

The Bailrigg campus is home to Lancaster Arts, bringing together our own theatre, art gallery and concert series. The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from some of the best-known and respected companies from the UK and abroad. The Peter Scott Gallery is a small gem of a contemporary art gallery, open to the public free of charge. The gallery is also home to the University's international art collection, that includes Japanese and Chinese art, antiquities, works by twentieth-century British artists and prints by significant European names such as Dürer, Miró, Ernst and Vasarely.

The Ruskin is home to the leading collection of the works of John Ruskin (1819-1900), the epoch-defining writer, artist and social thinker.

The Library

Our Library provides a high quality, serious academic study environment with a wide choice of space available for individual study and over half a million printed titles available to browse and borrow within the Library building.

Anybody is welcome to visit the Library and use the printed reference materials and study spaces.

Information for visitors

Eat, shop and stay

The campus is home to banks, a post office, supermarkets, a bookshop, a bakery, hairdresser, charity shop, hair and beauty salons – and even an ice cream parlour! There are dozens of places to eat and drink across the campus, with cafes, restaurants and nine college bars. Campus outlets opening hours.

You can also stay on campus in our visitor rooms and hire our facilities for your conference or event.

Health and wellbeing

Our sports centre offers a wide range of facilities, classes and activities which are open to the public, staff and students alike. The Woodland Walk is a 2.6 mile walk through beautiful woodlands and the fitness trail is a free and easily accessible way to exercise on campus, with 11 different exercise stations along the 700m trail.

Our multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre includes facilities for the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam and Jewish faiths and also a Muslim Prayer Room.

Campus is also home to a dental practice, pharmacy and health centre, which is part of the city's Lancaster Medical Practice group.

Families and childcare

Our Pre-School Centre is rated outstanding by Ofsted and offers daycare for the children of staff, students and local families.

Older children are well catered for with a variety of regular children's activities at our sports centre, and our Mad 4 Kids holiday sports camp.

Pre-School Centre

How to visit campus

Travelling to campus, parking, and how to find your way around. 

You can also take a look at our campus before you visit with our virtual open day, and find out the opening hours of our outlets.

Our developing campus

Our campus is always changing. You can find out more about the construction of the campus on our history pages or watch early videos from the 1960s on our YouTube channelSince then, Lancaster University has risen to become one of Britain's top universities, and the Bailrigg campus is now almost a small town in its own right.

This video outlines some of the latest developments on campus. 

More about the latest campus developments

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