Family-friendly Lancaster

A family of ducks.

We pride ourselves on being a family-friendly university that is committed to supporting staff and students with parenting and caring responsibilities.

Family-friendly campus

In Lancaster, we have a beautiful 560-acre parkland campus with many family-friendly spaces, facilities and activities. Our campus has many accessible features and there are excellent transport links as well as parking.

Outstanding childcare

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

Family-friendly policies

We offer a range of generous family-friendly policies for staff and students, including parental and adoption leave as well as options to purchase additional annual leave.

We recognise the demands of family life and are committed to supporting members of staff to achieve a balance between work and home life wherever possible.

We practice an agile working model which can provide flexibility around work locations where this meets operational needs.

Health and wellbeing

We actively support staff and student wellbeing. We have on-campus healthcare facilities at our Lancaster campus, and have a number of supportive staff networks.

Family-friendly features

The Lancaster University campus at Bailrigg has many family-friendly features and facilities. Scroll through the images to find out more.

Baby change logo, depicting a graphic of a small child in a nappy lying on a flat surface.

Baby care facilities

At our Lancaster campus you will find all the facilities you expect for parents with small babies.

  • We provide accessible baby changing facilities for parents of all genders.
  • The university is entirely breastfeeding friendly, with no restrictions on bottle or breastfeeding on-campus. Additionally, a dedicated baby care and breastfeeding room can be found in Bowland North (room B078).

Accessible buildings and campus

Our Lancaster campus has many accessible features, such as ramps and lifts in our buildings, to help facilitate parents with young children in buggies and people with disabilities.

Many of the family-friendly locations on our campus can be found by using the 'family friendly' filter on MazeMaps.

To find out the most accessible routes on campus you can use AccessAble. This website allows you to check for accessible toilets, lifts, and other features which will help you navigate the campus.

A family walking on campus with a baby and a pram
A small child sitting in a colourful toy car

Transport and travel

Our Lancaster campus has a range of transport options and facilities.

We have parent and child parking at some of our facilities, and there is accessible public transport throughout the campus.

There are free short-stay parking places at our Pre-School Centre.

Our sports centre has dedicated parent and child parking spaces.

Bus travel

A comprehensive range of bus and coach services are available from campus, both to the local area and to destinations across the UK. Bus stops are available throughout campus.

Parking permits

Pregnant Lancaster University Staff and Students are able to apply for accessible parking permits.

Pre-School Centre

The Lancaster University Pre-School Centre is a warm, caring and safe environment for your child and to develop their abilities by using play and planned activities for all age ranges.

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

Pre-School Centre

Family-friendly policies

Family-friendly support for staff with families

At Lancaster we have many policies and initiatives to support our staff with families.

Family-friendly support for staff with families Accordion

Family-friendly support for students with families

Lancaster University has dedicated policies and information pages for both current and prospective students who have families.

Family-friendly support for students with families Accordion

Health and wellbeing

  • GP surgery

    Find out more about our on-campus GP surgery, Lancaster Medical Practice.

  • Pharmacy

    Find out more about our on-campus pharmacy.

  • Student wellbeing

    If you are experiencing problems that are affecting your studies or general wellbeing, we are here to help.

  • Staff wellbeing

    Our success depends on the wellbeing of the talented, creative and committed people who work hard to make this University so special and distinctive.

Connect with other parents and carers

  • Staff networks

    Our staff networks include the Parents and Carers Network, and the Women’s Network Teams pages (who also have a pregnancy channel).

  • Students' Union

    Lancaster University Students' Union has a number of societies and forums available to Lancaster University students, including the Postgraduate and Mature Students Forum.

  • The Chaplaincy

    The Chaplaincy is a multi-faith worship centre that also offers pastoral, emotional and wellbeing support.

Local facilities and support for families

Help our research into child development

How does it come about that within the first few years of life, babies learn to understand the world around them? How do babies master language? Lancaster Babylab, based in the Department of Psychology, works at answering those questions.

We are always looking to recruit families who might be interested in taking part in our research.

Lancaster Babylab