One of the top universities in the world

Lancaster University is among the best in the UK. Top 10 in all three major national league tables, we’re also highly ranked in international league tables such as the QS world rankings.

Triple Top 10

League tables can't tell you everything about a university, but they're a good place to start. Out of 120 UK Universities, we are consistently in the top ten.


The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide


The Guardian University Guide

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The Complete University Guide

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Gold standard teaching

Lancaster University has been awarded the highest possible score in the UK government's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) ratings. Our TEF Gold rating is based on high quality teaching, excellent teaching facilities and the good careers our graduates go into.

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Better than the Russell Group?

Lancaster University performs more strongly than most Russell Group universities on most objective measures of performance.

We outrank the majority of Russell Group institutions in the three major UK league tables.

How we compare

Lancaster's performance in UK league tables compare favourably to many of our rivals:

Times/Sunday Times
Warwick 7
Lancaster 9=
Exeter 9=
Leeds 13
York 15
Newcastle 22
Manchester 32
Liverpool 39
Complete University Guide
Warwick 8
Lancaster 9
Exeter 14=
Leeds 14=
York 20
Manchester 22
Newcastle 23
Liverpool 41
Guardian University Guide
Warwick 8
Lancaster 9
Exeter 13
Leeds 14
York 17
Manchester 28
Newcastle 30
Liverpool 67

World university rankings

Lancaster is ranked 135th out of 959 universities in the QS World University Rankings, and 137th out of 981 in the THE World University Rankings. We were ranked 62nd in the THE Best Universities in Europe 2017, placing Lancaster among Europe's elite universities.

91% student satisfaction

We are one of the top universities in the UK for overall student satisfaction according to The National Student Survey. The University achieved 91%.

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High levels of graduate employment

Lancaster is the best in the North West for graduate prospects, according to The Good University Guide97% of Lancaster University graduates have gone into work or further study within six months of graduating, and 82% of graduates are in graduate level work or further study.

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Award-winning accommodation

Lancaster's on-campus accommodation is consistently among the winners in The National Student Housing Survey.

We've won or been shortlisted for Best University Halls for the last seven years, and we're one of a handful of universities to hold the International Accommodation Quality Mark, awarded for over 90% satisfaction among international students.