Sport at Lancaster University


DURING COVID-19, COMPETITIVE SPORTS ARE SUSPENDED. THEY WILL RETURN AS SOON AS IT IS SAFE TO DO SO. As a member of Graduate College you will have access to all of Lancaster University’s outstanding sports facilities, including our state-of-the-art Sports Centre.

Clubs and societies

Lancaster University has hundreds of clubs and societies, including sports clubs from aikido and athletics to football, hockey and hiking. You can browse our current societies via the Students’ Union website.

Inter-college sport

The college has several sports teams which compete against the other 8 colleges throughout the year. These include Netball, Football, Darts, Pool. Teams recruit for new players at the beginning of each academic year, and at various points as spaces become available.

There is also the annual Carter Shield, which pitches all nine Colleges against each other in an event for people of all sporting abilities.

Turn up and Play

The Students' Union has a Turn Up & Play series, designed for students who want to get involved in sport and physical activity without necessarily joining a gym or a sports club. They are also enormous fun, and a great way to make new friends.

Sessions range from zumba and clubbercise to volleyball, table tennis and fencing.


Roses is the annual sporting competition between Lancaster and York Universitites. Hosted alternately at Lancaster or York's campus - it is a fantastic long weekend of sporting fun. See the Students' Union webpages for more details.

Sports Centre

In 2011 we opened our £21m Sports Centre right at the heart of campus. Facilities include:

  • A 25 metre swimming pool with eight lanes
  • Climbing wall and bouldering cave
  • Health and fitness suites
  • Sauna and steam rooms
  • Sports hall
  • State-of-the-art gym

To take advantage of our facilities, you can either buy a membership or pay as you play.


We have recently purchased the site at Forrest Hills, opening up additional facilities for students including an 11-hole golf course.