Grizedale College students on benches

Welcome to Grizedale College

Grizedale is known as the ‘social college’ on campus, renowned for its welcoming atmosphere and generous spirit.

The College is at the heart of campus, close to shops, catering outlets and the Management School. We offer some of the most modern, eco-friendly accommodation on campus, plus modern social spaces such as the recently renovated bar and patio, quiet working area and off-campus brew room to make you feel at home.

Join the family

As a Grizedale student you can take part in loads of different activities throughout term. These include day-trips, culture events, karaoke nights, pub quizzes and nights out in the city.

Of course you can also get involved in a whole of other activities hosted by the Students’ Union, including the many different societies and sports teams the University has to offer.

Read more about Grizedale’s events and activities.

Grizedale Sport

Here at Grizedale, we love our sport. Many of our students take part in the yearly Roses tournament with our rivals, the University of York, while many more take part in weekly Carter Shield events, and our yearly contest against Pendle, known as 'Warriors'.

If bar sports are more your thing, we also have the George Wyatt cup – an inter-college competition that takes place on Mondays and Tuesdays moving between the different bars on campus. There’s darts, pool and dominoes, with many colleges running multiple men’s and women’s teams so everyone can take part. See more events and activities.

Grizedale forest

City, coast and countryside

Lancaster is one of the safest self-contained campuses in the UK, with some of the country’s most unspoilt spots on our doorstep – from country villages and seaside resorts to the lush countryside of the Lake District and Forest of Bowland.

Arts and culture

Our campus is brimming with culture, and boasts its 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 famous names such as Dürer, Miró, Ernst and Vasarely.

Between October and March you will find a varied programme of music on campus including orchestral concerts, chamber music, jazz, world music, opera and new music.

A home-from-home

Off-campus students

The College SCR and JCR exec are all looking forward to welcoming you to the Grizedale. Along with all the events planned, we have numerous facilities for you to make use of, some of which are exclusive to our off-campus members, as our Common Room and Reading room are set up with you in mind.

The Common Room’s size makes it the ideal space for group activities and study. The Reading Room is as it sounds – a smaller, formal space that is ideal for quiet study, whether that be making use of the large collection of books available, or the College PCs. Both rooms are on the second floor, turn right when you reach the top of the stairs, and you will enter the kitchen area. Feel free to make yourself a cup of tea or coffee. Throughout College there are lockers that are exclusive to our off-campus members. You can drop by and see Will in the College office if you’re interested in using one for a year.

The Lounge is above the bar area and is a great place to relax on the sofas and maybe have a go on the arcade machine or with the PS4. On the main floor we have two pool tables (50p per game) and two dart boards (you will need your own set), which have always had a competitive following.

Finally we have our lovely modern Bar. It has always been popular and is invariably a hub of activity as It’s a great space to meet and have a chat with something light to eat.

Find out more about our facilities.

A Message from our Principal

Welcome to the new Grizedale College website.

As a College we strive to be a warm and diverse community and these new pages should convey what life in the Grizedale family is like.

Grizedale is the youngest of the University’s nine colleges. It was established in 1975 and retains its rather enviable position near the center of campus. The College consists of senior members (University staff) who are part of the Senior Common Room or SCR, and Junior members (that’s you) who are all part of the Junior Common Room or JCR. We are a small, but lively group of people dedicated to the care and nurture of all our members. We believe that the opportunities on offer at Lancaster University will prepare you for your future engagement in society and culture and we hope that belonging to Grizedale will form an integral part of your experience.

Please enjoy browsing here, and let us know what you think. Having recently joined the College, I can honestly say that I was made to feel part of the family from Day 1. I wish you all success in your academic programme and look forward to presenting you at your graduation.

Karen Wright

Principal, Grizedale College

Grizedale Principal, Karen Wright
Grizedale Principal, Karen Wright