Students sitting on grass in front of Bonnington Steps

Our promise

What can you expect from the year ahead at Lancaster University?

A warm welcome awaits our new and continuing students

We are delighted to welcome our campus-based students back in-person for the new academic year. We are also excited to meet our new cohort of students who join us for the first time.

We are pleased that we can return to in-person studies in October thanks to the high vaccination rate and easy availability of testing in the UK. We will also retain some elements of online learning which our academic staff, in consultation with current students, feel added value to our teaching. Your academic department will contact you with information about specific forms of learning for your course. All of our planning is, of course, conditional on there being no changes to government policy.

We have always offered some programmes fully online and these programmes will continue.

We recognise that some of our overseas students may face particular challenges in travelling to Lancaster for the start of term and have introduced a new Travel and Test Support Package to help make your arrival as smooth and safe as possible and to help with any additional costs. We encourage you to travel to Lancaster for the start of the 2021/22 academic year if you can but, if you are an international student and you are unable to join us in Lancaster at the beginning of term, we will be as flexible as possible in accommodating you.

Our attractive campus has high quality facilities and accommodation with plenty of space both indoors and outdoors for you to socialise, play sport and relax. We will ensure that whenever possible you can enjoy the full range of campus facilities. We have also enhanced our support services and provided increased flexibility so that you can access academic, health and wellbeing advice and support when you need it.

We are working closely with Public Health England to ensure that our own safety measures meet or exceed the Government advice in the UK. We are following the latest guidance and taking necessary measures in support of the safety and wellbeing of staff and students. We have issued guidance for safety on campus which is designed to help keep you and those around you safe, so please familiarise yourself with this and follow the guidance if you can.

Our commitments are based on our best understanding of what the situation is likely to be when you plan to arrive. We may need to change or adapt some elements of our plans as the situation changes in the UK and around the world. Please ensure you check this page regularly for any updates as we will add additional information as more is known here and at

This page was last updated on 1 October 2021.

High quality teaching and learning

We are known for the high quality of our teaching and learning, and are committed to providing the best possible student experience in a safe and supportive environment.

Teaching and learning

Your campus experience

The Lancaster University campus is set in a beautiful 560-acre parkland at Bailrigg, just three miles outside of Lancaster city centre. You can be assured of a welcoming campus environment with high-quality facilities and accommodation available. Lancaster's spacious and self-contained campus enables us to provide a secure and supportive University experience in an environment with a pharmacy, shops, Post Office, and a medical centre all within easy walking distance.

Life on campus

Supporting our students

Lancaster has a range of specialist academic and support services that work in partnership with your academic department and your College to offer you the right support at the right time. We know that life has been a bit strange and that you may wish to access additional support. Whatever you need, we are here online and in person to support you throughout your degree. 

Supporting our students

Your home

For many students, starting university provides the opportunity to become more independent and to make new friends. Our award-winning accommodation provides your home from home, and you will receive a warm welcome from your friendly college community. We have put in place some new measures as a result of coronavirus, and we will abide by UK government guidance to keep you safe and well.

A home from home

Your health and safety are paramount to us

We take the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously. We have put in place a range of new measures on campus in order to keep you safe, using UK government guidance as our minimum standard. We are ready to flex our approach quickly in response to any changes in this guidance. 

Safety on campus