Sport at Lancaster

Sport has been an integral part of life at Lancaster since our inception in 1964. Our 560-acre parkland campus provides a great location for outdoor games, and boasts many indoor sports and recreational facilities too.

Our £20m Sports Centre and new outdoor facilities, ranked fifth in the UK in the THE Student Experience Survey 2013, offer students the opportunity to take part in a multitude of sporting activities; from traditional sports to recreation activities we offer over 100 groups to consider. Alternatively if you're just looking for some 'time-out' then try our Trim Trail & Woodland Walk covering 2.6 miles and 11 exercise stations.


If you're a competitive type, Lancaster provides the unique chance to compete for your chosen college in our Carter Shield event where healthy rivalry abounds. Alternatively, if you'd prefer to represent the University then you could try out for the Inter Varsity (BUCS) fixtures against other UK universities in activities such as Rowing, Rugby and Football.

War of the Roses - Lancaster vs. York

You can also get involved in our annual 'War of the Roses' event where Lancaster University challenges the University of York.

If you're a keen cyclist, then you can even cycle from Lancaster University to York via the Way of the Roses cross-country route!

Campus Sports Facilities

Sports Centre

  • Climbing wall
  • 100 station gym
  • 8 badminton court sports hall
  • 25m swimming pool
  • Sauna and steam room
  • Personal trainers
  • 4 squash courts


  • 8 tennis courts
  • 5 netball Courts (including 2 that are floodlit)
  • 2 multi-use games areas: for 5-a-side, training, basketball, etc
  • 2 Floodlit synthetic grass pitches
  • 3 rugby pitches
  • 6 Association Football pitches
  • Crown bowling green

In the Region

With Lancaster's location on the edge of the glorious landscape of the Lake District we can offer a wider choice of recreational activities than inner-city universities - within 30 minutes you could take advantage of activities such as hill walking, canoeing on the Lune, paragliding, horse riding and much more. Find out what's on offer.