A highly ranked global university

Lancaster University is among the best in the UK. A top 15 university in the three major UK league tables, we are also highly ranked in international league tables such as the QS World Rankings.

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League tables can't tell you everything, but they're a good place to start. Out of over 120 UK Universities, we are consistently in the top 15 of the three main domestic league tables.

World university rankings

Lancaster is 146th out of more than 1,000 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2023. Lancaster is ranked 122nd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023, making Lancaster 15th out of the 101 UK universities included in the table.

Global Top 50 for International Outlook

Lancaster University has risen in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023. Listed as joint 122nd in the latest THE global league table. Lancaster also came 49th in the global league table for international outlook.

7th best in the UK for Sustainability

Lancaster University is the 7th in the UK for social and environmental sustainability. A new league table from QS World University Rankings measures and compares efforts from universities across the globe. Lancaster's efforts range from zero-emission energy sources to locally sourced food and involve all staff and student body.


Five star rating from QS

Lancaster University has been awarded five stars for overall performance in a prestigious new QS rating. The evaluation features five-star ratings for each category – teaching, employability, internationalisation, research, facilities, subject ranking and environmental impact.

QS World Rankings

Highly-rated research at Lancaster

Lancaster is a research-intensive university and our results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 confirm our position in delivering world-quality research.

Student Crowd awards

The Student Crowd website compiles reviews submitted directly by students.

5th best UK university for value for money

Awarded for the University's excellent Collegiate system, continuing investment in facilities and for its IT provision.

8th best UK university for Wi-Fi and Internet

Whether you are in your room, library, lecture theatre or enjoying a latte in one of several campus Costa outlets, Lancaster University’s versatile wireless network always allows for total connectivity.

14th best UK university for job prospects

By the time you leave Lancaster University, you should have much more than a degree. You could also have experiences, skills and a good idea of where you're heading.

16th best UK university for Campus and Facilities

Lancaster University offers a variety of well-equipped learning centres, shops, social venues, sports facilities, study spaces and an impressive 560 acres of beautifully lush parklands for students to enjoy.

  • Award-winning accessibility

    Lancaster has been named NEON Higher Education Institution of the Year 2021, recognising our success in widening access to university.

  • Satisfied students

    Lancaster is 1st in the North, 8th in England and 11th in the UK when compared to other universities in the 2022 National Student Survey.

  • Award-winning accommodation

    We've won Best University Halls for the eighth time since 2010 at the UK's prestigious National Student Housing Awards.

  • Outstanding library team

    Lancaster won the Outstanding Library Team award at the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards.

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Why Lancaster?

We believe that Lancaster is everything a university should be. We set high standards, pushing people to new heights. We support you through your studies, research and careers.

Why Lancaster?

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