Where is Lancaster?

Lancaster University is situated in 560 acres of parkland, just 3 miles south of the centre of the city of Lancaster in the United Kingdom.

Lancaster skyline at sunset with snow-clad mountains in the background

At the heart of Great Britain

At Lancaster, we like to be at the centre of all things. We are the university closest to the geographic centre of Great Britain. Just 1 hour from Manchester or Liverpool or 2.5 hours from London, Glasgow or Edinburgh, Lancaster is well connected and easy to get to.

A map of the UK with approximate travel times from large cities

Travel times are based on the best estimates by road or rail.

Surrounded by beauty

We are surrounded by some of the most gorgeous landscapes the UK has to offer – with the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Morecambe Bay and the Forest of Bowland within easy reach. If you fancy a more urban experience, the cities of Manchester and Liverpool are an hour away and filled with shops, clubs and nightlife. If you fancy a bit of traditional British seaside fun, Blackpool, Morecambe and Lytham St Annes are all just a short journey away.

Lancaster University campus

Lancaster University campus is just a short bus ride south of Lancaster city centre. Our campus is the complete setting for your life and your studies, with sports facilities, shops, places to relax and socialise and study spaces to suit your mood.

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Lancaster city

Lancaster is an ancient city with a modern outlook and a great place to make your home. It's a friendly city with lots to explore and enjoy and a great base from which to explore the rest of the UK. The city boasts a thriving cultural scene and a wide range of shops, famous high street brands and a variety of independent boutique stores.

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Hear from our students

We asked our students what they thought about the Lancaster University campus and its surroundings.

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