Location: Lancaster, North-West England
Size: Around 12,000 Students
Percent Women: 52% Female
Tuition (one year):
UK Students: £9000 per year
Overseas Students: Ranging between £12,640 - £15850, depending on subject studied
Most Popular Majors: Business Related degrees such as Management, Advertising and Marketing.
Greek Life: No
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Lancaster University’s website at http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study
Why Choose Lancaster?
"I applied to Lancaster because it's got one of the best Management schools in the UK and is ranked number 1 for Marketing in 2013/14! There's no better way to launch my career in Digital Fashion Marketing! Also, Lancaster's collegiate system really appealed to me! I think it’s a fantastic way to make friends and form a special allegiance to your chosen college. I choose Lonsdale because it is renowned for being the party college, but we also have sporty and artsy colleges to suit everyone."
"I chose Lancaster as it was often referred to me as "The Oxbridge of the North West" and what better university to attend than a prestigious one?! I loved the fact that everything is on campus, and you simply cannot feel lost as everyone is super friendly. As an off-campus student, I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to get involved or make friends, but I was proved wrong from day one. I would make the same decision to come to Lancaster University a million times over!"
"I remember flicking through my Lancaster University prospectus and getting really excited about the collegiate system. I loved the idea that each college has its own personality, and that you were a part of something from the very first day you moved in".
"I absolutely loved the sound of my course. Although my degree title has slightly changed now, I originally applied for the 'English Language in the Media' course - I hadn't seen any other university offer a course where the media was studied from a language and linguistics point of view, as opposed to a technical point of view."
"For me, Lancaster was the perfect mix of quality education and fun times. Lots of people told me Lancaster was the place to be, you could concentrate on you studies and have an amazing 3 or 4 years."
"Lancaster University has, by far, the prettiest campus. It's so scenic! I enjoy being on campus because everything is right there and you feel in your own little bubble. People call it 'the little bubble on the hill'. It's just so homely. Anyone that comes here falls in love with the campus in the summer time."
"I choose Lancaster due to the college system and the fact that it is all on campus. Allows you to integrate with everyone even if you aren't in the same flat/house or degree!"
"Part of the reason I chose Lancaster was the college system. It means that you are part of a community and get to meet and socialise with people before your lectures even start. You share a bond with the people in your college, and are likely to meet some of your best friends there. I know I have!"
"As a prospective student, I arrived in Lancaster to visit the open day on an extremely rainy, cold and windy day. My first thoughts were just of how much I wanted to go home. BUT, I then had my department talk, and I realized this was the course for me! After cheering up a bit, I went on a campus tour and I realized that a campus university was the best option compared to all my other choices!"
"I love how Lancaster University is so international and you can get involved in so many different activities. The facilities are also great like the bars, pubs, restaurants and the gym."
"I think the Student's Union puts on some really great events, some of which I look forward to all year! The Christmas markets in Week 9 are a great way to break up all the studying in the festive season and The Campus Festival in week 19 is always a really fun day with a great atmosphere, no matter what the weather. Extrav week is a whole week of parties at the end of summer term - a great way to blow off steam and get to know the nine different college bars."
There are so many things to look forward to as a Lancaster University student. Not only are there many great student nights to look forward to each week, there are also some exciting campus events to look forward to as well! To name a few there is ‘Roses’ - a huge competition between Lancaster and York universities who play against each other in all the different sports and societies. There is also Founders weekend, a sporting tournament between Lonsdale and Bowland Colleges. And last but not least Extrav week. All events are filled with an amazing atmosphere and vibe which leaves you buzzing for weeks! You really get into the spirit of being a member of Lancaster through Roses, and everyone enjoys supporting their college when it comes to Founders and Extrav Week”
"The rain. That's literally the only thing I don’t like about being a Lancaster Uni student. But it rains a hell of a lot!"
"The only thing I would change about Lancaster University is that it should be closer to my house, as 9am commutes, whilst my friends recover from the night before, aren't the best! Other than that - nothing, because it really is a great university that caters for all your needs. If you have a voice, it will be heard!"
"I wouldn't say that there's anything I particularly dislike about being a student at Lancaster University. The only thing is, I feel like I have so much more work than my friends at other universities! So yeah, I guess the workload is pretty big but that is reflected in the amazing results the university gets every year so hard work pays off!"
"Sometimes the workload is challenging, but I wouldn't say this is something that 'needs improvement' because people should pull their weight to be here as it's an amazing place to study (reflected in the league tables!)"
New Collegiette on Campus
"I was scared at first: the idea of having to live alone in your own dorm on a flat with other 7 people...but it's not terrifying. At all. You meet great people and create lovely expriences. Freshers week was the orientation week. You get to know people from your college and all the people who study your same course. I know that for international students they are offered to come to university 2-3 weeks in advance to learn english. I met second year students through my fresher reps and I'm still quite good friends with them.Freshers events are a great way for everyone to come together. Events in this week include bar crawls, the paint parties and much more! First year, for now, has been a blast."
"First year on Campus was my favourite year! Living in the on-campus accommodation as a Fresher was one of the best and memorable experiences of my life. Straight away you are made to feel relaxed by the freshers reps who are second and third years so you socialise with all different years from the word go! In first year you can let your hair down more and enjoy actually being a student before all the serious hard work begins!"
"Freshers week was definitely one of the best weeks of my life so far. It was so much fun, and I met people that I know will be friends for a very long time! It's scary at first, but everyone is in the same boat. I think the trick is to really throw yourself in and get involved. You really do get out of what you put in, so make it worthwhile!"
"Lancaster is unique in that new students are allocated 'freshers reps', who support them during freshers week and usually remain friends and mentors throughout the year, if not longer. All first year students are offered state-of-the-art accommodation on campus, which has been voted 'Best Student Halls' for four years on the run. Through involvement in sports teams and societies it is easy to mix with people of all years."
All About Academics
"I'd say that the most popular department here at Lancaster would be the Management School - it's a world ranked business school."
"The workload at Lancaster is pretty huge, especially in comparison with friends who are at other universities. I guess it depends what degree you study, though. Most third years have to do a dissertation, normally between 9,000 and 13,000 words. People spend a lot of time in the library, especially now it's open 24 hours during term time. Once, I stayed in the library until about 5am and expected it to be really dead. Nope. It was so busy - I can't believe the amount of people that work all night long!"
"I do like studying in the library, as I feel motivated with plenty of other people working around me. Lancaster has another large learning space called the Learning Zone - it's really handy for group work or if you fancy studying on a sofa instead of at a desk!"
"I think management is a popular degree to study. I got loads of work in freshman year, but now I don't have too much. I wrote a dissertation, 13,000 words, it was really interesting!"
"I study two subjects under the Linguistics department (Linguistics and English Language) and they are both rather popular subjects! The workload isn't bad at all, as a first year, with readings to do for every lecture, a written or oral assignment at the end of each term and an exam at the end of the year. It was super easy to register onto these courses, and everything was outlined in a handbook if we had any questions. The library is often used by students, and there are specific areas for silent, quiet and loud study so if you don't want to be disturbed whilst you finish your assignment at 3am, then you won't be! We also have an area called the Learning Zone, which is a popular and lively place to study with friends and is different scenery to rows upon rows of books in the library."
Learn From The Best
"I'm a student in the English Language and Linguistics department at Lancaster. It's fair to say that I have loved this department from the minute I arrived on a course open day. There really are some fabulous members of staff in this department; my favourite lecturers include Greg Myers, Sam Kirkham, Karin Tusting, Claire Hardaker and Johnny Unger. Their fantastic personalities shine through their amazing teaching, making their lectures and seminars very enjoyable. All five of these lecturers are very inspiring individuals, who make me feel proud to be a student in this department and reach my full potential. This is how ALL lecturers should be! Elena Semino is also a fantastic head of this well organised and well established department. It really isn't surprising that the Linguistics and English language department at Lancaster is one of the best in the WORLD!"
"Jonathan Culpeper is the best professor ever! He is an English Language professor and no-one comes close! There is literally zero to no chance of me falling asleep in his lectures, with his little anecdotes about his daughters. He is such an interesting and vibrant person, and is so passionate about what he does that it definitely has an effect on us students. There are never enough seats in the lecture theatre when he teaches, and my friends and I are already having withdrawal symptoms, as we've not had him in weeks!"
"Alan Gilchrist, from Marketing is a fantastic tutor. He's interesting and dynamic, you never fall asleep even if the lecture is at 9am on a Monday morning."
"Willem Hollman - a professor of English Language and Linguistics - is my favourite lecturer. His humor and personality are perfectly suited to teaching. Instead of dazing at the screen ahead you realise your actually paying attention and focusing for once!"
"Office hours are used extensively at Lancaster University. Students use this time to talk through results, get feedback on essay plans, and to get answers to questions about the course in general."
Interests and Involvement
"Sport is a HUGE part of university life at Lancaster. A massively successful sporting event that takes place is 'Roses' - an inter-university competition between Lancaster and York! It's being held at Lancaster this year so team spirit will be high. It won't just be the teams of Lancaster ready and raring to go - EVERYONE will head down and show their support!"
"I think the fantastic college system at Lancaster, one of only 8 collegiate universities in the UK, really helps people to get involved in sport and extra-curricular activities. Colleges have their own sports teams, meaning that students who don't want to commit to varsity teams, or are of a lower ability, can keep active for free and experience the enjoyment of being in a team. Each college also has its own bar and social space on campus where students can relax, eat and drink, and take part in activities such as quizzes, battle of the bands, and international events. In my college, Fylde, netball and football are key sports teams, with team trials making for a hot contest in fresher's week, and even those who don't play really get behind the teams"
"It's relatively easy to start your own club. If you wanted to set up a society, all you'd need to do is book a meeting with Lancaster University's Student Union and get them on board with your idea! There are so many weird and wonderful societies at Lancaster, it's so much fun!"
"I play tennis and that's loads of fun. As well as playing in matches against other universities, we have great socials! Being part of a sports team is the best way to make friends and represent the university you're proud, doing something you love."
"Sport is very popular at Lancaster, however varsity sport does not gather a huge amount of regular support from people who are not members of the sports clubs in question. Wednesday afternoons are timetabled to be free from compulsory classes so that varsity sports teams can compete. College sport is more widely followed with tournaments such as the Carter Shield and inter-college bar sports being popular evening and weekend events."
"The main sporting event of the year is Roses, the traditional tournament between Lancaster and York, which is held annually in spring. Roses attracts enormous support from students and their families and friends. In 2014, Roses will be held at Lancaster; with the current score standing at York: 25, Lancaster: 23, supporters will surely be out in full strength to cheer the red rose to an historic victory on the University's 50th anniversary!"
"Lancaster University has a wide range of sporting activities on offer. From more traditional sports such as Football, Rugby and Hockey, to those you may never have heard of like Korfball and Ultimate Frisbee!"
"Something that is our pride and joy is our state-of-the-art newly-built sports centre. There a number of halls for sports such as Badminton, Netball, Basketball, an Olympic size swimming pool, a large well-equipped gym, and even a climbing wall! There are also a large range of classes that are put on in the studio throughout the week which are open to students and also the general public."
"There is a degree scheme called 'Gender and Women's Studies" here at Lancaster. That's pretty cool!"
"I've never even thought about being female at Lancaster, it's just not a big deal… It probably helps that my subjects are all arts and social sciences but I actually come across more girls than boys in my daily life. The president of my college JCR is a girl, over half of my course representatives are girls, and even my course co-ordinator is female! In fact, I'm almost worried the boys might start feeling left out…"
"To be honest, gender doesn’t seem to be a huge deal at Lancaster. Yes, there are societies for guys, and societies for girls but that's not to say a member of the opposite sex couldn't join!"
"I study English Language and Linguistics, so the male:female ratio is huge! It wouldn't be uncommon for my seminars to be made up of 12 girls and just 2 guys, or something."
"I think it's GREAT being a woman on campus. There is so much female spirit! Take The Vagina Monologues, for example. Read all about it here: http://www.hercampus.com/school/lancaster/floss-edward-head-director-vagina-monologues-lancaster"
"It's hard to pin down an exact description of what girls wear on campus, because every student has their own, individual style. It's easy to see that people enjoy keeping up with the latest trends, especially with Lancaster having a fashion society and a fashion column in the University newspaper. For a more accurate representation of Lancaster's style, check out the CAMPUS STYLE BLOG on Lancaster's homepage on HerCampus.com: http://www.hercampus.com/school/lancaster!"
Food and Drink
"There are literally too many places to eat on campus to count on my fingers and toes! Whatever food you like, there is something here, and all at great student prices too. There is a Subway, Greggs, Costa, a Burger Bar and various cafés and takeaways to name a few, as well as each college's own bar too! (County's being the best, obviously)."
"One of the perks of having lots of different colleges on campus is that each one has a bar! So you're never short of anywhere to go for food or for a drink."
"I love how each of the college bars are themed. Some are like Bowland's a traditional pub, whereas others like Lonsdale's are more like a nightclub. The food is amazing at each and is very reasonably priced, which is fab for us students!"
"I'm a first year, living in Lonsdale - often referred to as the "party college!" It has definitely lived up to its name by putting on weekly events in the bar. When the bar is packed, the atmosphere rivals that of any big city-centre bar! Also, it's home to THE best Extrav event at the end of every year!"
"Weekends are strangely quiet on campus. Some people embrace the chance to relax at home or spend a quiet moment in one of the quaint cafes on campus or in town with a (non-academic) book, while others look to larger cities such as Manchester or Liverpool for a more thrilling weekend atmosphere. For me, it's a great opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside around campus or pop home to see my parents without worrying about missing un-missable events. The real action is saved for Wednesday nights at Lancaster, when all the sports clubs and societies hold their epic weekly socials."
"The weekend is the perfect time to chill after a night out and wander down into the city centre. There are several local cafe's which offer a great selection of food for brunch! The small city makes the ten minute walk from home perfect for getting some fresh air even on a rainy day. I personally love visiting the little market stalls every Saturday and curing my hangover in one of the coffee shops!"
"I think the bars on campus are great. All nine collages have their own bar and they each have a different feel to them. I personally love Grizedale as they serve cocktails and very yummy food!"
"Lancaster is a really sociable uni. Everyone's in a great group from day 1 because you have close friends that you live with, and a close bunch of friends on your course. I'd definitely say that everyone is always open to meeting new people!"
"The college bars are brilliant. They have the potential to offer a great night out but going to the bars doesn't necessarily mean you're going to consume alcohol! Most of them serve yummy food so us Lancaster students are never short of somewhere nice to eat and drink on campus."
"As a freshman this year, I was very eager to see my dorm. Yes I'd seen pictures online but you can never be sure until you see it for yourself. I was very, very pleasantly surprised! The room was super clean, modern and was actually big enough to store my enormous stash of clothes!"
"Prior to coming to Lancaster, we chose the type of accommodation we wanted. With a wide range of prices, this ensured everyone was catered for. In terms of flatmates, you are randomly assigned a group of people to live with in your first year. For me this worked out perfectly as I knew no one coming to Lancaster and my closest friends now are definitely those that I live with."
"The dorms are very safe, only residents have a special fob that allows access to the house and once in the room there are locks on the doors which ensures no one can gain access to your room. Freshman dorms are located all round campus, some are central whilst others are located further out. My accommodation may be the furthest out, but it still only is a 10-15 minute walk to lectures."
"Most people choose to live on campus during the first year, although there are quite a few people who commute from home. Living off-campus in the years following first year is popular, the majority of people do so. This gives students more independence and it is super exciting choosing where to live! As a house we have a Facebook page which everyone is welcome to write on. Here, we post about social events for the weekend so that as a house we can get to know each other."
"With Lancaster accommodation ranking second in the UK for the second year running, everyone is guaranteed a fantastic stay at Lancaster University!"
"I adore Lancaster, it's the perfect mix of modern city, gorgeous old buildings (in particular the beautiful landmark of Lancaster Castle), with stunning farms, fields, hills and canals to stroll around and of course, the Lake District is on our doorstep. Just the other day I went for a short wander just off the edge of campus and came across a farmer carrying new-born lambs around - and Lancastrians are so friendly of course he was happy to stop and chat to me for ages! I think the relationship between the campus and the town is a shaky one - the town would probably struggle to survive without the uni and one often hears taxi drivers grumbling about how there's no work outside of term time, but in reality the townspeople and the students seem to mix just fine -it's easy making friends up North!"
"I loved every minute of living on campus as a fresher but I decided to live off-campus after this as I love being able to escape from the bubble of campus-life and the regular bus service makes it easy to get to lectures!"
"Lancaster has some great reasturants, and because it's a relatively small place, you feel like you should try eery single reasturant in Lancaster before you graduate! My personal favourite is Oscar's because of the generous food portions!"
"My first impressions of the Lancaster nightlife (after the total blur or Fresher's Week, obviously!) were not that great. I'm from a big city so I'm used to loads of great clubs, but Lancaster just felt so… small! That said though, I've grown to LOVE nights out in Lancaster! My personal favourite is Revolution - a bar that provides the perfect mix between a classy night and a crazy night. One minute you'd be sipping cocktails and the next minute you're getting the shots in and dancing like mad."
"There are some truly lovely restaurants in Lancaster’s Historic City with absolutely delicious food. My ultimate favourites have to be: 1. Teatro – classy and elegant this Brazilian Bar and Grill will certainly not leave you hungry. I always opt for the traditional Rodizio set menu with huge selections of juicy, tender meats slowly cooked on a rotisserie and brought straight to your table by a carver, over the course of 2 hours. There’s definitely no rushing this South American banquet garnished with pastas salads and spicy vegetables but I’d recommend going on a Tuesday to make the most of the £12.95 student deal! 2. Blue Moon – Be prepared to be transported to the depths of the Middle East! Everything about this restaurant screams authentic Thai, from the décor, the chiefs and the food, to the waiters and waitresses dressed head-to-toe in silky, authentic kimonos with meticulous customer-service. Don’t forget 20% discount for students (excluding Fridays)."
"I love 1725 – an authentically, cosy tapas restaurant built in a building hundreds of years old where you can sip fruity sangria and nibble at their tasty tapas selection all night long."
"In terms of nightlife, my go-to place would probably be The Sugarhouse. Outsiders (non-Lancaster students!) probably think it's gross, but us Lancaster students absolutely love it! With such a wide choice of music (spread across two different rooms) you can't go wrong, really. One minute you're singing your heart out to some pure classics, next you're getting excited about your fave 90s tune… it's just fun! And you know that you'll ALWAYS bump into a bunch of people because everybody knows everybody in little Lancaster."
"Lancaster is actually a beautiful little historic town. Last Summer, I finally found the time to explore Ashton Memorial and it was a lovely day out"
"One of my favourite things about Lancaster is all of the cute little coffee shops. You think you've seen everything but then you'll discover a lovely tea room that's been hiding away! My friends and I enjoy meeting for lunch in Lancaster, and it's great because everything is a convenient distance to get to."
"My friends and I go to the cinema practically every Wednesday! It's so cheap with a student card, not to mention Wednesdays are 2-for-1 on tickets!"color:#333333">
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