5 reasons to study at Lancaster University 

Choosing the right university is a big decision. There are many factors to consider – from a high quality of education to an affordable cost of living. And Lancaster University ticks those boxes and more. 

Better yet, Lancaster is more accessible than ever for international students with an INTO Lancaster pathway program. You’ll benefit from expert English language teaching and develop subject-specific knowledge and essential university study skills, all before your degree. 

Interested in Lancaster? Here are five reasons why you should make it your first-choice university: 

1. You’ll get a top-quality education 

If rankings are a big factor in your decision making, stop and take a deep breath. Not only does Lancaster University rank high academically – it’s also a firm favorite in student experience surveys. 

Lancaster is one of the world’s top 125 universities (QS World University Rankings 2024) with a world-class QS 5-Star rating for its teaching, facilities and research (QS Stars University Ratings 2023).  

It’s also one of the UK’s top 10 universities (The Complete University Guide 2024), so you’ll study safe in the knowledge that your university is nationally and globally recognized as one of the highest quality. 

But it’s not just the academic reputation that adds value to a university. Your student experience is also an important contributing factor. And Lancaster receives high praise from those who study there.  

In fact, it’s 1st in the North and 8th in England for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2022). So, not only do league tables recognize Lancaster as a top university – its students do too. 

2. You’ll be part of a close-knit campus community 

Lancaster’s campus is a little different to most UK university campuses as it operates under a unique collegiate system. So, as well as its large campus community, you’ll also join one of nine smaller, close-knit college communities. How does this benefit you as a student? 

  • You’ll live and socialize within a smaller college community. 
  • You’ll receive personalized pastoral support within your college. 
  • You’ll have a greater sense of community and belonging. 

Each college has its own accommodation buildings, support system, social spaces and sports teams, so it will be a big part of your student experience and identity at Lancaster University. And you’ll also be free to socialize with students from other colleges, of course. 

Outside of your college, the university has a town-like campus with everything you need, from cafés, restaurants and bars to shops, a sports center and a chaplaincy center. And if you feel like taking a break and enjoying nature, the campus sits on 560 acres of parkland and woodland – and even has its own lake! 

3. You’ll become a highly employable graduate 

Every student dreams of graduating from university with a job ready and waiting. The good news is that Lancaster students are some of the UK’s most employable. 

Through a combination of future-focused degrees, work placement opportunities and an outstanding careers service, Lancaster is a UK top 15 university for job prospects (StudentCrowd University Awards 2022) with QS 5-Stars for employability (QS Stars University Ratings 2023). 

Lancaster’s strong links to industry and excellent reputation for producing career-ready graduates means it’s also one of the top 25 universities ‘most targeted’ by leading UK employers (High Fliers 2023). 

The best part? You can accelerate your employability even before you start your degree with a guaranteed Virtual Internship during your INTO Lancaster pathway program (at an additional cost). By the time you graduate, you’ll have a CV packed full of industry experience! 

Then, when you graduate from Lancaster University, you’ll have free lifetime access to its career services. So, no matter what you do next or where you go in life, you’ll always have the security of expert employability support from Lancaster. 

4. You’ll get excellent value for money 

Lancaster University is a hidden gem. Not only will you receive a top-quality education, but you’ll also get the best value of all English universities.  

With excellent graduate outcomes and high-quality campus facilities, it’s no wonder Lancaster has been voted 1st in England for value for money (StudentCrowd University Awards 2022). 

It’s also one of the more affordable universities when it comes to daily living costs.  

The cost of living here is lower than much of the UK – especially London. Lancaster’s rent prices alone are 70.4% cheaper than the UK’s capital (Numbeo.com 2023). That’s a huge cost saving. 

So, if you’re looking for a university where costs won’t limit your student experience, Lancaster is your best choice. 

5. You’ll choose a sustainable outlook 

One thing we’re all trying to be more conscious of is making sustainable choices. And fortunately for you, Lancaster ticks that box too. 

A UK top 10 and world top 30 university for social and environmental sustainability (QS Sustainability Rankings 2023), Lancaster has ethics built into its ethos. 

After declaring a climate emergency in 2020, the university aims to be carbon neutral by 2035. 14% of its electricity is already supplied by the on-site wind turbine – a figure that will only rise in coming years. So, by studying at Lancaster University, you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint.  

That’s a win for you and a win for the planet. 

Find out more about studying at Lancaster University. 

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