About Our Campus
The Lancaster University campus occupies a beautiful 360 acre parkland site at Bailrigg, just three miles from Lancaster city centre. After originally using buildings in the city and housing many students in Morecambe, the campus was developed on a greenfield site between 1965 and 1970.
Since then, Lancaster University has become one of Britain's top universities, and with more than 12,000 students and 2,500 employees on the Bailrigg campus it is now a small, vibrant town in its own right.
The campus is home to a wide range of amenities, including two banks, a post office, supermarkets and general stores, a bakery, a newsagent, a hairdresser, a travel agent, and a charity shop. There are dozens of places to eat and drink across the campus, with cafes, restaurants and nine college bars as well as an ice cream parlour.
The Bailrigg campus is also brimming with culture. It boasts its own theatre, art gallery and concert series. The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from the UK and abroad. The Peter Scott Gallery is a small gem of a contemporary art gallery. Open to the public (free of charge) it is home to the University's international art collection, which includes Japanese and Chinese art, antiquities, works by twentieth century British artists and prints by significant European names such as Dürer, Miró, Ernst and Vasarely.
Between October and March you will find a varied programme of music on campus including orchestral concerts, chamber music, jazz, world music, opera and new music.
Campus is also home to our multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre, which has facilities for the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam and Jewish faiths and a Muslim Prayer Room.
Accessing our campus
Our vast greenfield site offers wonderful views of mountains and sea, yet the campus is just a 5 minute drive from the M6 motorway and ten minutes from the main West Coast railway with direct services to Manchester, London and Scotland.
Furthermore, we have one of the most frequent university bus services in the country, and a traffic-free cycle route linking the campus to the outskirts of the city.