About the Open Day
  • About the Open Day
  • Why Lancaster?
  • How to get here
  • Things to do in the area
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Our Open Day will provide you with a really good opportunity to see what our university has to offer - meeting tutors, walking around the inspiring campus, visiting our student accommodation, enjoying the practical activities we have prepared for you, and taking a stroll into nearby Williamson’s Park or the historical city centre of Lancaster.

We know choosing to come to university is a big decision and one that represents a significant investment for you, in time as well as financially. So, whilst you are on campus please do take the opportunity to talk to our passionate staff and student ambassadors: they will be delighted to give you their perspective on life as a student at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster.

Complimentary refreshments will be provided for you and your guests. We hope you have a great day with us!

10 reasons to study in Lancaster

  • Our Lancaster campus is set in beautiful parkland, yet is only a fifteen-minute walk into the town centre
  • We provide excellent facilities including hospital practice wards, a simulated leaning ambulance and a human performance laboratory
  • We have been inspiring teachers through our training and professional development opportunities for over 100 years, beginning with our founding institutions
  • A current multi-million pound investment plan will see the creation of purpose-built learning environments including a new teaching block offering social learning spaces, lecture theatre and teaching rooms
  • Our recently refurbished sports complex offers a fitness suite, sports hall, grass and artificial pitches, and a variety of classes from yoga to zumba!
  • Our teaching staff have a great deal of practical experience and are actively involved in ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research*
  • We have strong working relationships with the NHS, County Councils, private, voluntary and independent sectors allowing us to provide a wide breadth of placement opportunities
  • Our Business School was recently awarded The Small Business Charter Bronze Award in recognition of its active participation in supporting start-ups and small businesses in Cumbria and North Lancashire
  • We are one of the country’s leading and biggest providers of teacher education and School Direct partnerships 
  • The newly-launched UoC Active is all about making sport and exercise as inclusive as possible. It encompasses all of our sporting opportunities, including our Students' Union sports clubs, facilities, continuing professional development courses, and community activities

** 2014 Research Excellence Framework

How to get here

Driving

Our Lancaster campus is on the edge of Lancaster city centre. The postcode for satnavs is LA1 3JD.

From the North:

Leaving the M6 at junction 34, take the A683 towards Lancaster/Morecambe. Turn left onto the Lune Valley interchange/A683. Continue slightly left at the next traffic lights onto Caton Road. At the second set of traffic lights turn left and follow the one-way system through the city centre up to Pointer roundabout (just past the Royal Lancaster infirmary). Here, take the first exit onto Bowerham Road. The campus entrance is located on your left. 

From the South:

Leaving the M6 at junction 33, take the A6 to Lancaster (South). At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Lancaster Road/A6. Continue towards the city centre. Turn right onto Barton Road just after the BP garage. Follow this road and continue onto Bowerham Road. Go straight across the mini roundabout and follow Bowerham Road down to the campus entrance, which is on your right hand side.

Train

Lancaster railway station is approximately a 25-minute walk from campus. Taxis are readily available at the station.

Bus

There is a regular bus service to and from the city centre which stops outside the campus. Take bus numbers 2, 2A or 4.

Lancaster is a vibrant and historic city, home to two universities and around 15,000 students from all over the world. Located just south of the Lake District and close to the Morecambe Bay coastline, it is just over an hour’s train journey away from Manchester and Liverpool.  Lancaster is the archetypal university city, with friendly pubs and a lively music scene.

Cafés and Restaurants

  • Merchants 1688 – historic restaurant and bar set in 300-year-old wine cellars. An annual beer and pie fest is held there in April
  • The Borough – a traditional pub in the city centre with a great selection of food and beer
  • Pizza Margherita – great Italian food. Try the cobbles!
  • The Whaletail Café – Bohemian, vegetarian café

Entertainment

  • Williamson Park – this lovely park is on our campus doorstep. With views over Morecambe Bay and beyond, it’s great for a picnic on a sunny day
  • Lancaster Castle – an imposing, impressive and impenetrable historic landmark in the centre of Lancaster, prison of the infamous Pendle witches. Tours, seasonal events and activities are available
  • The Dukes – An independent cinema and theatre which offers an outdoor production in Williamson Park throughout the summer
  • Light up Lancaster – Annual light festival which takes place in November including music, dance, performance and arts installations

Things to do nearby

  • Have a day out at the seaside for stunning estuary views and dramatic sunsets
  • Take a leisurely boat trip on the canal
  • Visit the beautiful trough of Bowland – moorland and forest on your doorstep
  • Shop til you drop in Manchester or Liverpool – only an hour away by train
  • Enjoy a homemade ice-cream at Wallings in Cockerham or a smoked treat from the smokehouse at Glasson Dock

Booking & attendance

Do I have to book to attend an open day?

Yes, you will need to book a place on our open day. Please click on the Book Now button above.

Will I receive confirmation of my booking?

Once you've completed your booking, you'll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. We'll also send you a reminder email closer to the time.

Do I need to let you know of any changes to my booking?

Please do let us know if you can no longer make it to the open day. We can get you booked onto an alternative open day or a campus tour.

Can I bring guests with me?

Yes, we really encourage you to take advice from your parents, family and friends, who will be supporting and helping you throughout your applicant journey. We encourage you to bring them along so they get involved in the day too.

Where can I eat on the day?

Complimentary refreshments will be available throughout the open day, but if you fancy something more, grab a bite to eat in one of our catering outlets, they are a welcoming space to gather with friends over a coffee or lunch.

You can also enjoy some tasty treats or a light lunch in Café Martineau located next to the Alexandra building.

The View Restaurant has an excellent selection of hot and cold food, drinks and snacks. It's located on the top floor of the Gateway building and, as the name suggests, has amazing views over Morecambe Bay!

What if I can't make the date?

Don’t worry, if you can't make it to one of our open days, you can book onto one of our campus tours, with an opportunity to learn more about UoC, speak to a student ambassador and have a really good look around.

Travel & access

Traveling by train

Lancaster railway station is approximately a 25-minute walk from campus. Taxis are readily available at the station.

Traveling by car

The postcode for sat navs is LA1 3JD.

From the North: Leaving the M6 at junction 34, take the A683 towards Lancaster/Morecambe. Turn left onto the Lune Valley interchange/A683. Continue slightly left at the next traffic lights onto Caton Road. At the second set of traffic lights turn left and follow the one-way system through the city centre up to Pointer roundabout (just past the Royal Lancaster infirmary). Here, take the first exit onto Bowerham Road. The campus entrance is located on your left.

From the South: Leaving the M6 at junction 33, take the A6 to Lancaster (South). At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Lancaster Road/A6. Continue towards the city centre. Turn right onto Barton Road just after the BP garage. Follow this road and continue onto Bowerham Road. Go straight across the mini roundabout and follow Bowerham Road down to the campus entrance, which is on your right hand side.

Parking

Pay and display parking is available for visitors on campus – see campus map.

Support for visitors with disabilities

If you require any specific support during your visit, please speak to a member of staff during registration. Our campus map outlines our disabled parking spaces and accessible routes.

Talks & tours

Campus and accommodation tours

Our student ambassadors will be on hand throughout the day to take you on a tour of our lovely Lancaster campus and our range of student accommodation. It's the perfect chance to pick their brains about what it's really like being a student at the University of Cumbria!

There is usually an accommodation tour every hour and a campus tour every half hour.

Subject specific talks and interactive sessions

These are brilliant opportunities to delve deeper into our courses. Our passionate staff will introduce you to the subjects and the departments - you'll even be able to take part in a taster session!

Information fair

Information stands and talks for our academic and support services will be available throughout the day. Our staff will be on hand to provide information and answer your questions about:

  • Courses
  • Accommodation support
  • Student admissions 
  • Career and employability advice
  • Student finance and managing your money
  • Disability advice
  • Mental health and counselling support
  • Student parents support
  • Library and Student Services
  • Any other support you may require at university

When you study with the University of Cumbria, you will have access to advice about your course, academic skills development, your wellbeing, university life in general and your future career direction. Support is provided in a number of ways; it can be online, by phone or if you need it, in person.