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Thinking about a career in nursing? Come and join us at our Lancaster campus to explore our courses, meet our staff and hear from industry professionals. 

You’re passionate, caring and ambitious. You want to change lives in your community and we’re here to help you do that through small class sizes taught by highly experienced teachers. We’ll also help with financial issues, childcare, placements, travel or any other concerns you may have.

Why Choose University of Cumbria?

  • Our strong link with Morecambe Bay NHS Trust provides you with placement opportunities
  • Gain real life experience by spending 50% of your course working with patients on clinical placements
  • 100% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating

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


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.


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


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. It holds an annual beer and pie fest in April each year
  • 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


  • 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