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Where Beauty Inspires Brilliance

Nestled in the heart of The Lake District National Park, our Ambleside Campus is the only university campus in the UK located in a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Studying here, you'll get unrivalled access to 912 square kilometres of stunning landscape - with more than 150 high peaks, 52 lakes and tarns with unique habitats and wildlife to discover. A spectacular landscape shaped through the endeavour of humankind over thousands of years.

We have some exciting and unique facilities on campus, including our own bouldering wall, impressive science labs, and an equipment hire department for hiking, mountaineering, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and climbing. after a day of learning, action, or adventure, the SU bar, "The Struggle", is the perfect place to meet friends and catch up on Lake District life.

Our compact and friendly campus is just a short walk away from Ambleside town centre and a short bus ride away from iconic towns like Grasmere, Keswick, and Windermere with great restaurants, quirky bars, and top Lake District attractions to discover.

Be inspired. Be adventurous. Become part of a vibrant, exciting community here at the University of Cumbria in Ambleside.

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Take a tour of our Ambleside university campus

Take a look around our Ambleside campus from the comfort of your own home. Venture through the storehouse, defeat the bouldering wall, and grab a virtual bite to eat at The Barn café.

A walk through our Ambleside campus

Fantastic facilities at the foot of the fells

The Ambleside campus is a place of inspiration, our teaching buildings are named after the people and places that have shaped what we do best.

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Three reasons why we love our Ambleside campus

We are the largest provider of outdoor study degrees in the whole of the UK. The choice of courses we have, backed by outdoor expertise and partners who all share our passion to live, love, and protect the great outdoors provides a fantastic platform for so many careers.

The outdoors might be spectacular but indoors our student accommodation is the perfect place to unwind, with modern open-plan living spaces next door to our campus. We have invested millions of pounds into building accommodation students can call home.

The Lake District National Park is a place where the world stops to take a breath. Beautiful scenery, fresh air, the deepest lakes, highest mountains, and longest coastlines. We are so lucky to call it our home.

The adventure continues: Megan Hine

The adventure continues: Megan Hine

We are proud of all our Alumni and love hearing their stories. Megan Hine's latest adventure is certainly one that's got us excited! A graduate of 2006 Outdoor Studies, Megan is now an author, as well as an adventurer and advisor on Bear Gryll's shows Mission Survive and The Island.

Megan Hine, Outdoor Studies Graduate
Acclaimed adventurer, author and advisor to Bear Grylls

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Our Student Accommodation

Our Student Accommodation

Set in the heart of the Lake District, Ambleside is the perfect home for your university experience and student life. If you're thinking of studying the great outdoors, find out what our campus halls of residence have to offer.

We're not sure there could be a more exciting place to call home than the brand new Fell Court, or for those craving a traditional feel, The Cottages.

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Where to find our Ambleside campus

University of Cumbria
The Barn, Rydal Road,
Ambleside,
Cumbria
LA22 9BB