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A vibrant and historic heritage city, Lancaster is home to around 15,000 students from around the world. With its fair share of pubs and clubs, Lancaster has a lively music scene, as well as a selection of high street stores and independent boutiques for you to explore. Not to mention many other interesting cultural sightseeing opportunities including Lancaster Castle and the Pendlebury Witches Trail.


Our Lancaster campus occupies large green and tranquil spaces. A short walk away from campus you will find Lancaster City Centre and the beautiful Williamson Park, home to the iconic Ashton Memorial, 54 acres of park and woodland and the annual Highest Point Festival. 


Here on campus, you will find state-of-the-art teaching facilities in the form of a £9 Million investment in our Sentamu building completed in 2017, our halls of residence, library with social working spaces, sports complex with a variety of classes running throughout the week, a chapel, our students' union and three eateries including Starbucks Coffee, Cafe Martineau and The View Restaurant. 


But you don't have to take our word for it. Explore our campus in 3D by following our Graduate Outreach Intern, Shahima, as she shows you around the campus on our video tour, virtually visit the facilities by clicking the pins on the map, or browse our picture gallery to see what happens on our campus and on our courses.


Explore our Lancaster Campus in 3D

Find your course at Lancaster


Lancaster is a vibrant university city offering all the benefits of a great student life experience within a small and welcoming community. The campus is set in beautiful parkland just a short walk from the city centre, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

We have over 447 rooms in our Lancaster residences- take a look at what we have to offer!

Lancaster accommodation

“I visited the university on an open day before I made my choice. The tutors were nothing but welcoming. The small class sizes also attracted my attention, as you really get the opportunity to achieve your maximum potential and make some close friends.”

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Getting to Lancaster

Lancaster Campus Bowerham Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 3JD Phone: 01524 590 800


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.

Pay and display parking

Pay and display parking is available for students, staff and visitors without a parking permit. Please see the table below for prices.

Pay-and-display parking charges
Length of timePrice
0-2 hours £1.00
2-4 hours £1.60
4-8 hours £2.40
8-10 hours £3.20

Disabled Parking

Designated parking bays for disabled persons are located in the car parks at:

Vehicle entrances

Vehicle entrances to the Bowerham Road campus are from Bowerham Road, Coulston Road, Wyresdale Road and Anderson Close only. The Golgotha Road exit is one-way and must not be used for entry to the campus.

Access to the area of College Main, College North and South, Gressingham and Sarah Witham Thompson is restricted to service vehicles, disabled parking and loading / unloading only. No general parking is permitted in these areas.

Download the Traffic Regulations and Car Parking Policy

Parking permits

Visitors (including open days, course interviews and conferences)

Open day attendees, course interview candidates, conference delegates and other visitors should be provided with parking information and permits by their hosts.

This will involve either a dedicated visitors parking area, supply of a visitors' parking permit, or use of pay-and-display. Visitors' parking permits might be provided in advance or arrangements made for their collection on arrival.

Unless a dedicated visitors' parking area has been provided, visitors' parking permits are valid in any non-allocated parking space.

Where an area is designated for visitors parking, staff and students with a parking permit or pay and display ticket must not park there.

For the avoidance of doubt, the following definitions are used in deciding eligibility:

  • ‘Bona fide’ visitors are people who have been invited to the university and are not being paid. This includes people who are paying to attend an event but who are not students. This would include open days, conference delegates and registration events.

  • Contractors and consultants are regarded as permanent employees for parking purposes. This means that they would need to use pay and display parking or purchase a twelve week or annual parking permit.


Student parking permit charges
Permit typePrices
On-campus (non-residential and placement* car users only) £64.00
Williamson Park (off-campus) £32.00
Car Share £33.00
12-week permits £25.50
Zero VED permit 50% discount on any of the above prices

On-campus parking

There is limited car parking space on site. With the exception of students who use their own car to get to their placements, residential students are not permitted to park on campus during the hours of 8.00 am and 6.00 pm Monday to Friday except by purchasing a Pay and Display ticket. On campus parking is available for residential students outside of these hours and at weekends provided that their vehicles are removed from campus by 8.00 am each weekday morning.

Resident students who have to use their own cars to get to placements will be advised of their eligibility. They must apply and pay for a parking permit. This arrangement applies at the main Bowerham Road campus only: there is insufficient space at Mill Hall to allow any student parking there.

Residential Coordinators and Senior Residential Co-ordinators are required to apply for a permit but this is provided free of charge by the University.

Apply for a student parking permit

Mill Hall

Parking is not available to students at any time (including those using their cars to get to placements).

Williamson Park

Parking for staff and students is also available in the Williamson Park Car Park accessed off Wyresdale Road. Permits for this car park need to be purchased and displayed. They are available at a lower fee than general University permits and therefore cannot be used in any other University car park. Williamson Park is not operated by the University nor the University’s parking operator and local rules should be observed.

Apply for a Williamson Park parking permit

On-street parking

Students are asked not to park on neighbouring residential streets.

Changes to/reissue of permits

For any change to an existing permit, including re-issue in the event of loss or damage, an administration fee of £5 is payable.


LocationPermit typePrices
All campuses Salary Band 1 – Up to £10,500 £50.50
All campuses Salary Band 2 – £10,500 - £15,000 £107.40
All campuses Salary Band 3 - £15,000 - £25,000 £132.40
All campuses Salary Band 4 - £25,000 - £35,000 £154.20
All campuses Salary Band 5 - £35,000 - £42,000 £197.90
All campuses Salary Band 6 – Over £42,000 £232.10
All campuses Car Share £41.00
All campuses 12-week permits £43.70
All campuses Zero VED permit 50% discount on any of the above permit prices
Williamson Park   £54.60

Apply for a staff parking permit

Mill Hall

Parking is available to University of Cumbria vehicles only between the hours of 8.00 am and 6.00 pm Monday to Friday. Outside these hours parking is available to holders of staff permits.

Williamson Park

Parking for staff and students is also available in the Williamson Park Car Park accessed off Wyresdale Road. Permits for this car park need to be purchased and displayed. They are available at a lower fee than general University permits and therefore cannot be used in any other University car park. Williamson Park is not operated by the University nor the University’s parking operator and local rules should be observed.

On-street parking

Staff and students are asked not to park on neighbouring residential streets.

Contact information

The issue of permits, management of University car parks and issue of Parking Charge Notices is currently managed by Excel Parking Services Ltd. Excel have a dedicated email address for University of Cumbria enquiries: Alternatively, you can use their general enquiry phone number: 0114 261 7111.

Any correspondence relating to the issue of a PCN must be directed to Excel Parking Services Ltd. This is not dealt with by the University. If you are dissatisfied with the issuing of a PCN you can appeal to Excel Parking Services Ltd. If you are not satisfied with the response from Excel Parking Services Ltd, you can appeal to the national Independent Appeals Service. Details of this will be provided with the PCN.

If you believe that there is a problem with a University Car Park (eg, the Pay and Display machine isn’t working), please report this to the site reception.

If you have any other queries about this policy please contact FM Administration in the first instance. They can be contacted at: 01524 590831 / email: 

Bicycle Parking

Bicycle parking is available on campus - please see the Lancaster campus map for details.

Anyone using the bicycle parking must ensure that they lock their bicycle securely to the racks. The university does not accept liability for any property that is lost, stolen or damaged on campus.

Bike rental for staff and students

We’ve got bikes available for rent to our staff and students. 

They go for only £50 (inc VAT) for any period as long as you hand them back by the end of June.

All the bikes come with a lock (minimum ‘Sold Secure Bronze’) and a set of front and back lights. We don’t supply helmets but recommend that you do use one.

Please make sure that you insure and look after the bike while you’ve got it: we expect to get it back in a good condition (when you receive your bike it will be either new or will have been serviced). 

To request a bike, talk to the your Accommodation Officer - we have a range of frame sizes so hopefully we’ll have a bike to fit you.

Our bikes are all Trek FX7.0, fitted with mudguards.

Rent a bike

Join the University of Cumbria Strava club

Do you bike, run or walk to work or study at the University of Cumbria?

Then join the University of Cumbria Strava Club!

Strava is a social media site that allows cyclists and other outdoorsy people to use GPS data to share routes and compare their performance. 

If you’ve got a GPS device or a smartphone you can log your activities and upload them to the site. You’ll then be able to find out what other students and staff have been up to – helping you to pick up new route ideas and meet new people with similar interests. The site will also help you meet other people who ride the same commutes as you on a regular basis.

Visit the club page at

Security advice

Please note: We strongly advise that Strava members use the site’s ‘Privacy Zone’ function to keep their home address hidden. 

For more information visit the Strava security information page

Bus travel

Our Lancaster campus is well-served by public transport, with buses stopping frequently at the stops near the campus entrance. 

As a University of Cumbria student, you can get discounted season tickets for Stagecoach bus travel in Lancaster (the ‘Unirider’ ticket).

Get a UniRider ticket

Find bus times

Train travel

The Lancaster train station is a 20-30 minute walk from campus and a five-minute walk away from the bus station.

Travel questions?

If you have any queries about travelling while at the University of Cumbria, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Phone: 01524 590 831

Lancaster is a student city and thrives on welcoming young people into the community.

With its fair share of pubs and clubs, Lancaster has a lively music scene, as well as a selection of high street stores and independent boutiques for you to explore. Not to mention many other interesting cultural sightseeing opportunities!

It is in close proximity to the World-famous Lake District National Park with more than 200 mountains, 16 lakes, an abundance of rivers and rich habitats and wildlife. This idyll environment is a perfect place to spend time with family and enjoy the natural beauty of the North West

Also with good transport links to Manchester and Blackpool you’ll never be short of a fun day out!

The View

Situated on the top floor of the Gateway building, The View restaurant really lives up to its name, offering spectacular panoramic views across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District hills. A delicious selection of hot and cold food is served daily at breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Whether you're looking for a hearty meal or just a quick bite, The View is an excellent choice.


Café Martineau

Café Martineau is the perfect place to take time out between classes and enjoy fresh ground coffee, speciality teas, chilled beverages, hot savouries, soup, sandwiches, cakes and confectionery items.


Starbucks serves a wide range of coffees, teas, cold drinks and hot and cold snacks. There's something for everyone.

Lancaster Sports Complex

Here out our Lancaster campus, we have our very own sports complex with a wide range of classes being conducted throughout the day from Boot Camp to Yoga. Our sports centre membership is extremely affordable for our students and includes the use of Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, where you will find world-class sports and exercise facilities including an 18-panel indoor climbing wall and 33m swimming pool.

Students' Union

The University of Cumbria Students' Union (UCSU) represents the views and interests of our students.

The Students' Union organises a range of events - from Freshers' week right through to Graduation - to help you meet new friends, develop skills, celebrate success and provide opportunities to enhance your student life.

They also run a wide variety of student groups, societies and sports teams.

Find out about the Students' Union

What’s happening at Lancaster?

Lancaster News

Wednesday July 1 2020

Clearing 2020 goes virtual at University of Cumbria

Future students should look no further as the annual process of Clearing to secure a place at university this autumn begins next week. University of Cumbria has a dedicated team on hand from 9am on Monday (6 July) to help anyone who is interested in starting university this year. A new downloadable guide with everything you need to know about Clearing has also been produced, including details of Clearing Plus – a new system helping to match applicants with universities.

Clearing 2020 strapline, image is a snippet taken from cover of the 2020 University of Cumbria Guide to Clearing. 1 July 2020

Tuesday June 30 2020

Graduating teachers' homelearning help for parents during Covid19 pandemic

Trainee teachers who are soon to graduate are behind a scheme to support parents and families amid uncertainty about pupils returning to school. More than 30 University of Cumbria final year Early Years, Primary and Secondary teacher training students are running a daily service for any parent or carer seeking help, advice or fresh ideas on how to make learning fun and meaningful for their children. The Homeschooling Support scheme is free and can be found on Facebook.

Image Relay pic from IoE stock to illustrate our student teachers as they launch their homeschooling support scheme on Facebook to help parents during the Covid19 coronavirus pandemic. June 30 2020