Of course, it’s not just the city itself which makes Lancaster an amazing place to study. The universities (that’s right, Lancaster is so amazing it has two!) are some of the best in the world. They attract some amazing students, a fact which we here at Student Housing Lancaster love. Great institutions attract great students, who make it even greater in the best kind of never-ending cycle!
So, why should you choose one of the amazing universities that have found their homes in Lancaster? What do they have to offer?
The University of Lancaster was founded in 1964, one of the several new universities that were established in the period. Originally, the university was situated throughout the city and only became campus-based in 1968 when it moved to the purpose-built buildings at Bailrigg.
Today, there are several reasons that this university attracts students from around the world. It is in the Top Ten universities in the country, ranking 9th in the Complete University Guide 2016 and 10th in the Guardian respectfully. Considering the fact that there are 120 universities in the UK that is an astonishing feat, it is truly an institution that has been a rising star for a very long time.
Better yet, Lancaster University is one of only six institutions in the UK that has a collegiate system. This means that students and staff all belong to a particular college, of which there are eight to choose from. Not only is there a great social feel to the colleges, but you also graduate with the rest of your college rather than by subject. The level of comradery that this creates is unparalleled at many other universities.
A final reason – and perhaps the most important – is the success rate of this university. An incredible 97% of students are in employment within six months of graduating. This is an astonishing figure! Looking for a bright future, then Lancaster University is certainly the destination for you.
University of Cumbria
The University of Cumbria is an institution that is primarily based in the county of Cumbria. However, it has campuses in Carlisle, Lancaster, Ambleside, Penrith and in Workington. Making it one of the most widespread campuses in the country. Both geographically and academically this is a university that is always expanding.
A young university, it was established in 2007 following the merger of St Martin’s College, the Cumbria Institute of the Arts and Cumbrian sectors of the University of Central Lancashire. Though young, it already offers a wide array of courses and has several specialist departments – business, social studies, education, nursing, outdoor studies, sports sciences and much more.
The focus on employer courses offers you an amazing blend of academic learning and practical skills, perfect for work life. The experience you gain doing such a course can make gaining a job, especially in your field of study, that much easier when it comes to graduation. For those more suited to a classroom, this is an institution that has an amazing research standard and 7% of it is world leading.
If you are searching for a university with a career-focused curriculum, based in a spectacular location, then the University of Cumbria has a degree waiting for you.