Lancaster University

Clubs and social environment

Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.


"There are a range of sports clubs, including shooting, which anyone can participate in. The sports centre is award winning and hosts Lancaster's inter-university competition with York every other year. It's an event worth watching."
"Join the Living History Society, we're great. There's nothing like an epic battle to the death to beat that exam stress. We'll also teach you to make clothes, do leatherwork, woodwork and maillework etc. The folk group is also a fantastic, friendly and relaxed place to meet people and enjoy music. We have informal folk sessions every week where we just turn up to sing (you don't have to be good), play instruments and chat."
"There is a competitive atmosphere between the colleges when it comes to sports. There is also a chance to compete against other universities, including in Roses against the University of York. The university is also very political. This includes both student politics within the university and societies that are affiliated with the mainstream British political parties. Aside from politics and sport, there is a vast array of societies and activities including the debating union, Amnesty International, the pole dancing society and the Harry Potter society. You can also join the university newspaper SCAN for which you can edit or write about pretty much anything you like."
"There are plenty of social spaces on campus due to the fact that this university has a collegiate system. This means that each college (nine overall) has its own bar and common room with things such as pool, table tennis and darts. The bars also serve food during the day and so act as a place where you can eat and socialise at the same time. There are also places such as Costa and Starbucks and other eateries. There are a wide variety of sports clubs available, many of which perform competitively during the annual Roses tournament. There are also opportunities for people to join more relaxed sports societies or societies that are not sport-related if competitive sport is not your thing."
"The social environment is great. You're always laughing and having fun and it's also a safe place where there's always someone who can help if needed. The societies on campus are great and there's something for everyone. We have everything from football and netball etc to film, Doctor Who and Harry Potter. Also, if you have ten or more people, you can create your own society."
"Our sports facilities are excellent. The college identity is massively encouraged in the first year as it gives students a sense of belonging. This could be more encouraged during the second and third years as the college presence begins to diminish once you're living in town. There are some excellent societies including film soc, lit soc, the SCAN newspaper and Bailrigg FM that enable you to meet people of similar mindsets and be able to create something together."
"There are plenty of varied societies for anyone to take part in. As well as excellent sports societies, we have an award-winning debate team and very successful law society that partakes in international competitions. Social justice groups such as Amnesty are also very popular and great. There are also film, book and history societies as well as many others."
"Lancaster University has societies for everything one can think of including boxing, marketing, sign language, sports, multicultural and even a Pokémon society."
"The university has a wide range of societies, ranging from sports to charities to Live Action Role Playing societies. There are also several bars on campus, all of which have pool tables and other bar sports equipment. Everyone I know has found a society that they feel welcome in that relates to one of their interests. Also, if you think you have an idea for your own society, you can easily create your own. Socially (and I cannot emphasise this enough) the university is not like a school. The social hierarchy and culture that makes outcasts of so many people is not present here. It's an environment where everyone has respect for each other. Granted, some people still appear to be the 'popular' and thus high-and-mighty members of the institution, but they are far less prevalent."
"There are plenty of societies to join, from sports- to business-orientated. There are multiple options for volunteering too such as Green Lancaster."


"There are a lot of clubs and societies, literally something for everyone. And if there's not, you can start your own society quite easily! It is expensive to be on a sports team though as this requires you to buy a gym membership."
"There are so many societies to join! From rowing to Pokemon to crafts to a capella to debate. We have tennis courts, a variety of pitches and the sports centre which has a climbing wall, a large pool, weights room, practice rooms and a large gym. The social environment is brilliant! So easy to make friends and keep in contact with them as the majority of students are either on campus or in town which isn't far away."
"There is a huge range of societies at Lancaster University. You can find them on the Lancaster University student union page, or talk to them in person at the freshers fair (there is also re-freshers after Christmas for anyone who missed out on the first one). I've tried many different clubs so far, such as Harry Potter society, assassins' guild, belly dance, climbing, running, and I'm looking forward to trying another new one next term – archery. There are also a lot of charity organisations, such as Water Aid, Bernardo's, Nightline and more."
"There are a huge number of clubs and societies that cater to a wide range of different interests. The social environment is really good, as there are events and activities going on all the time that mean anyone can find something to participate in. I would say that life in Lancaster is amazing, but I think that's partly because I knew that I wanted to come here. If you're looking for the big city life however, I wouldn't say that Lancaster would be the correct choice for you."
"Hundreds of sports teams on offer, from uni standard sport to college teams that compete internally, as well as free sessions to just try something new. It's a collegiate university and each college has a bar and college space. Each college elects an exec to run events like pub quizzes, nights out to other cities and just general social things to beat revision blues. There's a great night life in Lancaster town, free buses run from campus to town four nights a week. There's ALWAYS something going on."
"There are so many sports societies at Lancaster and we have try out sessions or full sports days where you can go round trying all different sports. If you like a sport then you can join the team or training group and have a great time. There are plenty of other clubs for people who prefer to relax a bit more rather than going to the gym: including a film club, Chinese learning club, yoga, darts, pool and plenty more."
"There are plenty of societies to join, something for everyone. The social environment is relaxed and pleasing. I am now an executive for litsoc, the literature society, and it's a great place to be. We don't just enjoy discussing literature together, we have become great friends and it's a pleasure to be in the society."
"There are a lot of sports clubs and societies, but there isn't enough funding for some of the clubs so it might be a deterring factor for some students having to pay a lot of money to enjoy some clubs."
"There is a large variety of clubs and societies to join at Lancaster. No matter what your interests are you are bound to find something you enjoy. They're a fantastic way to meet new friends outside of your accommodation. While you may be looking to find an activity you already take part in, they are also a brilliant way to try something new and discover a new passion. Lancaster definitely has the friendly atmosphere to cater to someone trying something new for the first time."
"The colleges create a good social environment where it is easy to make friends. College sports are also available (I particularly like the idea of inter-college sporting competitions). Also the hype for Roses – our inter-varsity tournament – is exciting. There are a huge number of societies, some are relatively inactive, which is a shame, but most are up and running. Student media – particularly radio – is well-run and looks like great fun."

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