University of Lincoln

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Based in the heart of a beautiful and historic city, the University of Lincoln is proud of its reputation for providing a high-quality student experience underpinned by inspirational teaching. The University is ranked in the top 20 UK universities in the Guardian University Guide 2020 and is rated Gold – the highest standard possible - in the national Teaching Excellence Framework, reflecting our exciting teaching, great support for students, and excellent employment outcomes.

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Why Study Here

The University of Lincoln is recognised as setting a blueprint for excellence in our pioneering approach to working with industry. Our unique relationships with companies such as Siemens, the Lincolnshire Co-operative, and Santander demonstrate our innovative industry-engaged approach. This has been acknowledged through a series of national awards over the past decade, including a prestigious Lord Stafford Award (2011) and a Times Higher Education Award (2012). This approach provides students with enhanced opportunities for work experience, networking, and access to latest industry trends. Employability is a key aspect of our programmes and 96% of our most recent graduates were in work or further study within six months finishing their course (according to the most recent Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Open Days

30,000 people came to an Open Day event at the University of Lincoln last year. We believe this should be a day that changes your life and that the whole family enjoy. You can explore our campus, speak to lecturers, attend subject talks for the courses you are interested in, meet current students, view our accommodation, and enjoy the range of additional activities and entertainment that give our Open Days that distinctive ‘festival feel’.

Open Days give our students and staff the opportunity to show off. Previously our Dance Society and music students have performed, and we have had robots, fire-breathers, Stormtroopers, and our mascot Swanny entertaining guests.

Discover why Lincoln is such a special place to live and learn for yourself. The full list of our Open Day dates is available here.

Student Life in Lincoln

One of the world’s great historic cities, Lincoln is renowned for its fusion of old and new. The winning combination of a welcoming and vibrant city centre and a historic Cathedral Quarter, both offering a rich variety of attractions, activities, and amenities, makes Lincoln a fantastic place in which to live and study.

The University’s campus is based at the heart of it all. Located on the picturesque Brayford Pool waterfront, it provides a modern student-centred community with almost everything you’ll need either on campus or a short walk away.

When students are not studying, there are plenty of activities and amenities for them to enjoy on campus and in the city. The University of Lincoln Students’ Union operates several major on-campus venues which are popular hotspots for students during the day and at night. These venues were named as some of the safest in the country in the Best Bar None Awards in 2017.

The Students’ Union’s Tower Bar and The Swan provide relaxed daytime and evening hangouts, while The Engine Shed is one of the region’s biggest live music venues. It has hosted acts such as Kaiser Chiefs, Example, Kings of Leon, Kasabian, and Rudimental, as well as comedians Sarah Millican, Romesh Ranganathan, and Katherine Ryan.

A short walk away from campus you will find a range of restaurants, cafes, and bars that overlook the marina area, while the city’s high street and side streets offer a mix of independent and boutique stores and national brands and chains. Quirky speakeasy bars, cosy pubs, and bustling live music venues add to the vibrant and varied nightlife.

There are plenty of societies and sports clubs that students can get involved in. The University’s on-campus Sports Centre provides many of the facilities used by the Students’ Union sports clubs, including five-a-side football pitches, squash courts, basketball courts, hockey pitches, and trampolines. The Centre also offers a mix of fitness classes and a well-equipped gym. Students can pay for each session individually or via a monthly membership fee.

Outstanding Facilities

We understand the importance of giving students the strongest possible foundation to help them achieve their aspirations. Whatever programme you choose, we aim to ensure that you have access to the latest equipment and resources to support your studies. Over the past two decades, the University has invested more than £350 million in its Brayford Pool Campus, with ongoing investment in additional facilities and refurbishments of existing buildings. The University has also been awarded Gold by EcoCampus for its work in driving more sustainable environmental management practices across the campus.

The University’s facilities have been designed for the subject-specific needs of our students. Our buildings blend modern and innovative learning spaces with social spaces for group work and collaboration. At the heart of student life at Lincoln is the University’s Great Central Warehouse Library which provides access to more than 200,000 journals and 600,000 print and electronic books, as well as databases and specialist collections

When students are not studying, there are plenty of activities and amenities for them to enjoy. Many of our buildings have their own catering facilities, offering an array of food and drink options, and our on-campus Sports Centre provides many of the facilities used by the Students’ Union sports clubs, as well as a well-equipped gym and fitness classes. The campus is also home to Lincoln Performing Arts Centre which hosts a wide range of performances throughout the year, and the Engine Shed – Lincolnshire’s largest late night venue. 


Choosing where to live while studying is a big decision and it’s important to take the time to find out what’s available and what would best suit your needs. The University offers a variety of options to suit your needs and budget, from on-campus accommodation in our Student Village to University-managed developments and third party halls of residence just off-campus. Whatever you are looking for, our Accommodation Services team is on hand to help you find a great place to live.

Find out more about our accommodation here -

Student Population
Female / Male Students
54% Female
46% Male
Full / Part Students
82% Full Time
18% Part Time
International Students
91% Domestic
9% International
Stats from HESA

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A good, positive university. Only downside is a lot of lectures are foreign which means some have accents quite hard to understand - very friendly nonetheless.


Amazing course with a lot of time to spend revising and offers great help for those struggling. Could not recommend this place enough as the surrounding area is beautiful and makes you feel at home.

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