Take a tour round our new campus refurbishments

A lot of exciting projects took place this summer, with a new look and feel for many of the campuses you know so well. 

So here is a little visual tour of some of the most recent changes…



The Harold Bridges library has been serving students for 42 years, originally part of St. Martin’s College. This summer the downstairs space got a modern new refurbishment, with bright furniture, vibrant carpets and new study spaces for our students.


Work continues on the new teaching block, this will be completed by next Summer. You can read more about it and watch a video here.

The new building occupies the land up beside the Keep, on the way to College Main. 



We were very excited to unveil our brand new accommodation to our students in September.

There are 7 new townhouses, 5 of them with 11 bedrooms and 2 with 8 bedrooms, a total of 71 en-suite bedrooms.

The townhouses, all with well known local names of Fellbarrow, Eage Cragg, Castle Cragg, Rosthwaite, Seathwaite, Stybarrow and Yewbarrow are located on land behind Fairfield.

Each house contains a modern open plan kitchen and dining area with a spacious communal lounge.


Fusehill Street


The most iconic building of our Fusehill Street campus in Carlisle is of course Skiddaw, we gave her a fresh new facelift over the summer months. The building has stood since 1863 and has been a workhouse and a hospital in its time.

The beautiful old building got her brickwork repointed and brand new windows and a new clock. 

Things are looking very smart here now at Fusehill! Skiddaw really is a spectacular building when you take the time to notice the details.

Calva Bar got a trendy new look towards the end of last academic year. The whole bar was refurbished and new furniture was added, all in the bright, eye catching corporate green!


The Skiddaw Dining Hall got a new look too, with new furniture, including 1950s diner inspired booths at the ends of the room. The wall between the seating area and food area was knocked down making a much more open and welcoming space.

The food counters got a whole new look and new product lines were added too! (yes new cake!) It is proving very popular with the students!


Last but by no means least hiding right at the back of the campus we got brand new buildings! These are our STEM labs and they can just be seen poking out the tops of the hedge as you walk Up Fusehill Street.



All of our campuses are open access, which means alumni and members of the public are more than welcome to wander the grounds. If you haven’t been for a while why not pop down and see us? Drop in for a pint in Calva Bar at Fusehill Street, a Costa Coffee at Brampton Road, or a lovely homemade cake in the Barn Café at Ambleside or Café Martineau in Lancaster. The opening times for all our food and drink outlets can be found here on the website.

If you would like to see inside the buildings or learn a little more about the campuses today, then drop us an email alumni@cumbria.ac.uk and we will try our best to arrange a campus tour for you. (subject to availability, please give at least 1 week's notice).