University of Lancaster campus

Living in Lancaster

Why live in Lancaster?

The University campus is located three miles from the historic city of Lancaster. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is close to Lancashire’s beaches, as well as the Lake District National Park. Our students love the University’s combination of a safe and friendly campus that has easy access to the city, coast and English countryside.

The city

The city of Lancaster is a short bus ride from campus. Named as one of the most vibrant cities in the UK, Lancaster has everything you need but is small enough to feel safe and welcoming. Full of history, the city has a 12th-century castle, a historic canal, and several museums.

Lancaster city is a great place to shop, with brand-name shops, independent boutiques and exciting markets. You can explore a traditional English market every Wednesday and Saturday in Dalton Square – selling everything from food, crafts, books and plants.

Once you're finished shopping, transport yourself anywhere in the world by exploring the city's restaurant scene. You will be able to find restaurants serving different cuisines from African, French, Mexican, Malaysian and more.  

The coast

A real benefit of studying in Lancaster is its beautiful coastline. Lancashire’s sandy beaches are only a few miles from campus. The most famous areas include:

  • Morecambe Bay – a beautiful coastline with wildlife and seaside towns.
  • Blackpool – famous for its bright lights, sandy beach and rollercoaster rides.

The countryside

The Lake District, England’s largest National Park, is only a 40 minute drive from campus, or you could travel there by barge on the Lancaster Canal. Closer to campus there are many other places to walks, cycle and enjoy the English countryside. The Lune Estuary Footpath provides peaceful walks along the River Lune, or head to the Forest of Bowland. As a recognised area of outstanding beauty you are welcome to enjoy spectacular views of rolling English hills. 

The UK and beyond

The cities of Manchester and Liverpool are an hour or two from Lancaster by train, and London is less than two and a half hours away. For air travel, Manchester International Airport is one hour away, offering quick flights throughout the UK and Europe. Other nearby airports include Leeds and Liverpool.

Lancaster University International Study Centre

Cecilia from China in a lab

"Lancaster is like a small village, but the location is really good because it is close to bigger cities like Manchester or Liverpool, where I can have leisure time. The campus and the city are really quiet but it is good so I can focus on my studies."

Cecilia from China studied International Foundation Year in Life Sciences