Choosing a university is a big decision – and will lead to experiences you’ll remember for your whole life. You’ll no doubt have considered which one best suits your education and career goals, so now it’s time to focus on the location itself. Lancaster is one of the north’s most vibrant university cities – and is bursting with things to do.
Lancaster is a student paradise, with lots to offer in the way of entertainment. Whether you love to drink and dance, or if eating out with friends is more your thing, you’ll have so much to choose from here.
Where to eat in Lancaster
Foodies will love Lancaster’s eclectic restaurant scene – from its cheap and cheerful high street favourites to its stylish and chic cafes. Whether you like British, Italian, Indian, Chinese or Japanese cuisine, there’s something for everyone in this lively city.
Lancaster’s picturesque, winding canal system is a great place to start exploring – with plenty of perfect dining spots. Dotted along the charming Lancaster Canal, you’ll find the Water Witch, an award-winning eatery surrounded by canal boats, and the popular White Cross bar and restaurant a refurbished cotton mill warehouse with popular outdoor seating that fills up fast in the summer months. Another favourite for food is the Lancaster Charter Market – our city’s traditional street food market set on Dalton Square. Market stalls offer a range of locally produced treats including cakes, pies, pastries, breads, cheeses and more. There is street food from around the world, popular choices include Italian flatbreads, Jamaican stew and Indian curry.
For vegetarians and vegans, Lancaster has a lot to offer. Try the Whale Tail Café where you can enjoy delicious veggie dishes and gluten-free meals within the confines of a glorious paved terrace. If a plant-based lifestyle is your thing, try The Herbarium, serving vegan food and treats alongside a yoga studio and exhibition space, it offers the perfect environment to relax, hang out, and experience Lancaster's cultural scene.
Where to drink in Lancaster
After you’ve finished dinner, why not go for a night out in the city? Lancaster boasts some award-winning cocktail bars and pubs, which are popular with the city’s students. Boutique cocktail bar Tipple serves up an exciting range of unique drinks with a cosy environment, ping-pong table, and board games to keep you entertained.
Or for a more relaxed vibe, Lancaster’s newest gin bar, Hogarths, pulls in an impressive crowd. Regularly buzzing on a weekend night, this Victorian Gin Palace serves over 80 varieties of Gin – what better way to spend an evening.
Some of the city’s quirkier drinking holes include Kanteena, which is housed in a repurposed warehouse, and the Cappuvino coffee, beer and wine bar – which serves desserts and drinks until midnight.
And let’s not forget Wetherspoon’s – a student hotspot and the place to go for a low-cost night out!
Out and about in Lancaster
Lancaster boasts so many layers and, in addition to its buzzing social scene, this market city has a strong history. If you love sightseeing, you’ll love Lancaster – and many of its top attractions are within walking distance of our campus. The city centre is a short stroll away, and within a half an hour walk, you’ll discover acres upon acres of parkland, canal walks and river walks.
Those who enjoy discovering nature will love the array of National Trust walking trails nearby. Many popular routes unveil brilliant views across Morecambe Bay to Lake District mountains and local reservoirs. You’ll enjoy spotting a variety of wildlife, including rare birds and woodland animals. Not far from campus is the pretty Blea Tarn Reservoir, which is popular with walkers and even paddlers in the warmer months.
History lovers must check out Lancaster Castle, which is around a mile away from our campus. Just 20 minutes by foot, this 12th-century castle, ex-prison and courthouse is an on-site museum and runs regular tours for its visitors. In the winter months, the castle grounds are host to Light Up Lancaster's annual bonfire festival and in December, snow and stalls descend upon the courtyard for the Chrismas Markets.
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