Top Reasons to Attend University in Lancaster
- Population 138,000
- Student population 20,000
The historic city of Lancaster and town of Morecambe form a single conurbation bisected by the Lune Valley. The county town of Lancashire, Lancaster's history can be traced back several thousand years. The small city has a cathedral and a medieval castle where the witches of Pendle were imprisoned, and has as its backcloth the beautiful countryside of the Lake District, the Forest of Bowland and the Lune Valley. It is a student-friendly city packed with pubs, clubs, shops, markets and theatres.
- Lancaster prides itself on its excellent network of cycle tracks. Most of the city centre is pedestrianised. Walking and cycling are strongly encouraged. Local bus services are efficient.
- Lancaster is 251 miles from London. Road and rail links are good. The West Coast Main Line service operating between London and Glasgow stops in Lancaster.
- The M6 is the north–south motorway. Coach services are good and ferry services operate from the Isle of Man to Heysham harbour.
- The region's main airport is Manchester and there are smaller airports at Blackpool and Liverpool
Attractions for students
- Lancaster university has full facilities including a climbing wall. Lancaster and Morecambe have sports centres.
- The countryside offers extensive leisure/sporting pursuits, including walking, cycling, and horse-riding.
- Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve is at Silverdale and Arnside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Culture and nightlife
- Lancaster has several nightclubs, including the Sugarhouse, owned and operated by Lancaster University Students' Union, which was refitted in 2006. The University also has its own theatre, art gallery and concert hall.There are many pubs but not all are student-friendly.
- Lancaster Castle, the Cathedral, the Ruskin Library, Williamson Park and St George's Quay with its award-winning Maritime Museum, are noteworthy visitor attractions.
- There is a good selection of independent cafes and restaurants in the city centre.
- Dukes Theatre and the Grand Theatre are in Lancaster, the Platform is in Morecambe. Modern multi-screen cinema complexes are in Lancaster and Morecambe and the Dukes Cinema offers the independents.
- Williamson Park, with its refurbished café and acres of beautiful parkland, and Happy Mount Park with traditional landscaping and summer attractions are both popular places to visit.
- Two shopping centres with the usual high street names are complemented by the many individual retailers located in the pedestrianised city centre.
- There is a popular indoor market, and monthly farmers' markets. Lancaster's outdoor Charter market offers a range of food, gift, book and craft stalls.
Proximity to the city centre
- University of Lancaster: a ten-minute bus ride from the city centre to the south.
- University of Cumbria: located on the southern edge of the city centre.
Content was accurate at the time of compilation. Population figures are compiled from the 2011 censuses for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.