Our luxury Lancaster student accommodation has been designed with the thoughts and needs of modern-day students in mind. We provide comfortable, functional, spacious student apartments with a contemporary design. Every studio or shared student apartment is designed to high-specifications, providing a comfortable bedroom, en suite bathroom, plenty of storage solutions, and a study space. We do our best to provide locations that are central, or within easy travelling distance of all amenities and university life. You’ll be close to both Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria when living at our luxury student apartments in Lancaster.
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With our luxury Lancaster student accommodation being located right in the heart of the city centre you know for sure that you are close to the universities that are here.
- Lancaster University – Much like Oxford and Cambridge, Lancaster University is one of the few universities in the country that has a collegiate system in place. There are nine colleges in total here, with a unique atmosphere (and a different bar) in each. You’ll find that some of the colleges are more well known for being sporty, whilst others are studious, and some colleges the party colleges. This type of collegiate system definitely makes it much easier to make friends initially when living away from home for the first time. Lancaster University is consistently ranked in the top ten universities in the UK, and is well regarded for its research and teaching provisions, and world-class facilities. The library is open 24-hours per day, and there are over 230 clubs and societies to join though the Students’ Union. Lancaster University is definitely a place that aspires to providing a strong platform for students to learn and to enjoy exploring how to become the best person they can be.
- The University of Cumbria – The University of Cumbria is located on various campuses in different locations. The largest of those can be found in Lancaster. It was founded in 2007, with other campuses found in London, Carlisle, the Lake District, Workington, and Barrow. Prior to 2007 it was in various forms of colleges with a proud history dating back 150-years. The campus in Lancaster is set in a truly beautiful part of the city, in Williamson Park, with plenty of green fields and parkland for company, just a short walk from the centre of Lancaster.
Eating Out in Lancaster
Lancaster has a lot going for it considering it is quite small in size and stature when compared to other university cities. One of the best things about our choice of location for our luxury Lancaster student apartments is that it leaves you a really short distance away from some of the finest food choices around. There is always plenty to see and do in Lancaster, and you want to be sure that you are well fed and ready for a hard day of study ahead, or ready for a night out in town. We’ve looked at a few of the options that could send your tastebuds wild in anticipation.
- Big Brand Names – We all like the comfort and speed of fast food at times, or a chain restaurant that we’ve been going to with our family since we were kids. In Lancaster you’ll find that there is a whole host of the food chains and restaurants that you know and love, helping you to settle into your new home. There are the golden arches of McDonalds, KFC, a GO Burrito, Costa, as well as a Bella Italia for your pizza and pasta fix.
- Koko (Common Garden St) – If you are looking for something a little bit different without breaking the bank, Koko is the perfect place to start. Close to your luxury student apartment in Lancaster, this Common Garden Street restaurant offers fusion Hawaiian and Japanese cuisine for a good price. Expect to choose from a large and exciting menu that is filling and relatively healthy. The Pokè bowl is incredible, where you create your own meal by adding rice, fish, sauces, and any vegetable you like. You can even get takeaway.
- Nami Sushi (China St) – Nami Sushi is a great place to try sushi for the first time, or to get your fix on if you’re already a big fan. The unpretentious surroundings make it an easy place to fall in love with, sitting next to the sushi conveyor belt and spending an hour or two with friends, sharing and talking, or picking up a quick bite to eat after a hard day of study at university.
- Wallings (Alexandra Square) – During the warmer spring and summer months, when exams are gearing up and the stress might be starting to get to you, there are few better things in life than treating yourself to a delicious ice cream. Wallings is the best ice cream in the city, and they have a seller on Alexandra Square when the weather gets warmer – providing you with the perfect excuse to take a break from your work for a bit!
- The Merchants 1688 – You should never miss out the Merchants 1688 from any list of Lancaster. Whether you are visiting for one day, or living here, it is a glorious place to go for food. This would be a brilliant place to take your parents when they are visiting, or if you are trying to impress someone. The converted wine merchants and cellars is over 300 years old and serves hearty, traditional pub food to a high standard, and is close to Lancaster Castle gates, close to the railway station. The main entrance leads you into what is an underground restaurant, with inviting cellars and tunnels, and fantastic food.
Remember to always keep an eye out for student deals, 2-4-1 promotions, and other discounts throughout the city. As a student in Lancaster you’ll be pleased to know there are plenty of chains and pubs serving up grub at a decent, student-friendly price. It’s just a case of finding out what you like and where to go. We hope this has been a good help in starting.
You’ll be getting ready for a big night out at our luxury Lancaster student accommodation knowing that you are really close to a great night out. Even better, you’ll be able to get home at the end of the night with relative ease, and safely, which is one of the big positive differences when comparing a small university city as Lancaster with the bigger university cities, including Manchester and Liverpool that are quite close by.
- Students’ Union – With the college system at Lancaster University you can ensure that you can have a cheap and cheerful night out on campus, with nine college bars to choose from, and the Students’ Union where there are loads of societies and events to take part in. Depending on which bar you choose to drink in you’ll find a completely different theme and atmosphere, with different promotions and drinks discounts depending on when and where you are.
- SugarHouse – The biggest student night out in Lancaster can be found on a Wednesday night at SugarHouse. It is a clubnight that is run by the Students’ Union of Lancaster University and regularly hosts famous DJs and bands that are touring. Expect great music, good student entry prices and unreal drinks promotions. Other nights of the week there are different themes at SugarHouse, and it has become a staple of student life in Lancaster since it opened in 1982.
- Dalton Rooms & Glow – The other big student club in Lancaster can be found at St Leonard’s House. Dalton Rooms & Glow is a combined venue open till 6 in the morning 5 days of the week. One of the most celebrated clubnights is ‘Social Wednesdays’ (home to many a society night out), but there is also ‘Skint Mondays’, ‘Epic Fridays’, and ‘Love Saturdays’. There is also a discount card that can be bought to give you cheaper entry and drinks promotions that others don’t get access to.
- Pub Crawl – Lancaster is one of those small cities that is vibrant in terms of old-fashioned pubs, and is the perfect place to easily take on a pub crawl with your new university friends. There are loads of great pubs in town, from The Sun to The Tap House, and on to Merchants 1668. Knowing that there are cheap college bars and student club nights either side of a pub crawl along the route of olde worlde pubs makes it an intriguing prospect for a night out, or a weekend affair.
Sport in Lancaster
It is always handy to know what sport is like in a new town, and when you unpack your sportswear or sports equipment at your new luxury Lancaster student apartment, you’ll want to know what there is out there for you to get your blood flowing and to compete!
- Lancaster University Sports Centre – Top-notch sporting facilities are not always the norm at universities, but at the Lancaster University Sports Centre you can take advantage of the brand new £20 million sports centre. It includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, climbing walls (and bouldering cave), sports hall, as well as a gym, sauna, and steam rooms.
- Students’ Union Sport – Within the University there is also access to loads of sports facilities, including tennis courts, football and rugby pitches (both all-weather and standard grass), netball courts, and even a crown bowling green. At the Students’ Union there are 35 sports clubs and teams, including Korfball and American Football. There is also an annual War of the Roses tournament against the University of York that has competitive fixtures in 40 sports.
- Lake District and Outdoor Sport – Lancaster is in a glorious location in the North West of England. With the coast to the west, and the Lake District close by, it provides the perfect starting spot to explore the region if you are interested in hiking, walking trails, cycling routes, climbing, canoeing, paragliding, and much more. For a person who love the outdoors your luxury student accommodation in Lancaster is the perfect base.
- Football in the North West – If you are a lover of football then Lancaster City play in the Northern Premier League, but just a short ride away Morecambe play higher up the football pyramid in League Two. The best thing about being in the North West of England is that you are only an hour or so away from countless professional and historic football clubs, including the Manchester and Liverpool clubs, Blackpool, Leeds, Preston, Burnley, and Blackburn, to name just a few.
- Rugby League in the North West – The same can be said of Rugby League, which has its roots in the hotbed of the North West of England. Within an hour or so you could be watching some historic rugby league clubs, such as Wigan, St Helens, Warrington, Salford, and Leeds.
Whether you are looking to take part in sport to keep fit, make new friends, or go to watch a team sport, Lancaster has plenty on offer within the city limits or within an hour of travel easily on public transport.
Shopping in Lancaster
Shopping should always be looked at as an important part of growing up. When you first move into your new luxury student apartment in Lancaster you’ll need to know where to buy all the food and clothing essentials, where to get your electricals, and where to treat yourself occasionally. Learning to live within a budget, and understanding what needs to be bought and when it a big part of becoming an adult, and Lancaster has plenty of good shopping options. From the small independent boutiques, to vintage and charity shops, up to the big brand names and retailers, Lancaster has everything you could ever need.
- Vintage Sale – One of the most popular types of shopping in Lancaster is for vintage clothing and one of the best examples of this is the vintage kilo sale. Every term there are a couple of these sales and they are a brilliant way to get some fabulous clothing for a pretty good price. They take place at the University of Cumbria or at Lancaster Town Hall, and people pay only for what the clothes you want weigh.
- Assembly Rooms Emporium – Another great example of vintage clothing sales include the Assembly Rooms Emporium with stalls selling vintage and alternative clothing inside a gorgeous Grade II listed building that has been open since 1759. Stare in wonder at the architecture of the building, as you stroll around looking for the perfect new threads as you create your new student style.
- Charity Shops – There are plenty of charity shops throughout Lancaster, and this is a fantastic way to find some great clothing at a decent price. You’ll find that there is a lot of really well-made, and well-looked after vintage clothing that could cost a lot of money elsewhere. It is always worth delving deeper into the charity shop scene in a small city like Lancaster – you might be surprised with what you find.
- Charter Market – This exciting weekly street market takes place in the very heart of the city centre. With all of the traditional, iconic historic buildings and cobbled streets around you, wander through the stalls and buy everything from jewellery and crafts, to records, books, vintage clothing, and plenty of incredibly delicious food from local producers.
- Market Gate – Away from the vintage clothing angle, Market Gate is close to your luxury Lancaster student accommodation and is home to plenty of big brand names and high street stores. Expect to find all of the books you could ever desire in Waterstones, all the clothing you’ll ever need in Primark and New Look, and plenty of other favourites.
Lancaster is a thriving, historic city that has plenty to offer tourists and locals alike. As you get to know your new home living in a luxury student apartment in Lancaster, you’ll want to know what is on offer in terms of events and attractions. There is something for everyone, including some big events that happen annually (such as the Bowland Foodie Foray where local food and produce are celebrated in the Forest of Bowland and includes a week of foraging, walking, and feasting!).
There is no way that we could possibly fit them all into a brief section here, so please use it as a starting point and look out for interesting events that speak to you as you move through your first year of study in this fine city.
- Campus Sports and Clubs – Joining clubs and societies through your Students’ Union doesn’t just mean joining a sports team, there is so much more than that available to you. On campus you’ll find activities such as a cinema, small sports clubs such as darts or Ultimate Frisbee, comedy nights, pub quizzes and other types of competitions that run throughout the semester.
- Lancaster Maritime Museum – Lancaster has a glorious maritime history and has been an important part of the story of this country. Lancaster Maritime Museum is located on St George’s Quay and is home to a wonderful array of interactive exhibitions that outline the long and storied history of the Lune Estuary and of Morecambe Bay.
- Lancaster Castle – The castle dates back to the Roman age of Great Britain and has been used as a centre for justice, incarceration and penal reform for over 1,000 years in various forms. It is therefore regarded rightly as one of the most significant monuments in British history. You can take guided tours of Lancaster Castle that really bring the stories of its history alive.
- Come and Play – An interesting idea, ‘Come and Play’ is an event where The Haffner Orchestra (the symphony orchestra of Lancaster that is home to both professional and amateur musicians from the North West of England) invites people of all ages to come along and join an orchestra for an afternoon. You’ll learn how to play with a conductor, take part in masterclasses and workshops including the professional musicians.
From your home at our luxury Lancaster student accommodation you’ll be well placed to take part in any big events that happen annually in Lancaster, or visit the brilliant attractions.