Living in Lancaster
The Lancaster University campus and your college have everything you need, but a short bus ride to the City of Lancaster offers even more things to do and places to explore. Discover its fascinating history, find one-of-a-kind clothing in independent shops or drink coffee and relax by a cozy café window.
Lancaster is great place to be a student, so it's no wonder Lancaster University ranks 1st in the North and 8th in England for overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2022).
Want to experience everything else the UK has to offer too? With other must-visit cities, coastal towns and areas of outstanding natural beauty on your doorstep, you’re in the perfect place.
What makes Lancaster a great student city for international students?
There’s always something happening – Lancaster and its surrounding areas host a list of annual festivals, including Lancaster Music Festival, Highest Point, Light Up Lancaster and Lancaster Chinese New Year.
It's rich with history and culture – discover the Williamson Park, a historic market and Lancaster Castle, which dates back more than 1,000 years.
You’ll find food from all over the world – choose from a Japanese sushi bar, Mexican, Spanish and French restaurants and plenty of vegan options.
It's affordable to live here – Lancaster offers a lower cost student lifestyle, with rent prices up to 70.4% cheaper than London on average (Numbeo.com 2023).
Exploring the UK from Lancaster
Lancaster is the closest university to the UK’s most central point, with excellent transport links that make it easy to explore further afield.In just over an hour by train, you could travel to:
The Lake District National Park – a world UNESCO site famed for beautiful scenery, Beatrix Potter and 'The Lake Poets' – a group of romantic poets including Dorothy and William Wordsworth.
Manchester – home to world-famous football, a huge indie music scene and art galleries galore.
Liverpool – a city known for The Beatles, often named the most influential band in the history of music.
In just over two hours by train, you could travel to both England and Scotland’s capital cities – London and Edinburgh.