Lancaster is an historic city rich in beautiful architecture and scenery – and a very active student life with a million things to do! Being a university student is one of the best times of your life, so take full advantage of it by enjoying everything your city has to offer.
If you’re looking for fun things to do in Lancaster, check out our top ten:
1. Visit the Amazing Pubs and Bars
Lancaster is home to many sought-after bars and pubs that you’ll be able to enjoy with all of your friends. Whether you’re looking for more a more relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy first-class cocktails, or you want a place where you can get loud while watching your favourite sports, Lancaster has everything you could possibly need.
2. Join Societies
Joining clubs and societies allows you to meet new people who share the same interests and passions as you – and experience university in a completely different way than just going from class to room every single day. Many societies allow you to explore Lancaster and other locations around it as well. This is a great way of getting to know places like Manchester, the Lake District, Preston, Morecambe, etc.
Explore the Northwest of England and discover stunning architecture, historic buildings, vibrant scenery, and some of the best food in the country!
3. Explore the Castle
Do you love history and architecture? Are you interested in getting locked up in the dungeon (for a few minutes)? Then touring Lancaster Castle is for you! You can explore the history of this monument and visit the cells that once held the Pendle Witches. Here, you can even visit one of the oldest functioning courts of law, operating inside the castle.
You’ll be able to enjoy the courtyard, the beautiful sights of the city from the castle, and the café and giftshop without having to pay, but if you want to go inside you need to be accompanied by a tour guide.
4. Great if You Want a Meal Out
Lancaster is also a fantastic place for food connoisseurs, as there are plenty of culinary options for all tastes that will leave you wanting more! Visit the fantastic restaurants in Lancaster and enjoy the diversity this city has to offer, whether you want a vegetarian or vegan meal or the reliable (but always delicious) fish and chips.
5. Enjoy the Sugarhouse
This nightclub is run by Lancaster students, so you can imagine it is perfectly tailored to your student needs! Students get great value for money, from the entrance fee to the drink, as if you have your university card then you are eligible for great discounts.
If the night scene is something you enjoy while you’re studying at Lancaster, the student’s union provides free buses on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, so that you can come and go safely.
6. Support the University
There’ a very special event you can’t miss while at University: the Roses Tournament. Held annually since 1965, students from both Lancaster and York universities compete in a varsity event that occurs either at one uni or the other. This year, the site for this ancient rivalry is Lancaster yet again, but next year you can’t miss out on the opportunity to visit York and go support your university!
The Roses will begin on the 28th of April.
7. Explore the Canal
If you’re looking for a bit of contact with nature, Lancaster has many places you can visit, from the surrounding fields to the canal. Spending all of your time in your room won’t do, so go for walks on the Lancaster canal and enjoy the beautiful greenery surrounding it. You can even go for a boat tour on the canal and see Lancaster like you’ve never seen before!
8. Watch Movies
Lancaster cinema has everything you can possibly want. Plenty of spacious rooms, the latest films to come out and even some oldies for the more nostalgic. You can also watch movies at The Dukes, a modern arts centre with a theatre, a comedy stage and a cinema, as well as a café and a gallery.
9. Experience Lancaster Brewery
As a student, what’s better than visiting a brewery where you can learn all about amazing ales and ciders? Getting to try them while on tour! Lancaster Brewery offers tours to everyone who wants to know more about their crafted beverages, with prices ranging from £12 to £39.
10. Just Leave Campus
We know that Lancaster University has one of the best campuses in the UK, filled with anything you could possibly need: laundrettes, pubs, shops, cinema, and even a travel agency. However, it is important to leave the campus bubble from time to time and experience the rest of Lancaster!
There are many things to do in Lancaster, so take full advantage of student life to enjoy them all! Our accommodations are perfectly located to offer access to these places and more, so get in touch with our friendly team and we’ll help you find the room that will suit you best with an easy booking process!