Location of university
Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
7.2 / 10
(based on ratings in 2016)
"It's a great location and Lancaster is a very friendly city. We have the Lake District nearby as well. The facilities are usually good, though the library can get crowded. Both the accommodation and public transport options are good value as well."
"The location is brilliant with both remote and quiet areas and loud and busy ones. The library needs more seating but the amount of books and resources is brilliant. The gym is on the small side and you have to wait a long time for machines between 3.00 pm and 7.00 pm. The campus is great but there are only takeaway places to eat so we could do with more healthy options."
"The campus is lovely as it is open and has a lot of green space, which is great for mental health. Everywhere is within walking distance and the accommodation is great quality as well. I like the college system at Lancaster as it provides a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. There's all sorts to do on campus from college bars to sports activities and college-run activities such as the pancake and puppies mornings."
"There are countless things to do on campus alone without having to go into town. These include regular college events, hundreds of societies, several amazing places to eat, weekly markets and much more. However, for those who want to go into town, Lancaster is a quaint place with many things to do. A few student favourites are clubs, cinemas, restaurants, shops and the Lake District nearby."
"The location is good because it's near the big cities of Leeds and Manchester but also close to the Lake District and coast, allowing for a diverse experience of locations. The facilities offered by the university are modern and available all around campus. The student accommodation is remarkable. It's new, clean and there's something to suit everyone. There are lots of societies to attend during the day that you can get involved in, sports and intercollegiate competitions. There's also the option to go for walks in the woods or head down to the beach and enjoy a selection of cafés and restaurants."
"The city is close to Manchester (an hour and fifteen minutes by train), which is good for students who travel often. We have excellent refurbished accommodation facilities and are 20 minutes from the city of Lancaster. There's a bright new gym and many areas for walking and running as well as football pitches and tennis courts. There's also an amazing library with many quiet study areas, group meeting rooms, PCs and printers everywhere."
"The facilities are great, except the library is too small for the number of students at the uni and gets very busy and crowded. There needs to be more study areas. The campus feels very safe and student accommodation varies but even then cheaper options are still fine to live in."
"There's a post office, shops, restaurant, charity shop, pharmacy, bookstore, banks, the gym, the cinema, the library and everything else that's needed. Basically, there's no need to go to the town unless you want to do big groceries, which makes life much easier. The student accommodations are great and there are different types and prices suitable for everyone. The main concern and issue about the life in Lancaster is that there's not much to do during the day in the city."
"The city is small and cosy. It has everything I need, and the public transport is good so it's easy to jump on a train to Manchester if you want to go to a bigger city. The campus is pretty small, but it does still have most of the stuff you need daily. I never need to walk more than 10 minutes from my accommodation to get to a seminar or lecture or anywhere around campus. The facilities are great. We have a big and newly refurbished library, learning zone, loads of bars, pubs and cafes, we have study zone and other study rooms around campus. We also have two grocery shops with convenient opening times and a medical centre, pharmacy, bus station and so on. Everything you need and a lot more. My en suite is very nice. Relatively big and light room with good storage possibilities, a big desk, closet with mirror and shelves. It is very nice having my own bathroom with shower, toilet, sink and mirror. The kitchen is big and open with good storage, two sinks, two hobs, two fridge/freezers and other stuff you need."
"The town is pretty with warm yellow stone. It also has lots of nightclubs if you like that sort of thing, and a beautiful park. Campus felt like home even on the first open day that I visited it. It's surrounded by lovely views across fields to the hills beyond and there are lots of places to walk. Some of the uni's power is provided by its own wind turbine, and you can see how much energy it's generating on the app which is quite interesting. The new library is great, the Learning Zone is useful for group work. Green Lancaster grows food plants all around campus to provide students with herbs and fruits during the right seasons. I was in the more expensive accommodation with en-suites. The rooms were a reasonable size with good storage and the kitchen facilities were plenty for a flat of eight. The cheaper accommodation has shared bathrooms and is less shiny and new, but also has good storage and kitchen facilities. New labs have recently been built for biology. There is a panopto recording system for lectures so that you can re-watch them, synchronised to the PowerPoint. It's very useful if you're ill and have to catch up."
"Lancaster town is ideal for me. There is enough nightlife for it to be fun and exciting, but the city itself is small enough for me not to feel anxious or claustrophobic, like in big cities such as Manchester or London. Lancaster feels very safe."
"Lancaster offers a variety of activities which don't involve spending any money at all. Some of these include visiting Lancaster castle and going to the lovely Williamson Park, where you can chill with friends or walk through the grounds with your sweetheart. Or, if you're willing to travel a bit further, Morecambe beach is only a few miles away and accessible by bus! Paid activities include doing one of the castle's spooky tours, visiting the butterfly house in Williamson Park or going to the Vue cinema in town. There are also some shops in Lancaster. I believe them to be the essentials (Topshop, New Look, Card Factory, Pound Bakery), but they are quite small and so fairly limited. New Look is the biggest clothes shop and always has an amazing sale on."
"The uni is not too far from town as it's easy to get to on a bus. Although, if you need a taxi back to campus on a night out it's very expensive. The accommodation is the best I've seen and the new library is great."
"The town is wonderful! It's relatively small and old for the most part. There are frequent buses to and from town. The campus is quite big and has all the shops and facilities a student would need. My favourite one is the library. It might get a little noisy sometimes, but there are dedicated quiet zones. My accommodation is basic, but my room is larger than I expected. My building is located at the end of the campus near a park, but there are student rooms at the very heart of the campus where all the lecture theatres and seminar rooms are located. I love that there are several computer labs and study rooms as well as plenty of computers in the library."
"I love Lancaster as a city and the buses are really frequent between town and campus, so it's very easy to travel. It's also very close to other big Northern cities by train eg Manchester, Liverpool and it's close to the Lake District. Campus is great for living in first year as it has everything you need: supermarket, places to eat, launderette, post office. Accommodation is really nice but a bit expensive. The new library is brilliantly done."
"The campus is fantastic, it's like its own self-contained village. The only downside is the expense, all of the shops and food outlets are really expensive. All of the educational facilities are brilliant. There's a great choice of different study spaces based on your preference of whether or not you want somewhere where you can work and chat alongside your friends or quiet study spaces where you can go if you need to work alone and concentrate. The newly refurbished library is brilliant, only issue is there are not many desktop computers available and many of the plug sockets at the desks don't work if you need to charge your laptops!"
"Not too far from town centre, short bus ride away which is good although it isn't the best night life (only three main clubs). The campus and facilities are really nice. The townhouses (which I stayed in) were particularly nice accommodation and very sociable."
"The location is far away from the town, which isn't ideal but travel to and from is cheap. The campus facilities are all very good and up to date, especially the library and learning zone. My accommodation (superior en-suite in Alexandra Park) is really nice and well kept. Some parts of campus (the spine) look a bit messy."