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Living in Lancaster as a student


Lancaster is a city located near the River Lune in Lancashire, about two and a half hours away from London and one hour away from Manchester by train. The city of Lancaster includes the towns of Morecambe, Heysham, and Carnforth. The city has a population of over 142,000 people, with about 17,000 of them going to the local university, Lancaster University.

Lancaster is known as a commercial, cultural and educational area, with a large arts scene that includes over 600 organisations that deal with arts and culture. The city has a consortium called Lancaster Arts Partners (LAP) that promote the arts, from curating the monthly Lancaster First Fridays mini-festival, as well as the Lancaster International Concert Series. Lancaster has a series of famed tourist attractions, from the visible Georgian Architecture, to sites such as the Lancaster Priory Church, the Ashton memorial, and the Lancaster Castle, the latter which is owned by the British sovereign, with Queen Elizabeth II being the current Duke of Lancaster. As for the nightlife, Lancaster’s pubs are known for serving cask ale, and there are two cask ale breweries in the city. Lancaster University’s student union also runs a nightclub, Sugarhouse, which is very popular and affordable. Residents can also look forward to festivals such as the Lancaster Music Festival, and an annual daylight and art festival, Light Up Lancaster, which includes a large firework display.

Lancaster University has a purpose-built campus located at Bailrigg, a site that is on a hilltop, 5km south of the city centre. The 360-acre area has buildings that are arranged around a central walkway known as The Spine, which provides cover for students from end to end. Many students tend to live in areas like the city centre for the nightlife, or in between such as in Fairfield. Other popular student accommodation options include areas in Bowerham, Primrose and Scotforth.

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