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Lancaster city guide: student life

Lancaster is a city full of culture and character, with a vibrant array of cafes and bars and buzzing nightlife to give you the best university experience. You’ll never be stuck for things to do, whether it’s catching up with mates over a cup of carefully crafted coffee at Atkinsons or dancing the night away at the Student Union night club, the Sugarhouse.    

Caton Court student accommodation is situated right in the city centre, so you’ll have all that Lancaster has to offer at your fingertips.

Eating and drinking

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Have a taste of many cuisines with the fantastic mix of restaurants on offer across the city. Here are some of our picks:  

The Herbarium Bar: Cool vegetarian cafe serving smoothie bowls, pastries and cakes and even hosts yoga sessions. A great place to hang out with pals after lectures.

Go Burrito: When isn’t a good time for a burrito?! Fresh and tasty Mexican food and super close to Caton Court!  

ALEX: Great selection of fresh juices and smoothies to keep you hydrated and healthy.

Atkinson’s Coffee: Cool coffee house in the town centre, great selection of coffee! A really chilled vibe for those coffee catch ups.

Blue Moon: Modern dining room and a menu of Thai classics and lesser-known dishes, plus takeaway options.

Whale Tail: Vegetarian dishes from local, organic and fair-trade produce in a simple cafe.

Nami Sushi: Offers a delightful range of sushi options. 


Culture, wellbeing and green spaces

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Lancaster is home to beautiful scenery and green spaces. Take a stroll by the river Lune or have some down time exploring Lancaster castle or browsing the local art galleries. Here’s some local business to check out:    

Temple YogaTemple Yoga is based around different locations in Lancaster city centre. They offer a range of classes to suit all abilities with a focus on mental and emotional wellbeing, as well the physical benefits of yoga.

Reset mind body and Soul: Located just a stone’s throw away from Caton court, this health centre offers a range of services from massage therapy to float therapy. Great for de stressing when uni gets a bit hectic!  



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Lancaster has loads of fun pubs and clubs to keep you entertained until the early hours! Check out a few suggestions below:

The Crafty Scholar: Modern City Centre Bar offering excellent value food and drink with exciting nightlife! 

The Cornerhouse: A great venue to dine, drink and dance in the city centre.  

The Study Room: Popular bar and restaurant with food and drink deals

The Borough Pub: Comedy fan? This pub doubles as a comedy club every Sunday so you can check out the latest acts.

The Bobbin Pub: Offering live music, open mic nights and quiz nights, which makes it great for those house socials.

The Sugarhouse: Run by Lancaster Student Union, one of the biggest nightclubs in Lancaster with a range of guest acts.

Dalton RoomsChoose from a range of club nights with a host of DJs and performers. 


Arts and culture

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As a creative and unique city, Lancaster’s established arts scene constantly provides its student population with no end of cultural activities. From theatre shows to music festivals, there’s loads to get your cultural fix. For music lovers, Lancaster is home to a number of festivals, such as the Lancaster Music Festival and the Jazz Festival which create a fantastic lively atmosphere, filling the streets with live music and dance.

There’s also great live music venues, with gigs that cover all genres, from jazz to folk and contemporary - so whatever your jam you're sure to find awesome gigs to go to. 

There’s so much to get involved in the vibrant city of Lancaster. Don’t forget if you’re a Caton Court resident let us know what events you want to see! Our events programme is shaped by feedback from students so we can make sure you have the best experience.

If you're looking for student accommodation in Lancaster, check out the modern and stylish Caton Court! With an 11th floor sky lounge, loads of social and study spaces, onsite gym and 24 hour security. It’s student living to be a part of.