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Student Accommodation in Lancaster

A great student accommodation can go a long way in enjoying all the benefits of a great student life experience in a small and welcoming community such as Lancaster.

Student.com is the world’s leading marketplace for international student housing and a dedicated student accommodation provider in Lancaster. 

We help students find their perfect home with high-quality modern and convenient student housing. 

Across our locations in Lancaster we offer a range of student lets to suit your needs and budget. We offer student houses in Lancaster for individuals or groups ranging from standard shared rooms to exclusive self-contained private properties, also known as studio apartments.

If you need further information or clarification on anything, just contact us, we’ll be happy to assist you and answer any questions you might have. 

Lancaster at a glance

The county town of Lancashire, England, Lancaster is small enough for students to feel a safe and welcoming small-town atmosphere while maintaining a lively atmosphere to keep them entertained.

Compared to some of its more popular neighbouring cities like Liverpool and Manchester, Lancaster is relatively small with just over 200,000 inhabitants. However, this doesn’t stop the cathedral city from being a popular tourist destination. There’s enough to see and do - from the ancient Lancaster Castle to the canal and the River Lune, all the way out to the seaside town of Blackpool or the beautiful Lake District National Park.

The locals are known to be friendly and approachable. So not only will you find it easy to navigate, communicating with the natives will be a breeze.

On top of that, if you choose to live and study in Lancaster you’ll do so at a lesser cost too. No wonder it’s home to almost 3,000 international students from all around the world.

Rich history

Located in the North West of England, the county town boasts an interesting history and strong heritage pronounced by its stunning and inspiring architecture. That history and those who shaped it are hidden in the walls and buildings of its fascinating castles and museums.

Perched on the top of a hill, the medieval Lancaster Castle is ordained with antique furniture, 19th-century prison cells and views of the River Lune. 

The Georgian building of the Lancaster City Museum hosts displays of the city’s history and its army regiment, while the city's seafaring past can be explored at the Lancaster Maritime Museum.

Lancaster earned the unenviable title of "the Hanging Town" after the court based in the castle (the Lancaster Assizes) sentenced more people to be hanged than any other in England outside London. The castle was also the site of the Pendle witch trials in 1612. 

Student life in Lancaster

Lancaster is a small town but there’s enough going on that students won’t feel trapped in the “Lancaster bubble” as it’s fondly referred to by students.


The town punches above its weight when it comes to nightlife. It has a wide selection of bars and night clubs where students can let their hair down on the weekends and even after classes during the week.  

The holy grail of Lancaster night life is the student-managed The Sugarhouse. Each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night students can get a ‘Sugar Rush’ from different themes and a variety of tempting drinks and entry offers. 

With a ‘uni card’ students will get extensive discounts on entry and drinks and even organize free buses from the club to the university on the hour. 

Other notable nightclubs are: Dalton Rooms, Elements, Hustle, Toast and The Stonewell Tap. 

Coffee Shops

There is a plethora of options to satisfy a caffeine lover’s craving. Outside of fully established chain coffee shops like Costa Coffee and Starbucks, there are loads of trendy local options to get a caffeine fix in a more peaceful atmosphere. The Music Room is a very popular choice amongst students.

Eating out

From Mexican, Italian, American and Asian, you’ll find every cuisine you can imagine in Lancaster. 

Barbecue chicken, cheese and bacon, chips, tomato and peas are among British pub classics. One place to get good and traditional British pub food is the Crafty Scholar.

If you’re looking for a more luxurious restaurant experience, the canal has a number of them including the popular The White Cross and The Water Witch that also has live music.

If you’re vegan or just enjoy eating dishes with no meat, head to the Whale Tail, a well-known spot in Lancaster for vegetarian food. 

Universities in Lancaster

Lancaster University

Lancaster University is in the Top 10 in three major national league tables, outranking the majority of Russell Group institutions. It’s also highly ranked in international league tables such as the QS World Rankings.

It was named in the top 10 in the International University of the Year category by The Times’ Sunday Times Good University Guide for the fifth year in a row in 2020.

Internationally, Lancaster is ranked in the top 13% of more than 1,000 universities in the 2020 QS World University Rankings, placing 128th, up three places from 2019. It also rose seven places to 139th in the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings - 18th out of the 100 UK universities included in the list.

The TEF Gold Standard awardee (2017) has four faculties offering a range of degree programmes: Arts and Social Sciences, Health and Medicine, Management School as well as Science and Technology. 

Lancaster is research-intensive with 35% of its research classed as world-leading and 48% classed as internationally excellent in the UK Government's latest independent review (2014 Research Excellence Framework). 

With a fantastic selection of societies covering a huge range of activities, hobbies and causes, Lancaster University provides a great opportunity for students to get socially active and boost their personal networks. 

University of Cumbria in Lancaster

The University of Cumbria, with its main campus in Carlisle, also has a campus in Lancaster.

This public university’s courses are geared towards getting students employed as soon as they graduate with 97 percent of graduates entering employment within 6 months of graduating. 

It opened its doors in 2007, but is steeped in history dating all the way back to the establishment of the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts in 1822.

It was formed from the merger of St Martin’s College, Cumbria Institute of the Arts and University of Central Lancashire’s Cumbria sites and operates from campuses spread across Cumbria and North Lancashire.

The university continues to grow and expand in geographical terms as well as academic scope.

Frequently asked questions about student housing in Lancaster

How do I apply for student accommodation in Lancaster?

You can use our filters and map features to compare student housing in Lancaster based on budget, preferences and location. 

After selecting your preferred option, go to the property page and click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now’. One of our booking consultants will then be in touch with you to take you through the next steps to either sign the tenancy contract or answer any questions you may have.

Can you arrange a viewing for me?

Sure. If you prefer to view the property before booking it, our booking consultants will be happy to arrange a viewing for you.

What are the different types of student lets you offer?

Shared Room allows two or more persons to share the same bedroom, while kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms are shared with occupants of other rooms.

In a Private Room you’ll get a private bedroom and depending on the property, sometimes a private bathroom as well. Other facilities are shared with occupants of other rooms. 

An Entire Place will give a person a fully self-contained studio property with a private bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette.

What bills are included in the rent?

Usually all bills are included in the rent, but this depends on the property so make sure you check the property you’re interested in to see if this is the case.

How do I pay my rent?

The rent is paid directly to the landlord. You don’t have to pay Student.com.