What's open during the vacation?

We know that many of our students stay on campus during the Easter vacation – find out where to shop, eat, study and more.

Please note: The University’s central administration closes at 5:30pm on Wednesday 1 April 2015 and reopens at 9am on Wednesday 8th April 2015.

Eat and drink

Café 21 will open from 8.30am–4pm except during the University closure period (Thursday 2nd–Tuesday 7th April)

County Diner will be closed from Saturday 21st March to Sunday 19th April

The Deli will open from 8.30am–4.30pm except during the University closure period (Thursday 2nd-Tuesday 7th April)

The Herdwick will open from 8pm. It will open on Friday 3rd and Tuesday 7th April, but will close for the rest of the University closure period (Thursday 2nd–Tuesday 7th April)

The Hub will open from 8.30am–4pm except during the University closure period (Thursday 2nd–Tuesday 7th April)

Ketchup will operate the following opening hours throughout the vacation period: Monday to Thursday 9am–1am, Friday to Saturday 10am–3am, Sunday 10am–12am

The Lounge will be open Monday–Friday from 8am–4pm during the vacation, except during the University closure period (Thursday 2nd-Tuesday 7th April)

The Mill will open from 10am–7.30pm except during the University closure period (Thursday 2nd–Tuesday 7th April). Food will stop being served at 7.30pm

Pizzetta Republica will continue to open on Monday to Sunday from 8am–12pm

Subway will operate the following opening hours:

Saturday 21st March: 7am–10pm

Sunday 22nd March: 8.30am–10pm

Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th March: 7am–10pm

Sunday 29th March: 8.30am–10pm  

Monday 30th March to Saturday 4th April: 7am–10pm

Sunday 5th April: 8.30am–10pm

Monday 6th to Saturday 11th April: 7am–10pm

Sunday 12th April: 08.30am–10pm

Monday 13th to Saturday 18th April: 7am–10pm

Sunday 19th April: 8.30am–2am

Monday 20th April: Normal Opening Times                                                          

Sultan’s of Lancaster will open from 9am–12am Monday to Saturday and 10am–12am on Sundays

Wibbly Wobbly’s will operate the following opening hours:

Monday 23rd March to Friday 27th March: 12–2.30pm

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March: Closed

Monday 30th March to Thursday 2nd April: 12–2.30pm

Friday 3rd April to Tuesday 7th April: Closed

Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th April: 12–2.30pm

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th April: Closed

Monday 13th to Friday 17th April: 12–2.30pm

Saturday 18th April: Normal opening hours

The Winning Post and both Refuels will close on Friday 20th March and re-open on Friday 17th April

Wong’s Kitchen will open from 12–2.30pm and 5pm–11pm Monday to Friday and 5pm–11pm on Saturday and Sunday


Ann Helme's Garage and St John's Hospice will close from Friday 3rd April to Monday 6th April

Blackwell's will operate its normal opening times except for the following dates, when it will close: Saturday 28th March, Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April and Saturday 11th April

LUSU Central will open 9am–9pm Monday to Sunday, expect for Sunday 5th April when it will close all day

LUSU Shop will open Monday to Friday 9am–4pm, excluding the University closure period when the shop will be closed. It will close at 5pm on Wednesday 1st April and re-open at 9am on Wednesday 8th April

The Post Office will be closed on Friday 3rd April. It will reopen on Saturday 4th April from 9.30am–12.15pm and will then close on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April

Uni Travel will open from 9am–5:30pm Monday to Friday, expect for the period from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April when it will be closed

WHSmith will operate normal opening hours until the period from Saturday 28th March to Tuesday 7th April when it will close. It will re-open from Wednesday 8th April

What's on

A range of trips and events are scheduled for the vacation period. More information on all events is available at the Grad College Facebook page and website


Tuesday 17th March

Careers Adviser Drop-in session 6–8pm in Grad Common Room


Thursday 19th March

Grad’s Got Talent in The Herdwick


Thursday 19th March

World Café: Dissertations… The Student View. Plus International Happiness Day activities


Monday and Tuesday 23rd–24th March

FLUX National Pitching Competition


Thursday 26th March

World Café: Easter (with Crafts and Egg Hunt)


Thursday 26th March

Childrens’ Spring Party


Saturday 28th March

Day trip to Southport and Rufford Old Hall


Thursday 9th April

World Café: English Comedy


Saturday 11th April

Day trip to Newcastle and Metrocentre


Thursday 16th April

World Café: UK Politics & Elections… how does that work?

Sports Centre

The Sports Centre opening times are:

Thursday 2nd April: 7am–10pm

Friday 3rd April: Closed

Saturday 4th April: 8.30am–6pm

Sunday 5th April: 9.30am–6pm

Monday 6th April: 9.30am–4.30pm

Tuesday 7th April: 7am–10pm

Please also be aware that on Good Friday (3rd April) the University will host an international orienteering event with 2,000 entrants. The participants will be running between the University buildings with the finish line at the Bonnington Steps. Spectators are welcome

More details about what's happening can be seen on the Sports Centre's Essential Guide for Easter


LUSU will open from 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday, except during the University shutdown period. It closes at 5pm on Wednesday 1st April and re-opens at 9am on Wednesday 8th April

LUSU Central and LUSU Shop – see Shop

LUSU living will close at 5pm on Wednesday 1st April and re-open at 9am on Wednesday 8th April

Student Services

All advice and welfare services will operate as normal during the Easter break, apart from the period Thursday 2nd April to Tuesday 7th April, when the central administration is closed. If you need help during this period, there is advice and information online. If you need help urgently call the emergency services using 999. If you call from a non-University phone please also call security on 01524 594541


The on-campus dental practice will be closed from Friday 3rd April until re-opening on Tuesday 7th April. An emergency call-out service is available to registered patients. Appointments may be made by telephoning 01524 594595

The Health Centre will continue operating normal hours until 6.30pm on Thursday 2nd April and re-open on Tuesday 7th April. If you need to contact a doctor urgently while the centre is closed, please call the NHS 111 Service who will give you advice and direct you to the local service that can help you best

The Pharmacy will be open as usual until Thursday 2nd April. It will close from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April and resume normal hours on Tuesday 7th April


Any mail likely to arrive on Saturday 4th or Tuesday 7th April that you require straight away should be addressed to Security. All other mail will be secured in the Porters Lodges until normal service resumes on Wednesday 8th April.

There will be no mail on the following days: 

Friday 3rd April

Sunday 5th April

Monday 6th April

Portering and Security

There will be a reduced Portering service during the vacation. However, as the Thursday before Good Friday has been one of our busiest days for the last two years the Porters will be working as normal during the day (Thursday 2nd April).


The ISS Service Desk will remain open until 5pm on Wednesday 1st April and will reopen at 9am on Wednesday 8th April. During the closure period, answers to IT questions are available online on the ISS website and in LancasterAnswers.


Students will be able to access the Learning Zone 24 hours a day using a University Card.

The Library will close at midnight on Thursday 2nd April and re-open at 8am on Tuesday 7th April.

The Study Zone will close at 7pm on Thursday 2nd April and re-open at 9am on Tuesday 7th April.


The Chaplaincy Centre will open daily from 7am–11pm. Sunday services will continue throughout the vacation including Easter Sunday Mass. For other Easter services, such as Good Friday, please use local churches.


Between Thursday 2 April and Tuesday 7 April, please take all rubbish and recycling to the nearest bin store.


Barclays and Santander will operate normal opening times up to and including Thursday 2nd April. They will close on Good Friday to Easter Monday (3rd to 6th April) and re-open on Tuesday 7th April.


Launderettes will remain open 24 hours a day throughout the vacation period.


Brady’s Book Binders will close from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April


Stagecoach buses will operate every day throughout the Easter vacation period, serving both the main campus and Alexandra Park. For timetable details please see the Bus Timetable feature of iLancaster or the Stagecoach website. Please be aware that the screens in Alexandra Square are not currently showing the correct service times. Please also note that on the bank holidays of Friday 3rd April and Monday 6th April all Stagecoach bus services will operate to their Sunday timetables. 

MegaBus and National Express coach services will continue to serve the University Underpass as normal. All bookings need to be made in advance online on the Megabus or National Express websites.

Taxi ranks are available in Bowland Avenue by the Chaplaincy Centre, outside the Management School and on Alexandra Park by the bus stop for Lonsdale College. These will remain open throughout the Easter Vacation. Please note, though, that taxi fares will increase for the bank holidays on Friday 3rd April and Monday 6th April.

Train services are likely to be reduced slightly on the bank holidays of Friday 3rd April and Monday 6th April. You can check train times and book train tickets via The Trainline. If you are traveling by train you can check the Lancaster station live departures board to see when your train is expected in Lancaster.

The same campus car parking charges apply during vacation periods as during term-times.

For Uni Travel - see Shop.

Shipping overseas

Tudor Freight can move your belongings overseas. Contact details are available on their website, and it is up to you to make any arrangements to suit your needs. The University cannot take responsibility for any part of the contract between you and the company you choose, although our advice is given in good faith.

Visitor rooms

To book on-campus accommodation for visitors, visit the Campus Bed & Breakfast online booking page.