What's open during the vacation?
Visiting campus during the summer? Find out where to shop, eat, study and more.
Summer term ends on Friday 24th June, and the new academic year begins on Monday 7th October. Welcome Week takes place immediately before the new term from 3rd October.
Eat and drink
Cafe 21 will open from 8.30am-4pm, with food served from 11.30am-3pm, from Monday to Friday and will close on weekends.
Costa - Alex Square will open from 8am-6pm on Monday to Friday and 10am-6pm on weekends.
County Diner will open for Open Days and Graduation Week.
The Deli will open from 11am-2.30pm from Monday to Friday and will close on weekends.
GoBurrito will open from 12pm-8pm on Monday to Sunday.
Greggs will open from 8am-5pm on Monday to Friday, from 8am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday.
The Herdwick will open from 8-11pm on Monday to Sunday.
The Hub will open from 8.30am-4.30pm on Monday to Friday and will close at weekends.
Juicafe will open from 9am-5pm on Monday to Friday and will close at weekends.
The Mill will open from 10am-10pm on Monday to Friday and 12pm-7.30pm on weekends.
Pizzetta will open from 8am-12pm on Monday to Friday and 10am-12pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Subway will open on Monday to Saturday from 7am-10pm and on Sundays from 9am-10pm. Normal opening hours will resume on 1st October.
Sultans will open from 9am-12pm on Moday to Friday and 10am-12pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Wibbly Wobbly will open from 12pm-2pm on Monday to Friday in June, July, September and October during vacation period but is closed on weekends and throughout August.
Wong's Kitchen will open from 11.30am-4pm and then 5pm-10.30pm on Monday to Friday and 5pm-10.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.
You may also be interested in the Shop section of this page
Blackwell's will open from 9am-5.30pm on Monday to Friday and will be closed on weekends.
Hairdresser will open from 10am-7pm on Monday to Friday and will be closed on weekends.
LUSU Shop will close from the end of the summer term.
Pharmacy will open from 9am-6pm on Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm on Saturday and will be closed on Sunday.
Post Office will open from 9.30am-5.15pm on Monday to Friday, 9.30am-12.15pm on Sat and will be closed on Sunday.
Spar will open from 8am-10pm on Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-2pm on Sunday.
St John's Hospice will open from 9.30am-4.30pm on Monday to Friday and will be closed on weekends.
WHSmith will open from 8am-5pm on Monday to Friday and will be closed on weekends.
Nearby shops off campus also include:
Booths (1.6 miles from campus)
Galgate Spar (2 miles)
Greaves Road Spar (2.3 miles)
Penny Street Sainsbury's Local (3 miles)
King Street Tesco Express (3.2 miles)
Santander will open from 10am–6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10am–5pm on Wednesday.
Please check the Sports Centre website opening hours page for the latest details.
University and King Street Medical Practice
Both locations will continue to operate normal opening hours throughout the summer vacation. Find opening times here.
Throughout the vacation period, the Pharmacy will open from 9am-6pm on Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm on Saturday and will be closed on Sunday.
In case of an emergency
If you are on campus dial 999 from any internal telephone line and you will be connected to the Security Reception, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you call from a non-University phone please call 999 and then also alert Security on 01524 594541.
If you are off campus call 999 to connect straight to the emergency services or go to your local accident and emergency department.
Useful non-emergency contact
This is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained advisor, supported by healthcare professionals to find out where help is available. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day.
Portering, Security and Mail
Students living on campus over the summer should have their mail addressed to the college in which they will be located. Students are also reminded to redirect their mail at the end of the vacation period if they will move to a different location.
Portering and Security
Security will continue to operate over the summer, however Porters will cover two colleges at a time rather than one.
The ISS Service Desk will be open as usual (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday) throughout the vacation period.
You can also use your University Card as usual to access computers in PC/Learning Labs across campus.
Online, you can search for answers to your IT questions in LancasterAnswers.
Find Library and Learning Zone opening hours on the Library website
Design, Print and Photography (DPP) will operate normal opening hours during vacation period except bank holidays when it will be closed.
DPP will, however, be running a reduced service over the Graduation period with expedited services unavailable from 11th-15th July.
The standard five-day turnaround will still be available during this period.
Brady's Book Binders will open as normal from 8.30am-5pm.
Summer Underpass Closure
As part of the Alexandra Square works, the Underpass will be closed from 6pm Sunday 17th July to Friday 2nd September. See bus service details for this period.
Stagecoach buses will operate every day throughout the summer vacation period, serving both the main campus and Alexandra Park. For timetable details please see the Transport Hub in iLancaster, the bus departure screens in Alexandra Square and the underpass or the Stagecoach website. Please note that on the bank holiday of Monday 29th August all Stagecoach bus services will operate to their Sunday timetables.
The Stagecoach 555 service provides a direct bus link into the Lake District from Lancaster Bus Station. Further information on this service is available here.
Due to improvement works taking place from late July in Alexandra Square and the underpass, there will be some temporary changes to underpass access and bus services. Service disruption information will be posted on iLancaster and at all affected bus stops when works are taking place. Further information will also be communicated in advance of the works.
MegaBus and National Express coach services across the UK will continue to stop on campus throughout the summer vacation. 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 vacation.
Train services are likely to be reduced slightly on the bank holiday on Monday 29th August. 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. This is also available in the Transport Hub on iLancaster. You can find out how engineering works will affect train services on any given future travel date by using the National Rail website.
The same campus car parking charges apply during vacation periods as during term-time. The restrictions on student parking permits do not apply during the summer vacation so any student wishing to purchase a Student Parking Permit for Alexandra Park can do so for the summer vacation. The summer vacation permit charge is £48.
Further travel information can be accessed on the University’s Commuting to Campus webpages.
Opening hours: 9am-5.30pm on Monday to Friday and closed on weekends.
Normal cleaning operations continue throughout the summer vacation.
All advice and welfare services will operate as normal during the summer break, apart from the Bank Holiday on Monday 29th August, when the central administration is closed.
If you need support out-of-office hours or during the Bank Holiday, 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 alert Security on 01524 594541.
Full time students who require short-term accommodation for all or part of the summer vacation may apply to stay in Vacation Residence at County College.
The minimum booking length is seven days.
If you are looking for something shorter you might want to consider the University’s Visitor Rooms.
LUSU Living will open from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday.
You may also be interested in the following sections of this site:
- Portering, Security and Mail