What's open during the vacation?
Are you staying on campus during the Christmas break? Find out where to shop, eat, study and more.
Eat and drink
Costa will open from 10am-6pm from 17th to 21st December, then 10am-5pm from 27th to 29th December. It will then return to 8am-6pm on weekdays and 10am-6pm on weekends for the rest of the Christmas vacation.
Fylde bar will open from 12-8pm from 17th to 21st December. It will reopen on 2nd January and open from 12-8pm until 11th January when it will open from 12-11pm until 13th January.
Grad bar will open from 8-11pm from 17th to 21st December and then from 4th to 13th January.
The Hub (LUMS) will open from 8am-4.30pm on weekdays except for the closure period from 22 December to 1st January when it will be closed.
The Hub (Infolab) will open from 8.30am-3pm on weekdays except for the closure period from 22 December to 1st January when it will be closed.
The Lounge will open from 8.30am-4pm on weekdays except for the closure period from 22 December to 1st January when it will be closed.
The Marketplace will open from 8am-2.30pm on weekdays except for the closure period from 22 December to 1st January when it will be closed.
The Sports Centre will operate the following opening hours:
- 24th December: 9.30am–4.30pm
- 25th December: closed
- 26th December: closed
- 27th December: closed
- 28th December: 9.30am–4.30pm
- 29th December: 9.30am–4.30pm
- 30th December: 9.30am–4.30pm
- 31st December: 9.30am–4.30pm
- 1st January 2019: closed
- 2nd January: as normal
For more information visit the Sports Centre website
The University Medical Centre
The University medical centre will be open 8am-6.30pm as normal during the week commencing 17th December and will then close until Wedesday 2nd January at 8am.
111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
In case of an emergency
If you are on campus and using a mobile phone, call 999, then immediately contact Security Reception on 01524 594541. You may also dial 999 from any internal telephone line. This will connect you to the security reception, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They will call emergency services on your behalf and direct the responder to the correct location.
Portering and Security
There will be a reduced portering service in the undergraduate colleges during the vacation period, though porters will remain on duty at Graduate throughout. If you have any problems during the vacation you will need to contact the Security Reception by dialling 01524 594541 (internal 94541). If students other than those based at Grad urgently need to receive mail such as travel documents or medication they should request that it is addressed to the Security Lodge. The postcode for the Security Lodge is LA1 4YW.
ISS Service Desk
- Open until the university closure period (5pm Friday 21st December until 9am Wednesday 2nd January).
Learning Zone Support Desk
- Open from 10am-4pm from Monday 17th to Friday 21st December
- Closed from Saturday 22nd December to Tuesday 1st January
- Open from 10am-4pm from Wednesday 2nd January to Friday 4th January
- Open from 11am-3pm from Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January
- Open from 10am-4pm from Monday 7th January to Friday 11th January
- Open from 11am-3pm from Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th January
- Open normal term-time hours from Monday 14th January
During the closure period you can search for answers to your IT problems online in Answers.
Computers are available in Learning Labs over the vacation, accessible via your University Card.
Library and Learning Zone opening hours can be found on the Library website.
You may also be interested in the Library's guide to the Christmas vacation.
Design, Print and Photography (DPP) will remain open until the university closure period (5pm on 21st December to 9am on 2nd January).
Stagecoach Bus Services
To keep you moving through the vacation, Stagecoach will continue to operate University bus services. As the number of people travelling to the campus will be lower during the vacation, Stagecoach will be operating fewer bus services than they do during term-time, but a frequent service will still be provided.
Service 1 will operate every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes but will not operate during evenings after around 7pm or on Sundays. Service 4 will operate as normal but the Service 4X will not operate as these journeys are term-time only. Service 2, 40, 41 and 42 journeys will operate as normal.
On Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) and Monday 31st December (New Year’s Eve) bus services will finish early at around 7pm. There will be no bus services on Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) and Tuesday 1st January (New Year’s Day). On Wednesday 26th December (Boxing Day), a temporary timetable will be provided on services 2 and 40. On all other days a normal vacation bus timetable will operate.
Please see the Stagecoach Christmas and New Year information leaflet here for full details and the temporary timetables in place on Wednesday 26th December. Details of all local Stagecoach bus timetables can be viewed here.
Real-time live bus departure details will continue to be available in the Transport Hub on iLancaster and on the bus departure screens in the Underpass, Alexandra Square and at Lancaster Bus Station.
MegaBus and National Express coach services will continue to serve the University Underpass through the vacation. You are advised to check their timetables for any service changes over the Christmas and New Year period. There will be no National Express services stopping at the Underpass on Tuesday 25th December. Bookings should be made in advance of travel.
Taxi ranks are available in Bowland Avenue by the Chaplaincy Centre, outside the Management School and on South West Campus by the bus stop for Lonsdale College. These will remain open throughout the Christmas Vacation. Please note that taxi fares may increase for the bank holidays on 25th and 26th December and 1st January.
Fewer people travel by rail over the Christmas and New Year period which is why rail companies decide to carry out essential improvement and engineering work across the rail network during this time.
There will be no train services on Tuesday 25th December and Wednesday 26th December.
For full details of train service reductions across the UK during the Christmas and New Year period please see the National Rail website here. From this link you can check how each train operator’s services are affected over this period. Rail services stopping at Lancaster are operated by Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express and Northern.
You can also check train times and book train tickets via Trainline. The Lancaster station live departures board enables you to see when your train is expected in Lancaster. This is also available in the Transport Hub on iLancaster.
The free Dr. Bike service, bike repairs and cycling accessory sales on Thursdays in Alexandra Square will resume again on Thursday 17th January 2019 (Week 1).
Car Parking on Campus
To ensure fairness and consistency, campus car parking charges and permit parking rules apply just the same during vacation periods as they do during term-times.
Further travel information can be accessed on the University’s Commuting to Campus webpages.
Meet others who will be on campus over Christmas
You can stay in touch with other students on campus using the vacation Facebook page. Please use it to contact others, include them in your social gatherings and make suggestions for things to do over Christmas.
Cleaning will be maintained over the Christmas vacation with the exception of the closure period when a limited service will be provided subject to communal spaces being open.