What's open during the vacation?

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

Eat and drink

Over the summer vacation period (29th June – Welcome Week), the following bars and cafes will remain open:

The Mill 10am–7.30pm Monday to Friday and 12–7.30pm Saturday and Sunday

The Deli 8.30am–4.30pm Monday to Friday

The Herdwick 8–11pm Monday to Sunday

Café 21 8.30am–3pm Monday to Friday

The Hub 8.30am–4.30pm Monday to Friday

The Lounge 8am–4.30pm Monday to Friday

Pizzetta Republic 8am–12am Monday to Friday and 10am–12am Saturday and Sunday

Subway 7am–10pm Monday to Saturday and 8.30am–5pm Sunday

Sultan's 9am–12am Monday to Sunday

Wibbly Wobbly Burger Bar 12–2.30pm Monday to Friday

Wong's Kitchen 11.30am–2.30pm and 5–11pm Monday to Friday


The following shops will remain open during the vacation period:

Anne Helme's Garage 6am–5.30pm Monday to Friday, 6am-1pm Saturdays and 8am-1pm Sundays

Blackwell's 9am–5pm Monday to Friday

Brady's Book Binders 9am–5pm Monday to Friday

Greggs 7am–5pm Monday to Friday

LUSU Central 9am–10pm Monday to Sunday

LUSU Living 10am–4pm Monday to Friday

LUSU Shop 9am–10pm Monday to Sunday

Post Office 9.30am–5.15pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am–12.15pm Saturday

Spar 8am–10pm Monday to Friday, 9am–6pm Saturday and 10am–2pm Sunday

St John's Hospice 9.30am–4.30pm Monday to Friday

Walling Ice Cream 11am–7pm Monday to Friday (and graduation days from 9am)

WHSmith 8am–5pm Monday to Friday


Barclays 9.30am–3.30pm Monday to Friday

Santander 12pm–5pm Monday to Friday

Sports Centre

Over the Summer vacation the Sports Centre will operate normal opening hours, with the exception of August Bank Holiday when opening hours will be reduced.

Please check the Sports Centre website for swimming pool opening times as they change weekly depending on classes and other factors.


The Health Centre will be open as normal during the summer vacation:

Mondays 8am–9pm

Tuesday–Friday 8am–6.30pm

Saturday 8am–12pm

On bank holidays and weekends please call 111 for non-emergency health issues.

The Dental Practice will be open from 9am–5pm Monday to Friday. A dentist will not be available on Wednesdays, but a receptionist will still be contactable to make appointments.

Portering, Security and Mail

Porter cover is reduced over the vacation period, with one porter covering two colleges. If a student needs urgent assistance call Security on ext 94541 or 01524 594541.

Students that are moving to Furness for the vacation can have their mail redirected to their new accommodation for the duration of this period.

Please remember to have your mail redirected to your new address at the end of the vacation period.


The ISS Service Desk will operate normal hours throughout the summer vacation period. Answers to IT questions are available online on the ISS website and in LancasterAnswers.


From Sunday 27th June and for the rest of the summer vacation, the Library will be open Monday-Friday 8am-10pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.

The Learning Zone will be open 24/7.

The Study Zone will be open Monday-Friday 9am-7pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am-4.30pm.


The Chaplaincy building will be open daily throughout the vacation. The small kitchen and seating area is available for students and staff to use. There will be Sunday morning services in the Catholic and Anglican/Free Church Chapels during parts of the vacation. Please see notices on the chapel door for exact times and dates.


Print, Design & Photography will be open as usual throughout the summer: Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm.


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 Bus Timetable feature of iLancaster or the Stagecoach website. Please note that on the bank holiday of Monday 31st August all Stagecoach bus services will operate to their Sunday timetables. 

There will be some temporary bus service changes on the campus during the summer as a result of various road improvement works taking place on campus. Service disruption information will be posted on iLancaster and at all affected bus stops when works are taking place.

MegaBus and National Express coach services across the UK 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 Vacation.

Train services are likely to be reduced slightly on the bank holiday on Monday 31st 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. 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-times. 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 £47.

Uni Travel will open from 9am-5.30pm throughout the vacation period.

Visitor rooms

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