What's open during the vacation?
Are you staying on campus during Christmas? Find out where to shop, eat, study and more.
Michaelmas term ends on Friday 16th December, and the Lent term begins on Friday 13th January.
The University will close at 5pm on Friday 23rd December and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January.
Eat and drink
Barker House Farm will open from 8am-7.30pm on Friday 16th December and then close until Sunday 15th January at 8am.
Cafe 21 will open on weekdays from 8.30am-3pm except for the following period: 24th December to 2nd January.
Costa will remain open except for the following days: 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December and 1st and 2nd January. It will open from 10am-5pm between on the reamining days Christmas and New Year. For the rest of the vacation period, it will open from 8am-6pm on weekdays and 10am-6pm on weekends.
County Diner will open until Friday 16th December and will then close until Monday 16th January.
The Deli will open from 8.30am-4pm on 19th-23rd December, 3rd-6th January and 9th-13th January.
Greggs will close until 3rd January.
Grizedale Cafe Bar will remain open until Friday 16th December and will then close before re-opening on Monday 16th January.
The Herdwick will open from 8-11pm during the vacation except for the following period when it will close: 22nd December to 3rd January.
The Hub will open on weekdays from 8am-4.30pm except for the following period: 24th December to 2nd January.
Juicafe will open from 8.30am-4.30pm on weekdays during the period 12th-23rd December. It will then close until 4th January.
Ketchup will open from 10am-1am from 21st-22nd December and 12pm-9pm from 23rd-24th December. It will then close on 25th December. It will open 12-9pm from 26th-31st December and close from 1st-2nd January. Normal opening hours will resume from 3rd January.
The Lounge will open on weekdays from 9am-3pm except for the following period: 24th December to 2nd January.
The Marketplace will open from 8am-4pm on Friday 16th December and then close until 8am on Monday 16th January.
The Mill will remain open except for 22nd December to 2nd January. For the rest of the vacation period, it will open from 11am-8pm on weekdays and 12-8pm on weekends.
The Northern Oak will remain open until Friday 16th December and will re-open on Monday 16th January.
Pendle Rooms will remain open until Friday 16th December and will re-open on Monday 16th January.
The Red Lion will remain open until Friday 16th December and will re-open on Monday 16th January.
Subway opening times will be as follows:
16th December - 7am-4pm
17th December - 7am-10pm
18th December - 8am-10pm
19th-22nd December - 7am-10pm
23rd December - 7am-4pm
24th December to 2nd January - closed
3rd January - 9am-10pm
4th-7th January - 7am-10pm
8th January 8am-10pm
9th-14th January 7am-10pm
15th January 8am-10pm
16th January - term time opening hours
Sultan's will open from 19th-23rd December (9am-12am). It will then close until 3rd January, when opening hours will be 9am-12am and will remain so until 14th January when normal opening hours resume.
Trevor will remain open as usual until Friday 16th December. It will then open from 11am-8pm on 22nd and 23rd December. It will re-open as normal on Monday 16th January.
The Trough will remain open until Friday 16th December and will re-open on Monday 16th January.
Wibbly Wobblys opening times will be as follows:
17th December - 12pm-2.30pm
18th December - closed
19th-21st December - 12pm-2.30pm
22nd December to 2nd January - closed
3rd-13th January - 12pm-2.30pm
14th January - normal opening hours resume
Wong's Kitchen will close from 19th December to 2nd January, re-opening on 3rd January.
See also: Shop section
Anne Helmes Garage will close at 1pm on 23rd December and then re-open from 28th-30th December. It will then close again until 3rd January.
Blackwell's will close at 5pm on 23rd December and then re-open on Tuesday 3rd January.
LUSU Central will open from 9am-9pm from 12th-23rd December and from 9am-5pm on 24th December. It will close on 25th and 26th December and then open from 9am-6pm from 27th-31st December. It will close on 1st January and then open from 9am-9pm from 2nd-8th January.
Spar will open for the following hours:
17th December - 8am-6pm
18th December - 10am-2pm
19th–21st December - 8am-10pm
22nd December - 8am-6pm
23rd December - 8am-6pm
24th December - 9am-3pm
25th-27th December - closed
28th-30th December 8am-6pm
31st December 9am-3pm
1st January - closed
2nd January 10am-2pm
3rd-6th January 8am-10pm
7th January 9am-6pm
8th January 8am-6pm
9th-12th January 8am-10pm
13th January - normal opening hours resume
St John's Hospice will close at 4.30pm on Friday 23rd December and re-open as normal on Monday 9th January.
UniTravel will close at 5pm on 22nd December and re-open on 4th January until 6th January (10am-4pm). Normal hours will resume from 9th January.
See also: Eat and drink section
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 close on 16th December at 6pm and re-open on 4th January at 10am.
The nearest branch off campus is Lancaster Penny Street, which will remain open throughout the Christmas period except for public holidays.
Barclays Bank will close on 23rd December at 1pm and re-open on 28th December. It will then close at 1pm on 30th December and re-open on 4th January, when it will operate normal hours.
Please check the Sports Centre website opening hours page for the latest details.
The University Medical Centre and King St Surgery will be open as follows:
- Monday 19th December to Friday 23rd December - both sites open 8am–6.30pm
- Saturday 24th December - University Medical Practice open 8.30-11.30am
- Sunday 25th December - closed
- Monday 26th December - closed
- Tuesday 27th December - University Medical Practice open 8.30-11.30am
- Wednesday 28th December - both sites open 8am-6.30pm
- Thursday 29th December - both sites open 8am-6.30pm
- Friday 30th December - both sites open 8am-6.30pm
- Saturday 31st December - closed
- Sunday 1st January - closed
- Monday 2nd January - closed
- Tuesday 3rd January onwards - both sites resume normal opening hours.
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.
The Dental Practice will remain open until 12pm on 23rd December and will then re-open on 3rd January.
The Pharmacy will open for the folllowing hours:
Normal opening hours up to and including 23rd December
24th December - 10am-1pm
Sunday 25th December - closed
26th-30th December - 9.30am-1pm
31st December - 10am-1pm
1st January - closed
2nd January - 9.30am-1pm
Normal opening hours resume from 3rd January
Portering, Security and Mail
Students wishing to collect their mail during the vacation period should request that it is addressed to the Security Lodge with their name. Mail delivered to colleges will be stored ready for collection from 4th January.
Portering and Security
Security will continue to operate over Christmas. Grad College will remain covered while mimumum staffing will operate elsewhere.
The ISS Service Desk will close at 5pm on Friday 23rd December and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January.
Computers will be available in PC/Learning Labs over the vacation, accessible via your University Card.
For answers to IT problems over the break, please search LancasterAnswers online.
Find Library and Learning Zone opening hours on the Library website.
Access to the city centre Postgraduate Study Hub is subject to opening hours at The Storey:
Friday 23rd December – 9am–4pm
Saturdya 24th December – 9am–3pm
Sunday 25th December – closed
Monday 26th December – closed
Tuesday 27th December – closed
Wednesday 28th December – 9am–4pm
Thursday 29th December – 9am–4pm
Friday 30th December – 9am-4pm
Saturday 31st December – 9am-3pm
Sunday 1st January – closed
Monday 2nd January – closed
Tuesday 3rd January – normal opening hours resume.
Design, Print and Photography (DPP) will continue to operate normal opening hours until 5pm on Friday 23rd December when it will close until 9am on Tuesday 3rd January.
Stagecoach Bus Services
Stagecoach will operate University bus services throughout the Christmas vacation period.
During the period Saturday 24th December to Monday 2nd January inclusive, Stagecoach will operate a reduced service to revised timetables. Further details of these changes, including the revised timetables are available on the Stagecoach website here. At all other times normal vacation bus timetables will operate.
Throughout the vacation period, real-time bus departure details will be available in the iLancaster app and on the bus departure screens in the Underpass and Alexandra Square.
MegaBus and National Express coach services will continue to serve the University Underpass through the vacation to their usual timetables. There will be a slight reduction in services during the period of December 24th to 26th and for New Year between 31st December and 1st January. All bookings need to be made in advance online. Please check on the Megabus and National Express websites for any service changes.
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 Christmas Vacation. Please note that taxi fares may increase for the bank holidays on December 25th, 26th and 27th and January 1st and 2nd.
There will be some train service reductions during the period December 24th to January 3rd. Please note that there will be no train services on Sunday December 25th and most routes will also not operate on Monday 26th December. Trains will finish much earlier this year on Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December. For full details of train service reductions as well as planned engineering works please see the National Rail website here.
You can check train times and book train tickets via the Trainline website and at Uni Travel in Alexandra Square. 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 the iLancaster app.
Car Parking on Campus
Please note that car parking charges and normal permit parking rules on campus apply during vacation periods as they do during term-times.
The Lancaster Students' Union Welcome Desk will open from 10am-4pm on Monday to Friday during the vacation period except 26th December to 2nd January inclusive.
LUSU Living will close from 26th December to 2nd January inclusive.
Meet others who will be on campus over Christmas
Here for the Holidays? Come along to Fylde Common Room between 12 and 1pm on Wednesday 14th December to meet others who will be on campus over Christmas.
Enjoy a hot drink and some free festive treats and find out what’s happening on campus and in Lancaster over the break.
You can also 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.
Essential guide to Christmas
For a roundup of festive events on campus and in the local area take a look at this essential guide on the Student Portal news page.
Advice and welfare services will operate as normal during the vacation period, apart from during the University closure period (5pm Friday 23rd December to 9am Tuesday 3rd January) when the central administration is closed.
Visas and passport
If you lose your passport or visa during this period, please follow the advice contained here.
See also: Health section.
The Chaplaincy Centre will be open each day if you wish to spend time in quiet or to meet and study with other students. The Chaplaincy team will also host a range of events:
- Wednesday 21st December - A soup and bread lunch will be available at 12.30pm in the Chaplaincy Cafe and carols will be sung in the Chapel from 1.15pm.
- Sunday 18th December - Carol Service at St Paul’s Church Lancaster at 6.30pm. A group from the Chaplaincy will arrange a trip. Let them know in advance if you’d like to join them by emailing Chaplain Kevin Hugget at email@example.com
- Sunday 25th December - The Chaplains are happy to offer lifts from campus to Christmas services. Please email Chaplain Kevin Hugget at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance if you wish to attend.
- Monday 26th December - Boxing Day pancake brunch at 10am-12pm in the Chaplaincy Cafe.
- Thursday 5th January - Film night in Chaplaincy Quiet Room at 7pm.
Accommodation Services staff will be working through the vacation, except for the shutdown period (5pm Friday 23rd December to 9am Tuesday 3rd January), but you may find that your own Accommodation Manager is away for part of the break. Check locally for details of who is covering in their absence. Security staff are also on hand if you need any help with accommodation issues. Again, if your own Porters’ Lodge is not staffed there will be contact details displayed relating to the covering College.