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 or find out what's on.

Please note: The University's central administration closes for the Summer Bank Holiday at 5.00pm on Friday 22 August 2014 and reopens at 9.00am on Tuesday 26 August 2014.

Where to eat and drink

  • Café 21 will be operating normal opening hours throughout the summer vacation period with the exception of the Summer Bank Holiday on Monday 25 August.
  • The Hub will be operating slightly reduced opening hours and will also be closed for Summer Bank Holiday on Monday 25 August.
  • The Mill at Fylde College will be open from 10am to 8pm on weekdays and will be open from 5pm on weekends. Food will be served on weekdays until 6pm.
  • The Lounge will be operating slightly reduced opening hours and will be closed for Summer Bank Holiday on Monday 25 August. During Graduation week (from 14-18 July) The Lounge will be moving to Lancaster Square serving food and drink in the marquee.
  • The Herdwick will be open from 8pm every evening serving a range of beverages including cask ales, traditional ciders and malt whiskies.

Further information on all bars and cafés on campus.

What's on

If you want to find out more information about events on campus during the vacation, you can do so via LUSU, or by Pocket or iLancaster mobile apps. Please also check the Facebook page 'Staying in Lancaster for the vacation' for up to date information.

Sports Centre

The Sports Centre is open as normal throughout the Summer vacation. Please check the website for opening times for the Summer Bank Holiday on Monday 25 August 2014. For more information about what's on at the Sports Centre visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/sportscentre or call 01524 510600.

Chaplaincy Centre

The Chaplaincy Centre remains open throughout the vacation period, with a service held on most Sundays. For further information please see the regularly updated notices on the chaplaincy door.

Where to shop

The banks will remain open except for the public holiday (Monday 25 August). The Spar will be open for the Summer period but with shortened hours. View all the opening times.


The LUSU Shop will be open from 9am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday. During Graduation week and University open days the opening times will vary slightly.

LUSU Central

LUSU Central is open 9am – 10pm Monday – Sunday throughout the vacation.

Sainsbury's Lancaster

Opening hours

Booths Lancaster

Opening hours

Student Services

The Base will be open throughout the Summer vacation as usual, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Counselling and Mental Health, Disability services, the Assessment Centre, International Support and Student Funding will provide appointments as usual.

The Disability Service drop-ins will be discontinued for the Summer from 26 June, and resume in Intro Week.

Wellbeing appointments will be available up until 21 July and resume on 22 September.

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.


Summer vacation residence will be hosted by County College this year. You can find more details and application forms on the Accommodation website.

Vacation residence is available from Monday 7 July and offers both standard and ensuite rooms, subject to availability.

Lancaster University does not have any storage facilities on campus. There are a number of local companies offering storage facilities for students at reasonable rates, and you can generally get a good deal. We have previously recommended Atlas Removal Services Ltd and had positive feedback about them and Big Storage also offer competitive rates. Tudor Freight can move your belongings overseas if you need. All companies have contact details on their websites 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.


The Medical Centre will be open throughout the vacation period. If you need to see a doctor urgently when the surgery is closed, you can ring NHS 111, who will direct you to the best local service. In the event of an emergency dial Security (01524 594541) who will in turn arrange emergency services attendance.

Where to Study

The Learning Zone will be open throughout the vacation, with access via your library card. The ISS Service Desk will also be open as normal. For IT-related information and guidance over the vacation period, please see the ISS website.

The Library will be closed on August Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 August inclusive. (Normal hours: 8.00am – 10.00pm Monday – Friday & 10.00am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday.)
Full details of the opening times can be found on the Library website.

Work on the Library Refurbishment Project will continue throughout the Summer vacation, and full details can be found on the dedicated website.


Buses will operate 7 days a week throughout the Summer vacation period, serving both main campus and Alexandra Park each day. Please note that some services are term-time only so the number of services is slightly reduced during vacation periods. There are now direct bus services to the Lake District from the University on services 555 to Keswick (during school holidays only) and 755 to Bowness on Windermere. Please see the Stagecoach website for bus timetables or use the bus timetable feature in the iLancaster mobile phone application.

Mega Bus and National Express coach services will continue to serve the University Underpass as normal through the vacation. Bookings need to be made in advance online.

There are now taxi ranks 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 Summer.

If you are traveling by train you can check the Lancaster station live departures board to see where your train is.

Please note that Bigforth Drive (the main driveway up to the University) will be closed for a period of time in late July and August for resurfacing works. There will be bus diversions in place during this period and the bus stops outside the Sports Centre will be closed for some of the works.

Portering & Security

There will be a reduced portering service in the undergraduate colleges during the vacation period, though Graduate College Porters remain on duty throughout. If you have any problems during the vacation you will need to contact the Security Reception by dialling 01524 594541 (internal 94541).


If you are expecting to receive mail during the Summer vacation please address it as normal.


The launderettes on campus will remain open throughout the vacation.