What's open during the vacation?

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

Please note: The University’s central administration closes at 5:30pm on Tuesday 23rd December 2014 and reopens at 9am on Monday 5th January 2015.

Eat and drink

Café 21 and The Deli will stay open until Sunday 21st December and then resume service on Monday 5th January.

The Herdwick will continue to operate until Sunday 21st December and will then reopen its doors on Monday 5th January 2015. It will be open in the evenings only.

The Hub will be open from 8am to 4pm in the week commencing Monday 15th December and from Monday 5th January to Saturday 10th January. It will be closed from Monday 22nd December to Sunday 4th January inclusive.

The Lounge will be open as usual until Wednesday 23rd December and will reopen from Monday 5th January. 

The Mill will open from 10am to 7:30pm in the weeks commencing Monday 15th December and Monday 5th January. Food will also be served throughout this period. It will be closed from Monday 22nd December to Sunday 4th January inclusive.

Subway will continue to serve customers until 4pm on Friday 19th December and then reopen on Sunday 4th January.

Sultans will remain open until 3pm Tuesday 23rd December and then reopen on Saturday 3rd January.

Wibbly Wobbly will open for the following hours in the run up to Christmas: Week commencing Monday 15th December: 12pm to 2:30pm, Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd December: 12pm to 2:30pm. It will then reopen on Monday 5th January (12pm to 2:30pm). Normal opening times of 12pm to 11pm resume from Saturday 10th January.

Wong’s will continue to serve customers until Monday 22nd December and then reopen on Sunday 4th January.

Further information on all bars and cafés on campus.


Ann Helme’s Garage will only be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Blackwell’s will stay open until Friday 19th December, when it will close its doors at 5:30pm. It will reopen on Monday 5th January at 9am.

LUSU Central’s vacation opening hours are as follows:

13th to 23rd December 9am-9pm

24th December 9am-4pm

25th and 26th December closed

27th to 31st December 9am-6pm

1st January closed

2nd to 4th January 9am-6pm

5th to 8th January 9am-9pm

9th to 11th January 9am-12pm

LUSU Shop will open from 9am-4pm from Monday 15th to Friday 19th December. It will be closed on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December and from Saturday 20th December, reopening on Monday 5th January.

Spar will operate the following opening hours:

13th December 9am-6pm

14th December 10am-2pm

W/C 15th December 8am-10pm

20th December 9am-6pm

21st December 10am-2pm

22nd December 8am-6pm

23rd December 8am-6pm

24th December 9am-3pm

25th and 26th December closed

27th December 9am-6pm

28th December closed

29th December 8am-6pm

30th December 8am-6pm

31st December 8am-3pm

1st January closed

2nd January 8am-6pm

3rd January 9am-6pm

4th January 10am-2pm

5th January 8am-10pm and then back to normal hours.

Post Office opening hours will be as follows:

24th December 9:30am-12:30pm

25th December closed

26th December closed

27th December 9:30am-12:15pm

28th December closed

29th December 9:30am-5:15pm (closing 1 hour for lunch)

30 December 9:30am-5:15pm

31st December 9:30am-4pm

1st January closed

2nd January 9:30-5:15pm (return to normal hours)

St John’s Hospice remains open until Monday 22nd December and reopens on Monday 5th January.

Uni Travel will continue to serve customers until12pm on Wednesday 24th December and will then reopen at 9am on Friday 2nd January.

What's on


A range of Graduate College trips are scheduled for the run up to Christmas and during vacation time. They are open to all students, staff and families.

Saturday 6th December – Durham Christmas Fayre (£16.80)

Sunday 14th December – Skipton Yuletide Christmas Fayre (£12.00)

Saturday 27th December – Chester and Cheshire Oaks Sales Shopping (£14.40)

Saturday 3rd January – Leeds New Year Shopping (£15.60)

Tickets will be available about two weeks prior to each trip. For more information you can also email gradcolltrips@lancaster.ac.uk

Children’s Christmas Party

A Children’s Christmas Party will be held on Friday 12th December in Fylde Common Room from 4-6pm. Games, crafts and treats will be on offer, and guests can also expect a visit (and a gift) from a very special guest. If you would like to attend please email graduatecollege@lancaster.ac.uk by Friday 5th December with the number of adults and children you are bringing, plus the children’s ages.

Woodland walk

The Sports Centre has arranged a family Woodland Walk, setting off from the Centre on Saturday 27th December at 11am. It’s free to join and will be led by one of the grounds team. The walk will end at the Sports Centre where participants can enjoy hot soup and rolls. For more information call reception on 01524 510600.

And don't forget...

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 will open throughout the vacation period, with the exception of bank holidays (25th and 26th December and 1st January). From Wednesday 24th December it will open from 9:30am to 4:30pm, returning to normal opening hours on Friday 2nd January.


LUSU will close during the University shut down period. It closes at 5pm on Tuesday 23rd December and reopens at 9am on Monday 5th January.

LUSU Living will stay open until Tuesday 23rd December at 4:30pm, reopening on Monday 5th January at 10am.

LUSU Central and LUSU Shop – see Shop

Student Services

All advice and welfare services will operate as normal during the Christmas break, apart from the period Wednesday 24th December to Sunday 4th January, when the central administration is closed. If you need help during this period, 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 call security on 01524 594541.


The on-campus Dentist closes at 12pm on Tuesday 23rd December and reopens on Monday 5th January. An emergency call-out service is available to registered patients. Appointments may be made by telephoning 01524 594595.

The Health Centre at the University has the following changes to normal opening hours:

22nd December 8am-6.30pm

23rd December 8am-6.30pm

24th December to  2nd Jan closed

5th January reopens for normal service at 8am

King Street Health Centre will remain open during the vacation period except for the following days: Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th December and Thursday 1st January.

Local pharmacy opening hours are available within the Student Services website.

If you need to contact a Doctor urgently during evenings and nights, weekends and bank holidays please contact the out of hours service on 0300 123 1144.


Over the Christmas period, Graduate College students should collect their mail as normal. All other students wishing to collect mail from Wednesday 24th December until Monday 5th January should have it directed to Security Reception, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW.

Portering and 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).


The ISS Service Desk will be available until 5pm on Tuesday 23rd December. It will reopen at 9am on Monday 5th January.


Between Tuesday 23rd December and Monday 5th January, when the central administration is closed, the Library will open on the following days:

29th December 10am-5pm

30th December 10am-5pm

31st December 10am-5pm

2nd January 10am-5pm

The Study Zone will close at 5pm on Tuesday 23rd December and reopen on 5th January at 9am. However, students will be able to access the Learning Zone 24 hours a day using a University Card.


The Chaplaincy Centre will be open every day over the vacation period from 7am to 10pm. There is a lounge area and small kitchen that students can use for making hot drinks and reheating food. There will be ecumenical church services on Sundays at 11:30am, as well as on Christmas Morning. On Boxing Day, 26th December, there will be hot bacon rolls and coffee available from 9:30-11:30am (suggested donation £1.50).


Between Tuesday 23rd December and Monday 5th January, please take rubbish and recycling to the nearest bin store.


Barclays will remain open until Christmas Eve, 24th December, at 1pm, reopening on Saturday 27th December (normal hours). Barclays will also close on New Year’s Day.

Santander closes on Tuesday 16th December and reopens on Monday 5th January.


Launderettes will remain open 24 hours a day throughout the vacation period.


Book Binders and Folio close on Tuesday 23rd December at 5pm and reopen on Monday 5th January at 9am.


Stagecoach buses will operate during the Christmas vacation period, serving both the main campus and Alexandra Park. However, during the period Wednesday 24th December to Thursday 1st January inclusive, Stagecoach will operate a reduced service. There will be no bus services on Thursday 25th December or Thursday 1st January, and on Friday 26th December there will be no buses on Alexandra Park and a limited service at the Underpass. For further details, including the revised timetables during this period, please see the Stagecoach website.

MegaBus and National Express coach services will continue to serve the University Underpass. There will be a slight reduction in services during the period of Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th December and for New Year between Wednesday 31st December and Thursday 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, though, that taxi fares will significantly increase for the bank holidays on 25th and 26th December and 1st January.

Train services are likely to be reduced during the period Wednesday 24th December to Friday 2nd January. 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.

The same campus car parking charges apply during vacation periods as during term-times.

For Uni Travel - see Shop

Shipping overseas

Tudor Freight can move your belongings overseas. Contact details are available on their website, 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.

Visitor rooms

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