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The University will operate a limited service and opening times of some facilities from 13th December – 2nd January. As some of our students will live on campus during this time; this website aims to provide you with useful information on where to shop, eat, study or find out what’s on.
The Trough of Bowland (Bowland College bar) will be open week commencing 16th December between 12.00 and 3.00pm for the pie menu.
The Mill, (Fylde College bar) will be open every day until 23rd December inclusive and reopen on 27th December from 10.00am - 7.30pm daily.
For the full list of opening times for food and drink outlets on campus visit ww.lancaster.ac.uk/eat.
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.
The Sports Centre is open as normal until 24th December. Please check the website for opening times during the holiday.
The Chaplaincy Centre is open throughout the vacation period.
The Sugarhouse will be closed between Friday 13th December and Friday 10th January, with the exception of 31st December.
The banks will remain open except for the public holidays (25th & 26th December and 1st January). The Spar will be open for most of the period but with shortened hours, as will Central Stores. Shops in Lancaster are also likely to be operating with different times to normal and will be closed on Christmas Day.
The LUSU Shop will be open from 9.00am-4.00pm during the week of 16-20 December, and then closed until 2nd January.
16th -23rd December – 9.00am-9.00pm
24th December – 9.00am-4.00pm
25th -26th December - Closed
27th -31st December - 9.00am-6.00pm
1st January - Closed
2nd -9th January – 9.00am-9.00pm
From 10th January - 9.00am-midnight
14th December 2013 8am-6pm
15th December 2013 10am-2pm
16th to 20th December 2013 8am-10pm
21st December 2013 9am-6pm
22nd December 2013 Closed
23rd December 2013 8am-6pm
24th December 2013 8am-3pm
25th and 26th December 2013 Closed
27th December 2013 8am-6pm
28th December 2013 9am-6pm
29th December 2013 Closed
30th December 2013 8am-6pm
31st December 2013 8am-3pm
1st January 2014 Closed
2nd January 2014 8am-6pm
3rd January 2014 8am-6pm
4th January 2014 9am-6pm
5th January 2014 10am-2pm
To view a list of opening hours for other retail units on campus click here.
The Medical Centre will close at 6.30pm on Friday 20th December and re-open at 8.00am on Thursday 2nd January. If you need to see a doctor during this period, you should contact King Street Practice on 01524 541651 or, in the event of an emergency, dial Security (01524 594541) who will in turn arrange emergency services attendance.
The King Street Practice will be open on Monday 23th, Tuesday 24th, Friday 27th, Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st December. You can contact them by telephoning 01524 541651.
If you need to contact a Doctor urgently during evenings and nights, weekends and bank holidays, please contact the NHS 111 Service, which is available to give advice and direct you to the local service that can best help you.
If you need to order a prescription you should do this by 2.00pm on Wednesday 18th December in order to collect it before the surgery closes on Friday 20th December.
The Learning Zone will be open throughout the vacation, with access via your library card only. There will be no student ambassadors between 4.00pm on Friday 20th December and 10.00am on Thursday 2nd January.
The Library will be open from 10.00am -5.00pm for reference and self-service on the following days during the University’s Christmas Closure period: Monday 23rd December; Friday 27th December; Saturday 28th December; Monday 30th December; Tuesday 31st December.
Full details of the opening times can be found on the Library website.
The Base will be open as normal until 5.00pm on Friday 20th December. It will be closed for the Christmas and New Year period and will re-open at 9.00am on Thursday 2nd January 2014.
The Student Wellbeing Services (such as Counselling and Mental Health, Disability services, Assessment Centre, Wellbeing and Student Funding) will provide their usual appointments and drop-in services until midday on Friday 20th December.
During the holidays you can find a list of external sources of help and support. You can also refer yourself into the Counselling and Mental Health Service using our self-referral form on our webpage (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/sbs/). Any self-referral forms submitted during the closure period will be picked up on Thursday 2nd January and prioritised in order of importance.
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 ISS Service Desk will be open until 5.00pm on Friday 20th December, and will re-open at 9.00am on Thursday 2nd January. For IT-related information and guidance over the vacation period, please see LancasterAnswers.
There will be no Portering service in the undergraduate colleges during the shutdown period. Graduate College Porters however will be on duty as normal every day except 25th December. If you have any problems during the shutdown you will need to contact the Security Reception by dialling ext. 94541.
If you are expecting to receive mail during the shutdown period, you will need to have it sent to the Security Reception, rather than your own College. However, if you live in Graduate College the delivery of mail will remain the same as normal - you should continue to collect your mail from the Graduate College Porters.
Residents of undergraduate Colleges should have it addressed as follows:
Your Name (Your College)
c/o Security Reception
Royal Mail will deliver all post to the above address, where you can collect it. As with most employers, the postal staff provide a reduced service over Christmas. Any mail not collected from the Security Reception by 1st January will be forwarded to the relevant College.
If your College Residence Officer is not available in the run up to the shutdown period, you can still visit The Base in University House, which will be staffed up to the afternoon of 20th December. Graduate College Residence Office will also be open until this time, though as with all other offices, both will be closed during the shutdown period.
Over Christmas and New Year buses will run to festive schedules. Please see the Stagecoach website for details.
Taxi prices are greatly increased on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. We strongly advise you to check the fare for your journey with the taxi company before committing to travel with them.
If you are traveling by train you can check the Lancaster station live departures board here to see where your train is. There are a number of engineering projects running over the period, with details available from the Virgin Trains website.
The launderettes on campus will remain open throughout the vacation.
Students in the Lancaster area are being asked not to leave ‘gifts’ for criminals by following some easy crime prevention tips before they head home for the holidays.
Empty student houses and halls of residence can be tempting for burglars, especially if valuable items are left on display near windows.
The University's Neighbourhood Policing Team is advising students to take some simple precautions that could prevent them falling victim to crime while they are away.
PC Ben Rooke, one of the dedicated officers for the Lancaster University campus, said: “Leaving items, like your TV or computer equipment, in your university accommodation, especially if it is out on show, is like leaving a gift for a criminal.
“Coming back to university and finding your flat has been broken into is not the best start to the New Year – so take a few moments to protect both yourself and your personal property from criminals.”
Students are being advised;
If you can, take your valuables home with you. If not, make sure they are locked away out of sight. Many storage companies offer special student rates if you need somewhere secure.
Make sure your room door, windows and the door to your accommodation are closed and locked when you leave. Take your keys home with you.
Mark your property with UV kits. Your university Neighbourhood Policing Team should be able to help. This will make items easier to return if they are stolen and then later recovered by police.
If you anticipate being away for some time, cancel or redirect your mail, especially bank statements. Mail that piles up is a sign that no one is home; while bank statements can be used to steal your identity.
A timer switch that turns on lights at specific times can give the impression that someone is in, even when they are not.
The end of term can also be a cause for celebration. If you are planning a few nights out before you head home, make sure you stay safe while doing so. The Sugarhouse and some other nightclubs still offer free buses back to the Lancaster University campus with the usual stops along the way, and licensed taxis will also get you back safely.
You are also advised to;
Stick to well-lit main routes when making your way home.
If you go out as a group of friends, please stick together to stay safe.
If one person wants to go home early, make sure they will get there in one piece, or if you are disappearing (for whatever reason), tell someone where you are going and with whom.
Never walk home alone.
Keep enough money for a taxi. Don’t spend your last fiver on a burger. Get home safe instead!
Take care of your cash, and only take out what you will realistically need for the night. Avoid using cash machines at night too if you can– it is not worth the risk.