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Vacation opening

Are you staying on campus during the summer break? Find out where to shop, eat, study and more.

The summer break

The summer academic break will begin on Friday 28th June. While many students return home for the break, others arrange to remain on campus and University staff continue to work. As a result, campus - and many of its services and outlets - remains open.

Towards the end of the break, most new students will head to campus for Arrivals Weekend (28th-29th September) and Welcome Week (30th September-6th October) and then the new term will start on 7th October. You can see more information on term dates here.

Opening hours

More services and outlets

  • Travel

    Stagecoach Bus Services

    To keep you moving through the vacation, Stagecoach will continue to operate bus services to and from the University campus. As the number of people travelling to the campus will be lower during the vacation, Stagecoach will be operating fewer bus services than they do during term-time, but a frequent service will still be provided. Vacation services run from Sunday 30th June until Sunday 29th September 2019.

    Important information:

    • Service 1/1A will operate every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes but will not operate during evenings after around 7pm or on Sundays. 
    • Service 100 will continue to operate every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes, every 20 minutes after 7pm and every 30 minutes on Sundays.
    • Service 4 will also operate as normal but Service 4X will not operate as these journeys are term-time only. Service 2X, 40, 41 and 42 journeys will operate as normal.
    • On the bank holiday of Monday 26th August a limited service will be in place on campus due to a cycling event. Further information will be provided on the Facilities Travel News webpage. Off campus, Stagecoach will operate to timetables scheduled for Sundays.

    The Stagecoach 555 service provides a direct bus link into the Lake District from Lancaster Bus Station

    On Sundays Service 830 runs direct from the Underpass to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This leaves at 8.50am and arrives back at 7.40pm, and costs £8 for students.

    Details of all local Stagecoach bus timetables can be viewed here.

    Real-time live bus departure details are available in the Transport Hub on iLancaster and on the bus departure screens in the Underpass, Alexandra Square and at Lancaster Bus Station.

    Coach Services

    MegaBus and National Express coach services continue to serve the University Underpass through the vacation. Bookings should be made in advance of travel.


    Taxi ranks are available in Bowland Avenue by the Chaplaincy Centre and on South West Campus by the bus stop for Lonsdale College. These will remain open throughout the vacation.


    As Lancaster has regular rail services to destinations throughout the UK, you are well placed for travelling from Lancaster by train this vacation.

    You can check train times and book train tickets via Trainline. The Lancaster station live departures board enables you to see when your train is expected in Lancaster. This is also available in the Transport Hub on iLancaster.

    For full details of any train service disruptions across the UK for your intended travel date please see the National Rail website. From this link you can check how each train operator's services are affected. Rail services stopping at Lancaster are operated by Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express and Northern.


    The free Dr. Bike service on Thursdays in Alexandra Square will resume in Welcome Week on Thursday 3rd October 2019.

    Car Parking on Campus

    Parking charges apply during vacation periods as they do 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 South West Campus can do so for the Summer Vacation. The Summer Vacation permit charge is £52.

    More Information

    Further travel information is available on the University’s Commuting to Campus webpages.

  • Health

    Campus Medical Practice and Pharmacy

    Opening hours for the Lancaster Medical Practice and Pharmacy are available on the Outlets page. You can also find this tool within iLancaster.

    Non-emergency advice

    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.

  • Student Based Services

    The Base will remain open as normal over the Summer Vacation.

  • Students' Union

    Welcome Desk

    Find the latest opening hours for the Students' Union Welcome Desk on their website.

    Central store on campus

    Opening hours for Central are contained on the Outlets webpage and iLancaster applet.

  • IT

    Use the online Help Centre to search for IT information, and to contact ISS to report IT problems and request access to IT services.

    You can also contact ISS by speaking to someone in person at the Learning Zone Support Desk or by phone.

    Learning Zone Support Desk opening times are 10am-4pm on weekdays from Monday 1st July to Friday 4th October.

    Throughout the vacation computers are available in the Library, and in Learning Labs accessed via your University Card.

  • Mail

    Mail will be treated in the same way as during term time.

  • Portering and Security

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

  • Accommodation

    If you require accommodation for all or part of the summer vacation you can apply to stay in Furness College. Places are subject to availability for a minimum of seven nights, with the last date for arrivals being Sunday 10th September. Please see Student Portal news for full details.

    Accommodation Services staff work throughout the summer and you can contact your own Accommodation Manager with any queries you may have.

  • Cleaning

    There will be a programme of deep cleaning leading up to Graduation and campus Open Days which may cause disruption in some areas but this will be kept to a minimum where possible. In general, typical cleaning services will continue over the summer but there may be times where it is limited due to holidays.

  • Print

    Design, Print and Photography will open as usual over the summer however will be running a reduced service the week of Graduation (15th-19th July) as staff will be working in LICA.

  • Chaplaincy

    The Chaplaincy Centre remains open during the summer break. If you wish to speak to someone about a pastoral concern, please email the Spiritual Care Coordinator on to arrange an appointment.