The main Bailrigg campus has all the shops and amenities for you to be self-sufficient. That's not to say that you won't want to go into the city of course, but you do have everything on your doorstep when you need it. Here's a quick guide to the campus and local area...
There are two small supermarkets on campus - Spar is open between 07:00 and 23:00 every day, and is located in Edward Roberts Court just south of the iconic Tower that dominates the skyline. If in doubt, head for that. Central Stores is located in Pendle College and is handier for students on Alexandra Park.
Most of the main supermarkets have a presence in Lancaster & Morecambe, and all are within easy reach by bus. You could walk to Booths in Scotforth but the main supermarket in Lancaster is Sainsbury's, and they even lay on a free bus there and back on Wednesday afternoons. Towards Morecambe you can easily get to ASDA, a bigger Sainsbury's, and Morrisons on the No.2 bus route, although any bus from the University will get you quickly into Lancaster city centre.
There is also an outdoor farmers market every Wednesday and Saturday on Market Street in the city.
For quick snacks and sit-down meals on campus you will find a range of catering outlets, either University managed or otherwise. For the independents, County Diner is at the north end of campus, with Diggles serving hot sandwiches to take away opposite Spar. The Sultan, Pizzetta Republic and the Fish & Chip shop are all around Furness College in the centre of campus, with Wong's Chinese in the George Fox Building and Wibbly Wobbly Burger Bar in Pendle.
University Catering run a variety of outlets across campus, details of which can be found on the University Catering website.
In the city itself you will find a whole range of cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Many of them offer student discounts on different days and at different times. The Lancaster Tourism website and Virtual Lancaster website have more information on where to eat in the city and surrounding areas.
On the north-western corner of the Tower is Alexandra Square, which contains a newsagent, bakery, Natwest and Barclays banks, cash machines, hairdresser and the library building. There's also a Wallings ice cream parlour so here's hoping for ice cream weather in freshers' week!
Laundry wise, a wash costs around £1.60, and a dry costs about £1 for 45 minutes. There are launderettes dotted around campus so if you live on campus there will be one close to you.
The city of lancaster is only a short bus ride away, and you will find all of the high street shops prevalent in a student town, as well as a host of independent shops tucked away and dotted about awaiting your discovery. Many of the chain shops offer student discounts as you would expect.
It might not be as cosmopolitan as Manchester or as lively as Leeds but we reckon you’ll instantly love Lancaster and appreciate the nightlife it has to offer.
There are a plethora of bars and pubs from the banks of the canal, through the streets of the city and even underneath Castle Hill, to suit all tastes. Many regularly have late licences, or bands and DJs playing live. The Pub Utopia Website has a rundown of most pubs and bars in town, though you'll soon figure out what's where and what suits you!
The variety of clubs in Lancaster and Morecambe are complemented by the LUSU-run venue in Lancaster city centre: The Sugarhouse. Converted from an old sugar warehouse (hence the name…) recent big name draws have included Judge Jules, the Scratch Perverts, Chase & Status and the ever popular student favourites Pendulum. See thesugarhouse.co.uk for more.