Travel and Local Information


On campus, there are university halls of residence accommodation. Room costs range from £25- £62 per night depending on the type of room and its amenities (i.e. full breakfast, parking, hairdryer). Please book via the accommodation form using the code LAB17

For details about the accommodation on campus please click here,  for the map regarding that area on campus click here.

Also on campus is the Lancaster House Hotel, Green Lane, Lancaster, LA1 4GJ, Tel: 08458 509508. Mention that you are visiting the university for the special university rate of about £85 per night.

In the city, 15 minutes bus ride away are several options, for a full list ask Tourist Information 01524 582394,, or try a dedicated hotel booking website, e.g.

The Sun Hotel and Bar, 63-65 Church Street, Lancaster, Lancs, LA1 1ET, 01524 66006. Lovely rooms, fabulous breakfast, from £75 per night. Cheese and good beer available all evening.

Lancaster Central Hotel Travelodge, King Street, Lancaster LA1 1RE, from £41 per night. It’s fairly new, and actually not too bad.

Toll House Inn, Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XT, 01524 599900, from £79 per night. Lovely bar downstairs, with good local food, deli boards, and beer.

Two nice bed and breakfasts:

  • The Shakespeare, 96 St Leonards Gate, Lancaster LA1 1NN, 01524 841041, from £33 per person per night.
  • The Old Station House, 25 Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TX, 01524 381060, from £40 per night.


All buses drop off and collect passengers at the University Underpass  (on the campus map). You can refer to Lancaster University Travel Information for further information on how to get here. 

By Air

Manchester airport is closest to Lancaster. An hourly rail link runs directly between Manchester airport and Lancaster, and takes approximately 85 minutes. Be careful because trains don’t run very early or very late (but infrequent buses do) – see below for checking times. Liverpool airport is also a possibility, but travelling from the airport is a mini-adventure (bus to Liverpool centre, then train).

By Rail

There are direct rail links for London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, each around 2.5 hours. For train times, visit

The 3A bus service runs every 30 minutes between the University and the Railway Station  (Monday to Saturday daytimes; hourly on Sunday afternoons and evenings).

Local taxi services can be contacted on: +44 (0)1524 32090; +44 (0)1524 35666 and +44 (0)1524 848848.

By Car

Leave the M6 motorway at Junction 33 and take the A6 north towards Lancaster. For Lancaster University main campus – turn right at the third set of traffic lights on the A6 into the University main drive. Take the first exit left from the roundabout at the top of the main drive, then the first avenue on your right. This brings you to the Reception Lodge where security staff will direct you to your destination on campus.

If using an online route planner or satnav, please note that the university postcode is LA1 4YW.

Visitor car parking is available on campus 24/7 and is free after 6pm.

If you’re visiting campus during the day then parking charges do apply and can be purchased from any of the 11 pay and display machines across campus a cost of £5 for a day.

Wheelchair accessible spaces are clearly marked across all car parking areas on campus. Blue Badge holders should park in Bowland Avenue.

A car parking permit is included if you stay in University accommodation.

By Bus

In the City: The bus station is situated on Damside Street in the City Centre. Buses (services 2, 2A, 3, 3A, 4, X4, 42) leave for the University every five minutes on weekdays and most services also stop at Common Garden Street. Additionally, the 3A bus service run every 30 minutes between the Railway Station and the University (Monday to Saturday daytimes; hourly on Sunday afternoons and evenings).

On Campus: All buses drop off and collect passengers at the University Underpass. Additionally, services 3, 3A and 4 serve the southern perimeter road around Alexandra Park and service X1 serve the northern perimeter road. There is also a bus stop directly outside the Sports Centre on the main drive.

By BicycleLancaster was recently a Cycling Demonstration Town (2005-2011) which means it benefited from increased investment in facilities and initiatives for cyclists. It takes 30 minutes or so to cycle from the city centre to campus on the two University signed routes.