Living in Lancaster
In this guide we go over everything you’ll ever need to know about living in Lancaster; from discussing the best neighborhoods to the ratings of the schools to where to get some retail therapy, this blog holds all the answers to you questions and more!
Situated on the River Lune sits the city of Lancaster, a city rich in captivating British history and exciting modern culture. From the historical castle walls, you can learn stories of the past and be immersed in the Georgian architectures as they curve over the river.
Lancaster is situated in the county of Lancashire and is home to a castle, a cathedral, Lancaster University and the campus of the University of Cumbria.
What is the population of Lancaster?
In 2018 the estimated population of the Lancaster district was 333,000 residents, more specifically it is estimated that the population of the city of Lancaster was 144,246 residents.
From the estimates in 2018, the average age of the residents in Lancaster is 43.3, with a population density of 125 residents per square kilometre.
The population has increased +2.5% (8,000) since 2008, this is slower than the England and Wales population growth of 12.4%.
The average property value for properties in Lancaster currently sits at £197,491; however the current average price paid for a property is £190,470. This is a -2.20 %(-£4,444) decrease in value compared to the 12 months previously.
The current average value for detached houses in Lancaster is £344,969, but the average price paid currently sits at £312,464. This is a -0.62 %(-£2,140) decrease in value compared to the 12 months previously.
The current average value for semi-detached houses in Lancaster is £187,801; however, the average price paid currently sits at £190,319. This is a -0.83 %(-£1,565) decrease in value compared to the 12 months previously.
The current average value for a terraced house in Lancaster is £150,779, but the average price paid currently sits at £144,976. This is a -1.60 %(-£2,454) decrease in value compared to the 12 months previously.
The current average value for a flat in Lancaster is £133,456, but the average price paid currently sits at £132,680. This is a -4.87 %(-£6,826) decrease in value compared to the 12 months previously.
What is the Average Rent in Lancaster?
The average rent for a property in Lancaster is £1,013pcm. More specifically the average rent for a room is £718pcm; the average rent for a flat is £849pcm and the average rent for a house is £1,184pcm.
Average Rent Prices by Bedroom
People in the north of England have a reputation of being friendly and approachable, with Lancaster making no exception. Although the district of Lancaster is large the actual city of Lancaster is relatively small compared to its neighbours Liverpool and Manchester, making it much easier to explore. With a smaller statue you get all the benefits of living in a city without all the hustle and bustle.
Of course there are parts of Lancaster that are nicer than others, much like any other place in the UK, and some that the crime does tend to be higher. Places such as the city centre and north of the river tend to have higher crime rates and smaller properties making them more undesirable places in Lancaster city to live.
However, as a whole Lancaster is a lovely city filled with culture, community and history. Alongside the friendly locals you’ll find that you are never too far away from anything, only 120 minutes to London by train and you can be in Manchester in under an hour. If you want more nature and wide open spaces it’s only 45 minutes to picturesque lakes and Gisburn.
Is Lancaster a safe place to live?
Between the months of January 2019 and December 2019 there was an estimated 31,291 reported crimes in the Lancaster district. This is 10.6 crimes for every 1,000 residents, which is relatively low for the population and scale of the city.
The highest types of crime in the Lancaster district are violent crime and anti-social behaviour, together contributing to just over 50% of the crimes reported.
|Type of Crime||Number of Crimes||Annual Percentage Change Compared to the Previous Period|
|Criminal Damage & Arson Crime||3100||-8.3%|
|Other Theft Crime||2,200||-8.7%|
|Public Order Crime||1,800||-16.7%|
Overall, the rate of crime decreased in 2019 compared to the previous compatible period in 2018.
If you’re looking to buy a look down along Quayside and up near the Ashton Memorial might be the ideal place to start, recently a collection of new builds have become available in this area and might provide you the perfect home for you and your family.
If you have a family or young children, you might want to start your search round by Aldcliffe, Scotforth and the surrounding areas of the Ashton Memorial, as it provides the perfect setting for a quieter family life.
If it is the quiet village life you seek with easy connections and access to the city, Halton might be the village for you. With a picturesque village vibe and great primary schools this lovely village is sure to fit everyone’s needs.
Lancaster Railway station serves the West Coast Mainline with direct services to and from London, Glasgow and further up north. Local services provide regular visits between Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham, Carnforth and Silverdale with other less regular services travelling along links to major stations including Leeds and Manchester.
Take the M6 south down to Blackpool (51minutes) or Manchester (80 minutes) or venture eastwards towards Leeds on the M62 (120 minutes). Whatever location you were looking to get to, from Lancaster you sit in a great central location to easily get wherever you want to go!
You’ll find Lancaster Bus Station on Damside Street in Lancaster city centre, where you can catch the stagecoach and even the National Express service. If you’re a university student, you’ll be pleased to know that the Lancaster University campus can also be reached from here through Megabus services.
There are many opinions of Airport should you wish to jet off, the closest with a distance of 48 miles is Leeds Bradford Airport, however due to its size and many flight options the recommended airport is Manchester Airport which is 52.2 miles away from Lancaster city centre.
There are 38 primary schools, 11 secondary school and 6 schools/colleges that are from ages 16 to 18. Out of these 55 education institutions, 8 received an outstanding Ofsted rating, 27 received a good Ofsted rating, and 5 require improvement. This leaves 15 schools without recorded data.
The top 3 schools in Lancaster as rated by SchoolGuide are:
- Lancaster Royal Grammer School
- Lancaster Girl’s Grammer School
- Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy
Landmarks and History
Lancaster is a place of great historical stories and varied historical architecture, and many stories linking to the royals. First established by the Romans as a garrison on a hill by the river, Lancaster’s first recorded city name was Lancastre, which means ‘Roman fort on the River Lune’. This name was recorded in 1086 in the Domesday Book.
What Lancaster is famous for however is the Lancaster castle, a Grade 1 listing building sitting atop a hilltop in the centre of the city. Its construction began after the Norman Invasion where William the Conqueror wanted to fortify against the scots. The theme of fortification carried on when, in the 12th century, Queen Elizabeth I raised the height and substance of the castle to become a possible defence point against the Spanish Armada.
Another interesting landmark of Lancaster is The Aston Memorial, built in 1909 by Lancaster industrialist Lord Ashton as a tribute to his late wife Jessy. This building is grade 1 and at 150 feet tall it dominates the Lancaster Skyline.
Lancaster truly caters to everyone and can always offer a new experience. From a local pub crawl to upscale bars and wineries, from quiet Italian restaurants to fun family themed restaurants – you can always find what you fancy in Lancaster or discover a place completely new for a fully spectacular experience.
The Top 5 Places to Eat in Lancaster:
- Quite Simply French
- The Mad Hunter Lancaster
- The Butcher and Tonic
- The Three Mariners
Much like every city, if you are looking for the high-street brands and names for a bit of retail therapy then you can head over to the Marketgate Shopping Centre. However, should you want to immerse yourself in somewhere that truly captures the essence of Lancaster culture and produce the Lancaster Central Market might be the perfect place for you! With produce stalls stretching as far as you can see, what’s on offer is more than your typical market. Here you will find local, fresh produce, local dairy product, alongside home-made snacks and other giftable items – this is surely an experience you wouldn’t want to miss!
Depending on budget and type of visit, there will be a hotel/BnB available to suit your needs. Here are our top 3 picks for accommodation in Lancaster.
1. Lancaster House
Just 2 miles away from the city centre, the Lancaster House Hotel offers and understated luxury with clean, modern rooms, an award-winning restaurant and Sandpiper Leisure club. Its location flawlessly placed for all matter of excursions and trips. Explore the historic city or the beautiful Lancashire Coastline for a relaxed and cultured experience, or hop on the train for some retail therapy in larger neighbouring cities.
With a fitness studio, 50ft swimming pool, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and outdoor hot tub this hotel comes with all the amenities you will need to enjoy your stay and you can be assured that the hotel has earned its 4.5 star rating on Trip Advisor from 1,678 reviews.
2. Toll House Inn
Overlooking the picturesque Lancaster Canal, the Toll House Inn has a quiet elegance that is just a few short steps away from shops and restaurants. After a long day of exploring the lively town centre and beautiful Lancaster Castle just 700 yards away, you can relax upstairs in this historic building with spacious, modern bedrooms each featuring air-conditioning, a flat-screen digital TV and a power shower.
3. Premier Inn Lancaster Hotel
Such with any Premier Inn, its location is central to exploring the beautiful, historic city or jetting off to the coast and countryside, and the amenities of the hotel are modern, fresh and clean whilst offering a sense of Luxury. Whether business or pleasure this hotel is surely to satisfy your holiday needs and provide the perfect escape and base to explore all that Lancaster has to offer!
The closest airport to Lancaster is Blackpool Airport. If you take the A65 eastwards you’ll find the journey will take you just over 90 minutes. However, should you want more destinations, more shopping and more flight options, you might want to travel the extra 10 miles (52.5) down south towards Manchester Airport instead. Head south on the M6 and when you reach junction 20A, take the M56 towards the airport. This journey will take you just under 80 minutes.
The two main universities in Lancaster are Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria.
Occupying 560-acres of parkland in Bailrigg sits Lancaster University. A social hub of community and culture you’ll find all you need on this one campus, from bakeries to hair and beauty shops there are many places to relax, enjoy and socialise around the campus fully immersing you in university life. Placing in the top 10 university league tables across 3 different platforms (The Times & Sunday Times good University Guide 2020, The Guardian University Guide 2020, The Complete University Guide 2020) and winning the International University of the Year 2020 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 shows the high level of success and standard that Lancaster University offers.
University of Cumbria
Central to the city centre offering a campus set back in beautiful surrounds with stunning views of Lancaster, this university offers amazing programs for every branch of education and boasts about its fully kitted sports complex, expansive library and brand new teaching blocks allowing you to maximise your educational and social experiences.
Student Accommodation in Lancaster
There is a variety of different rooms available to suit the individual needs and budget of every student, from single rooms with en-suites, townhouses and private studios ranging from £143 to £198 per week depending on accommodation type.
What are the Best Student Nightclubs in Lancaster?
The recommended clubs in Lancaster are Sugar House, Dalton Rooms and Glow Nightclub and Hustle. If you are a student or just someone looking for a bit of fun, you won’t be disappointed but what Lancaster has to offer.
The biggest student night of the week is on a Wednesday at ‘SugarHouse’, the Student Union – run nightclub, if you’re a student you’ll get cheaper entry on presentation of your student card and getting to and from campus is easy with the use of free ‘sugar buses’ that run between the campus and the nightclub to make your trip super easy.
Dalton Rooms and Glow Nightclub
Open 5 days a week until 6am, this combined venue is sure to have a night that everyone will enjoy. Each night of busy has a different theme which chooses the music accordingly. This club is also home to ‘Social Wednesday’ where all of the social and sport clubs will usually head on their society night out!
With its busy bar, student nights and karaoke (where participants get free drink and T-shirt!) and Pizza parties this venue goes all out and will ensure a great night out!
If you want cheesy music, cheap drinks and a guarantee that you will stick to the floor then Hustle is the place you cannot miss. With themed nights, karaoke, prizes and ultimate cheese this club is one of the most popular in Lancaster and is extremely popular for students.
What are the Best Student Nights Lancaster?
Every Monday: Such is the tradition for many university students across the UK, Monday is dominated by Revolutions. The perfect place to party across two floors will offer somewhat of a tamer but just as fun night!
Every Wednesday: Go down to the Sugar House for an Urban v Indie night where rock and hip-hop fight it out for your attention in two different rooms.
Every Friday: Sugar House once again is the place to be Friday night with a mix of retro 70s, 80s and 90s classics v House and Drum and Bass.
Every Saturday: Truly the cherry on top of The Sugar House’s three nights that no one wants to miss is the RnB Urban hits mixed with House classics that will have the whole crowd jumping.
The closest public Hospital in Lancaster is the Royal Lancaster Infirmary which provides a range of ‘General Hospital’ services, including a full Accident & Emergency Department, Critical/Coronary Care unit, consultant lead beds and a range of planned care services.
You can easily get to this hospital by bus, train or car. Trains and buses are regular to the hospital, with the buses stopping directly outside and the train station being a 15 minute walk away.
- Lancaster Castle
- Williamson Park
- Trough of Bowland
- Lancaster Canal
- Lancaster Brewery
- Lancaster City Museum
- Lancaster Martime Museum
- Lancaster Priory Church
- The Grand Theatre
- Lancaster Cathedral
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