Local guide

A Student’s Guide to Lancaster

Living at Cable Street puts you close to all the local amenities. You’ll be just a short stroll from shops, cafés and restaurants!



6 minute walk from Cable Street

Marketgate has a range of high street stores, from Primark and New Look to Waterstones and WH Smith.

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St. Nics Arcades

5 minute walk from Cable Street

St Nics has a Topshop, Boots, Superdrug, HMV, Game, Ryman and many more handy shops.

Lancaster Canal

Lancaster Canal

7 minute walk from Cable Street

Visit one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way through to Preston.

Lancaster to Morecambe

Lancaster to Morecambe Promenade

22 minute cycle from Cable Street

If you're into cycling, be sure to take a ride on this scenic trip through the countryside.


Coffee Quarter

4 minute walk from Cable Street

Visit The Hall and The Music Room for a vintage and hip feel and sample what was once voted the ‘best flat white in the UK'!


Morecambe Bay

24 minute bus from Cable Street

Hills, forests and a beach! Lancaster definitely knows how to spoil you. Catch the number 4 from the bus station outside.


University of Cumbria

22 minute walk from Cable Street

If you're studying at the University of Cumbria, you'll enjoy the beautiful parkland setting while also being just a short walk from the city centre!

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University of Lancaster

14 minute bus ride from Cable Street

The University of Lancaster is one of Britain's best universities and is set in 500 acres of parkland!


The Sugarhouse

6 minute walk from Cable Street

The 'ultimate student night out'. Hit up Jinxed on a Wednesday, Old's Cool Fridays and Sweet As Saturdays. Don't forget your Purple Card!



8 minute walk from Cable Street

A must-go for students seeking a wild night out. While it may not be the classiest of establishments, it is one of the latest to close. Expect things to get messy!

The Study Rooms

4 minute walk from Cable Street

Lancaster's socially focused bar and restaurant is a popular choice for students wishing to dine. The menu includes home made burgers & traditional beef hot-dogs - what's not to love?


Dalton Rooms

7 minute walk from Cable Street

Definitely one of the hipper places in town, Dalton Rooms is a lively bar open five days a week and famed for its DJ nights and pizza parties.

Market Gate Dental Practice

5 minute walk from Cable Street

It's easy to let your health slip while at university, but don't forget to get the occasional dental check-up to avoid more serious problems later!

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King Street Surgery

8 minute walk from Cable Street

Make sure you sign up to the local surgery at King Street just a short walk away.

Lancaster is a gem of the north that’s situated in an idyllic setting between the Lake District and Morecambe Bay.  As one of England’s Heritage Cities, its cultural past is rich and it’s a city with many tales to be uncovered by history lovers.

If you’re an outdoorsy type, Lancaster will be a haven for you, offering acres of parklands, forests, cycleways, hills, beaches and bays to explore. Lancaster is beautiful all year round. Pack up the picnic in the summer and explore the surrounding nature with your friends, or snuggle up in one of Lancaster town’s hidden gems with a glass of mulled wine in winter.

While it may be a small town, students of Lancaster know that in this case, size really doesn’t matter. What Lancaster lacks in size, it makes up for in personality. Its great outdoors, hidden alleyways, quirky cafés, old-world pubs and Georgian charm make it a fascinating city to discover.

Voted the safest university town in the UK, you will always feel at home and at ease in Lancaster.