Greaves Hotel

Greaves Rd, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4UW, United Kingdom
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Living in Lancaster

by aj813

I am a nineteen year old college student from the states preparing to spend the Lent/Summer term at Lancaster University. Any advice or opinions on the area, attractions, school, university life, travel opportunities, or just British life in general would be appreciated! Thanks so much!
Allison

Re: Living in Lancaster

by hicken

I have had friends at lancaster university, and thought it was very friendly. It's in a quiet, traditional, inexpensive part of the North; the students seemed to really stick together and organise lots of events.
You're near the seaside at Morecambe, which is cheesy and fun and has fabulous sunsets.
For travel, most important is to take EVERY opportunity to get into the lake district. There will be trips organised by the university (have a look at www.golakes.co.uk to get some ideas).

Re: Re: Living in Lancaster

by leics

Also make sure you spend a day in York! For info on UK customs etc, have a look at some of the tips on UK members' pages. I'm sure you'll have an excellent time.

Re: Re: Living in Lancaster

by LouBeeS

Hi,

The international student contingent at Lancaster University is really strong - try to go to the socials as you will meet so many friends.

As yet, i don't think there is a US student's society, but there are quite a few of you :-)

I studied at lancaster myself. If you will be living in campus accomodation, you'll be put into a college - do you know yours yet? The colleges will give you the basis of your social life - go to the JCR (this is basically the bar) and tehre will be notices about socials. Bar crawls are always fun. I know that this makes us all sound like alcoholics, but there is only some pressure to drink - other socials including paintballing, trips to blackpool, formal balls, trips to the Lake District or even Manchester.

But it is my experience not to eat in the campus diner - cook your own food- it is far nicer and gets you socuialising in the kitchen (in County, you may share this with 15 others!)

In lancaster you must see - The Priory and Castle (now a prison!) and also the Butterfly house and Williamson Park + Memorial - www.lancs.ac.uk has fab links

what course will you be doing there? Let me know, as some courses are easier to socialise on, and less academically taxing... :-)

Can't wait to hear from you, Allison,

Louise (class of 2003, Bowland)

RE: RE: Living in Lancaster

by SharX

Hi.

I'm going to Lancaster University this fall for postgrads and I'm a little bit skeptic about the English (at least I'm honest). I hear they're a bit racist. I'm afraid this might make my 1 year stay there uncomfortable, especially that I'm a mid-eastern. I hope someone can tell me I'm wrong :(

Other than that I'm thrilled and I can't wait for October.

RE: RE: Living in Lancaster

by hicken

Sharx, no one can promise you 100 per cent that you won't encounter any racism while you're in England, but we're mostly pretty decent people and university students are usually strongly anti-racist. Universities have lots of overseas students, so local people should be used to meeting people from the Middle East without getting paranoid about it.
Don't worry - there'll be plenty of people to make you feel welcome and give you advice when you arrive.

RE: RE: Living in Lancaster

by leics

Thanks, hicken, for saying what I thought. I emailed Sharx as soon as the post above appeared saying much the same thing but at greater length, and offering any further help required. Had no reply, so assume Sharx did not feel as concerned as the post suggested. Or something.

Travel Tips for Lancaster

The Golden Ball Pub (Snatchems)

by MartinSelway

Also known locally as "Snatchems". This was the name given to the pub by the locals when Lancaster was a major port. It was in its heyday at the height of the cotton trade. The reason for the name is that when ships were leaving Lancaster, should they be short of a crew member or two, they would put a boat out to The Golden Ball and "snatch" any available (drunken) locals to make up their number.

On very high tides the road floods.

Directions: Head out of Lancaster towards Morecambe on the A589 -over the Lune (3 lane bridge) under railway.At first roundabout turn left coming next to a set of traffic lights with ASDA on left and AXA Direct on right - go straight over the lights up to a small roundabout with a Peugeot garage - bear left. There should now be drainage dykes on left and signs warning that the road may be closed at high tide. It a short distance down this road.

Views of the River Lune & Crook O' Lune

by MartinSelway

"Crook O' Lune nr. Caton"

This is a popular and attractive spot, where the Lune meanders in a big curve through tree-lined banks. The river passes under Penny Bridge (formerly a toll bridge) and the bridge which carried the former Lancaster to Hellifield railway line, which is now part of an extensive network of cycleways and footpaths. The beauty of the Crook O' Lune was captured by the artist JMW Turner, and described by the poets Thomas Gray (of Gray's "Elegy") and William Wordsworth.

(all photos from LCC)

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