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Living in Lancaster

Living in Lancaster

Lancaster is an historic city with a 12th Century castle dominating the hill above the River Lune. It offers excellent shopping, cinemas, theatres and good restaurants ), ))  , with many well preserved older buildings. Set within a half hour's drive of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, it offers easy access to the Countryside whilst being only 3 miles from the Morecambe coast.  The vibrant cities of Manchester and Liverpool are only one hour away.

Lancaster itself is situated in a delightful part of north west England. The rural landscape is superb, with the Lakeland fells in full view across the expanse of Morecambe Bay. The River Lune runs along the edge of the Forest of Bowland, an area of outstanding natural beauty, past many villages, into Lancaster and to the sea.

There is an excellent choice of accommodation in the 'travel to' area which stretches from the Lake District to Preston and east along the Lune valley, as well as Morecambe and Lancaster, offering a range of housing from city centre to rural environments. Housing is varied (from old townhouses to barn conversions and new build) and is competitively priced, especially against similar properties in South East England.

The area is well served with state, private and church schools, including outstanding single sex grammar schools.

Lancaster’s live music venues are home to regular guitar, electronic, folk, classical and jazz gigs. Fans of film and theatre have the choice of the city centre Dukes Theatre & Cinema, Grand Theatre and Vue multiplex cinema, and the university’s own Nuffield Theatre and LU Cinema. With a number of galleries and museums located in the city, there’s plenty for lovers of the arts to get their teeth into.

We offer relocation allowances for staff (grade 6 & above) who have to move to join us.  


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