About Lancaster and the UK .......................................................... For further information about working and living in Lancaster please visit: www.lancaster.ac.uk/ working-at-lancaster
The City of Lancaster has a long and diverse history, having gained its first charter in 1193. In the heart of the city centre lies a 12th Century castle – one of the best preserved in Great Britain – which dominates the hill above the River Lune. Lancaster is small enough to explore on foot, but big enough to keep you entertained all day, and was recently ranked as one of the top ten most vibrant cities in the UK (the Experian Vibrancy Report), thanks to its established arts scene and student population. It offers excellent shopping, cinemas, theatres, and restaurants, with many well preserved older buildings. The area is also well served with state, gramma, private and church schools. Lancaster’s live music venues are home to regular guitar, electronic, folk, classical and jazz gigs. Fans of independent film and theatre have the choice of the city centre Dukes Theatre and Cinema, Grand Theatre, and Vue multiplex cinema, and the University’s own Nuffield Theatre and LU Cinema. Venues also regularly play host to major comedy and theatrical tours too. With a number of galleries and museums located in the city, there is plenty for lovers of the arts to get their teeth into. The latest listings can be found through the Lancaster Arts City app.
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 are two National Parks, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, which are within a 30-minute drive. Lancaster is just over two hours by fast train to London and it is less than one hour to Manchester airport, which offers direct flights to most European capitals, the Middle East, and North America and the Far East. Lancaster, and the local surrounding area, offers a unique combination of city, coast, and countryside. 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 builds) and is competitively priced, especially against similar properties in South East England. The University offers allowances for staff (Grade 6 and above) who have to move to join us.
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