Media City, Salford

A few months ago I visited my friend who attends Salford University. We had a night out in Manchester to Fifth Nightclub and then spent the day in Media City which is part of Salford University the following day.

Media City

We took a bus from outside my friend’s accommodation (they come regularly) to Media City which only took about 10-15 minutes and did not cost much. 

When we arrived we were hungry and hungover so we found a busy pub-like place called the Dockyard. I ordered the cheese burger with sweet potato fries (they have got to be the best Ines I’ve ever had) and came with different pots of salts and spices. It was not too expensive, definitely affordable and there was quite a range to choose from, such as fish and chips, chicken and so on.


We then decided to have a look around Media City which had never-ending food places and big companies were about such as BBC and ITV. 

There were also some scenic views across the lake as well as there being a doctor who theme! There were darleks and the tardis by the side of the water! Also Noddy made an appearance.


Finally, we had a look around the shops even though there was not many and it was quite a small shopping centre it still had everything we needed. We also had a Costa and a sit down before heading back to get the train home.


The Night Out

We had to pay in advance as S-club 7 were making an appearance in the club, which only cost about £7 and you show your ticket at the door. There also was not a huge queue and drinks until 12 were £1 for single vodka plus a mixer! It’s save to say we got very drunk and had a great time with the fab 90’s music in the background until S-club arrived and blasted their classics.

My friend’s accommodation is right next to Salford Cresent train station so the taxi to Manchester did not cost much and getting off the train is very handy too for where she lives!


Lancaster

I currently attend Lancaster University and I am in my first year studying English language and linguistics. During this year I have been able to spend the time exploring Lancaster and it’s surrounding areas.

Lancaster University

Lancaster university itself is a beautiful campus, with ponds and ducks galore and a lovely woodland trail to follow through the trees whether you’re going for a walk to clear your head, go for a run or just enjoy the (rare) lovely weather and wildlife (there’s plenty of squirrels on campus!). On campus we have different food areas such as Sultans, GoBurrito, WokInn, Ketchup, costa, Greggs and Wibbly Wobbly burger bar – so there’s something for everyone!

There are also 9 bars on campus for each college and my favourite bar is Grizedale because they do 2 for 1 cocktails! We also have a huge sports centre that the public can use and we even have a tree in our library!


Williamson Park and Canal walks

Williamson Park is located in Lancaster City which is a large piece of greenery full of little trails, a cafe, an animal centre and huge architecture you can climb and have amazing views. There is also a large pond full of ducks! 

The canal walks are also amazing to get some fresh air, see the sites and wildlife! I’ve inserted some photos at the end of this post to show you how lovely it looks!

Food

There are plenty of yummy places to eat in and around Lancaster. Below I have listed some of my personal favourites that you some visit if you come by Lancaster!

1. The Plough

This is situated in a small village called Galgate just off the M6 and a short walk from Lonsdale college at the university. It is a cosy pub that lets you get 15% with a student card and they sell all kinds of food: fish and chips, nachos, baguettes, jacket potatoes, pies, Sunday dinners and so on!

2. Bella Italias 

This Italian is frequently placed in cities and sells some lovely dishes! You get discount as a student also and they do 2 for 1 on cocktails too!

3. The Three Mariners

This pub is similar to the Plough and sells the most amazing burgers. My personal favourite is the French burger that comes with garlic mushrooms and Brie as well as potato skins and salad!

4. Oscar’s bar and bistro

My final favourite is a tad more expensive but you get huge portions! The atmosphere is sophisticated with a lovely environment to sit in with happy songs playing all day long.


Clubs and bars

Lancaster is a bit quiet for nightlife but me and my flatmates always manage to have great nightouts, often going to the same place! The clubs and bars include: The Sugarhouse, Dalton Rooms, Bentleys, Mint, Hustle, The Crafty Scholar, Wetherspoons, sphere and Apothecary. 

Our personal favourite is The Sugarhouse which is ran by the students of Lancaster University, meaning you can only get in if you are a student or are signed in by another student. Cheap drinks, cheap entry and two rooms filled with people around your own age! It’s fun and safe and often every week there is a theme, such as: divas, Disney, 90s etc for music!

There are also plenty of local pubs to choose from too such as Pendle Witch, the Bobbin, The Borough, The White Cross, Merchants 1688, The Water Witch, George and the Dragon and so on!



Shopping

Although Lancaster is smaller than most cities it has all the shops you need! From my knowledge there are two main, small shopping centres that are indoors – market gate shopping centre and St Nicholas Arcade. However the majority of the shops are outdoor. Some shops include: Primark, New Look, Topshop, Topman, Lush, Boots, Iceland, Tk Maxx, River Island, Waterstones, Superdrug, Poundland, Home Bargins, M&S, Costa, bodycare, Card factory, Caffè Nero, Shoe Zone, mcdonalds, KFC, WHSmith and so on.

The shops that are not in the main city area include: Sainsbury’s, Asda and Aldi which are a three minute drive away or a short walk away over a bridge – with Sainsbury’s being closer just next to the bus station.

As well as all of this Lancaster is situated in a great place – you’re right next to Blackpool and the Lake District as well as cities like Morecambe and Preston. Lancaster is only a short train journey away from Manchester and Liverpool too!

So Lancaster has all of the shops you could need! In fact – Lancaster may be small but it has everything you need and is a lovely place to live!