Situated on the River Lune and close to the coast, Lancaster is the capital of Lancashire and relatively small with a population just below 50,000. This historical city hosts both Lancaster University and a campus for The University of Cumbria, both of which are lucky to benefit from excellent transport and decent shopping. This is in part thanks to the size and centralisation of the city, walking is not only cheap but practical here. It is important to note that Lancaster University is a ten minute bus journey to the south. You are also very close to Blackpool and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, probably worth a visit?