Life at Lancaster

Under construction, information may be inaccurate at this point. If you would like to know anything in particular, please do contact us via the contact form on this website.


Mosques in Lancaster

Masjid Al-Noor

7 Dallas Road,

Raza Masjid

71 Blades Street,


If you are travelling on the motorway, towards of away from Lancaster, Alhamdulillaah there are also facilities on service stations now which accommodate our prayer needs.

Click here for details.

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All UK banks give interest (Riba). Unless you specifically tell them
when you open your account that you do not want to receive it. It
is better for students to avoid confusion of any kind by opening
a Current Account and specifying that you do not want interest.
(Most banks pay interest on some current accounts unless they are
told otherwise). Some banks, however, do offer Islamic banking options.
These include Islamic Bank of Britain, HSBC, and Lloyds TSB.

If you are unsure about why you should not receive
interest please refer to Surah 2 ayahs 275 – 280 and surah 3 ayah
130 or see a reliable scholar in Islam for further proofs.

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Halal Food

As Muslims we must be careful what we eat, especially in non-Muslim
countries. Many products contain haram substances such as animal
extracts (fats gelatine glycerine etc). These extracts may come
from pigs or animals which have not been slaughtered according to
Islamic Rites. Take care when you buy things by reading the label
and do not think that because it is suitable for vegetarians it’s
automatically ok, check the ingredients because vegetarians can
drink alcohol and some products may contain alcohol such as pre
cooked dinners. All jellies contain gelatine except jelly crystals
and quick set jellies. Watch out for sweets too. Always read the

Alternatively, you can visit these are just hints
and tips and you are always urged to use your own discretion. Jazakallah

Meat Stores and Online Outlets

MAJAE STORES: Sells halal meat chicken burgers etc, and oriental
spices. The shop is near the town centre in Blade St. If you take
the bus to town get of at King St. Walk to Waterstones book shop
(End of King St at traffic lights) and turn left. Continue walking
taking the third turning on your left Wheatfield St. Go to the end
of this street and Blade St is the first street on your right.

CITIES NEARBY: If you prefer to see your meat cut for you and you
have the means to travel, you may like to visit Preston or Manchester where
you will find many shops selling Halal meat and various other Oriental
and Middle Eastern products. Recommended stores:

  • Kashmir Watan Food Store Kent St, Preston PR1 1PJ, Tel 01772 258111
  • Worldwide Foods 401 Great Western St off Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, Manchester, M14 4AH

ONLINE: The following website offers a delivery service of halal
meat Halal2Go

Restaurants and Takeaways

>> On Campus:

In April/May 2008 the Islamic Society conducted a survey of all food outlets on campus to update the information about where halal meat can be found.

Below, in alphabetical order, are the results.

Sells halal meat? Which meat is halal? Meat supplier Certificate present?
Fylde Coffee Shop Yes Chicken KLT Dairies, Preston No
Global Café (Chaplaincy Centre) Yes Chicken Lucky Red, Manchester No
Pizzetta Republic Yes From the restaurant:All pizzas, kebabs and burgersFrom the café: All except ‘coronation chicken’ and ‘sliced turkey’ Venus Foods, Manchester
Khanjra International Foods, Blackburn
Nazeer, Preston
Spar Yes Some raw meat & chicken (labelled) Brendan Anderton Butchers Ltd, Preston Claimed so, but didn’t produce
Spicy Hut Restaurant Yes Chicken & Lamb Royal Foods, Blackburn No
Sultan of Lancaster Experience
Under new management (21/9/2009)
Yes Everything Gafoor Poultry, KQF Yes, from HMC
The Venue Coffee Shop Yes Some of the sandwiches (labelled) Brambles Sandwich Company No
Wibbly Wobbly Yes Chicken Direct Poultry Services No

The following food outlets reported that they did not sell halal food although all offer vegetarian options:

  • Wong’s Kitchen (George Fox building)
  • LUSU Central Stores
  • LUSU Shop
  • Greggs
  • Diggle’s
  • County Diner
  • The Atrium (Environmental Centre)
  • Food for Thought (IAS)
  • Bowland Deli Bar
  • Barker House Farm Food Court (County College)
  • InfoLab21 Café
  • The Hub (Management School)
  • The Uni Chippy (fish & chips shop next to Pizzetta)

>> Off Campus:

2 LOWER CHURCH ST. An Indian take-away serving a varied menu at reasonable
prices. There is a delivery service


106, PENNY ST, (Tel: 01524 847777)

A place for a variety of dishes from Donar Kebabs , Pitza, Chicken,
Fish to name but a few from their menu. They have a delivery service
free for orders over 6.00.


1, ROSEMARY LANE(Tel: 01524 382399)

Pizza delivery and takeaway.


If you want a special halal meal out or you want to impress someone
then this is the place to go. The restaurant does not serve or allow
alcohol on its premises so you do not have to worry about compromising
yourself with regard to your religious obligations. Internally there
is a lot of interest in the decor as the building was formerly a



An Indian restaurant providing halal food only, in very nice surroundings
and reasonably priced. They also provide a take-away service.

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Economical Shopping

As students, we have to keep an eye on our spending. Following is a list of shops
that sell products at reasonable prices.

Aldi: A supermarket that sells good value-for-money items. For example,
1kg of fresh carrots for 39p, carton of fresh orange juice for 79p, and
more. Make sure you take your own carrier bags when you go, as they charge you for their bags.
Aldi is located just after the Greyhound Bridge on the left hand side of the road as you drive towards Morecambe.

ASDA: A leading supermarket that sells reasonably priced,
good quality products. They offer a price promise and ‘buy one get one free offers’
they also sell fairly cheap petrol with a collection point system,
whereby you have a card collect points when you buy petrol and
when you have enough points you get a gift voucher for 5 pounds.
If you don’t have a car, there is a bus service to Asda from the
underpass. Asda is on Ovangle Road, first left at the first roundabout
on Lancaster road which is the main road to Morecambe.

Here you will find everything you need for your home (kitchen, bathroom, garden and garage).
There are also toiletries, cosmetics, stationery, and greeting cards. Situated in the town centre.

Charity Shops: There are a number of these shops dotted all around the town centre.
Here you can pick up a good winter coat for a fraction of the price in a high street store.
Be sure to try before you buy and check the quality. One important
piece of advice would be to look at where the money you pay will
go. For example, research into cancer, heart problems or childhood
diseases know no national or religious bounds so it’s ok to
buy from them.

Car Boot Sales: Car Boot Sales are events where people load up
their cars with items they no longer need and gather together to
sell to the public. They are a very popular way of raising funds
for schools etc. You will find these events advertised in the local
newspapers. They are usually held on Sunday mornings. There is no
guarantee with goods bought from a car boot sale, so beware.

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All foreign students attending courses longer than six months
are entitled to free medical treatment from the National Health
Service (NHS). For more details contact the University
Health Centre (Ext.94134). Also check the university’s health services page.

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Train and coach information, such as timetables, student and family
cards, tickets etc, can be obtained from the LUSU Advice Centre
which is located in the LUSU building.

There are frequent buses from the University Underpass to Lancaster, Galgate,
Morecambe, Garstang, Preston and Blackpool.
View bus timetables here

East Lancashire Bus timetables here


All potential car drivers must have a valid driving licence either
a British or an International one. If you are learning
to drive you must do so with someone who holds a Full British Licence
and you must have a Provisional British Licence. It is illegal to
drive without insurance. It is perhaps best to speak to brothers
/sisters who have cars to find out who its best to insure with.
Insuring a car is not cheap, so it pays to shop around.

All cars over three years old must have an MOT to prove it is road
worthy, don’t by a car over this age unless it has 12 months MOT.
The car must be taxed. Contact your local Post Office to find out

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Islamic Bookshop

Madani Bookshop
40a St Paul’s Road
(Behind Carpet Emporium)
Tel: 01772 558553

Website: Click Here

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Mooreside School & Bowerham School both are within close proximity
to the University and are on the bus route.


  • Lancaster Boys Grammar School (boys only, entrance by exam)
  • Lancaster Girls Grammar School (girls only, entrance by exam)
  • Central Lancaster High School (mixed).

Assemblies: All children who are not Christians have the right
to be withdrawn from religious assemblies & religious educational
classes by a written request from the parents.

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Legal Advice & Assistance

There may be times when you need legal advice, for example you
may need help to understand tenancy agreements or other legal documents.
The Citizens Advice Bureau supply free advice on all matters that
may affect the community they are very understanding and helpful
and their services are free.

The Citizens Advise Bureau

87 King Street, Lancaster LA1 1RH

Tel: 0870 126 4035

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