Student Living: How to Live Well and Stay Fit

Staying Fit

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy, and fitting it in around a busy schedule and on a student budget can be tricky but here are a few of our tips to make staying fit a reality.

Both Lancaster University Students Union and the University of Cumbria Students Union offer the opportunity to get involved in sporting activities.

Why not take advantage of the excellent sports facilities at Lancaster University  or the university of Cumbria

Running

Running is a great low cost way to get fit. If this is something you enjoy then why not consider joining Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club or if you prefer running on your own then why not check out map my run for ideas and favourite routes around the Lancaster area.

Tennis

If you enjoy tennis then why not check out Lancaster Tennis Club . The club has three astro turf courts based on Lune Road about 1/2 mile from Lancaster railway station and is part of Lancaster Sports and Social Club, with access to the main Clubhouse facilities and bar as well as their own small clubhouse.

Cycling

If you fancy yourself as the next Sir Chris Hoy or Victoria Pendleton then why not check out Lancaster Cycling Club

Golf

There is no more relaxing way to wind down than a game of golf, although I guess that depends how competitive you are! If you enjoy golf then Forest Hills golf course is the place to go, set in stunning countryside and only a short distance from Lancaster University this pay and play course is ideal.

Eat Well

Eat well and feel healthy

Boost your energy and concentration levels in time for exams.

Did you know that what you eat can have an impact on your academic performance? Poor eating habits can affect your memory and make it harder to concentrate, and have been linked to lower grades. On the other hand, if you eat well, you’ll have more energy, better concentration levels and be less likely to get ill.

We will be adding some of our favourite recipes to this section shortly so keep you eyes peeled!!

Volunteering in Lancaster

Give something back and improve your CV by volunteering.

Why volunteer?

A chance to give something back to the local community: Volunteering is a great way to make a positive contribution to the local community here in Lancaster while you are studying at Lancaster University or the University of Cumbria.

Employability: Volunteering is a fantastic addition to any CV and is viewed positively by potential employers. It is also a great way to try new things and have new experiences, as well as helping you to develop skills and potentially open up doors for employment opportunities or work experience.

Below is a list of a few organisations in the Lancaster area who are keen to hear from volunteers: 

Lancaster University Student Union Volunteering

Advice and help in finding volunteering opportunities including local schools, community organisations and environmental projects.

University of Cumbria Student's Union Volunteering

Advice and help in finding volunteering opportunities including local schools, community organisations and environmental projects.

The Lancaster and District Volunteer Centre 

A one stop shop providing information and advice to both potential volunteers and voluntary organisations needing help. You can browse the website, talk to someone by phone or call in person to speak to one of the volunteering co-ordinators.

Help Direct

The Help Direct website lists a range of volunteer opportunities in the Lancaster District.

Lancashire County Council Volunteer Service 

Lancashire County Council has a diverse range of volunteer opportunities to offer across the authority, supporting a variety of services. Volunteer opportunities include supporting adult social care, care services, children's centres, countryside service, youth offending team, trading standards, mystery shopping and many more.

Do-it

Do-it.org.uk was launched in 2001 with the first national database of volunteering opportunities in the UK. do-it.org.uk is part of the registered charity YouthNet, a non-profit-making organisation. To search for Volunteering Opportunities throughout the country, visit the Do-It website.

Vinspired 

Vinspired is a youth volunteering charity which aims to inspire a new generation of young volunteers by developing volunteering opportunities for young people; running a volunteering opportunities database; distributing certificates of achievement (v50 & vImpact) and offering free training courses.

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