As students across Britain have their Easter break Simon James from Lancaster University asks shoppers in Market Square if there is a split between town and gown.
Katie Duncan said: “There is a bit of a divide, just because students have a different culture really.
I guess they don’t want to interact much with the rest of the people in the town because they don’t know them as well and vice-versa.
There should probably be a bit more effort made to form a bigger community, but I don’t know where or how you would start.”
Samantha Brand said: “I don’t think there’s a divide – the students bring a lot to Lancaster.
The economy is much better because of the large student body and they bring lots of new people and events into the town. I only came to Lancaster because my husband is a student!”
Richard Gudgeon said: “There is a definite ‘them and us’ attitude. It would be better if we could all interact a bit more, but I don’t know who is going to take initiative to put a few events on to help. It doesn’t really help that the campus is quite a way out from the town centre.”
Will Ralston said: “I don’t really think there’s a divide – we can’t expect everyone to meet up and socialise all the time because everyone’s got things to do. There’s plenty of events in town and on campuses that both students and locals can go to, so I don’t really think there’s anything else that can or needs doing.”
Danny Bland said: “As a student myself I would say there is a bit of a divide.
There should probably be some sort of scheme to get us all in the same place a bit more. I can imagine a big friendly restaurant where students can go and work, families can go out for a meal, kids can play and elderly people can meet up. But I doubt everyone would speak to each other even if they were in one place.”
Lisa Bellinger said: “I think it would be good if everyone else could get in on some of the perks they get. Students bring a bit of excitement to Lancaster and I think it would be boring without them.”