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Explore Lancaster

Centered in a county full of lush, rolling farmland, you鈥檒l find an unexpected urban oasis: Lancaster, Pa., F&M鈥檚 extraordinary home city. Lancaster offers a rich mixture of arts and culture filled with experiences for every taste and preference 鈥 all within safe walking distance of campus.

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Where History and Culture Live Side by Side

In 1730, Lancaster was designated a market town, or a town in a rural area with a regular market. Today, it鈥檚 a thriving city of nearly 60,000 residents.

Lancaster鈥檚 rich history is prevalent everywhere you look. In the heart of the city is Central Market, built in 1730 and the oldest continuously operating farmers markets in the U.S. Here, you can glimpse Amish businesses operating alongside modern-day industries. Less than a mile from F&M is the Fulton Theatre House, built in 1852 and a National Historic Landmark. Some of the brightest stars of theatre, music and film have appeared on the Fulton stage, including Mark Twain, Lionel Barrymore, Louis Armstrong, W.C. Fields, and Lancaster鈥檚 own Jonathan Groff. Lancaster is also home to a distinctive collection of historic buildings, with many diverse architectural styles dating back to the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s.

One City; Myriad Cultures

From its roots in Pennsylvania Dutch heritage to current vibrant culture, Lancaster might be the East Coast鈥檚 most surprising global village. Students in the School District of Lancaster speak more than 30 languages, reflective of the many nationalities represented within city borders alone.

This broad diversity is reflected on F&M鈥檚 campus. The College is home to more than 100 student organizations, including ethnic and lifestyle clubs, political advocacy groups, religious organizations, service groups, and other special interest clubs 鈥 all of which open their doors to any student interested in learning about new cultures, customs and cuisine.

A Lively Arts Scene

At the heart of Lancaster鈥檚 arts scene is Gallery Row, a three-block cluster of art galleries less than two miles from campus. Wander a little farther and you鈥檙e sure to bump into one of Lancaster鈥檚 public art installations or murals, several of which were created by F&M alumni and staff artists. On the first Friday of every month, step off campus and find a city abuzz as 90-plus art galleries, museums, shops and restaurants extend their hours into the evening.

I love how Lancaster has evolved. It's exciting to see so many murals pop up, more access to the arts, more restaurants and cafes.鈥

鈥 Salina Almanzar 鈥13

And We're Just Getting Started

No matter where you turn, Lancaster is full of extraordinary opportunities for your F&M education and is ultimately an incredible place to call home. 

  • Grab a bite from one of Lancaster鈥檚 more than 100 restaurants, cafes and eateries featuring food fromaround the world. Many restaurants source from nearby farms to create fresh farm-to-table dishes.
  • Cheer on the Lancaster Barnstormers at Clipper Magazine Stadium, a 10-minute walk from campus.
  • Catch a show at one of Lancaster鈥檚 theatre and music venues.
  • Freshen up your wardrobe with a shopping excursion to Lancaster鈥檚 many boutiques and stores.
  • See the latest independent film or blockbuster at one of Lancaster鈥檚 nearby movie theaters.

鈥淚t is safe to say that my time at F&M would not have been the same without the city of Lancaster.鈥

"Lancaster has provided me with some incredible opportunities and cultural entertainment. It is so nice to have the city right next to the college." 鈥 Lara Gillingham 鈥23

Living & Learning in Lancaster

From hands-on research to resume-enhancing internships, discover how we offer our students a variety of opportunities to live and learn in this vibrant city.

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Plan Your Visit

Take Your First Look at Campus

Ready to explore F&M? We can鈥檛 wait to meet you! From campus tours to virtual interviews, learn more about the variety of options to tailor your F&M visit.

Getting to Campus

Lancaster鈥檚 location offers easy access to major metropolitan areas. With an Amtrak train station just two miles from campus, you can ride the rails toward an exciting day in New York City or Philadelphia with your friends. Or, hop on the highway and reach major cities and airports in just a couple of hours.

Explore F&M Students' Favorite Spots in Lancaster

Check out this list of places to visit, curated by our very own students! These suggestions are just the start 鈥 all are a short walk off-campus.

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