Living in Lancaster

students hanging out in LancasterLancaster city’s tree-lined streets run among an impressively cosmopolitan environment that still has the comfort and safety of a small town. At PCA&D, you live and study among the city’s exciting arts district, which bustles with galleries and studios, quirky shops and vintage clothing stores, innovative and affordable restaurants and cafés, historic architecture, and music venues that attract national acts—all surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. The nine colleges in Lancaster County attract more than 17,000 students to the area.

And in close proximity to PCA&D are endless inspirations and pursuits—from eclectic flea markets to amusement parks to hiking trails to museums and so much more.

To fully experience PCA&D and the creative energy you feel the moment you walk through our doors and explore our city, a visit is essential. Come to an open house and talk one on one with our talented students and world-class faculty, see the remarkable art displayed throughout our buildings, and tour our cutting-edge facilities.

Lancaster City Resources

Lancaster Photo Gallery

A Student's Perspective

Chalkley Matlack ‘14

Fine Art, Cochranville, PA

Lancaster city is all about the arts, music, and people. Living downtown puts me in a great spot to network with people and organizations that will greatly benefit my career as an artist. The college has strong connections in the city and what's great is that the city recognizes PCA&D and its students as a valuable resource for the community.