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

Alexandra Buechler ‘15

Photography, Forest Hill, MD

Lancaster city seems to recognize PCA&D as a real resource for art and opportunities. I love spending time downtown either walking around with friends or eating out at places like Roburrito's or Prince Street Cafe. I'm also enjoying living in my own apartment. It's teaching me incredibly valuable lessons about paying bills and what it's like to live in the "real world."