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

Katie Smith ‘14

Graphic Design, Baltimore, MD

It is great to be a college student and live in Lancaster City! It’s a perfect size and has lots of things going on all year round. I just began taking Zumba classes at a dance studio downtown and I love it! The city is very supportive of the art community. It feels great to live in a place that appreciates what we are studying and planning on doing for our career. Living on my own gives me a sense of independence and has taught me many lessons on responsibility. I feel prepared to be completely independent after college.