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Lincoln City Guide

All you need to know about Lincoln City


Located in the county of Lincolnshire in the East Midlands, Lincoln is a small but characterful city known for its medieval cathedral. Lincolnshire borders Norfolk, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. It is 38 miles north east of Nottingham, 46 miles east of Sheffield and 66 miles south east of Leeds. The city of Lincoln had a total population of 99,300 in 2019 (NOMIS).


The A1 and A46 connect Lincoln to the south, and from the north and northwest the M180 connects to the A15. By train, the city has direct services to Nottingham in approx.50 minutes, Sheffield in approx.80 minutes and Peterborough in approx.70 minutes, the latter providing a forwarding connection to London in a total journey time of approximately 2 hours. The closest international airport is East Midlands approx. 50 miles distant.


Lincoln city has two universities:

  • University of Lincoln
  • Bishop Grosseteste University


Despite being a small city, Lincoln has a variety of amenities spread across areas such as the:

  • Cathedral Quarter
  • Cultural Quarter
  • The Brayford Waterfront

The Cathedral Quarter features independent retailers, a selection of places to eat and drink, and hotels and guest houses. The Cultural Quarter, to the east of the city centre, is home to the city’s theatres, museums, art, music, bars and cafes. Brayford Waterfront, England's oldest inland Harbour, and offers further options for eating, drinking and entertainment venues.

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Lincoln City F.C., having been crowned champions of League Two in the 2018-2019 season, gained promotion to the third tier for the first time in 20 years. In addition to a strong football fan base, cycling is well supported in the city. The Castle to Coast cycle route is a particular attraction; a 100-mile cycle route from Lincoln Castle to the Lincolnshire Coast and back through the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Economy and employment:

While Lincoln’s economy is based primarily in public administration, commerce, arable farming, and tourism, the city has developed a growing IT economy, with many e-commerce mail order companies setting up in or around the city. Tourism has consistently made a strong contribution to the local economy and supports several thousand jobs in the city. Historically an industrial city, Lincoln is the location of Siemens Gas Turbine Factory on the former site of the industrial equipment manufacturer Ruston & Hornsby.

Employment (NOMIS, Oct 2019-Sept 2020)
Lincoln East Midlands Great Britain
71.0% 76.2% 75.7%


Latest gross average earnings (by place of residence) for Lincoln equate to £30,113 per year. This compares with £29,252 in the East Midlands (-2.9%), and £30,613 across the rest of Great Britain (+1.7%).

Gross weekly pay (NOMIS, 2020)
Lincoln East Midlands Great Britain
Earnings by place of residence
£577.50 £561.00 £587.10
Earnings by place of work
£550.30 £552.00 £586.70


Average property prices in Lincoln have seen an 18.3% increase between December 2015 and 2020. This is a significant uplift, sitting just below the strong growth seen over the same period across the rest of England (23%). In December 2020, the price of a detached property in Lincoln was on average 47.9% lower when compared with the national average of £386,257, just over £125,000 cheaper. There is strong demand for detached properties, which has led to a huge increase in price for this house type at just over 20% growth since December 2015.

UK House Price Index (LEEDS)
Date Detached Semi-detached Terraced Flat All property types Percentage change all types
Dec 2010 £175,957 £117,887 £93,676 £79,002 £111,376 N/A
Dec 2015 £217,157 £145,749 £113,764 £72,868 £136,078 22.2%
Dec 2020 £216,116 £174,334 £134,043 £104,437 £160,954 18.3%

UK House Price Index (ENGLAND)
Date All property types Percentage change
Dec-10 £173,417 N/A
Dec-15 £215,023 24.0%
Dec-20 £264,446 23.0%


Lincoln in home to two higher education providers: The University of Lincoln; and Bishop Grosseteste University. Together, the institutions attracted a total of 18,705 undergraduates and postgraduates to the city during the 2019/20 academic year.

Full-time undergraduate students (HESA)
2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
University of Lincoln 10,450 11,155 12,010 12,545
Bishop Grosseteste University 1,740 1,690 1,655 1,655
Totals 12,190 12,845 13,665 14,210
Percentage change on previous year N/A 5.4% 6.4% 4.0%

Purpose-built student accommodation:

Both the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University provise university-owned student accommodation for their first year students. The majority of purpose built student accommodation in Lincoln is distributed around the University of Lincoln, to the south of the city centre.

Purpose built student accommodation supply
Current supply 6,985
Full time students 18,705
Under supply 11,720

Purpose-built student accommodation costs per week (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
Self-catered Catered
University of Lincoln £70 - £366 N/A
Bishop Grosseteste University £85 - £139 N/A
Private accommodation £72 - £225 N/A

Shared house and flat market:

Privately let house and flat shares are a popular alternative to purpose-built accommodation for some University of Lincoln students, with the West End area - opposite the university on the north bank of the Foss Dyke canal - considered prime. The north end of the High Street is also considered desirable by students, growing less so towards the southerly end. For the smaller pool of students attending Bishop Grosseteste, uphill and closer to the university is more popular, in particular Monks Road.

University of Lincoln:

The University’s popularity continues to grow, with over a thousand more undergraduate students studying there during the 2019/20 academic year than two years previous. This year there were 4.1 applications per place. The Lincolnshire Institute of Technology, specialising in agritech and food manufacturing, and the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, carrying out research and offering part-time courses for those in the industry, are both led by the University. Lincoln offers a broad spectrum of course subjects, with new degrees to 2020 including Chinese studies, international accounting and biomedical engineering, and apprenticeships in nursing and social work are also now available. Lincoln has won national recognition for its collaboration with business and industry, and after Siemens named the university one of its global partners, the institution extended its already impressive engineering hub. Lincoln holds a gold rating in the Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF) and ranked 51st in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

Bishop Grosseteste University:

BGU has been training teachers since 1862, and this still remains the university’s majority focus, despite its portfolio of courses now also encompassing subjects such as applied drama, archaeology, and health and social care. BGU was awarded gold in the Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF), outperforming two thirds of the Russell Group universities, with assessors regarding the learning environment in particular as ‘outstanding’. Despite being one of the smallest universities in the UK, it is one of the best for its efforts in widening participation and in fact places second in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021’s new social inclusion ranking. The university has invested in extending its teaching and learning facilities, with a £2.2 million extension providing double the space and the campus theatre being upgraded for dual use as a cinema.