I can't answer for Cathryn but I can tell you a little bit about my experience here at Lancaster. I have just finished my second year as a Computer Science student a week ago. For a little background I am an international student and I live and grew up in Dubai, so you can imagine that the shift from a city like Dubai to a town like Lancaster was a big one for me.
In my first year I was living on campus and I honestly hated the place in the first 3 months of living there. Even though the campus itself is huge and has everything needed, the town felt like it did not have much to do in the weekends and nowhere to shop, no malls, no big activities as such.
However, now that I have completed my second year I can tell you that I have fallen in love with the quite life Lancaster has offered to me as a student.
A city university would have a lot of distractions for me personally and wouldn't feel safe.
Lancaster being a student town, is small but sufficient. Everyone there is very sweet, friendly, and always ready to help. The crime rate is low in comparison to bigger cities, the students feel comfortable being on their own, and the university provides all the mental/ physical/ financial advice you need.
So I think to answer your question personally- Yes, I am happy at Lancaster
I hope this helps,