We have over 6500 rooms in the eight undergraduate colleges on our main campus and about half of these are filled with freshers. The rest are available for students in subsequent years of study, though demand for this is high so there are no formal guarantees. Details are advertised each November.
To see a short film about Lancaster University Accommodation and how it sits within our college system, see the video link on our Facebook page (you'll need to be logged in to Facebook).
Once our application site opens in June we will send an email to all students that have accepted a place on a course, inviting them to create an account, and then apply for college membership and accommodation. As more students accept places through the summer, they will be picked up and emailed in weekly batches.
We endeavour to place every student in one of the two colleges they are asked to choose when they apply, though this is not always possible. We also take into account the type of accommodation you are applying for in deciding which is best for you. Although we ask for your preferences you should be prepared to accept some concessions if we are unable to meet all of your criteria. Please notify us of any special circumstances regarding disabilities, medical conditions and allergies when you apply. You may wish to view details about adapted rooms for students with disabilities here.
Incoming Undergraduates for whom Lancaster is their first choice university, and who have firmly accepted an offer via UCAS, are guaranteed a place in residence if they apply before 15 August. We will endeavour to accommodate Insurance and Clearing students but are unable to guarantee this, though the Students' Union housing office is able to provide advice on accommodation off-campus.
Providing we receive applications by the relevant deadlines, we also guarantee to accommodate the following: Undergraduates returning to Lancaster after a placement year abroad or in industry; overseas students throughout their course; students with special needs or disabilities; and students on Study Abroad programmes.
Erasmus exchange students are not guaranteed a place in university accommodation.
If we don't receive your application by the relevant deadline we will assume that you are making your own arrangements off campus.
We will send your offer of accommodation by email, and you can check the status of your application in your online account. You must respond to the offer within 7 days if you wish to accept the room offered, by following the instructions given. When you click to accept the offer you are accepting the terms and conditions of the contract, and you must pay the £200 deposit to secure the room. If we don't hear from you within the 7 days we will be unable to hold the room for you.
Please note: We do not allocate undergraduate rooms until the UK exam results are published in mid August, and offers to those confirmed as attending are sent out thereafter.
The contract you accept is legally binding, and sets down the conditions of the agreement between yourself and the University. You cannot be released from it, and will be obliged to pay all residence charges relating to the contract. You must therefore budget carefully, making sure you have enough money to manage during your time in Lancaster. Please make sure you understand this completely before applying for or accepting a room.
You will be asked to pay the deposit with a credit card via our secure website, in order to accept the offer. This is fully refundable at the end of the tenancy providing the accommodation is left as you found it, and that no deductions have been made during the year. Financial regulations mean that we can only refund deposits to the person that made the original payment.
There is also a £30 college membership fee payable, which your college will send you details of in September.