Accommodation and the College System at Lancaster
Lancaster is one of a small number of UK universities to have a College system. There are eight undergraduate Colleges where you can live. The Colleges are more than halls of residence. They are one of the most distinctive and valued features of the University – eight individual communities with their own identity, administration, student executive, social scene and facilities.
Not all Colleges have standard rooms – Cartmel, Lonsdale and Fylde only have en-suite rooms (rooms with private shower, toilet and washbasin) and are more expensive. Standard rooms have shared bathroom facilities. You can find out more about the different types of accommodation and the costs. All accommodation is self catering and is provided with well equipped kitchens. There are many cafes and coffee shops on campus where you can eat, as well as takeaways and grocery stores.
Students from outside Europe
Students coming to study at Lancaster from outside Europe are guaranteed a single study bedroom on campus provided you apply by the deadline. The Accommodation Office will send you information about how to apply after you have accepted your offer to study at Lancaster.
Please make sure you know if you are paying the accommodation bill yourself or whether your home university will pay it on your behalf as arrangements can vary.
It is not usually possible to accommodate Erasmus students on campus but LUSU Housing can help you find accommodation off campus or you can live with a host family. The Accommodation Office at Lancaster will send you information about this after you have accepted your offer.
If you do not live in University accommodation, you will still be a member of a College.
Student profile: Lui Wingyee
Lui Wingyee from Sun Yat-Sen University in China is studying Accounting and Finance Marketing, Linguistics and Sociology on her year abroad at Lancaster University.
“It is a tranquil and peaceful place that generates great minds and ideas. The university offers a considerately designed and comfortable learning zone and library. You can feel that the design of chairs and tables everywhere here greatly encourages group discussion and teamwork, in addition to well separated and independent space for self-study, which is greatly different from my university.”