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Undergraduate accommodation

Lancaster University offers a wide range of undergraduate accommodation to suit different preferences and budgets. We have been rated the UK’s Best University Halls six times since 2010 in the annual National Student Housing Survey.

Most new undergraduates choose to live on campus in their first year and find our collegiate setup the perfect way to make friends and settle in. There are eight undergraduate colleges to choose from, breaking down the university population into smaller communities.

Students looking for help and advice on renting accommodation off-campus can find it, along with a searchable list of University-approved properties, on the Lancaster University Homes website.

Lancaster students have a variety of options open to them in subsequent years of study. The city centre has a good supply of accommodation and there are also plenty of rooms available on campus for students who choose to return.

Incoming undergraduates will be invited to apply for college membership and accommodation from June in their year of entry. We will contact all students that have accepted a place on a course by email, inviting them to create an account and submit an application. This process will continue throughout the summer as more students accept places.

All campus accommodation is attached to our Colleges, and the accommodation on offer in each will be a key factor in determining which College you apply for. You should choose one that best represents both your social and residential requirements.

Many beds on campus are now longer than the standard size, but if you are particularly tall, please tell us in the additional notes field of the online application form.

Please notify us of any special circumstances regarding disabilities, medical conditions and allergies when you apply. We can prioritise your application for accommodation if you provide us with information about a disability or impairment. You should advise us about any such needs as early as possible to maximise the possibility of us finding a suitable room.  You may wish to view details about adapted rooms for students with disabilities here.

Applicants are advised that the campus is being invested in and that as such, there may be building work ongoing near to some of the accommodation. See the Facilities projects web page for details of current projects.

You are guaranteed a place in residence if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are an incoming undergraduate
  • Lancaster is your first choice university
  • You have firmly accepted an offer via UCAS
  • You apply before 15 August.

Providing we receive applications by the relevant deadlines, we also guarantee to accommodate undergraduates returning to Lancaster after a placement year abroad or in industry; and students on Study Abroad programmes.

Erasmus exchange students are not guaranteed a place in university accommodation. And 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. You will be asked to log back into your online account to view the details and accept or reject it.

To accept the room offered, please respond within seven days. When you click to accept the offer you are accepting the terms and conditions of the contract as set out in the Residents’ Handbook. You will also be directed to secure the room by paying a £200 deposit, refundable at the end of the tenancy providing no deductions have been made. If we don’t hear from you within the seven days we will be unable to hold the room.

We will always try to make you an offer that best matches your preferences. If you choose to reject it, we will be unable to make an alternative. You are advised to contact your Accommodation Manager to discuss any queries that you may have.

Please note: We do not make any undergraduate room offers until the UK exam results are published in mid-August and we know who is definitely coming.

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 accommodation fees 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.

The accommodation fee is payable termly in advance, and we will send you an invoice by email just before you arrive. If you encounter difficulties meeting any payment dates you must discuss the matter with your Accommodation Manager in person, before the due date.

The fee is inclusive of heating, lighting, electricity, and a 24-hour security presence during term time. ResNet is also included, giving you access to the University network and high speed internet – both wired and wireless.

An insurance premium covers your possessions up to the value of £5,000 while in your room. Bicycle cover up to £250 is also included. You may wish to increase cover on certain items. More details can be found in the Residents’ Handbook, and on the Cover4Students website.

A basic cleaning service is included for all shared areas such as kitchens, shared shower rooms and corridors, though you are responsible for keeping your own room clean. There is no cleaning service available in the studio apartments, family flats and townhouses. More details can be found in the Residents’ Handbook.

Prices quoted here apply to the 2017/18 academic year.

 Postgraduate accommodation

Lancaster has been rated as the UK’s Best University Halls six times since 2010 in the annual National Student Housing Survey. Postgraduate accommodation is located in the Graduate College on Alexandra Park and offers a variety of living options

Many postgraduates choose to live on campus in the Graduate College, which offers a variety of accommodation options. Graduate College is located on Alexandra Park at the south end of campus.

Other students prefer life in the centre of historic Lancaster. Students looking for help and advice on renting accommodation off-campus can find it, along with a searchable list of University-approved properties, on the Lancaster University Homes website.

Each year, incoming postgraduates are invited to apply for accommodation in Graduate College when our process starts in March.

We will contact all students who have accepted a place on a course by email, inviting them to create an account and to submit an application. This process continues throughout the summer as more students accept places.

Check with your department if you will be required to study away from the University at any point as this will affect your accommodation – let us know if this is the case when you apply. Please also notify us of any special circumstances regarding disabilities, medical conditions and allergies when you apply. We can prioritise your application for accommodation if you provide us with information about a disability or impairment. You should advise us about any such needs as early as possible to maximise the possibility of us finding a suitable room. You may wish to view details about adapted rooms for students with disabilities here.

Most rooms in Graduate College are let on a 50-week lease as most postgraduate courses run for this length of time. You may apply for a 40-week lease, but if we are unable to offer you this, we will offer a 50-week lease instead. All of the postgraduate accommodation is non-smoking and self-catering. We house dozens of different nationalities so you should expect to live with a mixture of cultures.

You are guaranteed a single place on campus for your first year of study if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are registered on a full time course of at least nine months duration starting in October
  • You have firmly accepted the offer of a place via Postgraduate Admissions and paid any course/department deposit as required
  • You have submitted an application for accommodation by 15 August (if from outside the EU) or 1 August (UK & EU students).

If we don’t receive your application by the relevant deadline we will assume that you are making your own arrangements off campus. If your course starts after October we can’t guarantee to accommodate you but will do our best. Please contact us for more information.

We will send your offer of accommodation by email, and ask you to log back into your online account to view the details and accept or reject it. Please respond within seven days if you wish to accept the room offered. When you click to accept the offer you are accepting the terms and conditions of the contract as set out in the Residents’ Handbook.

To secure the room, you will also be directed to pay a £200 deposit, refundable at the end of the tenancy providing no deductions have been made. If you do not respond within seven days we will be unable to hold the room for you.

We will always try to make you an offer that best matches your preferences. If you choose to reject it we will be unable to make an alternative.

You are advised to contact your Accommodation Manager to discuss any queries. 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. If we can’t offer you a room in Graduate College you may be referred to another part of the campus or to Lancaster University Homes. You should note that the accommodation will be closed for cleaning and maintenance immediately before the start of your tenancy, and it will not be possible to move in earlier than the date set out on your contract. Please check this before making travel plans.

The accommodation fee is payable termly, in advance. We will send you an invoice by email just before you arrive.

The fee is inclusive of heating, lighting, electricity and a 24-hour security presence during term time. Access to the University network and high speed internet is included – both wired and wireless. An insurance premium covers your possessions up to the value of £5,000 while in your room. Bicycle cover up to £250 is also included. You may wish to increase cover on certain items. More details can be found in the Residents’ Handbook and on the Cover4Students website.

A basic cleaning service is included for all shared areas such as kitchens, shared shower rooms and corridors, though you are responsible for keeping your own room clean. There is no cleaning service available in the studio apartments, family flats or townhouses. More details can be found in the Residents’ Handbook.

Prices quoted apply to the 2017/18 academic year.

Most of our accommodation is for single students. The University does offer limited accommodation for families and couples on campus, but we cannot guarantee that this will be available. You can find out more about your options on the Families page.

If you are attending one of the study skills and English language courses in August or September you will be housed with other students attending the course for its duration. You will then move into your permanent room at the end of the pre-sessional course.