Commuting to and from the University
If you’re travelling into Lancaster and the surrounding area, then there are several reliable forms of transport.
Bus services during termtime are extremely good between Lancaster and campus – out of termtime they are less frequent but still pretty good. Timetables can be found on the Stagecoach website, click here. You can buy termly or annual bus pass which will save you money on coming to campus each day – these are available from LUSU (the Student Union)
If you are cycling then lights are required to cycle at night and you may want to purchase some waterproofs (jacket, trousers, socks, gloves). You many also like to purchase a cycle helmet for your safety. Remember that all traffic signals, signs, pedestrian crossings etc. apply to you as you are still a road use. If you want to buy a bike for commuting them GreenLancaster on campus do good deals and can supply accessories (lights, locks etc) at good prices too. If you want something a bit more special then there are three good bike shops in Lancaster (Leisure Lakes, The Edge and Destination Cycles).
If you are walking, it takes around an hour at an unhurried pace to walk from the city centre to campus using a direct route. There are prettier longer routes but save those for a nice day. Again, you will probably want a waterproof jacket and trousers and some decent shoes (not flip flops) if you are walking regularly, umbrellas don’t tend to last long in Lancaster.
During the year, if you need to report a fault such as a light bulb needing replacing or your central heating not working, you should do so through the Help Desk.
Receiving Letters and Parcels
The address for ALL letters and parcels while you are living in Graduate College is:
Your full name in English
Your house, flat and room number
Lancaster LA2 0PF
Letters will be placed in your mailbox (in the reception area) which you should check at least once a week. You can get a key for your mailbox (in exchange for the key tag with your room number written on it) from the NIGHT porter (after 7pm) a few days after you arrive. All parcels, packages, registered items (such as visas and passports or things you need to sign for) etc. are kept in the Porters’ Lodge for security and can be collected daily, usually AFTER 2pm once that day’s mail has arrived and been sorted.
If you are expecting a parcel, please make sure you collect it as quickly as possible as the porters do not have much space for storage.
If you are returning unwanted items via a courier firm (such as DHL, UPS, Parcelforce etc.) the you need to bring the item to the porters’ lodge THE NIGHT BEFORE it is to be collected. Couriers will not come to your house!
If you are leaving the college and having your belongings collected by a courier firm or shipping overseas, then you will need to arrange this yourself, and stay with your items until they are collected. The porter CANNOT store, or take responsibility for your boxes. If you have friends shipping things as well, then perhaps you could work together to get them all collected at the same time?
A typical kitchen at the Graduate College:
In your kitchen there will be:
- Fridge (usually 1 shelf per resident)
- Freezer (usually 1 shelf per resident)
- Electric Cooker (with oven, grill and hobs)
- Cupboards (for storing food, utensils, plates etc.)
- Table and Chairs (1 chair per resident)
Rice cookers and coffee machines are not supplied, but can be purchased locally so please don’t bring them with you. Once you’re here and you’ve met your flatmates it may be easier (and more sensible) to purchase one between you to be shared. Note that there is no separate kitchen in Studio accommodation.
A typical student bedroom at the Graduate College:
In your room there will be:
- A desk with desk chair
- A bed (you will either need to buy a bedding pack from us or buy bedding from town when you arrive)
- A sink (standard rooms only)
- An en-suite (not in standard rooms)
- A wardrobe
- A network point (where you can connect your computer to the University network)
- Studio rooms have all of this plus a kitchenette area (electric cooker/grill/hob is replaced with combi microwave cooker and electric hobs)
For more pictures of accommodation click here.
Nobody particularly likes rules, but when you’re living in close proximity to other people and sometimes sharing facilities with them, you need to be extra aware of how your behaviour affects them. You can find the college rules in full here.
Here is a brief summary of the sort of things people have the most difficulties with and some tips on how you can avoid being a bad neighbour:
- Door slamming is a problem in some of the residences, especially in the warmer months when windows are open – our advice (especially after 10pm) is to hold the handle until the door is fully closed each time you go through, a moment of your time will be most appreciated by a sleeping neighbour.
- Loud conversations at night between two or more people either on Skype or in person can be very intrusive on people’s sleep time. We advise using a headset (rather that speaker and mic) on Skype and taking any late night conversations or academic work to the common room
- Sharing storage space in the kitchen (cupboards, fridges and freezer) will not be an issue as long as it is shared equally, simple really.
- Cooking and eating utensils being used by others without permission of the owner can be a real irritant and extremely disrespectful if (for example) the owner is vegetarian and you are not. We advise always asking first.
- Borrowing food without asking first is definitely not on. We advise always asking first and always replacing it quickly.
- Inviting friends over for a meal without letting flatmates know in advance is one of the biggest causes of friction in communal flats. We advise always informing other flatmates of your plans and not eating as a group in the same kitchen more than once a week.
A little thought goes a long way, so just remember that you all have equal rights to a living environment which will aid you in achieving the best result you can from your degree. If you are having any problems at all then do not hesitate to contact the Porters (93194 from your internal phone) and the Deanery straight away.