Welcome Week 2016
Welcome Week runs from 1st October – 7th October 2016; the week prior to the start of most Taught Masters programmes, and the Undergraduate degree schemes.
During Welcome Week, there will be lots of events for you to go along to, to help you settle in to Lancaster. They offer the chance to meet new people, try new activities, and get to know Lancaster the College, your Department, and the UK. Some are compulsory, but many are optional, so you can choose what you would like to do based on your interests and preferences. These are all listed in the Welcome Week tab on the iLancaster App.
Starting at a different time?
If you are arriving at another point in the year, the Principal holds a drop-in session on the first Monday of each term in the college social hub. Please come along for tea, coffee, cake, and a chat!
This is a good place to ask any questions you have, as well as seeing what the college social spaces have to offer.
You can find out about events and activities through iLancaster, the Student Portal, the College Website, Twitter, the weekly MyLancaster emails (which you will receive once you have registered), and the College and PGBoard’s Facebook page.
There are a number of student societies you may want to get involved with – they will be at the Fresher’s Fair at the end of Welcome Week. They can be contacted throughout the year by email, or by going along to one of their events. See the LUSU website for more information.
You can also drop us an email with your questions, and we will do our best to answer or find someone who can answer for us!
Before you come to Lancaster
There are lots of things to think about before you join us at the university. If you are arriving to start your course at the beginning of an Academic Year (usually the first week in October), you should receive an email to your lancaster.ac.uk email address, which contains information of what you need to do and how to get here.
If you are travelling from outside the UK, the University offers a coach service from Manchester Airport to campus over the arrival weekend. Outside arrivals weekend, there are plenty of trains from the airport to Lancaster station – from where you can get a bus or taxi to campus. Read more…
The porters (college security) are available 24 hours per day – so no matter what time you arrive, you will be able to move in to your room.
Take time to look at the climate in the UK (particularly the North-West) if you are coming from overseas. The weather is very changeable, but we tend not have extremes. One thing that often people don’t realise is that the temperatures don’t appear to be that low during winter months, but because the climate is damp it feels much colder. In Lancaster, you have to factor in the wind-chill as well! Most of you will arrive at the end of September/early October, which is Autumn, so it will soon be winter. Check that you have the right clothes for the climate to keep you warm.
As you are probably aware (having chosen to come and study here) Lancaster is a Collegiate University. There are eight undergraduate Colleges and one, Graduate College,which is specifically for postgraduates. All the Colleges charge a membership fee, this is set at £36 for undergraduates, and £12 for postgraduates.
The membership fee can be paid through the online store until the middle of November. After this date, if you have not paid, the £12 will be listed as a debt on your University finance account. You will not be sent a physical invoice, just email reminders from University Finance. If you believe the fee should not be charged to you, please email the Principal to discuss.
Colleges are independent to a student’s field of study, making for a lively, welcoming and diverse community where it’s easy to make new friends with students of many nationalities.
Your college isn’t just about where you live – as all off campus students are members too! Each college has its own distinctive character, community and support network and all boast small close-knit communities in which students can live and work for the duration of their studies at Lancaster, providing a friendly, safe and secure environment for all students. All colleges have strong focuses on both social and sporting activities and organise regular college trips and excursions, as well as taking part in inter-college competitions and sports leagues too.
Our colleges also offer facilities for students who live off-campus and provide a range of facilities including Wi-Fi enabled social spaces, games rooms and bars – and each college also boasts a welcoming Junior Common Room (or PG Board for postgraduates) which gives members the opportunity to take on leadership roles within the college community. Safety and security for students is provided through a dedicated 24-hour team of college porters.
The colleges aren’t solely for students either; all members of staff are college members too and many are actively involved in collegiate life.
Speak to any Lancaster graduate and it’s likely that, before they ask you what you’re studying, they’ll ask you which college you’re part of.
Living in Graduate College
The full college address is Graduate College, Lancaster University, Alexandra Park, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 0PF. You will be given your room number when you arrive at the university; for security reasons, no room numbers are issued via email before the arrival. When you have letters/parcels sent to you, please ensure they have your FULL name on – the name the University has on record for you! Full details on receiving mail are here…
Full details of what to bring with you, what is supplied in rooms, our obligations, and your obligations, are in the Residents Handbook
A typical shared kitchen at the Graduate College:
Rice cookers, blenders, coffee machines etc. 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 items between you to be shared. Note: that there is no separate kitchen in Studio accommodation.
A typical student bedroom at the Graduate College:
For more pictures of accommodation click here.
We ask you not ship your belongings ahead of your arrival as we are not insured to store your belongings and we do not have enough storage space to keep items before you get here. If you need to send items then please make sure they will arrive AFTER you do. Please do not ship any perishable food items these may be seized by customs and not delivered. Please make sure your family and friends do not send food to you either!
IMPORTANT: If you request and accept a room in a female-only flat you are agreeing that you will not invite, nor allow access to, any male visitors to the flat. This is on the grounds that many female students choose these areas for religious reasons. Please note that male university staff will still have access, so as to carry out cleaning, room inspections and maintenance work, for example.
When you arrive
Go straight to the Graduate College Porters’ Lodge (reception) to collect your keys. You will need some photo identification such as a passport with you. The lodge is manned 24hrs and located on the ground floor of House 10, on the main College Square. Someone there will then help you to find your room. They WILL NOT carry your luggage for you – so please just bring what YOU can manage!
If you wish to open a UK bank account, you will need to order your bank letter online through the student portal; the letter will then be available to collect from The Base in Alexandra Square (you will need to present your photo identification). If you have any questions about this process or need some help with it then please come into the Accommodation Office (open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday-Friday). Please come and see us during our office hours if you have any concerns after you have arrived.
Once you have settled in to your room, one of the first things you should do is fill in your INVENTORY form; the link for this is on the tent card in your room. The form is vital as it allows you to show exactly what is in your room and the condition it is in. If you have any questions about the form the Accommodation Officers will be happy to help you.
REMEMBER: There are always staff around to help you – the porters are here 24 hours a day and the College staff during office hours.
Once you have settled into campus life, you may find our General Information page useful
Living off campus
Even though you don’t live on campus, you are still a member of Graduate College. All facilities, events, and activities are for you. This includes the Welcome Week events – please do come along! See the iLancaster App, My Lancaster emails (every Friday), Student Portal, College Website, and Facebook, for all the details of events and activities throughout the year.
There is also a dedicated Postgraduate study space at The Storey Institute in Lancaster city centre – with wifi, quiet space, group work room, and a coffee shop/bar downstairs.
At the college, we have a shower room for off-campus students – especially those of you who cycle or walk to campus, and don’t have facilities in their department. It is very basic but has a shower, toilet, microwave and kettle, and a few storage lockers for things you don’t want to carry around all day. To access this room you’ll need a key from the College Manager in exchange for a £10 fully-refundable deposit.