Welcome to Graduate College
Welcome to Graduate College, Lancaster University’s only College reserved exclusively for graduate students. The College provides a hub for graduate activity at Lancaster University and houses just under 1,000 residents.
Our aim at Graduate College is to provide a friendly and welcoming community which supports our postgraduate students and provides an environment which enables them to grow both intellectually and socially. The College has a uniquely international and multicultural mix which presents members with an ideal opportunity to broaden horizons, share experiences and celebrate diversity.
In conjunction with the PGBoard we deliver social events which celebrate the talent within our graduate population. Through our travel grants we support your intellectual endeavours and through our research conference, writing workshops and coaching we support our students to achieve their goals.
This year is an exciting year for Graduate College as we look forward to the refurbishment of our study and social facilities and sees the opening of the new postgraduate only space in Lancaster town centre at the Storey Institute.
And finally, it is our staff and students which makes Graduate College what it is so come along, join in and get involved with your College.
We look forward to meeting you.
Welcome Week 2015
Welcome week runs from 26th September – 2nd October 2015, and coincides with the start of most Taught Masters programmes and the Undergraduate degree schemes timetable.
During Welcome Week, there are lots of events for you to go along to, to help familiarise you with 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.
A timetable of events will be available in August – watch this space!
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 you will be contacted to see if you are arriving into Manchester Airport, we run a coach service from there to the university over the arrival weekend. You will also receive an email which is an induction to the college, please take time to complete this, one section will ask for an arrival time please don’t worry if you don’t have a definite time there are people here 24 hours per day.
Take time to look at the climate in the UK 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. Most of you arrive at the end of September which is Autumn, so it will soon be winter, check that you have the right clothes for the climate to keep you warm.
If you have chosen to stay in Graduate College you will be given your room number when you arrive at the university, this is for security reasons, no room numbers are issued via email before the arrival; there will be people here to help you find your room (they will not carry luggage for you – so just bring what YOU can manage!). If you are apprehensive about coming to the university there are plenty of opportunities to meet other people during the first few days, events are run by the college these are free for you to come along details of these will be put into your room.
As the information about rooms explains you need to provide your own cooking utensils for the flats these can be purchased once you have arrived from local shops. You can order a bedding pack before you arrive this will be in your room on arrival, please note that if you have booked a studio we do not provide a bedding pack as these beds are larger; bedding can be purchased from the local shops.
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 Porters’ Lodge (reception) to collect your keys. You will need some photo identifications 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.
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 (also where the banks are located), 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 Residence Office (open from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2.00pm 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 which is in the pack on the desk. The form is vital as it allows you to show exactly what is in your room and the condition it is in. This form should placed in the box in the reception area of the College, if you have any questions about the form the Residence Officers will be happy to help you.
There are lots of events taking place when you arrive in Graduate College information will be in your room and around the College it is a good opportunity to come and meet others in the College so please come along. There are always staff around to help you the porters are here 24 hours a day and the College staff during office hours.
Living off campus?
Even though you don’t live here, you are still a member of Graduate College. You are welcome to attend any Intro Week events you want to and to any of the other events, social or otherwise, throughout the year.
The college facilities are open to you, so please feel free to use them and to make any suggestions for improvements and additions you think would be useful.
There is a room specifically for off-campus students – especially those of you who cycle or walk. 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 Administrator (£10 returnable deposit required).
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 who are here for 3/4 years and £12 for postgraduates.
The membership fee can be paid online HERE until the middle of November. After this date, if you have not paid, there will be a debt added to your account and you will receive automated email reminders of this debt until it has been paid.
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. Read more about what we do with membership fees…
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.