Lancaster University has a range of accommodation suitable for families, from one-bedroom flats ideal for couples to three-bedroom family homes.
Your accommodation options
There are a number of different types of flat on campus which are suitable for postgraduate couples and families. The flats are spread out across campus and have between one and three bedrooms per flat.
The convenience of being within easy reach of the departments and the library means that you can arrange your own study pattern around your family life, without having to worry about travelling to and from the University.
For students with children, there are schools within a short distance, and a pre-school centre on the campus itself.Students looking for help and advice on renting accommodation off-campus can find it, along with a searchable list of 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.
Remember, if you plan to live off-campus you will need to allow for travel costs: An annual buspass would cost students in the region of £300, and any non-students would pay up to double that price. Utility costs including electricity, gas and broadband internet are also not normally included in the rent of family accommodation off campus.
Guide to making an application
Our application cycle starts each March, and at that point we will send an email to all students as they accept a place on a course, inviting them to create an account, and then apply for accommodation.
You must have confirmed your place with the University before you are able to make an application. Check with your department if you will be required to study away from the University at any point as this will affect your accommodation – please 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. Advise us about any such needs as early as possible to maximise the possibility of us finding a suitable flat.
As the number of flats available on campus is limited we cannot guarantee everyone who applies for one will be successful. Applications from students who will be bringing children under 16 years old will be housed first, then postgraduate couples and, in the event that any flats are still available, undergraduate couples. A flat would only be allocated to a single person in exceptional circumstances – please contact us if you consider yourself to fall into this category.
Offer, contracts and payments
We will send your offer of accommodation by email. We will 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 flat 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 flat, you will also be directed to pay a £275 deposit – refundable at the end of the contract providing no deductions have been made. If we don't hear from you within the seven days we will be unable to hold the flat for you.
We will always try to make you an offer that best matches your preferences. If you choose toreject it we may be unable to make an alternative. You are advised to contact your Accommodation Manager to discuss any queries that you may have.
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 it. 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 flat.
The accommodation fee is payable termly, in advance, and 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. ResNet is also included, giving you access to the University network and high speed internet - both wired and wireless. Partners of students living in flats can obtain visitor access to the internet.
An insurance premium covers your possessions up to the value of £6,000 while in your flat. Bicycle cover up to £250 is also included. You may wish to increase cover on certain items as you see necessary. More details can be found in the Residents' Handbook and on the Cover4Students website.
In certain circumstances you or your partner may have to pay Council Tax to Lancaster City Council. You can find out more about this on the Student Funding Service Council Tax page, or get Council Tax advice from UKCISA if you are an international student. The taxes apply regardless of whether you live on or off campus.