Undergraduate withdrawal process
Your step-by-step guide on what you should do if you are considering withdrawing from university.
Make an appointment via the Base
If you are considering withdrawing, you should make an appointment with a specialist adviser who can explain your options.
They may include transferring to another course or university, obtaining deferrals of assessments or extensions, receiving additional support, taking a break from your course or restarting the first year. Please email, call or visit the Base to request an appointment. If you are no longer in Lancaster, you can arrange a telephone appointment.
You may also like to receive advice or support from your college, department or specialist services such as Careers, Funding or Wellbeing. Your advisor will be able to help arrange this.
Make your decision
Submit your form
If following your meeting with an adviser you decide to withdraw from university, you will be asked to complete the withdrawal form and return it to The Base.
Confirmation of withdrawal will be emailed to you and a transcript of your completed years will then be sent to your home address. Meanwhile, the University will inform relevant teams and services of your decision:
- Your department
- Your college and, if applicable, campus accommodation or LUSU Living
- Fees and funding teams
- Health services
- Disabilities service
- Visa and Immigration team
- Student Finance England or relevant funder.
Take a look at the steps below to see what you will need to do to complete the process.
Complete the process
Terminate your accommodation
If you live in University-managed accommodation, the University will notify the Accommodation team of your decision to withdraw upon receiving your withdrawal form. The Accommodation team will recalculate your rent, and you will have up to 28 days to leave your accommodation. You will need to get in touch with your College Accommodation Manager to arrange the return of your keys and the date on which you will vacate your room.
If you rent privately you will need to speak with your landord/landlady or agency directly.
Settle outstanding debts and resolve financial issues
The University will recalculate your fees and, if applicable, cease your awards. If you are funded via Student Finance or other funder, the University will inform them.
If you have any outstanding University debts, you can settle these by contacting Credit Control.
You should change your bank account from a student to a standard account.
Hand in Library books
The University will arrange for your University card and account including email to be discontinued. Meanwhile, you should return any books.
Switch over your health services
University counselling support will cease, and, if you are relocating, you should register with a new GP surgery.
Get careers advice
You may find it useful to contact the Careers team to get advice about your career options.
Are you registered with our Disability Service?
Your Disabled Students’ Allowance will stop once you are no longer a Lancaster University student and be recalculated from your last date of attendance.
Are you an international student?
The University will curtail your visa.
Do you use the University pre-school?
You should advise the pre-school of your withdrawal.