People at an open day

Getting the most from your Lancaster University Open Day

Our Open Day is your chance to have a proper look at what makes Lancaster University so special. Here's our list of things you shouldn't miss.

1. Get the app

Our free iLancaster app is your interactive day planner. Download it before you set off from the App Store or Play Store. You can use the maps to help explore and navigate campus or browse the list of events and activities taking place to help plan your programme for the day.

Mobile phones displaying the iLancaster app
Open day goody bags

2. Check in

Start your day on campus by letting us know you've arrived! You can check in at Charles Carter Building or County South Lecture Theatre with your ticket, either printed or on your phone, and pick up your Lancaster University bag and Open Day Programme at the same time.

People talking at an open day

3. Visit your department

One of the most important things to do is to visit the department that teaches your chosen subject. Academic staff will be giving talks throughout the day. This is your chance to meet them, ask questions about the courses they teach and get a flavour of Lancaster's academic life. You'll find a list of departmental talks and times in your Open Day Programme or on iLancaster.

A student sitting on a bed reading

4. Check out the accommodation

Lancaster's on-campus accommodation has won the Best University Halls award for seven out of the last eight years, and we're one of a handful of universities to hold the International Accommodation Quality Mark, awarded for over 90% satisfaction among international students. Don't miss your chance to see it for yourself and talk to our accommodation staff about what we have to offer.

5. Go to the Open Day exhibition

The Open Day Exhibition is in the Library and the Base all day. It's the place to speak to staff and find out more about different aspects of the Lancaster experience, such as student welfare, disability services, careers support, computing services and library services.

The tree in Lancaster University library
A climber on Lancaster University's climbing wall

6. Explore our campus

Guided walking tours leave from outside the Library and will show you the best bits of our 560-acre campus. There's no need to book, and tours last 45 minutes. There's nothing to stop you exploring our campus on your own, of course!

Student in purple hoody

7. Talk to our students

Student Ambassadors are at the heart of our open day. You can ask them anything, from general directions to questions about their studies and their time at Lancaster University. You can spot them in green or purple hoodies or white open day t-shirts.

A climber on Lancaster University's climbing wall

8. Visit our sports centre

Sport is a big part of many Lancaster students' lives. We have excellent indoor and outdoor facilities and there is a team or society for just about everything. You can always just drop in for a swim or to use the gym, of course! Catch a shuttle bus or take a walk down the hill to have a look round our new sports centre.

9. Take a stroll round Lancaster

Lancaster is the city on our doorstep, and plays a big part in making the Lancaster experience so special. A little further afield we have the Lake District National Park and The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding National Beauty. Why not make time to have a look around before you head home?

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10. Share your Open Day and win

There will be two chances to win prizes at every Open Day this year. Follow our InstagramTwitter or Facebook pages for information and hints on the day. 

Share your experience: We’re so proud of our campus and Open Days and want to know what you think too! Share a photo of your Open Day Experience using #LoveLancaster on Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win an iPad!

Golden Duck Hunt: You’ll see our ducks all over campus, but you might spot one or two rare golden ducks hiding around. if you find one you’re a winner. 

Terms and conditions

Open Day competition

  1. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 16 years or over except employees of Lancaster University and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  2. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  3. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  4. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
    • Entrants must submit a social media post or photo to Lancaster University showing their experience at one of the 2017 Lancaster University Open Days. 
    • Routes to entry for the competition are via, twitter.com and instagram.com. 
    • Entries via Twitter must be made with direct mention to @LancasterUni or include the hashtag #LoveLancaster.
    • Entries via Instagram must be made with direct mention to @LancasterUni or include the hashtag #LoveLancaster
    • Entry will be available on the Lancaster University Open Days only: 30/06/2018, 14/07/2018, 01/09/2018 and 15/09/2018. Outside these dates, no further entries to the competition will be accepted.
  5. The prize is as follows: three iPads will be provided for three winners, one drawn from each of the three entry dates. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. Lancaster University is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  6. Winners will be chosen at random by software, from all valid entries received and verified by Lancaster University. Prize winners will be disqualified from entries on the subsequent dates.
  7. The winners will be notified by direct message via the social network they entered on within 28 days of the closing date. If the winners cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner. Lancaster University will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
  8. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material regarding the competition, as well as their entry. 
  9. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent. Any personal data collected will not be cross-referenced with any other University-held data.
  10. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address: marketing-services@lancaster.ac.uk. 
  11. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social network. You are providing your information to Lancaster University and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found at www.lancaster.ac.uk/compliance/privacy/ 
  12. Lancaster University reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  13. If you have any queries regarding this competition or these terms, please contact marketing-services@lancaster.ac.uk.

 Duck competition

  1. Terms and conditions 
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 16 years or over except employees of Lancaster University and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
    • Entrants must find a hidden golden Lancaster Duck and call the number on the bottom to receive their prize. 
  5. The prize is as follows: 2 £25 Amazon gift vouchers per open day as well as the ducks themselves.
  6. Winners will be on a first to find basis.
  7. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material regarding the competition, as well as their entry. 
  8. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent. Any personal data collected will not be cross-referenced with any other University-held data.
  9. Lancaster University reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  10. If you have any queries regarding this competition or these terms, please contact marketing-services@lancaster.ac.uk.
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