Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. We have nine colleges in total, eight for undergraduate students and one for postgraduate students.
Colleges aren't just about which halls of residence you'll be staying in: they're lively and close-knit communities offering a range of facilities and services, each with its own distinctive character and support network. Colleges are about the people: speak to any Lancaster graduate and it's likely that, before they ask what you're studying, they'll ask which college you're part of.
Colleges are centred on award-winning accommodation, where your safety and security are provided through a dedicated 24-hour team of college porters, but their friendly environment, including Wi-Fi enabled social spaces, games rooms and bars, is just as open to mature students and members living off-campus, who also have access to all the facilities whilst studying on campus.
Each and every one of our students is assigned to a specific college upon starting study at Lancaster, independent of your field of study, making for a lively, welcoming and diverse community where it's easy to make life-long friends with students of many nationalities and academic specialisms. A small membership fee is required which goes towards the running of each College.
It's easy to get involved, too: the student-elected Junior Common Room committees (why not take on a leadership role within your college?) focus on social and sporting activities, with inter-college competitions and sports leagues, regular college trips and excursions.
Moreover, every undergraduate student is assigned to a College Advisor who, in addition to your academic department and the Students' Union, provides support throughout the year, and it's always possible to drop into the College Office for a chat.
The colleges aren't solely for students either; all members of staff are college members too and many are actively involved in college life.
Enjoy Lancaster and enjoy being a member of your College.
Professor Amanda Chetwynd
Provost for Student Experience, Colleges and the Library