Our Colleges

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 given details of their College Advisor Team 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



Professor Amanda Chetwynd
Provost for Student Experience, Colleges and the Library