Welcome to Lancaster

Professor Mark Smith, Vice Chancellor of the University, extends his warm welcome to our new students.

Let me be the first to welcome you to Lancaster University – I’m delighted that you’ve joined our international community of scholars.

Lancaster prides itself on being a student-centred University which provides a collegial, stimulating and attractive learning environment where you can grow both personally and academically. Our programmes will support you in becoming an independent learner and enable you to acquire knowledge and skills that are held in high regard by employers. During your time at Lancaster you will have the opportunity to learn from academics who are leading researchers in their field, allowing you to explore the very latest thinking in your subject.

This series of web pages aims to set out all of the things you need to do before you get here, when you arrive, and during your first week and beyond. It complements our other publications aimed at new students, which are also available to download here.

In addition to a first class academic experience, we also hope that you will make the most of the social opportunities available to you via your college. Your college will provide you with further details of these when you arrive. Our Students’ Union also offers a range of services and opportunities, including over 200 society groups that are available to join.

I hope that you have a very happy and productive time at Lancaster.

With best wishes,

Professor Mark E. Smith


Using the Welcome Site

As you move through the Welcome Site, keep an eye on the useful links on the left - they include links to other useful sites and documents to help you through the arrival process. Undergraduate students can also check out the Undergraduate Welcome Guide 2014‌. If you have any queries about any of the information, get in touch with The Base in the first instance.

Please note that the information on the Welcome site has been prepared as standard for ALL groups of students expected to begin at the start of the academic year 2013-14. Some of this information may not apply to you, for example, if you are studying away (Distance Learner) and not required to attend the University at the start of your programme.