28 and 29 September 2013 is arrivals weekend, and all new students starting full-time courses are expected to arrive at Lancaster on the designated day for their college.
The first thing you will need to do when you get to Lancaster is collect your keys and settle in to your accommodation. If you are living in University-managed accommodation you will have heard from your College Residence Officer and completed the online accommodation induction in advance, which provides more information about the process.
If you are living in University-managed accommodation and can’t get here on the specified arrival day for your college you should notify the Residence Officer and advise them of your expected arrival date. Please note that early arrivals in University-managed accommodation are not possible.
Parents reception - arrivals weekend
28 and 29 September 2013, 11am-3pm. Presentations at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm in the George Fox Building.
Come along to the parents reception during arrivals weekend for complimentary coffee and biscuits with fellow parents and our family programme team! At the reception you will be able to pick up other useful information about on-campus catering, cultural activities, student services, TV licensing and local tourism information.
All students must register with the University in their first week. Undergraduates can find the details of their date and time in the Freshers’ Guide, while postgraduates can find their timetable online. Undergraduates will also need to enrol on their chosen courses, and attend two departmental orientation sessions during Freshers’ Week.
If you plan to arrive late and will not be able to attend registration, you should visit The Base to complete the process when you arrive.
If you are living in University-managed accommodation you must attend a fire safety talk in the Great Hall. Undergraduates can find the details of their date and time in the Freshers’ Guide, while postgraduates can find their timetable online.
It’s never too early to start planning your future and discovering how the Careers service can help you achieve your goals. There are talks scheduled during the week to present this information to you and it is recommended that you attend. Undergraduates can find the details of the date and time for their scheme of study in the Freshers’ Guide, while postgraduates can find details in their timetable online.
Aside from the essential aspects of your first few days at Lancaster, there are many other offerings that you can personalise your student experience with, from social events and fun nights out, to sports, clubs and societies, to discovering the surrounding area. Here are a few suggestions...
There will be plenty going on between arrivals weekend and the official start of term on Monday 7 October, and much of this will be centred on your college, who will be in touch with details before you get here. You can find out about a wide variety of Freshers week events from the College websites and the Freshers' Guide. The iLancaster and Pocket Lancaster apps can also keep you up to date with on-campus events.
There is so much to discover about our campus and our city, and you’ll want to find out what they can offer during your first week or so. You can start by having a look at our campus and city web pages.
Try out the Sports Centre
There will be a number of free taster sessions in the Sports Centre in the week following arrivals weekend. You can find out more about these sessions, and about what the centre can offer you, from the Sports Centre website.