College membership fees

College membership is a fee payable by all new members of colleges. Only 1/6th of the total college expenditure is raised through the membership fee. This money is put to various uses by each college. The categories below show what the majority of your money is spent on and what it provides.


Once you have been accepted into a college, you will receive confirmation and be required to pay a college membership fee.

For students starting in 2020, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses. Fees for students starting in 2021 have not yet been set.

How to pay

To pay the college fee, please visit our Online Payments site.


Part of the fee is used to support the welfare of college members through the college advisory system, welfare campaigns, events and drop-ins run by College Officers and the student exec (JCR/PG Board).


The colleges offer a variety of events throughout the year which are subsidised by college fees. These include arrivals day welcome dinner, Welcome Week activities and refreshments, end of year celebrations and days out. The fee also supports other opportunities such as Career talks, Lancaster Award briefings and personal development workshops.


Most colleges award grants and prizes for various achievements and challenges, such as outstanding academic achievement, travel grants and postgraduate scholarships.


The fee is also used to enhance the college social and study spaces including décor, furniture, IT/AV, support for the College Sports teams, recreational equipment and refreshment facilities.