We offer a range of accommodation suitable for families with children, with two and three-bedroom family homes situated across the campus.
The convenience of being within easy reach of the departments and the library means that you can arrange your own study pattern around your family life, without having to worry about travelling to and from the University. For those with children, there are schools within a short distance and a pre-school centre on the campus.
For more helpful information take a look at our Families with Children page.
How do I apply for a family flat?
Our application cycle starts each March when we email students as they accept a place on a course and invite them to apply for accommodation.
You must have confirmed your place with the University before you are able to make an application. Please also check with your department if you will be required to study away from the University at any point as this will affect your accommodation, and let us know if this is the case when you apply.
How much do they cost?
The family flats vary in size and therefore in cost. Please take a look at each individual entry below for the costs.
Accommodation fees listed apply to the 2023/24 academic year.
What's included in the fee?
Accommodation fees are inclusive of heating, lighting, electricity and a 24-hour security presence during term time. ResNet is also included, giving you access to the University network and high speed internet - both wired and wireless. Partners of students living in flats can obtain visitor access to the internet.
An insurance premium covers your possessions up to the value of £7,000 while in your flat (including up to £250 on bicycles). You may wish to increase cover on certain items as you see necessary. More details can be found on the Cover4Students website.
The accommodation fee is payable termly, in advance, and we will send you an invoice by email just before you arrive.
Am I guaranteed a family flat if I apply?
As the number of flats available on campus is limited we can't guarantee that everyone applying will be successful, and applications from students with children under 16 will be housed first.
Couples should look at the one bedroom flats in the postgraduate accommodation section.
What if I have a disability?
Please do let us know of any special circumstances regarding disabilities, medical conditions and allergies when you apply. Let us know about any such needs as early as possible to maximise the possibility of us finding a suitable flat for you.
How will I know if I'm successful?
We will send your offer of accommodation by email and ask you to log back into your online account to view the details and accept or reject it.
You'll need to do this within seven days if you wish to accept the flat offered, and will be directed to pay a £275 deposit – refundable at the end of the contract providing no deductions have been made. If we don't hear from you within the seven days we will be unable to hold the flat for you.
We will always try to make you an offer that best matches your preferences so if you reject it we may be unable to make an alternative. Please contact the flats administration team to discuss any queries you may have.
Is there a contract?
Yes, all our accommodation contracts are legally binding and set down the conditions of the agreement between yourself and the University.
The length of the contracts is 50 weeks, and once accepted you can't be released from it, and will be obliged to pay all accommodation fees relating to it. Please budget carefully and make sure you have enough money to manage during your time in Lancaster.
What's included in the flats themselves?
All our flats are furnished, you cannot bring your own furniture. You will need to provide your own bedding, towels and kitchenware.
Most of the two bedroomed flats have one bedroom with a double bed and the second bedroom has bunk beds. Please note we do not provide cots for babies.
Will I need to pay Council Tax?
In certain circumstances you or your partner may have to pay Council Tax to Lancaster City Council. You can find out more about this on the Student Funding Service Council Tax page, or get Council Tax advice from UKCISA if you are an international student. The taxes apply regardless of whether you live on or off campus.
Where can I find other family accommodation?
The city centre is just four miles away from the University campus and served by excellent transport links.
Students looking for help and advice on renting accommodation off-campus can find it, along with a searchable list of properties, on the Lancaster University Homes website.