Lancaster University offers a wide range of undergraduate accommodation to suit different preferences and budgets. We have been rated the UK's Best University Halls eight times since 2010 at the annual National Student Housing Awards.
Take a look at what's available and what you can expect below.
What are my options?
Most new undergraduates choose to live on campus in their first year and find our collegiate set up the perfect way to make friends and settle in. There are eight undergraduate colleges to choose from, breaking down the university population into smaller communities, and all accommodation is located within them.
Our accommodation portfolio is split into 4 main room categories:
Ensuite rooms have private bathrooms facilities (3,522 rooms);
Standard rooms have shared W/C and shower facilities (1,430 rooms);
Townhouse rooms also have shared W/C and shower facilities but the ratio is only one to two people. These houses also have a generous living area (515 rooms);
Self-contained studios have private WC/shower and a kitchenette. (144 units)
Am I guaranteed a room?
As an incoming undergraduate, you are guaranteed a place on campus if Lancaster is your firm choice university, you have firmly accepted an offer via UCAS, and you submit your application before 10 August.
If you are transferring to Lancaster from another university direct to Part II you still benefit from this guarantee, providing we receive your application by the 10 August deadline.
We do not offer a formal guarantee to students joining us as their insurance choice or through clearing, though we can usually accommodate many students in those categories and can advise on alternative options if the need arises.
Erasmus exchange students are not guaranteed a place in university accommodation.
We do not offer accommodation to students under the age of 17.
What are the colleges, and how will I know which to choose?
The colleges are smaller communities within the main university population, each with slightly different facilities and student experiences. There are eight undergraduate college on campus, housing between 500 and 800 students each.
What you apply for will come down to your personal preference but the accommodation on offer will be a key factor. You should choose one that best represents both your social and residential requirements
Take a look at the colleges page to find out more.
What if I have a disability or special requirement?
We can prioritise your application for accommodation if you provide us with information about a disability or impairment, so please do notify us of any special circumstances regarding disabilities, medical conditions and allergies when you apply. You should advise us about any such needs as early as possible to maximise the possibility of us finding a suitable room. You may wish to view details about adapted rooms for students with disabilities here.
How big are the beds?
Unless you’re in one of the flats or a self-contained studio our beds are all single size - 900mm wide and either 1900 or 2100mm long. Take a look at each room type for more specifics and contact your Accommodation Manager if you are unsure. If you are particularly tall, please tell us in the additional notes field of the online application form so we can aim to place you in a room with a long bed.
What's the cost?
That depends on what type of room you have, but there’s a handy comparison chart below. Prices listed apply to 2021/22.
All accommodation fees are inclusive of heating, electricity, wired and wireless internet and campus security. Your possessions are also insured up to the value of £10,000. More details can be found on the Cover4Students website.
A basic cleaning service is included for all shared areas in our halls of residence such as kitchens, shared shower rooms and corridors, though you will need to clean your own room! There is no cleaning service in the studio apartments, family flats or townhouses.
Will I need to cook for myself?
Most of our accommodation is self-catered but four of the colleges do offer catered areas. See the Catered Accommodation option below for details.
The Freedom Card offers a flexible alternative to those students that want to live in self-catered accommodation but still enjoy discounted food in campus outlets at their convenience.
Is there a contract?
Yes, our contracts are of a set length and run from the start of Welcome Week until early July – after the end of the summer term (unless you are attending as a foundation student or part of the Study Abroad programme where these dates vary).
How do I pay the accommodation fees?
Around a week before you arrive you will be sent an invoice by email. This details your accommodation fees and their due dates, the first of which will normally be a few days after the contract start date. Please keep it safe as it will only be sent out once. You should note the due dates and be sure to make the payment in time, or speak with your Accommodation Manager in advance if ever you encounter problems.
Are there any other charges?
We certainly hope there aren't and aim to return everyone's deposit in full at the end of the year.
There will be students however that lose their keys or break a mirror, or leave their room dirty when they leave. These are chargeable damages but avoidable with a little care. You can find out more about cleaning and damages charges here.
How about city accommodation?
Students looking for help and advice on renting accommodation off-campus can find it, along with a searchable list of University-approved properties, on the Lancaster University Homes website.
Where will I live after first year?
Lancaster students have a variety of options open to them after year one. The city centre has a good supply of accommodation and there are also some rooms available on campus for students who want to return. Our annual Housing Fair in November sets out your options immediately prior to our application process starting for returners.
If your course includes a placement year abroad or in industry you can benefit from a further guarantee of accommodation on your return providing you submit an application by the relevant deadline. There are no guarantees for other students.
Is there anything else I should know?
Applicants are advised that the campus is being invested in and that as such, there may be building work ongoing near to some of the accommodation. See the estates development page for details of current projects.
- Are you on social media?
As an incoming undergraduate you will be invited to apply for college membership and accommodation from June in the year you are due to start. We will contact all students that have accepted a place on a course by email, inviting them to create an account and submit an application. This process will continue throughout the summer as more students accept places.
If you have an unconditional offer or are deferring entry we will still contact you at the appropriate time, but unfortunately we can’t accept applications any earlier.
We will send your offer of accommodation by email and ask that you log back into your online account to view the details and accept or reject it. This offer will reflect the best match to the preferences you express in your application and you will have seven days to consider it. If we don't hear back from you within that time we will be unable to hold the room, so please make sure that you have regular access to your email account.
We do not make any undergraduate room offers until the UK exam results are published in mid-August and we know who is definitely coming.
Please note that demand for rooms is high and that if you choose to reject our offer we will be unable to make an alternative. You are advised to contact your Accommodation Manager to discuss any queries that you may have.
When you click to accept the offer you are accepting the Terms and Conditions of the contract presented to you. You will also be directed to secure the room by paying a £200 deposit, refundable at the end of the contract providing no deductions have been made.
The contract you accept is legally binding, and sets down the conditions of the agreement between yourself and the University. You cannot be released from it, and will be obliged to pay all accommodation fees relating to it. You must therefore budget carefully, making sure you have enough money to manage during your time in Lancaster. Please make sure you understand this completely before applying for or accepting a room.
In the lead up to your arrival date your Accommodation Manager will be in touch with your invoice and information about collecting your keys.
Please note that we don't issue room numbers in advance.
Our range of room types
Quick cost comparison
Our prices are set by room type, and you can see what's available and in which colleges in the chart below.
Prices apply to the 2022/23 academic year.
|Superior Ensuite||£155.61-£163.52||36 or 40 weeks||All Colleges|
|Ensuite||£152.60||40 weeks||Bowland and Fylde Colleges|
|Basic Ensuite||£134.40||40 weeks||Bowland and County Colleges|
|Townhouse||£138.25||40 weeks||County and Grizedale Colleges|
|Superior Standard||£128.10||40 weeks||Bowland and County Colleges|
|Standard||£116.90||40 weeks||Bowland, Furness, Grizedale and Pendle Colleges|
|Basic Standard||£97.93||40 weeks||Bowland College|
|Single Studio||£182.42||40 weeks||Grizedale and Pendle Colleges|
|Twin Studio||£206.50||40 weeks||Grizedale and Pendle Colleges|