Students cooking

Open your home to visitors and pick up rewards along the way - we have opportunities for incoming students to live together in show flats in all areas and room types across campus.

When looking at different universities you may have come to take a look around our campus and perhaps remember how important it was to be able to see the accommodation before deciding to choose Lancaster. Over the course of the year the University runs Open Days & Offer Holder Events, and as part of these we like to show our accommodation to prospective students.

By opting for a Show Flat, your flat and/or room will be shown to groups of visitors during pre-arranged dates and times, between October and the end of April.

Don’t worry – there will be something in it for you too!

Showing my room has been really easy and rewarding since I only have to allow entry for the tour groups into my building, flat and my room and keep my room tidy. Moreover, it did not take that much time out of my normal schedule because of the flexibility in choosing the time slots, and I could do work whilst waiting for groups to arrive. Everyone I was able to talk to were nice, and the reward I got out of showing my room has been put to good use at different food outlets.

A quote from Ashley, Furness resident.


If you live in a show flat but choose not to show your room we will provide you with credit on an Eat card. You can spend this credit in most of our University-run catering outlets on food and soft drinks, ultimately saving you money on your weekly food shop.

For those students that would like to showcase their rooms during these events, you will receive the Eat card credit as above but can also apply to be an Accommodation Ambassador via the University’s Employment & Recruitment Service. You will complete timesheets and be paid monthly for your time worked. We will let students in show flats know when the roles are advertised and open for applications.

Who are we looking for in an Accommodation Ambassador?

As an Accommodation Ambassador you will be expected to cheerfully meet and greet the group and give them the benefit of your experience of living in your accommodation. Training will be provided so no previous experience or knowledge of Lancaster is necessary.


If you are showcasing your room:

  • Students opting to show their room would need to be present during visits to the flat in order to allow access and answer any questions.
  • Visits can take place during the week but also on Saturdays & Sundays, so you would need to be available for some weekends.
  • You could expect to show your room two or three times during the Michaelmas and Summer terms, and around five or six times during the Lent term (or more if you wish).
  • You room should be kept tidy and presentable for any visits.

If you are living in a show flat:

  • All students living in a show flat should ensure kitchen and communal spaces are be kept clean and welcoming for visitors.
  • You’re not needed to be present for the visits, but you are free to carry on as normal – the visitors are here to see real life happening.