Open mic night at Bowland JCR

College Life

Group of Welcome Reps smiling

Welcome Week

This year we are planning for an extended arrivals period to ensure that your move onto campus is safe and well-organised.  Over our main arrivals days of 21 and 22 September, our Welcome Reps will be placed in and around college spaces to direct you to your key collection point and to your accommodation, where you can settle in and get to know your housemates. Our College staff will be available should you have any questions or queries. To help your transition, our Junior Common Room (JCR) are working on a range of virtual events to help introduce you to college life, and once you are all settled in, we will formally welcome you through our virtual College Community events. 

For more information see the University’s Welcome Week website. You can also browse the Welcome Week schedule via the iLancaster app.

Bowland students with Founders trophy

Bowland sports

Sport is a great way to meet new people, have fun, keep fit and represent your college. Bowland has a good range of sporting activities including Football, Netball, Darts, Pool, Dominoes and Table Tennis. Try-outs are usually in the first few weeks of term, however there is plenty of opportunity to play sports for fun via recreational leagues. The teams celebrate the end of year with an annual awards night with trophies given to recognise the contribution of players. 



Our intercollege competition ‘Founders’ is an annual three-day competitive event which celebrates the friendly rivalry between Bowland and Lonsdale, the two founding colleges of Lancaster University.  Students compete in a wide range of events which include traditional sporting activities as well as more modern sports such as e-gaming. Everyone is welcome to get involved and take part.

Bowland students with Founders trophy
Bowland debating team

Inter-College Debating Competition

The Lancaster Debating Union and the Colleges organise the annual Intercollegiate Debating Competition. Participants are able to take part in speech and debating training from both the Debating and Public Speaking Society to develop their skills. The competition gives students the opportunity to competitively debate relevant topics.

Charities Challenge

The Colleges Charity Challenge encourages student to put on events and activities to raise awareness of their chosen charity. Bowland teams have helped raise funds for Lancaster & District Homeless Action Service and the British Red Cross.

Charity Challenge team

Sustainability Challenge

The Sustainability Challenge engages students in the environmental debate and gives college teams the opportunity to come up with ideas aimed at making the University more sustainable. The teams are given a number of weeks to prepare, following which they pitch their ideas to a panel of professional judges. The final takes place in week nine of Lent term and coincides with Green Lancaster Week.

In 2017 the Bowland team proposed the implementation of a Community Fridge to help fight food waste and improve student food security at the University. Following the team's success as runners up in the competition, Bowland College, the Students' Union and Facilities launched the Lancaster University Community Fridge on Monday 5th June.

Located in Bowland College, by the porters' lodge, the fridge will be a place to freely exchange surplus food or collect free food that would otherwise go to waste. If you are interested in volunteering on the project, please email

Sustainability Challenge team