Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for prospective students

We will continue to update this page with guidance for you if you have already applied or are thinking of applying to Lancaster University.

Last updated: 24 July 2020

Important information


  • Can I still apply for study at Lancaster University?

    Yes, we are currently welcoming applications for all levels of study.

    If you want to apply for undergraduate study in starting in 2020, then clearing is now open.

    Otherwise, read our information about how to apply to Lancaster University, either for undergraduate or postgraduate study.

    If you've already applied, find out what you need to do next for undergraduate or postgraduate study.

  • When will the 2020-21 academic year begin?

    Our autumn term begins on Friday 2 October, with the majority of our teaching commencing from Monday 5 October. We have extended our normal arrival times to ensure students can start the term on time, and have made provisions for students who are unable to join us on campus straight away.

    Read more about Lancaster's flexible approach to teaching in the year ahead.

  • Will the teaching be delivered online, on campus or a mixture?

    With social distancing measures in place to ensure the safety of our campus community, we will deliver teaching, learning and research differently.

    Read more about Lancaster's flexible approach to teaching in the year ahead.

  • Will accommodation be available in the autumn?

    Yes. Once you accept an offer of a place at Lancaster you will receive an email from our accommodation team with further information.

    Read more about how accommodation at Lancaster will work in the coming year.

  • Will I be safe at Lancaster?

    Based on the UK government's guidelines, we have put in place a range of measures on campus to ensure your health is our top priority.

    Coronavirus in the United Kingdom

    As of the 19th June, the UK's coronavirus alert level has been downgraded from four to three. This means that transmission is no longer high or rising exponentially, and the UK can now start to consider gradual relaxation of restrictions. However, the government continues to monitor the situation, with health and safety remaining a priority.

    As the situation in the UK has improved, the government has released guidance so that people from different houses can see one another, while protecting themselves and others from coronavirus. Groups of six people who do not live together can meet outdoors, provided they observe social distancing guidelines.

    Our National Health Service (NHS) operates a ‘test and trace’ service. This ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus can quickly be tested, and helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus.

    For more UK government support and guidance, please visit their website:

  • Will fees change for 2020-21?

    Details of all our fees for 2020-21 are available on each of our course pages. You can also find information about our range of scholarships and bursaries.

    We are absolutely committed to offering a high-quality experience that students should expect from us and there will be no change to the fees for 2020.

  • Will you refund tuition fee deposits if I choose not to come?

    In light of the ongoing and complex situation with the coronavirus pandemic, we are reviewing our deposit refund policy. We will continue to monitor the situation and will contact applicants directly when more information is available.

    Our current policy is outlined on our Terms of Offers page.

  • What should I do if I can’t provide my official documents?

    Where possible we will extend deadlines for the receipt of transcripts and other documents. If you do not receive your results in time for 2020 entry, in most cases we will honour the conditions of your offer for a place in 2021.

    Contact the Admissions team and we will do our best to help.

  • What will happen to my forthcoming study abroad/placement year?

    We are currently experiencing ongoing disruption to some of our Study Abroad, ERASMUS+ and industry placements. Our primary concern remains student safety - that means we will only permit your year abroad/placement to proceed when we are confident that it meets our safety criteria, including compliance with UK Government regulations and any relevant international guidance.

    We will continue to do all we can to support you in progressing your year abroad/placement and, where necessary, we will consider with you any viable alternatives or variations that may be available. Where a year abroad or placement is not a compulsory component of your degree programme or a requirement for professional accreditation, the option of completing your studies on a non-year abroad/placement variant will remain open.

  • I am due to start my PhD studies, what should I do?

    You can find information on our dedicated Doctoral Academy COVID-19 page. This includes advice for applicants due to start in 2020.

Important information for international applicants


Contact the admissions team

If you need any further information, please contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions or telephone us on +44 (0)1524 592028

Postgraduate Admissions or telephone us on +44 (0) 1524 592032

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