Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for prospective students, applicants and offer holders

Our thoughts are with all who are affected by the Coronavirus. We understand that you may find the current situation unsettling and you may have concerns about your future studies. We are working hard to ensure we keep you up to date with news from Lancaster University.

We are following the advice from the UK Government, Universities UK and Public Health England, and our priority is the welfare of our students and staff. Based on the current advice, it is our expectation that the Lancaster campus will be open for both academic and social activities and we are planning for our campus-based students to return to study here at Lancaster in October 2021. We expect to be able to resume in-person teaching at that time. We will retain some online teaching provision because our students' experience during the pandemic has shown there are advantages for certain types of learning, but we are planning for our courses to be mostly taught in lecture theatres, labs and seminars as before the pandemic started.

The UK is well ahead of most other nations in its vaccination programme. Over 85% of adults have received their first dose of the vaccination and over 65% of adults have received their second dose by mid-July 2021. Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination free of charge, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. It is being offered at local sites run by GPs or pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals. Scientific studies show that the vaccines being offered in the UK are highly effective in preventing people from getting ill and stopping the coronavirus (Covid-19) from spreading. We will, however, continue to comply with UK government guidance and are ready to more online if needed to keep our students and staff safe.

This page will be updated regularly as more information is known and we will write to offer holders directly with any important updates.

This page was last updated on 14 July 2021.

Important information for all prospective students

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  • Can I still apply to Lancaster University?

    Yes, applications are welcome for the majority of our programmes for 2021 entry. Our admissions team are processing applications as normal.

    The final UCAS application deadline was 30 June with subsequent applications accepted through the Clearing process.

    For information about how to apply to Lancaster University please visit:

  • When will the 2021-2022 academic year begin?

    For new students Welcome Week will start on 4 October, and for the vast majority of students the academic term will begin on 8 October.

    We fully expect to be able to reopen the campus for in-person teaching and research for the start of the new term in October.

    If, in the unlikely event that government restrictions make it impossible to open the campus for in-person teaching in October, then we are fully prepared to continue teaching online. We can also deliver a mixture of campus-based and online teaching if that is appropriate. We have received positive feedback from students about the quality of teaching whichever methods we have used.

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

    We are following the advice from the UK Government, Universities UK and Public Health England and our priority is the welfare of our students and staff. Based on the current advice, it is our expectation that the University campus will be open for both academic and social activities and we are planning for our campus-based students to return to study here at Lancaster in October 2021. We fully expect to be able to resume in-person teaching at that time. We will retain some online teaching provision because our experience during the pandemic and student feedback has shown there are advantages for certain types of learning, but we are planning for our campus-based courses to be mostly taught in-person as before the pandemic started.

    The UK is well ahead of most other nations in its vaccination programme, with over 85% of adults having received their first dose of the vaccination by mid-July 2021. Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination free of charge, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. Covid-19 vaccinations are being offered at local sites run by GPs or pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals.

    Scientific studies show that the vaccines being offered in the UK are highly effective in preventing people from getting ill and stopping the coronavirus (Covid-19) from spreading. Most remaining restrictions on movement and meeting other people are being lifted in the UK. We will continue to comply with UK government guidance and are able to do more online if needed to ensure we keep our students and staff safe.

  • 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. In common with many UK universities, we are currently applying for Turing funding from the UK Government to further enable student mobility, updates on this will be shared as soon as they are made available to us.

  • Will accommodation be available in the autumn? When do we need to apply/pay?

    Once you accept an offer of a place at Lancaster you will receive an email from our accommodation team with further information about the application process. For postgraduate students emails are sent in March and for undergraduate students emails are sent in June. Further details are available on our accommodation pages.

  • I deferred my place from 2020 to 2021: will my unconditional offer still stand?

    Yes, if your offer is unconditional your place at Lancaster is secure. If you haven’t already done so, please visit our deferral pages and complete the form to let us know your plans.

  • What should I do if my exams are delayed?

    We recommend that you contact your school, college or university in your home country for further information on how this may impact your final grades.

    Where possible we will extend deadlines for the receipt of transcripts and other documents.

    If you do not receive your results in time for 2021 entry, in most cases we will honour the conditions of your offer for a place in 2022.

  • My academic performance has been disrupted by the closure of my school/college. Will the University take this into account and make any adjustments?

    We know it’s been an extremely difficult year and many of you are worried about your grades. We recognise that most students will have experienced disruption to teaching, coursework and examinations. We want to assure you that we will be as flexible as possible once results are confirmed in the summer.

  • Can I send my documents to the University by post?

    Our Admissions team are working from home at the moment, so please don't send us any documents by post.

    Undergraduate applicants: please send us a scanned copy of your documents by email.

    Postgraduate applicants: please upload a scanned copy of your documents to your MyApplications account.

    If you've already posted your documents to us, please send us an electronic copy by email. If you don’t have access to an electronic copy, please let us know.

  • I’m attending an event on campus, what do I need to know?

    This information is for prospective students who will be attending an event on campus such as an Open Day or Campus Tour.

    At Lancaster, we enjoy welcoming visitors to our attractive campus and pride ourselves on our inclusive, friendly community.

    We recognise that some of our visitors, students and staff have conditions which make them more vulnerable than others. The following guidance is designed to keep everyone safe and we respectfully ask you and your guests to follow this guidance if you can.

    We encourage you and your guests to:

    • Use the hand sanitisation stations that are provided on campus.
    • Bring a mask to wear in indoor spaces, if you are able to wear one.
    • Make plenty of space between you and other visitors.

    In advance of your visit, we will ask you to let us know about any particular requirements or adaptations that are needed for you or your guests. Please ensure that you respond when asked so that, where relevant and possible, we can take this into account when planning the event.

    Please read carefully any information you are sent that is specific to your event.

    We will continue to monitor UK Government guidance and liaise with Public Health England, and we will adapt our guidance if necessary to keep visitors, students and staff safe.

  • Will I be able to get part-time work?

    Our in-house agency the Employment and Recruitment Service (ERS) provide information and guidance to help you find paid work during your time with us. They provide diverse opportunities from specialist roles within specific faculties such as web or scientific development to more broad ranging roles such as student ambassadors, campus tour guides or staff for our many on-campus retail and hospitality outlets.

    We regularly employ students to help with specific events such as open days as well as ongoing roles such as content creators for our many social media accounts and video caption editors to help make our resources accessible to all. These roles provide excellent opportunities to gain transferable skills and increasing your prospects for future employment.

    ERS has strong links with our Careers Service and we can provide support in applying for roles, from updating your CV to interview practice.

    Many of our students find that completing part-time work alongside their studies enhances their enjoyment and the social side of their time with us as well as enhancing their employability.

Additional information for international applicants

Questions about international admissions Accordion

  • How do I get my CAS number and apply for a visa?

    If you require a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) from us for your visa appointment. You won't need to request a CAS, we will generate a CAS when you're eligible to receive one. The process for issuing a CAS cannot start until your offer is unconditional and we have received your passport details.

    While waiting to receive your CAS, you can find full details of the student visa application process on the UK Government website and you can also find more information about visas on Lancaster University's .

  • I have applied to study at Lancaster as an incoming Study Abroad or Erasmus+ student, what do I need to know?

    Incoming SA or Erasmus+ student: 2021/22 entry

    What help is available for me to find accommodation?

    If you are from a partner university outside the EU/EEA, you are guaranteed University managed accommodation provided you apply by the deadline..

    EU/EEA/Swiss students coming to Lancaster can apply for University accommodation although we are unable to guarantee that you will be allocated a room. Should you apply for campus accommodation and are unsuccessful, the Accommodation Team will support you in finding alternative accommodation. You can find if you would rather book something off-campus.

    We will contact you with information about how to apply for accommodation.

    When can I apply for a visa?

    We will send all confirmed applicants an e-letter for visa purposes and further information about entering the UK to study as part of the application process..

    What if my circumstances change and I now wish to withdraw?

    We understand that these are challenging times and you may wish to withdraw your acceptance with us. Please email us at studyabroad@lancaster.ac.uk and ensure you let your home university know.

    For information regarding refunds for accommodation and deposits, please refer to the terms and conditions as set in the .

    Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with other expenses occurred as part of the application process such as visa costs.

  • My local English language testing centre is currently closed. What other options are available?

    For information about the English language tests that we accept, please visit our web pages about English language requirements.

  • As an international student, will I be able to get a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK?

    The UK vaccination programme is making rapid progress and is ahead of most other nations. Over 85% of adults have received their first dose of the vaccine and over 65% of the adult population are fully vaccinated by mid-July 2021. Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination free of charge, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. It is being offered at local sites run by GPs or pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals.

    Find out more by visiting the NHS website and the UK Government website.

    You are advised to register with an NHS doctor when you arrive at Lancaster University. We expect to have 'pop-up' vaccination clinics on campus and UK NHS healthcare professionals will be able to advise you about which vaccinations you should have. If you have already had one or more vaccinations, you should ask whether any further vaccination is advised.

  • Do international students need to pay for the vaccine?

    Nobody in England has to pay for the Covid-19 vaccination. The Covid-19 vaccination is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment. You, or anyone seeing requests for payment, should report this activity to the University and to Action Fraud. More information on Covid-19 vaccine scams is on the Action Fraud website.

    Find out more by visiting the NHS website and the UK Government website.

  • Do international students need to be registered with a GP to get a vaccination?

    While registration with a GP is encouraged, you can request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

    We expect to have 'pop-up' vaccination clinics on campus around the start of the autumn term.

  • How does an international student get an NHS number?

    You can approach your local GP practice, saying you would like to register for the purposes of receiving the vaccine.

  • Can I enter the UK with a visitor visa type?

    If you are travelling from or through a green or amber list country, and have not been to a red list country in the 10 days prior to travelling to the UK, you will be able to enter England following the appropriate government guidance.

    However, if you are travelling from or through a red list country, or have visited one in the 10 days prior to your travel to the UK, you will not be able to enter England. If this applies to you, we advise you get in touch with us to discuss your options at studyabroad@lancaster.ac.uk.

    The lists of green, amber and red countries are regularly updated so we advise you check the lists prior to travel.

  • How will you treat the Indian Standard 12 this year?

    We are aware that the examinations of a number of different qualifications have been postponed or cancelled. This year, many students will receive grades based on alternative methods, such as teacher assessments or interim tests. We will accept qualifications and grades awarded by the official awarding bodies regardless of how the grades have been determined. We will aim to be as flexible as possible when considering grades that narrowly miss our entry requirements.

    We are aware that the grades for the Indian Standard 12 qualifications will be published later than usual. Students waiting for their results should not be concerned. If you have a conditional offer from Lancaster, we will hold your place until 8 September. You have plenty of time to send us your results.

  • How will you treat the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education this year?

    We are aware that the examinations of a number of qualifications have been postponed or cancelled. This year, many students will receive grades based on alternative methods, such as teacher assessments or interim tests. We will accept qualifications and grades awarded by the official awarding bodies or assessment boards, regardless of how the grades have been determined. We will aim to be as flexible as possible when considering grades that narrowly miss our entry requirements.

    We are aware that the grades for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education will be published later than usual. Students waiting for these results should not be concerned. If you have a conditional offer from Lancaster, we will hold your place until 8 September. You have plenty of time to send us your results.

  • Travelling from China?

    Working with a number of UK universities, we are exploring the possibility of providing a chartered flight service from China. You will be contacted by email about this. Please email airport-arrivals@lancaster.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Important information for anyone arriving from outside of the UK

We are ready to welcome students from overseas and have support in place to help with travel and arrival. For the latest information about travelling to the UK, please check the UK Government website.

Countries are rated as red, amber and green, each with specific travel requirements.

Important information for anyone arriving from outside of the UK Accordion

  • What do the red, amber and green ratings mean?

    Countries are rated as red, amber or green for coronavirus (COVID-19).

    • Red list: High-risk countries
    • Amber list: Moderate-risk countries
    • Green list: Low-risk countries

    What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive.

    You must follow the guidance for the highest risk country you are travelling from or through. For example, if you travelled from a green list country and took a connecting flight in an amber list country, you must follow the amber guidance.

  • What do I need to do if I’m entering from or through a red list country?

    This applies to anyone that has been in a red list country in the 10 days before they arrive in England.

    Before travelling to England, you will need to:

    • Take a Covid-19 test prior to travel
    • Book a quarantine hotel package, including two Covid-19 tests
    • Complete a passenger locator form

    Once you have arrived in England, you will need to quarantine in a managed hotel and take two Covid-19 tests.

    Information about quarantine hotels and how to book one can be found on the UK Government website. You will only be able to arrive into England at certain entry points:

    • Birmingham Airport
    • Bristol Airport
    • Farnborough Airport
    • Gatwick Airport
    • Heathrow Airport
    • London City Airport

    Once you have completed your quarantine you will need to make your way to Lancaster. We advise that you take an internal flight to Manchester Airport, where we will collect you and bring you to Lancaster. Alternatively, you can take a train and we will collect you from Lancaster train station. You will find details on our Arrival and Shuttle Service webpage.

    Find out about financial help available from Lancaster University's Travel and Test Support Package

    We advise that you carry a copy of the UK Government's residency rights guidance with you when travelling to England. You can then point to this if you are questioned at any point on your journey. You should also check the guidance before travelling as it may change. Visit the UKCISA website for more information.

  • What do I need to do if I’m entering from or through an amber list country?

    This applies to anyone that has been in an amber list country in the 10 days before they arrive in England. If you have visited a red list country in the 10 days before arrival, you will need to follow the red list guidance.

    Before travelling to England, you will need to:

    • Take a Covid-19 test prior to travel
    • Book and pay for day two and day eight Covid-19 travel tests - to be taken after arrival in England
    • Complete a passenger locator form

    Once you have arrived in England, you will need to quarantine at your university accommodation for 10 days. There are some exceptions to this - please check the latest UK Government guidance.

    You must follow the guidance for the highest risk country you are travelling from or through. For example, if you travelled from an amber list country and took a connecting flight in a red list country, you must follow the red guidance.

    Europe and the USA: From 4:00am BST on Monday 2nd August 2021, if you have been fully vaccinated in Europe (EU Member States, European Free Trade Association countries and the European microstate countries of Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City) or the USA and are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you will not be required to quarantine or take a day 8 test on arrival to England. You will still need to complete a pre-departure test, and a PCR test on or before day 2 after arrival.

    Separate rules will continue to apply for those arriving from France.

    More information can be found on the UK Government website.

    Arrival and shuttle service

    We advise that you fly to Manchester Airport, where we will collect you and bring you to Lancaster. Alternatively, you can take a train and we will collect you from Lancaster train station. You will find details on our Arrival and Shuttle Service webpage.

    Find out about financial help available from Lancaster University's Travel and Test Support Package

  • What do I need to do if I’m entering from a green list country?

    If you have visited a red or amber list country in the 10 days before arrival, you will need to follow the guidance for those lists.

    Before travelling from a green list country, you will need to:

    • Take a Covid-19 test prior to travel
    • Book and pay for a day two Covid-19 travel test – to be taken after arrival in England
    • Complete a passenger locator form

    Once you have arrived in England, you will need to take a Covid-19 test on or before day two after you arrive.

    We advise that you fly to Manchester Airport, where we will collect you and bring you to Lancaster. Alternatively, you can take a train and we will collect you from Lancaster train station. You will find details on our Arrival and Shuttle Service webpage.

    Find out about financial help available from Lancaster University's Travel and Test Support Package

    You must follow the guidance for the highest risk country you are travelling from or through. For example, if you travelled from a green list country and took a connecting flight in an amber list country, you must follow the amber guidance.

  • Do I need a Covid-19 test prior to travelling to England?

    Wherever you’re flying from, you must show evidence of a negative Covid-19 test at your departure airport, taken within 3 days of your flight to England. The test must meet the rules and standards outlined by the UK Government. You may also wish to consult with your airline for more information about testing required to travel on their services.

  • How do I book a quarantine hotel or a test?

    You can get more information on quarantine hotels on the UK Government website. Booking a quarantine hotel will include transport from the airport and the Covid-19 tests on day two and day eight.

    If you are travelling from or through an amber or green list country, you can search for a test provider online.

    Find out about financial help available from Lancaster University's Test and Travel Support Package.

  • What is the Test to Release Scheme?

    If you are travelling from or through an amber list country you may be able to end your quarantine early through the Test to Release Scheme.

    The scheme allows you to take a test after five days. If the test is negative you can stop quarantining, but you will still need to take the compulsory test after day eight.

    Please note that if you travel through a red list country, you will not be able to take up the Test to Release Scheme.

  • What support is available? Lancaster's Travel and Test Support Package

    To help you with additional costs occurred by the pandemic and to support your arrival to the UK, we are offering the following depending on your circumstances:

    • If you are required to stay in a government-managed hotel as part of quarantine arrangements for those entering England from ‘red’ countries, we will refund the cost - up to a maximum of £1,750.
    • We will provide free transport to campus from Manchester Airport or Lancaster train station.
    • If you arrive early on campus, either to locally quarantine or due to travel disruption, and you have booked accommodation on campus for the year ahead (2021/22), we will offer two weeks’ free accommodation prior to the start of Welcome Week.
    • If you arrive from an 'amber' country after the start of term and are required to self-isolate, and you have booked accommodation on campus for the year ahead (2021/22), we will refund the cost of your accommodation for the self-isolation period (up to the 31st October).
    • If you are travelling from a ‘green’ or ‘amber’ country, we will refund the cost of one PCR travel test (up to £125). Tests for those travelling from ‘red’ countries are included in the cost of the government managed quarantine hotel.

    As well as supporting you financially we will support you arriving on campus, particularly if you are required to self-isolate upon arrival. We will do all we can to make sure you have all you need to set up your new home and make new friends for life.

    Full details of Lancaster University's Travel and Test Support Package

  • How do I get to campus?

    Those travelling from or through a red list country will be taken to their quarantine hotel from the airport as part of the service. Once you have completed your quarantine, we advise that you take an internal flight or train to Manchester Airport, where we will collect you and bring you to Lancaster. Alternatively, you can take a train and we will collect you from Lancaster train station to bring you to campus.

    For those travelling from or through an amber or green list country, we advise that you fly to Manchester Airport, where we will collect you and bring you to Lancaster. Alternatively, you can take a train and we will collect you from Lancaster train station.

    We will provide a free transfer service from Manchester Airport to Lancaster University and Lancaster city. Manchester Airport is the largest international airport in our region of the UK.

    With your safety in mind, this service will be carried out in accordance with UK government coronavirus guidance for travel and will be tailored depending on the country you have travelled from and whether you are required to self-isolate or quarantine on arrival.

    If you will be arriving at another UK airport we advise you to book a connecting flight to Manchester airport so that you can take advantage of the free transfer service.

    Details about the service can be found on our Arrival and Shuttle Service webpage.

Travel and Test support for students arriving from outside of the UK

Lancaster University has introduced a Travel and Test Support Package designed to help those new and returning students who are travelling to the UK to study at Lancaster University and who will incur additional costs due to the coronavirus pandemic and UK Government restrictions at the time of travel.

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