Students holding Furness welcome banners

Welcome to Furness!

Welcome Week at Lancaster is a great way to orientate yourself and settle in to student life before your studies begin, and in Furness we aim to facilitate a smooth arrival for you and get you acquainted with the college.

Our friendly team of helpers will be around all day to help you get your bearings and show you up to your room if you're living with us on campus.

The University will run a series of events to ease you in to academic life so it's up to the colleges to focus on creating a home for you and making you feel like part of the Furness family. There will be a series of events through the week that cater different interests and where all are welcome, from film night at the campus cinema to quiz night in the college bar. Our James Bond themed fun Casino its a great opportunity to dress up, and we end the week with our hugely popular trip out to the Lake District where we charter a boat and take a cruise round Windermere - with a plentiful barbecue on board.

What to do on arrivals day

All students, both resident and commuter, become members of a college when they join Lancaster University. A one-off college membership fee is payable by all new members, you can find out how your fees are spent and pay your membership fee prior to arrival. If you're living on campus you will be invited to complete an online Accommodation Induction in advance. This will outline what services are on offer and how to get here, as well as allowing you to book an arrival slot.

Arrivals day for Furness is Sunday 29 September 2019, and you can arrive anytime after 10.00am on the day. Head to the foyer in the Furness Main building to check in.

In the foyer you will need to follow the signs to receive some freebies from the JCR, register with the college and then sign for your keys.

If you're not living in our accommodation you still need to register with us but can leave it until it's quieter later in the afternoon if you choose.

The bar will be open all day and there will be a barbecue in the quad selling all kinds of barbecued things for a quick lunch.

Once you've got your keys one of our many helpers will take you up to your room and can answer any questions you may have on the way. You can then move your things in and start to unpack.

Don't forget to take a look around your accommodation and complete the online inventory you will have been asked to submit, and introduce yourself to any flatmates you see!

If you're living in college accommodation your First Year Rep will come and meet you and your flatmates at 3.00pm. If you're living off-campus you should come and meet others in the Furness TV Room at the same time.

Reps will then take you down to the Furness Welcome Talk, which takes place in the George Fox Lecture Theatre 1 at 4.30pm.

After the welcome talk we will stop off at the Bonington Step to have a group photograph, before returning to Furness for the Furst Feast. You'll have a ticket for this free meal in your welcome pack so don't forget to bring it!

From there you can make as much of the first night as you choose!

Aside from any departmental inductions there will be a number of events taking place through Welcome Week that you are expected to attend. These include registration and enrolment, Fire Safety and Welfare and Deanery talks. You will be able to find them all in your Welcome Week Schedule, so please look out for the Furness events and go along to them.

More Events

Furness goes to Windermere

Our Windermere trip at the end of Welcome Week is the perfect way to wind down in stunning surroundings in the region from which Furness takes its name.

This year's trip takes place on Sunday 6 October and tickets can be booked now. If you want to come along please book a ticket through the online store. We advise booking early to avoid disappointment as this trip often sells out quickly! The Online Store will close at 3.00pm on Wednesday 2 October 2019.

Tickets cost £26 and include coach travel to and from Windermere, plus the sailing and barbecue food on board. Please tell us about any dietary requirements when booking in advance.

Windermere images courtesy of Wlodek Tych, Andrew Gibson and Kevin Huggett.