Welcome Week

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Make sure you follow the Fylde College Instagram page, which will keep you informed for everything going on in Fylde’s Freshers!

If you have any questions or queries regarding Welcome Week, please do not hesitate to contact Adam or Dan, the College Managers, by email fylde@lancaster.ac.uk

If your question relates to your on-campus accommodation, please contact Anna, our Accommodation Manager, by email fyldeaccommodation@lancaster.ac.uk

Arrivals Day

Our arrivals day is Saturday 30th September.

You will have received an email from our accommodation team with exact details of your arrival day, if you are unable to arrive then, please make sure you email fyldeaccommodation@lancaster.ac.uk and we will try to make an alternative arrangement for you.

For more details regarding our on-campus accommodation and the arrivals process, please see the accommodation website.

Arrivals Process

When you arrive on campus, please follow the signs to Fylde College. You will be met by one of our welcome reps, who will guide you towards the Fylde Common Room where you can collect your keys.

Please make sure you bring photographic identification with you, ideally, a passport, driving licence or national identification card with you – failure to do this may mean we are unable to issue you your keys.

If arriving by car, please park away from the drop-off zones until you have collected your keys. Only use the drop-off zones when unloading, once you have finished, please move your car so others can use the spaces. Parking marshals will help keep traffic moving as much as possible and prevent congestion, please follow their instructions.

At busy times, it may be necessary to queue to collect keys. Please ensure you follow all instructions and be patient during the arrival process.

College Photo

As usual, we will be continuing an old tradition - the Arrivals Day photo. Please come to the Bonington Step (the grass area between Fylde Common Room and the main accommodation blocks) at 4.30pm for the College Photo.

College Welcome Talk

Right after the College, photo, we will be holding our Welcome Talk at 5pm in George Fox Lecture Theatre 1, don't worry if you don't know where that is, there will be plenty of college staff and reps around to show you the way. This talk is important, as it will give you a lot of important information about the College, how we work and how to get help and support if you need it. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

iLancaster app for your device

The iLancaster app will give you full details of events across campus for Welcome Week, it is also an essential piece of kit for everything from bus times to laundrette details to the Library and of course, your course details. Make sure you download it to your device.

Hints and Tips for Welcome Week

Welcome week can be a anxious and stressful time for many people, see our helpful hints and tips on how to get the most out of it.

Before you arrive

Make sure you have everything you need. This means the basics like bedding, kitchen equipment, clothes etc. Here is a good website that explains what you might need: What to Take to University

Get your bank account sorted, you will need one. Also make sure you have some money to last you until your student loan comes through.


Arrivals day is extremely busy, hard work for all involved, but a lot of fun too.

Make sure you arrive with plenty of time, you don’t want to be rushing to get to things.

Know what is going on during the week see the welcome week schedule.

If you are unsure of anything, ask! There will be loads of people around to help, including freshers reps, the JCR Exec, College Staff, there are no stupid questions!

Getting Involved

It can be very daunting, arriving and not knowing anyone, but remember, everyone is in the same position as you and there are so many opportunities to meet loads of new people. Get involved, take advantage of the events being laid on for you during freshers week, there is something for everyone and are a great way to make friends.

Look after yourself

With everything going on, try make sure you also take time to look after yourself, and don’t feel you have to do everything. Try to eat healthily and get plenty of sleep when you can, Welcome Week can be exhausting

If you drink alcohol, don’t drink too much, know your limits and stick to them, there are also alternative non-alcoholic events most evenings.

Freshers Flu

Yes, it does exist, and it can be rather unpleasant. If you’re lucky, you might not get it, or succumb to it in week 3. While not very nice, unlike man flu, it isn’t fatal, but it’s always worth coming prepared. Over the counter cold and flu remedies such as Lemsip or Beechams (other brands are available) are useful to have so you can make the most of welcome week even if you are feeling a little under the weather. A basic first aid kit with plasters etc is also a useful thing to have in case of minor accidents. If you find yourself really unwell, contact the porters or make an appointment with the on-campus GP surgery.

Know where you need to be.

Despite what you may think, Welcome Week isn’t just one long party, you actually have to do some important things too. Things like Major and Part 1 talks and departmental orientations are essential. You will also have a full day with your major department on Tuesday 5th October where you will get to know all about your department and get a chance to meet your course-mates. It is important you attend these events, so plan your days and know where you need to be and when. Make sure you check the Welcome Week schedule, and also if you haven’t already, download the iLancaster App which will tell you about all the wider university events going on.

Know where to get help

The first few days and weeks at university can be very unsettling. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Here at Fylde, we pride ourselves on being one big happy family, no this isn’t a cliche, the staff really do care, and are always on hand to help you.

On arrivals day, there will be lots of reps around to help you with everything from finding your way around campus to unpacking. Also, keep an eye out for our College Advice Team (CAT) or College Manager who will be more than happy to help.

After arrivals day, Adam or Dan, the College Manager can be found in the college office (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday), next to the common room or give him a call on 01524 592686. He is a great first point of contact for any problem, and if he can’t help, he’s almost guaranteed to know someone who can!

Out of office hours, we have a first-class team of porters who are on duty 24/7. They can be found in the porters lodge (next to the bar) or telephoned on 01524 593401. They are experienced in dealing with everything from lost property to medical emergencies.

Most importantly, ENJOY YOURSELF

Principal’s Welcome

A very warm welcome to Fylde College. We are looking forward to you joining the Fylde family in October at the start of your University career at Lancaster. Fylde was established in 1969 and is located centrally on main campus so that nowhere is far away. We have welcomed students from all around the world since that time and we are proud of the diversity of cultural experience that this brings to the college.

Our Colleges at Lancaster provide a sense of community and belonging where we aim to nurture a spirit of getting involved in all aspects of student life. You will find many opportunities within the college whether it is taking part in sport, intercollegiate competitions, volunteering or becoming part of our management team. We will encourage you to embrace these experiences, your academic timetable permitting, of course!

When you arrive you will start to make friendships that may well endure for the rest of your life, you will share experiences and the ups and downs of University life.

Friendliness, approachability and support is what Fylde is all about and so you will always be welcome to come to the College Offices, the JCR Office or the Porter’s Lodge for a chat. No problem is too small and our staff team of College Advisors provide a confidential means of helping you if you feel that you need any specific assistance.

I wish you success and fulfilment in your degree course and a wonderful time with Fylde College.

With best wishes,

Rebecca Heron, Fylde Principal

JCR President’s Welcome

Hello and welcome to Fylde College! You will soon be a member of Fylde College Junior Common Room and we hope that you thoroughly enjoy your time here.

Hello and welcome to Fylde College, undoubtedly the best college at Lancaster University! You will soon become a member of Fylde College JCR and we hope that you thoroughly enjoy your time here.

I am the President of the JCR Exec in which my role is to help ensure that you have the best time whilst here at Lancaster. Fylde is a place for absolutely everyone whether you are academic, sporty, artsy, an international student, or a Lancashire local. We have so many incredible events and activities lined up for you throughout this first year alone and I hope that you will enjoy your time in Fylde as much as I have.

Me and the rest of the JCR Exec cannot wait to meet you all in October.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to send us a message on our Instagram!

See you soon!

Luke Donlan, JCR President

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