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Useful Information

Travel

Lancaster University is an extremely well connected campus with plenty of bus routes, taxi ranks and a cycle route that runs from Lancaster city centre into campus. For further details on travel, including maps, please visit the University’s travel web page.

By bus

There is a regular bus service from Lancaster University campus, with bus stops located around Alexandra Park, and the main stops at the University Underpass and outside the Sports Centre.

Bus timetables can be found on the Stagecoach website. Information about buses can also be found on the iLancaster App. You can buy termly or annual bus pass which will save you money if you are using the buses frequently – these are available from the Students’ Union. Find out more about bus travel here.

By bike

There is a signposted cycle route between campus and the city centre. It is a good route to follow as it uses dedicated cycle track, and quieter roads than the main A6.

If you are cycling please be sure to familiarise yourself with UK laws. You should consult the Highway Code. You should not ride on footpaths. We also highly recommend you also invest in front and rear lights, a helmet, hi-visibility reflective clothing, some waterproofs, a pump, and a bike lock.

Find out more about commuting by bicycle.

By foot

Walking to campus from Lancaster city centre takes approximately an hour at an unhurried pace, following the A6. There are prettier, longer routes, such as along the canal, but these can get extremely muddy so make sure you save these walks for a nice day. Find out more about walking routes to and from campus.

By car

Visitor car parking is available on campus 24/7 and is free after 6pm and at weekends. For information please visit the Car Parking webpage.

Taxis

Taxi ranks approved by the local authority are available on campus at the following locations:

  • Bowland Avenue South outside the Chaplaincy Centre
  • Alexandra Park Drive by the Lonsdale College Bus Stop

Find out more.

Graduate College Town Houses

Reporting a fault

During the year, if you need to report a fault such as a light bulb needing replacing, or your central heating not working, you should do so through the LU Fix button on the iLancaster app.

Post

‌The address for all letters and parcels while you are living in Graduate College is:

Your full name in English
Your house, flat and room number
Graduate College
Lancaster University
Alexandra Park
Lancaster LA2 0PF
United Kingdom

Letters will be placed in your mailbox (in the reception area) which you should check at least once a week. You can collect a key for your mailbox from the Porters’ Lodge after 7pm a few days after you arrive.

All parcels, packages, registered items (such as visas and passports or things you need to sign for) are kept in the Porters’ Lodge for security and can be collected daily, usually after 3pm once that day’s mail has arrived and been sorted.

If you are expecting a parcel, please make sure you collect it as quickly as possible as the Porters do not have much space for storage.

If you are leaving the College and having your belongings collected by a courier firm, or shipping overseas, then you will need to arrange this yourself, and stay with your items until they are collected. The porter cannot store, or take responsibility for your boxes. If you have friends shipping things as well, then perhaps you could work together to get them all collected at the same time?

Graduate College students

Living together

When you’re living with other people, and sharing facilities with them, you need to be extra aware of how your behaviour affects them. Here is a brief summary of the sort of things people have the most difficulties with and some tips on how you can avoid being a bad neighbour:

  • Door slamming is a problem in some of the residences, especially in the warmer months when windows are open. Our advice (especially after 10pm) is to hold the handle until the door is fully closed each time you go through, a moment of your time will be most appreciated by a sleeping neighbour.
  • Loud conversations at night can be very disturbing, especially if your neighbours are trying to sleep. We advise using a headset (rather that speaker and mic) on Skype, and taking any late night conversations or academic work to the common room or social spaces located around campus
  • Sharing storage space in the kitchen (cupboards, fridges and freezer) will not be an issue as long as it is shared equally.
  • Using other people’s cooking and eating utensils without permission can be extremely disrespectful – especially if (for example) the owner is vegetarian and you are not. We advise always asking before you use something that is not your own.
  • Taking other people’s food without asking is also extremely disrespectful. We advise always asking first and always replacing whatever you take quickly.
  • Inviting friends over for a meal without letting flatmates know in advance is one of the biggest causes of friction in communal flats. We advise always informing other flatmates of your plans and not eating as a group in the same kitchen more than once a week.
  • If you have requested to live in an all-female flat, you are not allowed male guests at any time. The only males that may enter the flat are members of staff carrying out their duties (security, repairs etc.)

A little thought goes a long way, so just remember that you all have equal rights to a pleasant living environment, which will aid you in achieving your best in your studies. If you are having any problems at all then do not hesitate to contact the Porters (01524 593194 from your mobile phone, 93194 from the internal phone on the ground floor of your building), or the College Deanery.