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Award-winning accommodation

Last Updated: 06 August 2020

Student accommodation at Lancaster is regularly commended for its quality and value, with both on-campus and off-campus accommodation available. Lancaster’s accommodation has won Best University Halls eight out of the past 10 years and retains the International Accommodation Quality for providers that achieve higher than 90% satisfaction from their overseas students.

Socially distant living arrangements

Student accommodation will be organised to comply with the latest UK government health advice. Students typically live in social groupings in University-owned, managed or approved residences. You will move in together on the same day and form a household that is ‘socially distanced’ from other groups of students living in other residences. For students with specific vulnerabilities to coronavirus (Covid-19) we will find the best solution to support you. Please contact us at if you have specific concerns. Hand sanitiser will be available in public buildings and you will be able to obtain masks to use from outlets on campus.

We are extending our arrivals period

We are planning to start arrivals a week earlier than normal to ensure students can access their rooms safely and have time to settle in. The arrivals period will therefore start on Saturday 19 September. You will not be charged extra if you are asked to arrive early. On arrival, your keys will be disinfected, and social distancing will be maintained when handing them over. For new students, accommodation contracts will only begin when students collect their keys, which means that if you need to move in later than expected, accommodation fees for the period before you arrive will be waived.

We are offering free self-isolation accommodation prior to the start of term

New and continuing students who are required to self-isolate upon travel to the UK due to UK government restrictions, can move into University accommodation from Monday 14 September and complete a 14-day isolation period before the term starts. No rent will be charged before Monday 28 September for this service. We will also support a 14-day isolation period from any arrival date during the first term. New students will receive information about this service in their accommodation offer letter. Continuing students are asked to email the Accommodation Office at if you wish to access this service.

Our accommodation offer

New undergraduates are guaranteed a room on campus if Lancaster is your first-choice University, you have firmly accepted an offer via UCAS, and you submit your application before Saturday 15 August. For postgraduates, we can guarantee you an offer of a room in accommodation owned, managed or approved by the University for the first year of your degree if you apply before Friday 31 July. Further information about rooms, colleges, and costs is available on our accommodation page or call our Accommodation Office on +44(0)1524 594910.

Supporting off campus living

For our students who choose to live off campus, you can still access all the available University services and facilities on campus and those available online. We have dedicated facilities, such as college kitchens, for you to use when on campus.

Our available accommodation consists of Lancaster University-owned, managed and approved properties and our Lancaster University Homes scheme means that all approved private properties meet our high standards.

All University-approved private landlords are provided with information on the latest UK government guidance and best practice relating to letting and managing properties safely, and all our approved private student halls are also accredited by the ANUK National Code, which offers additional protection in terms of safety and flexible booking policies, for added peace of mind.

If you are moving into a private property, we would advise that you speak to your landlord or tenancy agency about flexible arrivals and self-isolation. If you have any concerns, you can also speak to the Students’ Union or College staff, who are on hand to support all our off-campus students. The Accommodation Team can offer advice should you choose to live in a Lancaster University Homes approved property.