A warm welcome to our new students
Our new student welcome will take place over an extended period to allow for safe and well-organised arrivals onto the Lancaster campus. It will begin on Saturday 19 September for most students, with those students requiring self-isolation able to arrive earlier (please see above). On arrival, each student will be welcomed by their college and assisted with moving safely and smoothly into their accommodation.
For those unable to join us on campus in September, a warm welcome will await you later in the year and, before then, where possible, you will be able to commence your studies online - please refer to our flexible arrival information above. When you are able to join us in Lancaster, steps will be taken to ensure this is done safely.
Students who will live in University-managed accommodation will receive details of their move-in date following their offer of accommodation. These instructions will also provide information on what to do next if you are unable to arrive on the day you have been allocated, and what to do if you need to make arrangements for self-isolation.
For all 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. If you are asked to arrive early, you will not be charged until Saturday 26 September.
Following initial arrival, there will be a mix of online events and activities, including advice and information on health, safety, wellbeing and additional training regarding precautions related to coronavirus (Covid-19). Where possible, there will also be in-person events for small groups to enable new students to meet each other in a safe way. In each college, there will also be a programme of social events organised and offered by Junior Common Room (JCR) student representatives.
A timetable for welcome events and activities will be published on our welcome pages at the end of August, to reflect fully the UK Government safety guidelines that are in place at that time.
Social distancing will be maintained through a range of mechanisms. This includes a full risk assessment for our spaces across the entire campus, including the social spaces in our colleges. Groups will be organised to keep within the limits set by government experts, and information will be provided to students on arrival regarding how to maintain social distancing at social events. Advisory information will be backed up by clear signage at the relevant locations. Student representatives and staff from each college will oversee each event to ensure that safe social distancing is maintained.
Lancaster is a global community, and each year we offer a warm welcome to remote students who learn through our distance programmes. This year, due to travel issues caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we will also offer a remote welcome to those students who will join us on campus later in the academic year. All our students are encouraged to take part in our online welcome activities, to connect with our staff and students and join the community of which we are so proud.
Our commitments are based on our best understanding of what the situation is likely to be when you arrive. We may need to change or adapt some elements of our plans as the situation changes in the UK and around the world. Please ensure you check this page regularly for any updates as we will add additional information as more is known here and at www.lancaster.ac.uk/coronavirus.