Cost and Accommodation

Fees & Funding

Please find below information about tuition fees and additional costs that students should be aware of when studying at Lancaster University.

How much will it cost?

Tuition fees for 2019/20

Academic Year (October to June)


30-32 US semester credits/60-64 ECTS credits

Michaelmas term (October to December)


12 US semester credits/24 ECTS credits

Lent/Summer (January to June)


16-20 US semester credits/32-40 ECTS credits

If you are a student coming from one of Lancaster’s exchange partners, or an Erasmus student from one of our partner universities, you pay fees to your home university and none to Lancaster University.

Other costs


Single study bedroom (private shower room)

£122.92 - £144.97 per week

Single study bedroom (shared bathroom)

£88.83 - £117.25 per week


from £50 per week

Housing deposit and insurance**


College membership (for social activities)


'Purple Card' - student discount card


Sports Centre membership

various packages available

** This is refundable, subject to an end of tenancy room inspection and the return of your keys.

You will also need to budget for:

  • health insurance if you are attending Lancaster for less than 6 months
  • visa
  • travel costs to and from Lancaster
  • textbooks
  • vacation and weekend travel
  • entertainment
  • telephone; laundry; cooking and eating utensils; and other personal expenses. These will obviously vary widely according to your budget, tastes and requirements.

Find out more information about accommodation and living costs.

Accommodation and the College System

Lancaster is one of a small number of UK universities to have a collegiate system. The Colleges are more than halls of residence. They are one of the most distinctive and valued features of the University – eight individual communities with their own identity, administration, student executive, social scene and facilities.

Our accommodation has won ‘Best University Halls’ in the 2016 National Student Housing Survey from over 200 UK institutions, for the 6th year running. Our rooms are single study bedrooms and vary in type from standard, superior and en-suite. You can find out more about the different types of accommodation and the costs. All accommodation has well equipped shared kitchens and there is a catered option in some colleges.

Students from outside Europe

Students coming to study at Lancaster from outside Europe are guaranteed a single study bedroom on campus provided you apply by the deadline. The Accommodation Office will send you information about how to apply after you have accepted your offer to study at Lancaster.

Accommodation Fees

Please make sure you know if you are paying the accommodation bill yourself or whether your home university will pay it on your behalf as arrangements can vary.

Erasmus+ students

It is not always possible to accommodate Erasmus+ students on campus but they are encouraged to apply so that we can offer support in finding accommodation off-campus. It is likely that we will be able to find accommodation with one of our approved partners.

If you wish to make your own accommodation arrangements, visit Lancaster University Homes. This is the best place to start your search and you will find advice and information as well as current adverts for properties from approved providers.

Students who do not live in University accommodation will still be a member of a College.