A group of students sitting around benches inside Barker House Farm

Colleges and community

At the heart of your Lancaster University experience.

Nine colleges. One home.

An illustration of nine different students

Illustration by BA Hons Film Studies student Abbie Flaherty

When you arrive, university can seem like a buzzing town where everyone else knows where they're going. It can take a while to get your bearings, but your college is there from day one. It's your base on campus, a place you can put down roots, your home.

For most students, your college is also your accommodation for the first year, but it's more than just a place to stay, it's where you'll study and socialise too. You can meet your friends in the social space or join in your college's events and activities such as quizzes, live performances or even cooking classes. If you live off campus, or move into the city in your second year, your college is still yours, wherever you're staying.

You'll make friends through your course and any societies you might join too, but your college is a ready-made set of friends. You'll live together, compete together in intercollege competitions and most people find these are the friendships that last the longest.

During your time at Lancaster, your college offers the first port of call for any support. There are staff on duty round the clock, ready to help, whether it's a friendly word of advice, or something more serious.

Once you have your degree, you'll leave Lancaster University behind, but you'll always belong to your college.

What does it mean to be part of a college?

You'll hear a lot about our colleges, but what will it actually mean to you when you're studying at Lancaster? Third-year student Abbie explains what it means to her to be part of a college, how your college supports you, and how being part of your college can help you build your Lancaster community.

Student voices

The colleges

Visit our college websites to find out more about each one.

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