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Colleges and Community

Nine colleges - one home

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Illustration by BA Hons Film Studies student Abbie Flaherty

Central to the Lancaster University experience

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 Grizedale College student and Digital Content Ambassador 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.

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Our students' experiences

Listen to our students describing their experiences of the Lancaster community: the societies they join, the people they meet, and the friendships they make.

Your community

There are so many members of the Lancaster University community that leave a footprint on the hearts of others, and are remembered by our students long after they leave Lancaster. Our college porters are a friendly face and a first point of contact in colleges for our students, 24 hours a day.

In this video, Lonsdale College student and Digital Content Ambassador Chelsey wanted to thank Paul for his help and support when she moved to Lancaster.

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Maddy's experience - County College

"The college experience was great right away as a fresher. I loved that each college had its own events and sense of community. We very quickly became really close, like a little family. As a first experience living away from home, I couldn't have asked for more. It was nice to have the kitchen/living area to socialise and my own room for when I wanted to study and be alone. It's great being back on campus for my third year. I'm still living with friends I lived with in my first year, as well as new people - so even now, I'm still making great friends!"