Choose your college and accommodation

Before you arrive you will be invited to apply for accommodation on campus for your first year at Lancaster. Undergraduates will also be invited to apply to a college while all postgraduates become Grad College members

Our collegiate system

Lancaster University is proud to be one of a handful of universities in the UK to operate a collegiate system. There are nine colleges in total – eight for undergraduates and one for postgraduates.

Choosing a college

When you are invited to apply for accommodation, you will also be asked to choose a preferred college. This applies to all undergraduates, including those who choose not to live on campus.

Colleges are communities. As well as containing accommodation, they also offer social and sporting activities, regular college trips and inter-college competitions. To find out more about the individual colleges at Lancaster University visit the Collegiate System webpage or take a look at this quick explainer video.

Off-campus students

One of our main aims is for all students to have a great experience here at Lancaster, and we would like to ensure you feel part of a community even though you may not be living on campus. With this in mind, undergraduates who plan to live off-campus may wish to consider choosing either Fylde or Lonsdale College when completing their applications as they are working together to provide activities and events specifically aimed at off-campus students.

Fylde is a vibrant, multicultural college that prides itself on providing a family feel and which supports all students in achieving their potential. Lonsdale is one of the founding colleges of the University and has a rich history of enabling and supporting students to have a fantastic experience during their studies.

Both colleges have facilities such as quiet/social study spaces, kitchens and lockers, which are handy for students who live off campus. Please be assured, though, that whichever of the nine colleges you join, you'll receive a warm welcome and plenty of opportunities to socialise, attend events and become a member of your college community.


We invite all new students to apply to live on campus when they accept an offer of a place - take a look at the Accommodation website to see the types of accommodation available and prices.

If you have received an offer you will be asked to secure it by paying a deposit and accepting the terms of the offer, by the dates specified.

Please note that campus accommodation is fully subscribed for 2019-20 and if you have not yet arranged your accommodation take a look at our Lancaster University Homes website, where you can find University-approved private accommodation.

Fees and Council Tax

Accommodation fees can be paid through our online payments portal once you have received your invoice. For details of what will be provided in your accommodation as well as information on maintenance, cleaning, terms and conditions and more take a look at the Residents' Handbook (PDF). Once you have been accepted into a college, those beginning courses in 2019 will receive confirmation and be required to pay a college membership fee of £36 for undergraduates and research students and £12 for those on one-year courses. For students starting in 2020 the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses. Fees for students starting in 2021 have not yet been set. Find out more including how to pay. Please also be aware that if you live in campus accommodation you do not have to pay Council Tax, and the council will already have been sent your details, so you don't need to apply for an exemption. Find out more about Council Tax reductions and exemptions including for students who live off-campus.

City housing

Lancaster University also runs a scheme that helps students find good quality private housing in the city. Visit Lancaster University Homes for more information.

Find out more

For more guidance, please see the Accommodation website, or call our hotline number: 01524 594910.