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 Graduate 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.

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, Lonsdale or Pendle College when completing their applications as they are working together to provide activities and events specifically aimed at off-campus students.

All colleges have facilities such as quiet/social study spaces, kitchens and lockers, which are handy for students who live off campus. Please be assured 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.

Fees and Council Tax

Accommodation fees can be paid through our Payment Portal once you have received your invoice. Once you have been accepted into a college, those beginning courses in 2022 will receive confirmation and be required to pay a college membership fee. For students starting in 2022, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students, and £15 for students on one-year courses. 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.