Arrivals Weekend

If you plan to live on campus and your course begins in October, you are invited to move in on Arrivals Weekend. Undergraduate students living off campus should also visit to attend their College Welcome Talks.


  • Moving in

    Arrivals Weekend is Saturday 26th September and Sunday 27th September 2020. The specific day you should arrive depends on your college:

    Saturday 26th September: Bowland, Cartmel, Furness, Grizedale and Graduate Colleges.
    Sunday 27th September: County, Fylde, Lonsdale, Pendle and Graduate Colleges.

    Students begin moving in on arrivals day from 10am. The first thing you will need to do is collect your keys and settle in - you can select a timeslot in which to collect your key in the Accommodation Induction which is issued in mid-September to students who have completed online registration. If you are living on campus you will want to know how to connect your laptop, PC or other device securely to the University network. You can find out how on the Connect to IT page

    If you are living on campus and can’t get here on the specified arrival day for your college, then get in touch with your Accommodation Manager and let them know your expected arrival date. Please note that early arrivals in campus accommodation are not possible.

  • Getting around

    You'll no doubt want to explore campus and the local area soon after you arrive.

    You can find everything from campus maps to city bus routes on the Maps and Travel page.

    There is more information on what is available to make it easy for you to move between campus and the city centre on the Commuting to Campus page.

  • College Welcome talks

    Each undergraduate college hosts its own Welcome Talk on their main arrival day – details of times for each college will be available on the Welcome Week schedule. All new students including those who do not live on campus in their first year are required to attend this talk. As well as finding out what’s in store for the week ahead, you will discover more about what your college has to offer. You will be introduced to other students and members of the college staff, all of whom will be an integral part of your time at Lancaster.

  • Parents' Reception

    Parents and carers can come along to the Parents’ Reception during Arrivals Weekend for complimentary refreshments with fellow parents and our family programme team. At the reception you will be able to pick up other useful information about student services, the local area and arts and sports facilities.

    Presentations take place at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm in the George Fox Building on 26th and 27th September 2020.

  • Council Tax

    Do I have to pay Council Tax?

    If you live in campus accommodation you do not have to pay Council Tax.

    If you are privately renting and everyone who lives in the house is a full-time student, you do not have to pay Council Tax.

    If someone lives in your house who is not a full-time student, then you may still qualify for a 25% discount off your Council Tax.

    How does the Council know whether to charge me?

    At the start of each academic year Lancaster University gives the Council a list of all the current full-time students living off-campus.

    It is your responsibility to tell the University and the Council your correct term-time address - the easiest way to do this is when you complete registration (or re-registration if you are a continuing student).

    If you will be living outside of Lancaster, you will need a Registration Certificate. You can order this from the Document Ordering section within your Student Portal after you have registered with the University.

    How can I find out more?

    For more information about Council Tax in Lancaster please visit the Lancaster City Council website.

    For general information about Council Tax in the UK visit GOV.UK