Frequently Asked Questions
The below sections provide the answers to some of the most common questions about attending a Summer School at Lancaster University.
Why should I come to a Summer School?
A Lancaster University Summer School provides you with a fantastic opportunity to experience what it is like to be a university student and to help you decide whether university could be the right step for you in the future.
During the week you will experience a range of academic and skills workshops, developing key skills for both your current studies and your future. You will have the chance to meet Lancaster University staff and student ambassadors as well as students from across the country. You will also find out about student life and sample the University’s sporting and social facilities – after all, being a student isn’t just about studying!
How much does a Summer School cost?
Our Summer Schools are completely free for eligible students to attend. Everything you need including accommodation, food and all activities if provided for you throughout the week.
You may wish to bring a small amount of money if you wish to purchase any extra drinks, snacks or souvenirs during the week.
What will I do during a Summer School?
You will be involved in a wide range of activities during the course of the week, all of which are designed to give you a taste of life at university. All the activities are designed to be a fun and active introduction to what you can expect from university.
During the day you will work with your chosen department on a variety of group and independent tasks as part of an assigned project. This could include lectures and seminars as well as time to study independently. During the day, you will be expected to attend all timetabled sessions - you cannot opt in or out.
In the evenings we will have a variety of social activities on offer, led by your Student Ambassadors, to give you a chance to relax and experience the social side of university. These are all optional, so if you are worried about catching up on revision, you will have the chance in the evenings.
Where would I stay during a Summer School?
You will be staying in our award winning student accommodation with other students who are attending the residential and will have your own en-suite room, meaning that you won't have to share a bedroom or bathroom with anyone during your time on campus. Flats will be single-sex and will be supervised by a student ambassador who will be available to assist you if you need anything overnight.
All meals are provided free of charge with a hot meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Before you arrive, you will be asked to provide details of any dietary requirements that will be catered to during your stay. You may wish to bring some money for snacks outside of meal times.
Who is involved in the Summer Schools?
Our Summer Schools invite students from across the country to attend so you have a great chance to meet new people and make some new friends as you work with them over the course of the week. The Summer Schools run alongside each other, so whilst there may be up to 100 people overall your subject groups will be much smaller with around 10-15 students per group.
All academic sessions are led by current Lancaster University staff and researchers and offer a great chance to ask questions and find out more about the University.
Throughout the week you will be accompanied by our student ambassadors who will support and guide you at all times, making sure you are safe and enjoying your week. They are all current students and are happy to help and answer any questions you might have about studying at Lancaster or university generally.
What do I need to bring to a Summer School?
You will need to bring:
- Casual clothes for the duration of the Summer School – make sure you have something suitable for outdoor and social activities as well as day to day clothes. You will need comfortable shoes as you will be walking around the campus between activities.
- Coat and Jumpers – remember it is the British Summer!
- Towels and toiletries: soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, shampoo, hairbrush etc.
- Any medication you may need to take during the residential.
You may wish to bring
- A small amount of money for snacks and drinks.
- Your mobile phone (and charger).
You will not need to bring
- A sleeping bag or any bed linen – bedding is provided.
- Lots of money – the cost of all activities and meals is covered for you.
Where is it and how do I get there?
The city of Lancaster is in the North West of England, in the north of the county of Lancashire. Lancaster University is a campus university, which means all the facilities are on one site, which is just outside the city itself.
There will be free coaches provided from London and Birmingham to bring you to the Summer Schools taking place in July and more information will be released about these at a later date. However, you do not have to use these to travel to Lancaster – you can also make your own way. When you are offered a place on a Summer School, you will be asked for your travel preferences.
Lancaster sits on the West Coast mainline with fast, easy train connections to most of the UK. On arrival, our ambassadors will be there to greet you and assist with luggage and we will provide free transport from the station to the University campus.
Our campus sits close to the M6 motorway and is easy to access by car. You will be provided with details of the exact drop-off location nearer the time. Our ambassadors will be situated at key points to help you find a suitable car parking spot and help you find your way to check in.
What is expected of me during a Summer School?
Our Summer Schools allow you time away from home and give you a great sense of responsibility and independence. As a result we have certain expectations of you to make sure everyone has an enjoyable and safe week. All University staff and students must abide by the University rules and we will expect you to do the same.
On arrival you will be provided with a code of conduct outlining these rules and our expectations of you throughout the Summer School, they are mostly common sense and exist for your safety and enjoyment. We will ask you to sign a copy of this code of conduct before the Summer School begins.
We also expect you to come with an open mind, a willingness to get involved and ready to have fun!
How does the application process work?
We take applications for our Summer Schools using an online application form. This forms asks for basic details about yourself, your eligibility to attend and the qualifications you are studying. We also ask you to provide a reference both from a parent/guardian and from a teacher/staff at school or college.
We will review applications on a monthly basis and offer places on the Summer Schools on a rolling basis as they approach. The Summer Schools vary in size and popularity and we advise you get your application in as early as possible.
If you have any questions about the application form, or would like it in an alternative format please let us know using the details below.
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