at Lancaster University


at Lancaster University

Quality and choice

Our campus accommodation is located within our colleges. We have eight undergraduate colleges to choose from and a dedicated college for postgraduates – Graduate College.

We offer 6,700 bed spaces for undergraduates, postgraduates and families within our colleges.

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The University also has halls in the city at Chancellor’s Wharf for postgraduate or continuing undergraduate students. We also have an accreditation scheme for private-sector housing in the city.

Most first-year undergraduate students choose to live on campus, where you’ll find accommodation to suit different preferences and budgets. Choose from self-contained studios or shared flats and houses.

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A row of houses with shared facilities in Grizedale College accommodation.

A row of houses with shared facilities in Grizedale College accommodation.

A shared kitchen in a County Townhouse.

A shared kitchen in a County Townhouse.

A shared kitchen in a County Townhouse.

The open plan kitchen, dining and lounge space in a Townhouse.

The open plan kitchen, dining and lounge space in a Townhouse.

The open plan kitchen, dining and lounge space in a Townhouse.

A typical studio bedroom.

A typical studio bedroom.

Our accommodation is nestled in our green campus.

Our accommodation is nestled in our green campus.

An adapted bedroom in Grizedale College.

An adapted bedroom in Grizedale College.

An adapted bedroom in Grizedale College.

A typical en suite bathroom.

A typical en suite bathroom.

A typical en suite bathroom.

A typical bedroom in a County Townhouse, with shared facilities.

A typical bedroom in a County Townhouse, with shared facilities.

“I lived on campus during my first year, and it was fantastic. Exploring the campus was a delight. It was very safe at any time, day or night. Being close to the library, classes, and lectures made the overall living experience practical and enjoyable.”

Lameeya Bandukwala

En suite bedrooms in a shared flat

Flats with en suite bedrooms are available in all colleges. Much of this accommodation is newly built, but older residences are also popular as they offer a slightly cheaper en suite option.

En suites contain a shower, toilet and washbasin. Flats typically contain between 4 to 8 bedrooms and, therefore, kitchens are shared between 4 to 8 students.

Costs for the 2024/25 academic year

En suite bedrooms cost from £165.06 to £191.10 per week, with most costing £191.10 per week. The contract length is 40 weeks.

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Flats with shared facilities

Bowland, County, Furness, Grizedale, Pendle and Graduate colleges offer a variety of flats with bedrooms containing a wash basin.

Flats accommodate up to 12 students who share a kitchen. Up to 6 students share toilet and shower facilities. Most flats have been fully refurbished. County and Bowland colleges also offer flats with a lounge area.

Costs for the 2024/25 academic year

Bedrooms cost between £129.71 and £157.29 per week on a 40-week contract.

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Houses with shared facilities

Our houses make up part of County and Grizedale College’s accommodation. Each four-storey house has 12 bedrooms and six shower rooms on the upper floors.

The ground floor has a large open-plan kitchen/living/dining area, with patio doors leading to a small garden terrace.

Our houses on campus are a great option if your budget doesn’t stretch to an en suite bedroom, as there is one shower room for every two bedrooms.

Costs for the 2024/25 academic year

Bedrooms cost £172.13 per week on a 40-week contract.

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Self-contained studio

Located in Grizedale, Pendle and Graduate colleges, our self-contained studios feature:

  • an en suite with a shower toilet and washbasin
  • a small kitchenette and dining table
  • a 3/4 size bed (120cm wide x 190cm in length).

As there are no communal areas in these buildings, they are more suited to those who prefer an independent style of living. A handful of studios are larger and suitable for two occupants.

Prices for the 2024/25 academic year

A single studio costs £223.93 per week, with a twin studio costing £253.54 (or £126.77 per person) per week. The contract length is 40 weeks.

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“I love the balance of the environmental aspects and the modern buildings. I like that we have a 24 hour library, I love to study there at night when it’s quiet. The campus has so much green space, which is nice for taking a break from studying.”

Jade Yeung 

What you need to know

Catering packages

Most of our accommodation is self-catering, but catered packages are available. The package includes breakfast, lunch, or dinner every day during term time and Welcome week (though your accommodation contract still covers vacation periods).

Catering costs for the academic year 2024/25

All bedrooms in the catered scheme are en suite. The weekly cost of catered accommodation in Cartmel, County and Lonsdale colleges is £256.20, and £230.16 in Bowland.


We have a variety of adapted rooms on campus and can normally accommodate special requirements. Please notify us of any special circumstances regarding disabilities, medical conditions and allergies when you apply for accommodation.

We can prioritise your application for accommodation if you provide us with information about a disability or impairment. Please advise us as soon as possible about any such needs to maximise the possibility of us finding you a suitable room.

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Accommodation charges include heating, lighting, electricity, Wi-Fi and 24-hour security during term time.

A basic insurance premium covers your possessions up to the value of £10,000, and you can opt to extend coverage if you choose. Bicycles are also covered up to the value of £400.

A basic cleaning service is provided in communal kitchens and shower rooms (not en suites) in shared flats. In our houses, only the ground floor communal kitchen/living areas are cleaned – not the upstairs shower rooms. You are responsible for keeping your own bedroom clean. As they offer a more independent style of living, there is no cleaning service in studios or family flats.

A dedicated accommodation manager for each college means that there’s always a friendly face to approach at any time.

Booking your room

Our booking process is entirely online. We will invite you to create an account and then submit an application for accommodation and college membership - we’ll ask for your two preferred colleges.

Postgraduate accommodation on-campus is located in the Graduate College and offers a variety of living options.

When we make you an offer of accommodation, this will be sent by email. You will be invited to view the details and pay a £200 deposit to accept it.

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After your first year

We have around 1,400 bedrooms on campus available for continuing students each year. Demand remains high so unfortunately, we can’t offer any guarantees. Lancaster University Homes has all the advice, guidance and information you need to find somewhere to live after your first year.

Lancaster University Homes

Most Lancaster students decide to live in the city after their first year. Lancaster University Homes is the only accreditation service recognised by both the University and Lancaster City Council, and all properties have been checked for quality, safety and management practice. In this expanding sector, there are currently over 600 student houses and flats containing around 2,500 bedrooms, plus around 2,500 bedrooms in city halls listed.

You can be safe in the knowledge that all properties in the scheme have been inspected to ensure that they meet current legislation, as well as our own standards. Your Lancaster University Homes landlord will have signed up to our student-friendly code of practice, your deposit is protected as required by law, and we can even step in to offer help and advice if you run into problems.

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Family accommodation

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We have a range of accommodation suitable for families, from one-bedroom flats ideal for couples to three-bedroom family homes.

The convenience of being within easy reach of the departments and the library means that you can arrange your own study pattern around your family life without having to worry about travelling to and from the University.

For those with children, there are schools within a short distance and a pre-school centre on the campus.

For more information, take a look at our Families with Children page.

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Explore further

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Find out more

Learn more about accommodation at Lancaster, including our accommodation FAQs.

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Explore the Campus

You’ll learn in well-equipped, modern teaching and study spaces designed to facilitate your development.

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Explore the city

Beyond Lancaster's campus, you can explore the historic city, stunning coastline, and picturesque Lake District.