When I first applied to go to Lancaster I didn't really want to go to uni' and only want because my sister had gone a few years before. So when i got my form asking for me to choose my accommodation, I put down that I didn't mind which college. Looking back that was a great decision! I probably wouldn't have chosen Lonsdale on paper, it's one of the smaller and older of the colleges but I ended up having three of the best years of my life there. It's got a great friendly atmosphere and you'll make loads of friends on the first day - I promise! of course there are lots of other choices, there are 9 colleges in all and each has their own halls, some are more expensive than others but they are all a reasonable standard and most have a wash basin in the room which is handy. Whichever one you live in, you'll be convinced it was the best choice. One thing I would say if you do want to choose a college and not go for the lottery approach as I did, is to look where your lectures will be and choose one near there! There's nothing worse than living in Pendle and having 9am lectures in County (the other end of campus)- you will find this out and it's best to be prepared in advance! In all, don't listen to what people say about uni halls - of course they're not like home and no, the showers are not always pleasant. But if you want to be a 'real' student, don't pay the extra for an en-suite bathroom or any other luxuries - you'll end up thinking you've missed out!
Lancaster Uni is great, so, if you've chosen to come here then you're going to have a fab time! The uni is split up into 8 colleges (Plus Graduate) for administration and residential purposes. Each college has it's own JCR (Junior Common Room) with executive comittee that organise all the fun aspects of life in the college and lots of people to make sure everything else runs smoothly. All rooms are heated, have a bed, desk, wardrobe (some lockable), and shelves. Some have a sink and a mirror.Kitchens are equipped with fridges (if you're lucky, a freezer) a microwave, a cooker, a proper sink, table, chairs and enough storage space for all people. You even get a cleaner that sorts out communal areas!!!! You will have to pay a deposit of £82.80 which includes insurance for belongings up to £3000. You will get it back if you're room is left in a decent condition! Here's the options... COUNTY The architecture of County College was copied from a European Prison, it looks grim apart from the beautiful oak tree in the middle of the college. The rooms are spacious with a sink and window seat. You will share a kitchen with approximately 26 people. Sounds alot, but there is more than one cooker and sink! There is also accommodation in County West, but this is reserved for final year and mature students. The rooms are smaller but it is a quiter block. Cost (per week in all cases): £45.15 CARTMEL This is my college. I chose it because it was near to the music rooms. It's pretty and away from the centre of campus. The rooms are either new en-suite rooms sharing a kitchen with 4 or with a sink and approx 11 people per kitchen and 2 bathrooms. The blocks are usually split males ground floor, females top floor and mixed in the middle floor. Cost: Standard £40.95 En-suite £60.55 LONSDALE The residence blocks in Lonsdale are above t
he academic departments. Everything else is the same as Cartmel.. BOWLAND If you have gone past Lancaster Uni on the M6 you will have seen Bowland Tower. Some students live here, although selected very carefully. It is almost common for students to commit suicide from throwing themselves off the tower. If you do want the spectacular views of the Lakes, countryside and coast and you're mentally stable, Bowland Tower is great. Other Bowland accommodation is situated around Alexandra Square and is constantly noisy. My advice is not to live there unless you're the one making the noise! Cost: Tower £43.75 Standard £40.95 En-Suite £60.55 FURNESS Very similar to Cartmel except more central. There are new rooms which are not en-suite but share a kitchen with only 4. Cost: New £46.55 Standard £40.95 FYLDE The sporting college, situated next to the sports centre has only standard rooms, again sharing with up to 11 per kitchen and 2 bathrooms. Cost: £42.35 GRIZEDALE Further from the centre of campus, but seems a bit dingy to me. It only has standard rooms and a few flats. Cost: £43.75 PENDLE Pendle is a new college and has new bigger rooms. The kitchen is shared between eight and the toilets and bathrooms are lovely. Also attached to Pendle is the George Fox building, lectures downstairs, accommodation upstairs. These rooms are the same standard as Pendle but possibly bigger. There are both en-suite and standard rooms. En-suite is really not necessary in this college the blocks are nice anyway. Cost: Standard £46.55 En-Suite £60.55 Apart from the rooms there are a limited amount of flats, ususally avaiable to mature students, staff, families or special cases. They vary in size and amount of rooms, but there is something suitable for everyone! The cost starts at £66.15 per week for a sma
ll flatlet. So which do you choose??? Common sense will guide you as far as location and cost are concerned. My recommendations are: Pendle for it's views and good rooms, Cartmel or Furness as they're good colleges, adn Fylde if you're sporty. The others are pretty average. I would avoid Bowland...but some people like it! Additional information can be found on the website (www.lancs.ac.uk) or in the prospectus. Have a great time wherever you decide to live...but watch out, I'll be living in Cartmel next year!!!!!
Lancaster comprises of 9 different colleges, you live in your college and each college has different accomodation, some better than others, but in each case the atmosphere is brilliant. Also in each halls there is a bar....so it can't be too bad. None of the halls are catered, but there is a "silver card" deal or a "gold card" deal, which means that you can get your meals from Cartmel restaurant, which is close to all halls, so its pretty handy if you can't/won't cook. I am in my second year now and live in town, which is also wicked, but we still reminisce about the quality times we had in our halls. I lived in County, which meant that there were 26 in my kitchen, which does sound like a lot, but the kitchen was PLENTY big enough and had just been refurbished....its a shame the toilets hadn't, its a bit strange going to the loo next to someone like at school, but you soon get used to it. The rooms in county aren't exactly big, but they are big enough to live in, with a window seat, a desk and wardrobe and a sink they are good, and the corridors are friendly and basically the atmposhere is really good. Also the 26 to a kitchen means that you don't ever get lonely which is a bonus. I'm going on what I've seen of my friend's rooms here... ok, Cartmel. Cartmel rooms are bigger than countys and there are less to a kitchen as cartmel have a flat system going on really, which is cool, but they put 1st years together with 3rd years, which means that the 3rd years can be a bit annoying telling the 1st years to shut up, but usually the 3rd years go out just as much as the first years so its wicked. Also the bathrooms are better in Cartmel, there are no communal showers, just seperate rooms which is wicked. Lonsdale has a really nice bar...but i don't really know about the rooms, apart from that there aren't that many to a kitchen, it might be 8 but i'm not sure, but my friend says
they're "livable" andseems to have had a wicked time there....so sorry, don't really know much. Bowland rooms are a bit minging...there is another review about bowland on here, they have big kitchens where you can see out onto the square....but then bowland also has a big tower, which is aparantly really cramped and a bit weird....but i haven't been up, sorry! Furness rooms are in blocks and these rooms are quite big, and nice, but the kitchens are quite small, but that doesn't matter as there aren't that many people to a kitchen. Fylde rooms are an alright size, they're quite nice, but sorry again! i don't know what the kitchens are like, the toilets seem alright though. Pendle rooms are REALLY nice, they're big, and new and have nice toilets and George fox rooms are to die for... no. really. they're gorgeous.....well as gorgeous as student digs can be. Grizedale rooms are the smallest and have bricks like a prison for walls, but they're not THAT small, they're ok to live in, and the kitchens are quite big, and the toilets are actually communal ones, but its ok, as not too many people are in a corridor so its not a problem. All in all the rooms on campus as a bit hit and miss, but this doesn't deter from the atmoshere on campus and being able to go down to the bar without even putting your shoes on is also an advantage. If you want comfort and luxury get into george fox its a bit more expensive but if you think its worth it then you shouldn't mind that. The price of most rooms is around £42 which is really cheap compared with what my other mates at other universitys are paying and if you want a good time just try any of them as thats guaranteed anywhere.
That probably sounds harsh and over dramatic. But let me set the scene. The cars packed up with all your junk that you wouldn't be able to survive without and you are ready to leave for the University of your choice. Mine was Lancaster. What a foolish girl I was. My home for my first year was to be Bowland College, which I later came to think of as a den of evil and despair.When the lovely porter, Colin showed to my corridor my mother unlocked the door to my new home and there it was.PRISON. My room looked like something from porridge only worse. The walls were decorated in the fashion of spearmint polos. I felt as if my life had ended and I was in striplighted hell. After some beverages at the bar on my first night I realised that my life had really just begun I had freedom which is what everyone craved and the student kitchness of my new living quarters was bearable even though Pendle college looked like a palace compared to Bowland. The moral behind this opinion is not, as you may have thought, that alcohol will solve all problems, its that you make the best of what you have got. Going to University was the best thing that ever could have happened to me and if I had to live in a hovel well it only added to my life experience and has helped me appreciate the good things in life. So on your first day of university don't run away try and look on the bright side. Good Luck and Goodbye. P.S Don't pick Bowland College.
Lancaster University is a campus university, with the campus set about 2 miles outside the city of Lancaster on a hill. All first years are guaranteed accomodation on campus, and a substantial number of third years return to live on campus. Accomodation at Lancaster is based around a collegiate system: there are 9 colleges each of them with their own bar! The colleges vary in quality, some are quite old, some modern. Graduate college is for graduates only. Pendle college is the most modern of the colleges, with 8 people to a corridor, sharing kitchen and bathroom facilities. Security wise because each corridor is lockable and not accessible from any other corridor. George Fox, which is a part of Pendle, is en-suite, therefore more expensive, and has a more open access corridor plan (people can get from one corridor to another easily). Grizedale, Fylde and Furness have slightly longer corridors and are somewhat older, Furness having the advantage of being quite close to the centre of the uni though. Bowland is probably the closest to the centre, near the main lecture theatres as well as the shops, post office etc. Along with Lonsdale they are the oldest colleges, and are very open access. Each corridor has about 10 people on it, but any of the 80 or so people on the same floor can get onto your corridor and potentially steal your food. Nevertheless I like Bowland and think it's a nice friendly college. Cartmel I don't know much about, it's similar to Furness It think. And finally County bar. It's on the other end of campus to Pendle, and it one of the oldest colleges, with 20 odd to a kitchen. The college has good character though and a very lively bar.