Accommodation for postgraduates
As a postgraduate student at LUMS, you have three main choices of accommodation:
- a room or self-contained studio in the University’s Graduate College
- a campus flat (for families) or flatlet (for couples)
- rented accommodation off-campus
The University’s social and recreational life is organised around a strong college system, and as a postgraduate student you will automatically become a member of the Graduate College, whether or not you choose to live on campus. This is a purpose-built college, at the south end of the campus and is where most postgraduate students choose to live.
The Graduate College is at the heart of a vibrant community of 2,000 postgraduate students from more than 100 different countries.
It provides many opportunities for you to socialise and share experiences, and is also a central part of your support network at Lancaster.
Most of the rooms in the College are en-suite, with private shower and toilet facilities. There are also a smaller number of standard rooms with shared bathrooms, and some slightly larger, higher-specification self-contained studios.
All rooms have data points for access to the internet, email, the library catalogues and the campus network.
There is also a telephone in each room. All cross-campus calls are free, and external call facilities are available on a pay per call basis.
Kitchens are typically shared by six to eight students and are equipped with a cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer. Students need to provide their own cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.
Some rooms are specially adapted for students with disabilities, including ground-floor rooms for wheelchair users or students with restricted mobility.
Social and study facilities include a common room, games room, PC lab, bar and TV room.
Students need to provide their own bedding and towels.
Families and couples
There are a limited number of self-contained furnished flats on campus, suitable for families. Most have one bedroom, although there are some larger flats. The University is not able to guarantee accommodation for couples or children. If you are considering bringing your family to Lancaster, it is important for you to make arrangements in advance.
For further details on the various types of accommodation and current levels of rent, see the University's pages on Postgraduate Accommodation.
How do you apply?
We’ll send you details about the application process once you confirm that you are accepting a place at Lancaster. Payment is normally made by a termly direct debit from a UK bank account.
If you are a full-time postgraduate student from outside the EU, you are guaranteed single on-campus accommodation for your first year of study if you return your residence form by 15 August (having already sent firm acceptance of your place, and paid the relevant deposit on a full-time programme of 9 months or more, beginning in September/October).
UK and EU students receive the same guarantee if a residence application is returned by 1 August.
LUSU Living is a dedicated housing service for postgraduates wanting to live off-campus. Run by the Students Union, it offers a range of good quality houses and flats throughout South Lancaster for students and students with families. LUSU Living manages 250 properties throughout Lancaster, and you can apply by visiting their office, emailing or completing their online registration.