Autistic at Lancaster Watch

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Hello, I have ASD and ADHD and am very seriously considering making Lancaster my firm choice for Biology. What I would like to know is what kind of support is offered and if there are any autistic Lancaster students here, how has your experience been? What support do you receive? Also, at an applicants visit day I went to in February I noticed that is no central students union building or general area for all students to hang out aside from the outdoor square and college bars. Has anyone found this to hinder the process of making friends? A lot of other unis seem to have this kind of space and I’m worried that I will isolate myself as there is no central building to gravitate towards.

Any other advice or comments would be really helpful, I am very scared about starting uni. Also, I will be 20 when I start and am a bit worried about being the oldest in my hall but also not very independant. Oh also, do Lancaster have a screening process for putting people in accommodation together or is it random? And would DSA be able to suggest I have an en-suite room? I would also consider staying on campus for 2nd year, it that considered a bit weird?

I’m really sorry for all the questions, I just like to know what I’m getting myself into.
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I would say focus on being friendly. No matter where, being friendly appeals to people. Be open (not too open), talk to people, start conversations. Generally be social able.
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I can't focus on Autism specifically, but in general:

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no central students union building or general area for all students to hang out aside from the outdoor square and college bars
This is true, however there is also the Learning Zone, which can often be used as a social space. In addition, various departments have areas within them that you can work and socialise in. In the first few weeks would be best served by getting to know the people in your flat, the kitchen is a good place to do that, and the people on your course. You can get to know people on your course before lectures and during labs and seminars.

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I will be 20 when I start and am a bit worried about being the oldest in my hall but also not very independant

No one will know or care that you're 20 unless you tell them. At worst you'll get 1 curious question, but only out of general nosey-ness. And you definitely won't be the only fresher who has no idea what they're doing

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do Lancaster have a screening process for putting people in accommodation together or is it random
To the best of my knowledge it's random, other than requesting same-sex accommodation. You may be able to contact them to enquire but I don't think they'd be able to help too much, what criteria could you give them that would be any help? Any details you give them relies on them having details about the other people you would be sharing with.


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I would also consider staying on campus for 2nd year, it that considered a bit weird?
Slightly unusual, but not uncommon.[/quote]
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I also have ASD and am close to firming Lancaster to do computer science, I'm seriously unprepared though and would love to meet someone in a similar position to I
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