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I've got an offer to study a Postgraduate Course at Lancaster starting in October. I don't know what type of accommodation I should be going for. Originally I would have planned to go into private accommodation but the Graduate College seems appealing as it would mean less hassle with trying to get a private house.
I am an outgoing person who enjoys a night-out and socialising.
I'd be grateful to hear from anyone who has experience of either a Standard Room with other Postgraduates or Private Accommodation with other postgrads in Lancaster - particularly with regard to which they think is best.

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Also, if anyone knows whether I'd be able to keep my car whilst in University accommodation that would be great!
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Hi there

I've got an offer to study a Postgraduate Course at Lancaster starting in October. I don't know what type of accommodation I should be going for. Originally I would have planned to go into private accommodation but the Graduate College seems appealing as it would mean less hassle with trying to get a private house.
I am an outgoing person who enjoys a night-out and socialising.
I'd be grateful to hear from anyone who has experience of either a Standard Room with other Postgraduates or Private Accommodation with other postgrads in Lancaster - particularly with regard to which they think is best.

Thank you

Hamish
Hi, not a postgrad, my eldest goes to uni. But have some links here to some private halls:
https://www.crm-students.com/student...r=23#open-lets This one is based on the river lune. Its about 10 mins walk to the main bus station where you catch the 1a/100 to lancaster unis underpass.
https://apartostudent.com/locations/...er/caton-court This is in the area of Bulk, north east of lancaster. Still walkable distance to the bus station in the city.
https://www.hellostudent.co.uk/stude...ion/lancaster/ 3 types of accommodation south of the city. Theses are near chancellors wharf (lancaster uni accommodation for 2nd years+)
https://wearehomesforstudents.com/st...leonards-house near sugar house towards Bulk area of the city.
Graduate college is South east of campus near Cartmel and Lonsdale https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/graduate-college/
Chancellors Wharf I believe also has postgrads, and that area is lovely. It's south of the city, right on the canal path, opposite a gorgeous pub called the water witch (I highly recommend) There is a bus stop about 2 mins away.
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Hi there

I've got an offer to study a Postgraduate Course at Lancaster starting in October. I don't know what type of accommodation I should be going for. Originally I would have planned to go into private accommodation but the Graduate College seems appealing as it would mean less hassle with trying to get a private house.
I am an outgoing person who enjoys a night-out and socialising.
I'd be grateful to hear from anyone who has experience of either a Standard Room with other Postgraduates or Private Accommodation with other postgrads in Lancaster - particularly with regard to which they think is best.

Thank you

Hamish
I'm due to start a postgrad course a Lancs in Oct. I also did undergrad there.

The post grad accommodation is ok. My honest opinion is that if you aren't getting a superior ensuite or moving into a townhouse the other options aren't very good. Especially if you have a car; the main drawback of living in town is having to take the bus to campus in the morning.

You can get on campus parking. It's quite near to grad college, about a 5 min walk or so. The only other thing to consider is how long you want you lease to be. There are options for 40 or 50 week contracts. If your course doesn't require you to be in Lancs during summer, it might be worth getting a 40-week lease.
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Hi there

I've got an offer to study a Postgraduate Course at Lancaster starting in October. I don't know what type of accommodation I should be going for. Originally I would have planned to go into private accommodation but the Graduate College seems appealing as it would mean less hassle with trying to get a private house.
I am an outgoing person who enjoys a night-out and socialising.
I'd be grateful to hear from anyone who has experience of either a Standard Room with other Postgraduates or Private Accommodation with other postgrads in Lancaster - particularly with regard to which they think is best.

Thank you

Hamish
Hello HamishB123,

First of all, congratulations on your offer to study a postgraduate course at Lancaster!

I am currently an undergraduate student, so can't give any opinion on the Graduate College accomodation itself, but I have lived both on Campus and in town in private accommodation so I can give you my thoughts on that to help you decide!

The pros of university run accommodation is the peace of mind that maintenance issues and anything of that nature will be dealt with swiftly and properly and the accommodation will be good quality - as you said, less hassle. On campus there are excellent porter facilities on-site to help with any problems you may have which is a massive plus. Although there are some great landlords and housing companies that have private accommodation, only a few are approved by the student's union and you don't always know what kind of service you're getting. Fortunately, I have had positive experiences with my landlord in the centre of Lancaster, but that's not the case for everyone. There is of course the option of university run accommodation in the city centre as well.

Both campus and town have all the facilities you would need including social spaces, gym, shops, pharmacy and more, but there is of course more variety in the city centre. Depending on whether you live in the centre itself, or in other areas such as Bowerham (lots of students live in this area) and Campus depends how far from different facilities you'll be. Obviously a big perk of campus is being near university facilities such as the library, all of the lecture theatres etc and being able to walk to those. Living nearer the town centre will give you much more options for supermarkets, shopping and entertainment, but campus is a bus journey away. I definitely would decide on what suits your interests more as there are very frequent and reasonably priced buses between the city centre, Bowerham and Campus. If you are not on campus very often for teaching/lectures, it may suit you more to be near the city centre.

Personally, I enjoyed the community feel of campus and how there's always things going on but I loved being in walking distance of absolutely everything in the city centre too. For overall information on graduate accommodation itself, see here, and to speak to a graduate student who may be able to offer more specific advice, look here and filter by postgraduate!

In terms of a car on campus, there is certain criteria where you can purchase a permit for certain areas of campus, there's a lot more information on that here.

I'm sorry I couldn't offer anything more specific on postgraduate living, but hopefully you'll be able to find all of the information you need with the pages I've attached. If you have any more question on life at Lancaster, please don't hesitate to ask!

Charlie
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