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What are the colleges ACTUALLY like?

Hi, I’m hoping to attend Lancaster university this year doing their history course.

I’ve been looking into the collegiate system and found that trying to find genuine (non biased) information on what the colleges are actually like is hard as hell.

I was primarily Interested in county and Bowland but all I’ve found is alleged flatcest and bits about night life (like “messiest on a night out” and “first to go home”)

while I’m interested in night life don’t get me wrong, that isn’t everything I’m interested in and all I can find is people calling county nothing but sex and Bowland is just people saying they’re boring and messy

I’m interested in any information on the colleges, I just don’t want to make a bad choice and hate it (especially the colleges affect the type of accommodation)

Thank you for any help :smile:
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Original post by Eh…
Hi, I’m hoping to attend Lancaster university this year doing their history course.

I’ve been looking into the collegiate system and found that trying to find genuine (non biased) information on what the colleges are actually like is hard as hell.

I was primarily Interested in county and Bowland but all I’ve found it alleged flattest and everything about night life (like “messiest on a night out” and “first to go home”)

while I’m interested in night life don’t get me wrong, that isn’t everything I’m interested in and all I can find is people calling county nothing but sex and Bowland is just people taking videos saying they’re burning and messy

I’m interested in any information on the colleges, I just don’t want to make a bad choice and hate it (especially the colleges affect the type of accommodation)

Thank you for any help :smile:

Honestly, all stereotypes vary year by year depending on who's in them so most are inaccurate. Your experience will depend on who ends up in each college and who lives in the buildings around you which is an entirely different mix each year - not everyone gets the top college they request so it's not even like all of one type of person live in one location.

Pick based on location on campus, accommodation type you want, and size of college (e.g. County + Bowland are big colleges, Fylde + Furness are smaller).

Messiest on a night out and first to go home jokes are not applicable to the whole college (sometimes they originate from one or two stories of people that spread around campus as a meme) and literally no one really cares or talks about it beside occasional lighthearted jokes. Don't stress about it! :wink:
Student in the Laboratory, Lancaster University
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Hi! I'm a 3rd year student here at Lancaster, so I've been here long enough to be quite familiar with the different colleges and their personality. What I've found is that it doesn't really matter, and the poster above summed it up as well as I could. Every college does have its own stereotype (Fylde is the 'sporty' college, Grizedale is the 'party' college, Cartmel is the 'quiet' college, etc) but in my personal experience that doesn't really carry through to your time here at university. Bowland and County in particular have big reputations, but this is mainly just because they are the largest colleges, so I wouldn't worry too much.

I'm a Fylde student personally, I love my college and I've been really involved in college activities, and have spent time on my college JCR (the student exec in the college running events, welcome week, etc), but Fylde wasn't either of the two colleges I initially applied to. At the end of the day, your college is just where your accommodation is, so the first thing you should consider when choosing a college is its location on campus and the accommodation types that are offered there (e.g., the only accommodation types at Cartmel and Lonsdale are superior ensuite).

Let me know if you have any questions :smile:

^Harry (LEC Student Ambassador)
Original post by Eh…
Hi, I’m hoping to attend Lancaster university this year doing their history course.

I’ve been looking into the collegiate system and found that trying to find genuine (non biased) information on what the colleges are actually like is hard as hell.

I was primarily Interested in county and Bowland but all I’ve found is alleged flatcest and bits about night life (like “messiest on a night out” and “first to go home”)

while I’m interested in night life don’t get me wrong, that isn’t everything I’m interested in and all I can find is people calling county nothing but sex and Bowland is just people saying they’re boring and messy

I’m interested in any information on the colleges, I just don’t want to make a bad choice and hate it (especially the colleges affect the type of accommodation)

Thank you for any help :smile:

Each college has its own stereotype and thats far from the truth. My daughter was in Grizedale townhouse. Shes very introverted but wanted to make friends and thought she would jutst jump right in the deep end with it being the 'party college'.
She still made friends with all 11 of her other housemates, but it was not clubbing all the time, and the porters shut any loud music down after 11pm anyway when there was a house party. Which ever college you choose, it will be great and it really is down to how much effort you put into getting to know your flat and other people doing your course/societies. Now shes a third year and her friendship group is her pub quiz friends she made, her subject friends and also some phd students are well. If you are going to choose a college, think about proximity to your department and how far away you want it to be, or type of accommodation you are after :smile:
Original post by Lancaster Student Ambassador
Hi! I'm a 3rd year student here at Lancaster, so I've been here long enough to be quite familiar with the different colleges and their personality. What I've found is that it doesn't really matter, and the poster above summed it up as well as I could. Every college does have its own stereotype (Fylde is the 'sporty' college, Grizedale is the 'party' college, Cartmel is the 'quiet' college, etc) but in my personal experience that doesn't really carry through to your time here at university. Bowland and County in particular have big reputations, but this is mainly just because they are the largest colleges, so I wouldn't worry too much.

I'm a Fylde student personally, I love my college and I've been really involved in college activities, and have spent time on my college JCR (the student exec in the college running events, welcome week, etc), but Fylde wasn't either of the two colleges I initially applied to. At the end of the day, your college is just where your accommodation is, so the first thing you should consider when choosing a college is its location on campus and the accommodation types that are offered there (e.g., the only accommodation types at Cartmel and Lonsdale are superior ensuite).

Let me know if you have any questions :smile:

^Harry (LEC Student Ambassador)

Just to add onto this, I'm in Grizedale college and it has all the same things as the other colleges, it's commonly called the 'social/party' college but whether you have that experience would depend a lot more on your flatmates or what you like to do, it's your choice which events you go to and how you spend your time. Your college just gives you those opportunities, as well as the other positives others have mentioned.

-Adam
Original post by Eh…
Hi, I’m hoping to attend Lancaster university this year doing their history course.

I’ve been looking into the collegiate system and found that trying to find genuine (non biased) information on what the colleges are actually like is hard as hell.

I was primarily Interested in county and Bowland but all I’ve found is alleged flatcest and bits about night life (like “messiest on a night out” and “first to go home”)

while I’m interested in night life don’t get me wrong, that isn’t everything I’m interested in and all I can find is people calling county nothing but sex and Bowland is just people saying they’re boring and messy

I’m interested in any information on the colleges, I just don’t want to make a bad choice and hate it (especially the colleges affect the type of accommodation)

Thank you for any help :smile:

Hey @Eh..
Both Harry and Adam have given some great insights and cleared up the confusion about the stereotypes.
I would just like to add that you are not limited to go out with only your flatmates. Although you will be socialising with them the most, you can of course change your college/accommodation if you are not happy with it (given that there are spaces available in the other ones).
I was assigned a county townhouse at the start of freshers, but i met a group of people from Lonsdale and became better friends with them so on the 4th day of fresher I spoke to the accommodation manager of Lonsdale to see if there are any open places I can shift to and luckily there was 1 room open.

There is absolutely no need to stress over college, it seems like a big deal in the beginning but as you continue to live in the university, it just becomes a friendly argument to talk about which college is the best (everyone obviously says their's is) and you have a laugh about it.

I hope that helps :smile:
Vyomika
I am in Cartmel College and everything has been run well there since I started university in 2021. This includes weekly quizzes on Sunday at 6:30, and other random events that occur on average once a week. The JCRs change each year in January though so the event frequency might change as well.
Cartmel College is next to Barker House Farm, which is made out of stone, and the nearby buildings are all stone or brick, which makes it feel "historic" despite the accommodation being built in 2004. Even though it is often said to be isolated, it is only a 7 minute walk from some of the lecture theatres.
The type of accommodation you get is more important than the social stereotypes because you will be living in your accommodation every day and you don't have to socialise in your college.
One thing about catered accommodation is that you can still get pre-paid meals if you get non-catered accommodation. The scheme is called Freedom. However, if you get non-catered accommodation your flatmates will often cook their own meals, so you usually can't eat meals together with them (but you can make friends in the restaurants).
There is 36-week non-catered superior ensuite accommodation in Cartmel College which is useful if you're going home over Easter. You have to hire storage for your stuff over Easter, but it is cheaper than paying for 4 weeks of that type of accommodation.

-Kao (Lancaster Maths & Stats Student Ambassador)

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