ancaster University has been criticised in the past for being a windswept hellhole. Don't believe any of it...
Although located on top of a windy hill some miles from the city centre there is easy access to the city via regular buses. Lancaster isideally located for visiting the Lake District and if you join the right societies or even if you just fancy a trip yourself there is ample oppertunity to go. Lancaster is also a short trip from the shopping metropolis that is manchester and the gambling metropolis of Blackpool.
The campus itself is very well facilitated being that is an out of town campus. As well as a well stocked library, there are 10 bars on campus and possibly as many eateries, including a chip shop and its own Indian restaurant.
I feel that the best thing that Lancaster has going fot it is its collegiate system. this is not a posh or rigid as say Oxford or Cambridge but it does give you a real sense of community. Every member of the university, staff or student belongs to one of the nine colleges (Bowland, Cartmel, County, Flyde, Furness, Graduate, Grizedale, Lonsdale and Pendle). Each college has its own bar and its own J.C.R (Junior Common Room) to run it. You stay a member of your college for the entire time you are at Lancaster and beyond, there are lots of inter-college sporting tournament to add to the rivalry. the best bit however is the end of year party or 'Extrav' that each college has. Last year bands included Idlewild and Space, you can attend as many or as few of these as you like..
Accomadation on campus can vary from the basic rooms at £37-42 a week to the deluxe on-suite at £67 a week, as a first years you will be guarenteed a place on campus and get to meet the people you will end up sharing with in your second year. Houses in the city centre are abundent in the second year although there is always an initial rush, so be careful what you sign, Obviously it is quite a chore to get up to get the bus to campus in the morning but there are very regular buses and a very competative bus pass rate. Alternativly for fitness freaks there is a cycle path all the way from the city to the uni.
Lancaster has a unique 1st year course structure, where you study three subjects whatever your degree course. This give you the chance to see if you chose the right course, if you want to cnahge at the end of the 1st year this is easy as long as you get at least 45% in the 1st year exams. For example i was accepted to study Sociology and i also studied Politics and History, after one year i decided Sociology wasnt for me and i wwent for a Politics degree instead.
The social life on campus is great in the 1st year. Fresher's week is mad and there is always something to do after that. Most of the bars on campus will have theme nights during the year and there are many society organised events. As president of one of the biggest socities on campus, i am obviously going to be biased towards my own, the Alternative Music Society. We organise trips to clubs and gigs all over the north west as well as having regular socials at the uni owned SugarHouse in town. Dont worry if this is not your thing as there are dozens of other societies on campus including a thriving film society.
Lancaster's nightlife is very good, you will find somewhere to go every night. There are the usual chain pubs (Weatherspoons, Yates, Walkabout etc) and plenty of club to cater for all music tastes plus as mentioned earlier the uni owned Sugarhouse and the infamous Carleton in Morecambe BIG CHEESE ALERT. There are also popular cinemas and theatres in the town, all in all Lancaster Is a very cultural place
Finally i dont claim to do any sport, but for all you Yorkshire lads and lasses (like me) the is the annual sporting clash between York and Lancaster Universities called the Roses, come and have your loyalties divided
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