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INTO Lancaster pre-arrival guide

Get ready to start your studies at INTO Lancaster with this helpful guide, which details everything you need to do before you arrive. Prepare for your journey ahead, discover what you’ll be doing in your first week, and get excited about your UK study adventure.

Join a live session with the INTO Center

Get to know the team at INTO Lancaster before you travel. After you receive your offer letter, you’ll be invited to join a live session with the center staff, where you’ll learn more about:

  • the INTO Center, accommodation and the city of Lancaster

  • teaching in the UK and how you should prepare for your studies

  • arrival dates and any instructions

  • what will happen during your first week.

Interested in joining a live session before you travel?

Find out about orientation week

Discover what you'll get up to during your first week at INTO Lancaster. There will be a variety of events throughout your orientation week, which could include:

  • meeting academic and support staff

  • introduction to your program and modules

  • module introductions or taster sessions

  • INTO Center, campus and city tours

  • student support and wellbeing sessions

  • social events with your classmates

  • help opening a UK bank account and registering with a doctor.

You’ll find your orientation week timetable on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) before the start of term. You will then receive your academic timetable during orientation week.

Your pre-arrival questions answered

Temperatures in Lancaster can range from around 2°C in winter up to around 20°C in the summer. You can expect all types of weather, including sunny days, rain and snow, so be prepared for anything. Pack clothing for warm weather, as well as a warm waterproof coat, gloves and a hat for colder days.

Make sure you bring a credit card that works in the UK – you’ll need this for any purchases until you can set up a UK bank account. Most businesses accept card payments – in fact, many are now card-only and won’t accept cash at all. However, we do recommend bringing some cash with you for safety.

Bring a laptop for your studies, as well as a plug adaptor depending on where you are travelling from. It’s also a good idea to bring items to remind you of home, such as pictures of friends, family and pets.

Please make sure you only pack items that you are allowed to bring into the UK. You can find the list of banned items on the UK government website along with guidance on bringing food into the UK.

We advise that you arrive in Lancaster the weekend before the start of your program. However, you may be able to arrive earlier if your accommodation contract allows.

The INTO Center is located on Lancaster University’s campus.

Lancaster University is approximately three miles south of Lancaster city center and 70 miles from Manchester Airport. By taxi, it takes under 15 minutes to get from Lancaster train station in the city center to the university and less than an hour to get from Manchester Airport to the university.

We offer an airport pickup service which you can request on your application form, or book separately by contacting the center (additional costs apply).

You can also get a bus between campus and the city center – there are at least 14 buses per hour in the daytime during term time. And as a student, you can get discounted Unirider bus passes.

Type the postcode LA1 4YW into Google Maps or another online route planner to find the best route.

Your orientation week timetable will tell you when to arrive at the INTO Center. We usually arrange different time slots depending on your name and program.

These are normal emotions to feel when you are going through a major life change. We encourage you to reach out to our Welfare Team in the INTO Center who are on hand to provide help and support.

Lancaster University also offers a range of student wellbeing services including counselling and mental health services, a disability service and an advisor team in your college offering pastoral support.