What to expect during your first week at Lancaster University

A group of international students in a classroom at Lancaster University International Study Centre

Welcome to Lancaster. By now you should be fully prepared for your new adventure – but where to begin? Your first week at the University is all about getting to know your new environment, and learning the tips and tricks necessary to thrive here.

The International Study Centre will have prepared activities and events specifically to help you adapt, but there are also other things you can do in your own time to help you settle. In this blog, we talk about what to expect in your first week as a Lancaster student.

Attend orientation activities

As an International Study Centre student, you will have a timetable full of fun and informative activities designed to help you settle in to Lancaster life. These activities can include things like introductions to local life and British culture, games and team-building exercises, location tours, and introductory talks. It is a requirement to attend these activities, as you will receive useful information that applies to your whole year of study. To get the most out of your time at Lancaster, make sure to arrive at the International Study Centre for your orientation date.

Meet your collegiate community

As well as becoming a part of the International Study Centre, when you arrive at Lancaster, you also become a member of your chosen college. Once you arrive, you can get to know your new friends and classmates with an arrivals day welcome dinner, as well as a variety of Welcome Week activities and refreshments. By starting the University as part of a small college community, rather than an undergraduate class of thousands, you will find it easier to make friends and network with new and older students.

Join the buddy scheme

One of the benefits of studying at Lancaster is the international buddy scheme. To get a true insider’s perspective of university life, Lancaster University offers a scheme for new students to be paired with returning students. Newcomers can then ask an experienced student questions on anything they want to know about student life – such as how to get to the shops and where to buy things from home. Although the scheme usually just runs through the orientation period, buddy scheme pairings can often blossom into true friendships which last throughout your time at university.

You can get started on this now by hearing what some international students already settled in the UK have to say about their experiences when they first arrived.

Get out and explore

Outside of organised activities, you can use your free time to explore what both the vast Lancaster campus and the historic city of Lancaster have to offer. You can also use this time to get to know your fellow classmates by taking them out on the adventure with you.

We hope you enjoy your first week at Lancaster Univesity International Study Centre  and feel fully prepared to begin this new journey. At the International Study Centre, you will find the support you need to succeed. You can start preparing for your arrival already by reading more of our useful tips: such as how to cope with homesickness or how to improve your English.


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