Trev’s Times – WEEK TWENTY-ONE!

Hello there Furness, can you believe it’s week 21?! This term has FLOWN by! Now, let’s see what we’ve got going on in our last week of term.

 

Free Breakfast

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We’ve teamed up with Grizedale to give you guys a free breakfast this week! Head to Grizedale bar (upstairs) on Wednesday from 8:30am for some free food and a lovely start to the day!

 

Graduation!

Furness College students will graduate on Friday 19th July 2019 at 11:00am. General information for graduating students can be found on the Ceremonies website. Tickets for the College Celebrations are now available to order via the Online Store.  Tickets are free for graduating students who are accompanied by guests.  Please see our Furness College website for more information. We hope you can join us in these celebrations.  In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your time in Furness, good luck with your examinations and we hope to see you on Graduation Day.

 

Your new Socials Officers! 

After a new round of by-elections and co-options this term, we would like to introduce you to your new OFFICIAL Furness Socials Officers: Elissa Griffiths and Chris Hill! They’ve both got lots of ideas for the college, watch this space for what they have in store!

 

Roses!

 

The first Friday back marks the start of ROSES weekend 2019! This year the event will be hosted by York! Even if you’re not participating – get in the uni spirit and support! Keep an eye on the event page for all updates!

 

And thats it for now, folks! Quite a quiet week, but there’s lots to look forward to next term! Hope you all have a lovely Easter holidays – good luck to everyone in your exams and deadlines! See you next term!

#MightyFurness #UpTheNess

Trev’s Times – WEEK TWENTY!

Good morning, Furness! We hope you’re all feeling positive going into this week as for some of you it’s the final push! You’ve got this! Now here’s what we’ve got for you…

The Listening Service

If you are finding it hard to find someone to talk to or are struggling with issues such as anxiety, bereavement, caring, illness, low mood, relationships, work problems then why wait any longer?  Lancaster Medical Practice provides you with The Listening Service to support you through difficult times.  Trained listeners can give you time to talk for up to an hour, in complete confidence. Appointments are available every Wednesday at various sites of Lancaster Medical Practice.

Book an appointment at the reception today or to arrange an appointment over the telephone, please call 01524 541651.

Study Smart

If you’re feeling the pressure from studying and revision, come and say hello to your College Wellbeing Officers in the Library Foyer and The Base between 12 and 2pm on Wednesday 20th & 27th March.

Pop down to play some games or grab a brew, and give your brain a well-deserved break! We’re providing a chill-out area in the Base, so come along with your friends and take the pressure off for a while! Get some tips for managing study and exam stress, along with a healthy snack.

Socials Officer Wanted!

Could you be our newest JCR member, joining us a Socials and Events Officer? Let us know! Nominate yourself by sending your manifesto to the Facebook page by Wednesday (20/3)!

EXTRAV?!?

Sports News

In last week’s bar sports, Men’s A Team Pool lost 6-3, Men’s B Team Pool lost 5-4, both to Grad. Dominos won 2-1, and Men’s Darts won 6-3, against Grad. Women’s Darts won 5-2, and Women’s Pool won 7-2, both against Grad. We saw Table tennis win 18-0 against Grad. And, in Netball, Trev’s Army lost 9-23 to Red Devils (Bowland), Might Mountains lost 2-14 to Roaring Blues (Lonnie)

Wednesday: Table Tennis vs Grizedale

Thursday: Trev’s Army vs Wylde Ones (Fylde) at 8pm

Friday: Trev’s Army vs GuarentTREEd Goals (County) at 7pm

University Quiet Period

Quiet Period is the time leading up to and including exams. It is especially important at this time that residents are allowed to study in peace.
Quiet Period will run from the 29th April until the 19th June 2019. Please be aware, noise fines are doubled during this time.

Jam in Furness

All are welcome to join us in the Furness JCR for our ‘Jam-in-Furness’ on Friday 22nd March from 20:00 until 23:00. Entry for this event is free. If you are a musician and/or singer and would like to join then please contact Paul at paul@paulpalmersax.com or come along and enjoy some live music.

That’s about it for this week! Keep plodding along everyone, the end of term is in sight! See you next week.

Trev’s Times – Week NINETEEN

Hello there Furnessians! Can you believe it’s week 19 already? Where has the time gone? Anyway, here’s what we’ve got going on this week.

Enterprise Week

 

This week is Enterprise Week!
Gain insight into building a successful business, CV writing, public speaking and more! Each event is open to anyone and everyone, so come along to find out more! Visit the FB event for the full schedule!

Donut Stress! 

This Thursday, why not take break from work and visit us in Furness Foyer (2-3pm)  to get yourself a free donut? You’ll need to like the Furness Welfare page first.

Sport

Last week Bar Sports went up against Crapmel. Men’s Dart won 5-4, Women’s Darts won 4-3, Men’s A Pool lost 5-4, Bs won 5-4, Women’s pool won 5-4 and Doms won 2-1! Table Tennis also went up against Cartmel, winning 17-4.

Netball B’s lost 15-28 to Lonnie.

In Patriots, Furness lost 165-175 – thank you to everyone who came down and participated/ supported!

This week:

Monday: Bar sports v Grad, Netball B’s v County,

Tuesday: Bar Sports v Grad, Netball A’s v Pendle

Wednesday: Netball B’s v Pendle, TableTennis v Grad

Thursday: Netball C’s (Trev’s Army) v Bowland

Friday: Netball C’s (Mighty Mountains)

Sustainability Challenge Final – 12th March

Come along to the final of the Sustainability Challenge and listen to college teams present their ideas for making the university more sustainable. With previous ideas including the Community Fridge, Eco Hives and Precious Plastics, come and see what great ideas Lancaster students are putting forward to improve your university campus.
 
Starts 5.30pm prompt, Cavendish Lecture Theatre, Tuesday 12th March 2019.  Refreshments provided. 
Campus Community Fridge
The Campus Community Fridge is a space for students, staff and food businesses to share perfectly good quality surplus food rather than throwing it away. Find your nearest fridge at Bowland or Pendle porters lodges and keep an eye out on the Facebook Page for updates. If you are interested in finding out more or volunteering, please message the Facebook page or email fridgehelp@lusu.co.uk

 

And that’s it for this week, folks. See you next week!

#MightyFurness #UpTheNess

Trev’s Times – WEEK FIFTEEN

Why hello there, Furness. Welcome to week fifteen. We’re going to keep very calm and not think about how fast this term is going…oh Jesus. Anyway, we’ve got a lot for you to look forward to this week. Seriously, it’s a lot.

 

15 HOUR

This Saturday, your fave bar crawl is back, and better than ever! This time, the theme for the 15 Hour Bar Crawl is…Monopoly! That’s right, we’re going to be making our way round Lancaster like it’s a Monopoly board, with drink deals, interactive extras and the cheapest tickets to date! Tickets will be sold on Thursday in the TV room from 1pm – 6pm. They’ll be £6 (!!!) and that includes drink deals, your 15 t-shirt and entry fees. Keep an eye on the event page for all updates, including info on drink deals. We can’t wait!!

 

TREVAOKE

This Wednesday, we’re bringing back every Furnessian’s fave karaoke session – Trevaoke! Bring your friends to Trev and sing your heart out to some beloved tunes! 7:30pm in the JCR room.

 

Self Love & Self Care Night!

 

Don’t get lost in the fog of Valentine’s Day – it’s important to love yourself, too! Take care of yourself and pop down to the TV room on Tuesday night at 6pm for face masks, fruit and more! You deserve it!

 

SPORT

Last week Bar Sports went up against County! Men’s darts lost 6-3, men’s A pool lost 5-4 and B’s lost 6-3. Women’s pool won 6-3 (keep up, lads!) and women’s darts was cancelled. Doms won 2-1!

Table Tennis beat County 13-6!

In Netball, all A’s games were cancelled, but B’s lost to Fylde 6-36. The Mighty Mountains lost to Enchantresses (Pendle) 4-15.

In football, the B’s drew with Fylde 1-1.

Next week, Bar sports and Table Tennis go up against Bowland!

Netball:

– As V Grad Monday 9pm
– As V Bowland Tuesday 6pm
– Bs V Grad Tuesday 9pm
– Bs V Bowland Wednesday 2pm
– Trev’s Army V Red Angels (Bowland) Thursday 9pm

 

Football: A team go up against Pendle on Wednesday 5pm. B team v County on Saturday at 10am

For more info on Furness fixtures and scores, check out our sports page!

Extrav & Welcome Week Committee!

 

It’s your last chance to sign up for our Extrav Committee! Our first meeting will be held next Monday! If you’ve already signed up, we’ll message you in the next few days. Don’t miss out on the chance to get involved with the event of the year! Message the Furness Facebook if interested!

Very soon we’ll be organising the meeting of the Welcome Week Committee! You’ll be responsible for working with the JCR to organise fresher events and help out during the week. Watch this space for more info!

REP APPLICATIONS

Don’t forget we’re still taking applications for Welcome Week Reps for 2019! It’s a great opportunity to make friends, have some responsibility and it looks lovely on your CV! You can apply HERE. Applications close on Sunday 24th February. Before applying, please read the terms and conditions, which you can find here. 

 

Bailrigg FM 

Every Sunday, Bailrigg FM are kindly allowing Furness students to send in their  music requests from 4pm-5pm.

 

GIN FEST

For the third year running, Lancaster University’s Gin Festival returns with more gins than ever before.
You can expect over 120 gins, signature cocktails, entertainment and much more…
Running from Wednesday 13th February to Saturday 16th February at the following times:
Wednesday 13th February – 4.00pm-Midnight
Thursday 14th February – 4.00pm-Midnight
The GinFest 121 Quiz
Come down and try your hand at our traditional pub quiz! Starting at 8.00pm with free entry.
Friday 15th February – 4.00pm-Midnight
Saturday 16th February – 4.00pm-Midnight

 

Deputy Senior Advisor

Lesley English, Faculty Librarian, has been appointed as the new Deputy Senior Advisor.  We would like to congratulate Lesley on her appointment and look forward to working with her in the College.

 

Feel Good Friday!

All are welcome at the Feel Good Friday event on the 15th February, organised by the Natural Healthcare Centre. There will free tasters, vouchers, information and stalls, and relaxation in the form of acupuncture, aromatherapy and much more! Fylde Common Room, 12pm-3pm.

 

And that’s it, folks! Told you there was a lot going on. Hope you all have a lovely lovely week and look after yourselves! See you next time!

#MightyFurness  #UpTheNess

 

Trev’s Times – WEEK FOURTEEN!

Hello hello hello everyone, welcome back to another Trev’s Times! I can’t believe how quickly the weeks are flying by can you?! Here’s how you can plan your week ahead…

15 Hour Bar Crawl

SAVE THE DATE: The second 15 Hour Bar Crawl has been announced and is rapidly approaching! On Saturday, February 16th we will be once again trekking around Lancaster in search of the best drinks deals, so keep an eye on the Facebook event for more details including the all-important THEME RELEASE and of course ticket sales and prices! See you there!

Self-Love and Self-Care Night

Don’t get lost in the fog of Valentine’s Day… this year, Furness invites you to join us in taking the time to love yourself as well as others.

Pop down to the TV Room on Tuesday, February 12th, for just that.. an evening of self-care with face masks and fruit for a nice, relaxed mid-week break. Click ‘going’ on the event, here, for more updates.

Become a Rep!

Furness is renowned for its amazing Welcome Week Rep system, and now you can be a part of it too! Whether you’ve repped before or would like to get involved we’d love to hear from you! Applications for one of the best and most important roles within the college are now OPEN!

Apply HERE – make sure you have read the terms and conditions (attached below) before applying! Applications close on February 24th.

Furness Welcome Week Reps Ts and Cs

P.S. A huge thank you to everyone who was a Rep during Welcome Week 2018 – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Join our Extrav Committee!

Help us organise the BEST Extrav on campus! If you have any amazing theme ideas, want to work alongside your fab JCR team or even some new people within Furness then let us know! 

ANY Furnessian can join our Extrav Committee, so get your creative juices flowing, Furness, and lets have another INCREDIBLE night!

Message the Furness Facebook Page to register your interest!

Suggestion Box

The end of Week 14 will see the implementation of a Suggestions Box in the Furness Mailroom. This box is for suggestions for the JCR,  any ideas for events or event themes and NON-URGENT* welfare matters.

*If you have any urgent welfare issues or concerns, please contact the Furness Porters, the FurCAT Team, or your Welfare Reps.

Sports

Last week’s sports we saw the Men’s Pool A Team win 5-4, and Bs won 7-2. Men’s As Darts lost 6-3 and Men’s Bs Darts won 9-0. Women’s Pool won 6-3, and Women’s Darts won 5-2. Dominoes won 2-1. Table Tennis won 17-6. All against Lonnie!! Meanwhile… Football As and Netball were cancelled due to poor weather.

In this week’s lineup…

Monday: Bar Sports 7pm against County, Netball Bs play Grad at 8pm, Netball As play Grad at 9pm

Tuesday: Bar Sports 7pm against County, Netball As play Fylde at 7pm

Wednesday: Netball Bs play Fylde at 3pm

Thursday: Netball Trev’s Army vs It’s Getting Hog in Here (GZ) at 8pm

Friday: Netball’s Mighty Mountains play the Enchantresses (Pendle) at 7pm

Don’t forget that you can follow live sports scores on the Furness Sport Facebook Page, where your lovely Sports Officers Jacob and Georgie will keep you up-to-date.

Bailrigg FM Request Hour

Bailrigg FM are offering the students of Furness a request hour every SUNDAY at 4pm!

Earn a £10 Amazon Voucher for taking part in a 90-minute focus group on your experience of Lancaster University

The University and Lancaster University Students’ Union would like to hear from a range of different UK undergraduate student groups:

•           LGBTQ+ students
•           Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students
•           Students from a BTEC background
•           Disabled students
•           Care experienced students
•           White males from low socio-economic backgrounds (typically in receipt of a bursary)
•           Mature students

The Focus Group will be held on Wednesday 6th February 2019.  To register your interest, please email outreach@lancaster.ac.uk and confirm your availability for the 6th February focus group and that you are a UK undergraduate student.

Looking for housemates to live with 2019/20?

Why not come along to a Housing Workshop run by the Transitions Team on Tuesday 5thFebruary, 12.00pm until 1.30pm in Fylde Common Room. The workshop is an opportunity to meet other students who are looking to live off campus next academic year and find people who have similar interests and expectations of shared living. At the workshop, there will also be a short presentation from Lancaster University Homes. Places are limited so to book please email transitions@lancaster.ac.uk

Aaaand that’s about it! Thank you for reading, everyone! If you have any queries, questions or concerns please head to the ‘Talk to Your JCR’ section of the website for all the information you might need!

Trev’s Times – WEEK 9

Hey, Furness! It’s week 9, meaning it’s two weeks until we break up for CHRISTMAS!! How are we? Not too stressed I hope. Don’t worry, you’ve got this! Here’s what’s going on this week…

 

New JCR

Your new JCR has been elected! And they are:

President: Will Groarke

Democracy & Finance: Nicola Hall

VP Welfare: Georgina Henderson

VP Socials: Joe Fundrey

Welfare & Campaigns: Caitlin Nolan

Socials & Events: Bogdan Dragos

Media & Comms: Becky Smith and Lauren Whitaker

Welfare & Education: Lauren Yarwood

Welfare & International: Harriet Phipps

Sports: Jacob Ratcliffe and Georgie Zowonu

The new JCR will take their roles after Christmas. They’ve all got lots of new ideas for the college and can’t wait to start!

 

Sports

Last week Bar Sports took on Cartmel! Men’s A team pool lost 7-2, women’s pool won 5-4, women’s darts won 4-3, men’s darts won 8-1 and doms won 3-0. This week, bar sports are up against Grad! Monday and Tuesday at 7pm.

For football, the A’s game was cancelled but the B’s beat Cartmel 5-0!

For netball, games were cancelled due to rain last week. This week, A v Bowland 6pm on Tuesday, B’s v Bowland 2pm Wednesday, A’s v County 5pm on Wednesday, Trev’s Army v GuarenTREEd Goals (County) 9pm Thursday and A’s v Cartmel 6pm Friday

 

Carter Shield

The third round of the Carter Shield is going down this week, and the game is…basketball! Message us if you’re interested in playing, or just come down to support! It’ll be in the sports hall at 12pm on Saturday!

 

Colleges Charity Challenge 2019

Whether you’re already involved in fundraising and volunteering, or looking for a good opportunity to boost your student experience and CV – take up the Colleges Charity Challenge next term and see how you can make a difference!

Register via TARGETconnect to attend the Charity Challenge Info Session on Wednesday 5th December 1-2pm in Management School LT3, for more details about the challenge and to meet like-minded students interested in taking part. Refreshments provided! If you have any questions or can’t attend the info session, you can find out more on Facebook or by emailing collegescharitychallenge@lancaster.ac.uk.

Winter Ball

Don’t forget the Winter Ball is next Tuesday (of week 10). Tickets have now SOLD OUT. Don’t forget to collect them from Jo Dickinson’s office. Can’t wait to see you all there – dress classy!

 

The Big Vote

Voting for the JCR is now closed, but you can still vote for the SU referendum until Friday! Find out more information about the proposed changes and the yes/ no campaigns here

Quiz

Don’t forget the quiz – this Wednesday at 7:30pm! This week’s specialist topic is…LGBTQ+! As usual, £1 a head to play!

Study Smart

If you’re feeling the pressure from studying, come and say hello to your College Wellbeing Officers in the Library Foyer between 12 and 2pm on Wednesday 5th and Wednesday 12th of December. Get some tips for managing study and exam stress, along with a healthy snack. We’re also providing a chill-out area in the Base, complete with relaxing activities, so come along with your friends and take the pressure off for a while!

 

And that’s it for this week, folks. See you next time!

#MightyFurness

Trev’s Times – WEEK SEVEN

Hello there, Furness! Welcome to Week 7, when it’s getting dark by half 4 and the deadline stress is starting to settle in (or maybe that’s just me). Don’t worry though, in a few weeks it’ll be Christmas time and you can ignore your responsibilities with chocolate and Home Alone. Let’s see what we’ve got going on this week…

Campaigns! 

Now nominations have closed, it’s time for our JCR candidates to start campaigning! Look out for posters around Furness and campaign pages on Facebook, and don’t forget to read each candidate’s manifesto to find out their ideas for the college. ALSO, keep next Tuesday (the 27th) free, because then it’s time for HUSTINGS!!

Building Resilience Workshop 

The Transitions Team hosted Will Medd (Life Coach and Failure to Learn Pioneer) in delivering a workshop on ‘Building Resilience’ to ten Lancaster uni students. The workshop was well received and 100% of students agreeing that their resilience and confidence increased following the session. In response to overwhelming demand, Will is running a second session on the 27th November. Students can book a place by emailing transitions@lancaster.ac.uk.

 

Look After Your Mate 

We know that students turn to each other when experiencing difficulties and so we will be running several FREE ‘Look After Your Mate’ workshops (developed by Student Minds) throughout term that will give you the necessary tips and tools to support a friend in need. This is a very valuable workshop for anyone in a supportive role or wants to learn more about how to support those around them. It also counts towards the Lancaster Award and is a great addition to you CV. Register HERE. (You will not receive a confirmation email, instead we will email you a reminder a few days before the workshop. The location is specified when your register for the event). 

 

Sports

Last week Bar Sports went up against Fylde! A Team pool lost 5-4, B Team lost 5-4, and Men’s Darts won 7-2. Meanwhile Women’s Pool lost 5-4, Women’s Darts won 7-0 and doms won 2-1.

Football A’s beat Cartmel 3-2, Netball A’s lost to Fylde 25-23, Netball B’s lost to Fylde and lost 3-5 to Grizedale.

This week: Bar Sports are off for the week, Football A’s v Bowland on Wednesday (1pm), B’s v Bowland on Saturday (10am), Netball A’s v Cartmel on Tuesday (7pm) and B team v Cartmel on Wednesday (3pm)

 

Carter Shield 

Round 2 of the Carter Shield is this Saturday and the game is DODGEBALL!! Message the Furness Facebook if you want to play!

 

Charity Challenge 

Whether you’re already involved in fundraising and volunteering, or looking for a good opportunity to boost your student experience and CV – take up the Colleges Charity Challenge next term and see how you can make a difference! Register via TARGETconnect to attend the Charity Challenge Info Session on Wednesday 5th December 1-2pm in Management School LT3, for more details about the challenge and to meet like-minded students interested in taking part. Refreshments provided! If you have any questions or can’t attend the info session, you can find out more on Facebook or by emailing collegescharitychallenge@lancaster.ac.uk.

Winter Ball

Reminder that winter ball tickets are on sale until 3rd December! Tickets are £35 and that includes travel, a 3 course meal and a disco! It’s a great night to act classy and celebrate the season in style, don’t miss out!

 

And that’s it for this week, folks! Enjoy yourselves, don’t catch a cold, etc etc. See you next week!

#MightyFurness

Freshers Countdown… 2 Weeks to Go!

A Guide to Furness College

Following on from last week’s Lancaster Guide post… here is your Furness College Guide! This post will cover general information about Furness College, which is mainly it’s accommodation and location information, events that take place within the college, and college-run sports teams. Prepare to learn about all things Furness and read on to find out about all the great things that you can get involved in through your college during your time at Lancaster.

ACCOMMODATION

By now, most of you will have been allocated your accommodation and you’ll have started to find out who will be living in your buildings. Unfortunately, you won’t find out your flatmates until a few days before you move in, but you don’t have much longer to wait! You’ll be aware of Furness accommodation types as you’ve already applied and the accommodation page on the website will tell you more. However, for a brief run through, the “posh” buildings (ensuite accommodation) are the buildings with numbers

All of Furness accommodation is on central campus and is only about a minute walk to the central amenities on campus: Sultans, Spar, Costa as well as the Furness Common Room. The College buildings themselves have the offices of the Furness SCR (for example admin and welfare); the TV Room where all our Chill Factor events will be taking place in Freshers’ Week; the porters’ office where you can get your post and of course our own bar… Trevor! Trevor is the best place on campus to enjoy a tea or a coffee during the day. At the end of the day, it’s a place to relax and socialise. The bar also serves a wide range of wines and ciders! Various events are held in Trev over the year, such as GinFest and Trev Quiz.

PEOPLE

The SCR are your Senior College Representatives. The Senior members of the college have a role in managing the college and work closely with the JCR to make sure that the college runs smoothly.

The Porters are your first port of call for almost anything. They provide safety on campus, are available for urgent needs and also to collect your parcels. The Furness Porters are some of the loveliest people you’ll meet, and it’s a good idea to get acquainted with them as soon as you can!

The JCR are your Junior College Representatives. They are there to represent you, organise social activities and keep you informed and aware of all college activities and events. 

For more information go to the People page to view images of what these college members look like so that you have a couple of friendly faces going into Freshers Week!

EVENTS

Even though Furness is the smallest college, it definitely never gets boring! Over the year, the college hosts almost weekly events that welcome all participation ranging from sporting events and competitions to quiz nights and bar crawls – you name it, we do it! Here are a few examples…

TREV QUIZ! The quiz is Furness weekly event that is not to be missed, each week the quiz has a different theme or special topic so anyone and everyone can take part! The quiz runs every Sunday and it is the perfect way to start the week

15 HOUR BAR CRAWL! The Furness 15 Hour Bar Crawl is the college’s notorious event that happens twice a year. You will soon become familiar with Lancaster town centre, and the bar crawl will only help you grow your local knowledge! It’s a great way to bond with the whole of the college, and it is a really enjoyable event for all! It is a ticketed event and it does sell out fast, so keep your eyes peeled on the Furness Facebook page to make sure that you don’t miss out!

SPA NIGHT! The Furness Mountain Retreat was a popular event run in 2018 by Socials Officers Fran and Alex alongside the Welfare Team, and it proved to be a success! A super relaxing event involving face masks and yoga that is sure to make a comeback!

EXTRAV! Furness’ end of year themed festival has been a sell-out event for the past 3 years, rivalling other colleges! Last year’s Extrav theme was Lost College and you can check out some of the pictures from on Instagram (@furnesscolllege). Will you be part of this year’s Extrav?

FURNESS SPORT

Starting university and making new friends can be pretty daunting, so why not become part of a Furness sports team! It is the perfect way to socialise, keep fit, and get into the college spirit during your time at Lancaster! Taster sessions and trials for each sports team will be happening in Freshers Week or just after, so keep reading to find out more!

FURNESS NETBALL is so much fun to get involved with, all the girls on the team have so much fun in training, matches and in their socials (check out the team’s Instagram account for more: @FurnessNetball)! The Furness Netball team is great for anyone, of all abilities and whether or not you’ve played before.  Netball trials are held on Sunday the 7th of October, and the girls can’t wait to see you there! There is a Facebook event page if you would like to see more about the event and show your interest.

FURNESS FOOTBALL is a great way to socialise and gain a great group of mates. The football team is competitive but are known for their good sportsmanship and great socials! The football trials are held on October 3rd, the Wednesday in Freshers Week, so look out for more information in group chats… And follow the *unofficial* Instagram @furnesscollege_fc for more.

FURNESS BAR SPORTS is a great way to get involved and to get into the college spirit. It is super informal and super social. The bar sports taster will be held on Saturday, October 6th, so the Saturday of Freshers Week to conclude your first week at Uni, ah!!!

FURNESS TABLE TENNIS is a great way to get involved in table tennis for people of all abilities. Whether you’re a beginner and want to improve your game or if you’re a more advanced player and would like to play competitively Furness College welcomes all to the college table tennis team.  The table tennis team trains twice a week and has an intercollege league every Wednesday. Trials are going to be held on the 8th and 9th from 6:15pm. Contact Daniel Head or Emre Ceyhan if you have any questions!

*Sports trials are mainly to test people’s levels of ability in order to place people in the right teams, and are absolutely no pressure at all and should be seen as fun!

There you have it! That’s the lowdown on the college that you’ll soon be calling home. Hopefully this has helped you all, and that you’re just as excited about joining as we are about having you! As always, send us a message if you have any questions at all!

Freshers Countdown…3 Weeks to Go!

A Guide to Lancaster City Centre

Hey there Freshers!

Obviously, moving out of home and into university is huge, no matter where you’re from, but moving to a new city, and for some of you, a whole new country, is bound to be slightly daunting. To help, we’ve created the ‘Guide to Lancaster’, with all the important information on what and where you can find all you need in the city centre. Brace yourselves, folks, this is going to be a long one!

Transport

There are various buses which can be used to get to the city centre. The main bus stop on campus is the underpass, but there are others located all over campus. See below:

Recently the Lancaster routes have been changing, but any 2, 3 or 4 bus (usually the U2, U3 or 4) will take you to the city centre, though the2 and 4 buses will take about 15-20 minutes while the 3 should only take 10. The easiest stop to get off at in town is Common Garden Street (which is just off the high street) or the bus shelter.

Taxi Companies:

  • 848848 Radio Taxis: 01524 848848
  • 32090 Taxis: 01524 32090
  • Coastal Taxis: 01524 60000
  • A1 Taxis: 01524 35666

32090 Taxis are based at 9 Church Street, around the corner from Mcdonalds and a few minutes from the Sugarhouse.

Lancaster’s Railway Station is on Meeting House Lane, with available bus travel to the university.

 

Supermarkets

Lancaster’s main supermarket is Sainsbury’s, located on Cable Street in the northern part of the city. It’s easy to find, as it’s 30 seconds from the bus shelter and opposite the Sugarhouse. For those living on campus, there is a free bus service to and from Sainsbury’s that runs on Wednesdays (term time) from 11:00am to 6:00pm, though you may be required to show your receipt on the return journey.

As for alternative supermarkets, you can find:

Sainsbury’s Local (Penny St)
Tesco Express (King Street)
Farmfoods (Parliament St– opposite Sainsburys)
Booths (on the corner of Scotforth and Hala Road)
Oriental Food Store (Common Garden Street)
Iceland (Nicholas Arcade)

There are also various corner shops dotted about, and an Asda and Aldi nearer Morecambe.

Shops

Although Lancaster is not exactly the next Arndale Centre, there are still plenty of places to find what you need.

For clothes, the main stores include: Topshop, Topman, New Look, River Island, Primark, JD, Accessorize, Next, Marks & Spencers and TK Maxx. For you bookworms, there are two Waterstones, as well as stores such as Boots, Superdrug, Lush, Pandora and Clintons, etc. There are also budget stores (perfect for us students) such as Wilkinsons, Poundland, and B&M.

Beyond this, Lancaster is great for independent stores, and don’t miss the chance to check out the market that takes over town on Wednesdays and Saturdays – you can even find some of the market stalls on campus on Thursdays and Fridays! However, if you’re still missing some go-to shops from home, Preston and Manchester are only a train ride away!

 

Night-Life

Usually the most popular place for students is the Sugarhouse, which opens Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This place is run by Lancaster University Students Union and only opens to students of Lancaster and Cumbria (though you can bring a non-student friend with you as long as you are able to sign them in at entry). Don’t worry about getting to sugar either, the Sugarbus comes periodically to take you there and bring you back to campus. The times are listed below.

To find out more on the Sugarhouse, click here. 

Other popular clubs include Dalton Rooms, Hustle and the brand new Generation Bar which is taking over from Chupito. Dalton Rooms is located in Dalton Square, and popular for its Lollipop Mondays (soon to become Skint Mondays) and Cheese-on-toast Thursdays. To note: Glow Rooms is part of Daltons, just to clear up any potential confusion.

Hustle is located next door to Wetherspoons on Spring Garden Street and is popular for its cheap drinks, ball pit and DJ Wez. You really have to experience Hustle for yourself before your mind is made up about it.

As for Lancaster’s bars and pubs, the main ones (and popular for students) are Wetherspoons, The Crafty Scholar, Hogarths (for all you gin lovers), Sphere, The Study Room, Mint, Pendle Witch and many more! If you don’t get a chance to visit these bars during Freshers Week, you definitely will at the Furness 15 Hour Bar Crawl in November!

 

Food

I bet you’re all wondering where the best places to eat are, hm? Unfortunately, Lancaster is lacking in the Nandos and Wagamama department, but there are still plenty of places to go!

In terms of fast food (and post-night-out scran) there’s the standard Mcdonalds and KFC (also Subway, though there is one on campus which opens until 4am). There are also plenty of takeaways, such as Starvin’ Marvin, Simply Delicious, among others who are always open until early hours, as well as Dominos, Golden Jade (Chinese food), Nice n Spicy and Bombay Balti (Indian Food) who all deliver to campus.

If you’re looking for restaurants, you can find a Bella Italia and Pizza Hut (though the latter is nearer the north of town, behind Farmfoods). There are some lovely independent places, such as Mollys and Paulo Gianni’s (if you’re feeling Italian). Pubs such as the White Cross and Merchants, as well as the Study Room and the Crafty Scholar all serve delicious food. And you can never go wrong with a W  etherspoons.

There are plenty cafes around town, alongside your standard Costa and Starbucks, and if you like Greggs, you’ve come the right place. For treats, Patisserie Valerie and Kaspa’s desserts are new to town!

 

Things to Do

If you’re looking for things to do or see around Lancaster, here are some things to start with:

  • Go to the cinema (Vue, Church Street – £4.99 for a student ticket)
  • Visit Lancaster Castle (Tours being held in fresher’s week – click here)
  • Williamson Park (for the beautiful views, walking up the Ashton Memorial and the mini zoo – with meerkats!) Go here for more info.

Below is a map of the city centre. The arrows point the direction of the one-way system around town. You’ll want to keep this in mind when driving.

City Living

Obviously, you don’t need to worry about moving off campus before you’ve even moved in, but here’s some info for when you start looking. For those moving into town, there is off-campus accommodation known as Chancellors Wharf on Aldcliffe Road. Find out more about it here.

However, if you’re planning to move into a shared house, the more popular letting agents are LUSU Living (who are part of Lancaster University Student Union), Yellow Door Lets and Student Housing Lancaster. If you need some extra help finding a place when the time comes to it, Lancaster University Homes is a website dedicated to helping you find safe, legitimate off-campus accommodation that has been approved by the university. Check out the website here.

And that’s about it for now folks. If we’ve missed something you want to know, or if you have any questions at all about the uni or Furness College, message the Furness Facebook page and we’ll do our best to answer them. And hey, this is just the basic stuff, there is so much more of Lancaster to discover for yourselves…roll on October!

Guide to campus coming soon…

#MightyFurness

Freshers Countdown… 4 Weeks to go!

Hey Freshers!
Welcome to the Furness freshers’ blog. In the next couple of weeks leading up to Welcome Week, here is where you can find the information you need to prepare for student life at Lancaster. We will be sharing tips on decorating, on settling into uni life, and giving you guides on both Lancaster and the University so that you will hopefully feel more at ease come Moving In Day! Today, let’s talk decorating!

Decorating your new room at university is such a fun thing to do to really personalise your space and make it your own, as is super important to do when you’re moving into this new and strange place. In Furness, every bedroom is provided with a desk, shelving, drawers, a wardrobe, a bin and a pinboard, and then either a sink in the bedroom or an ensuite toilet, depending on which accommodation you opted for. This means that there is plenty of ways to add originality to your new bedroom! I had the most fun with this because it really felt like the first step to becoming my own person and having my own space. The best advice I can give is to make it super homely, and so that you feel like you always have a piece of your home with you while you are away. This, obviously, can be done in so many ways. One way did this was using the same little air freshener in my room as we use at home, just to have a familiar smell. Here are some other ways that I made my uni room my own…

Pictures and posters! My pinboard in my room was covered with pictures of my friends and family, just as a reminder of home, whereas my flatmates had posters of their favourite TV shows. Little things like this really give you the opportunity to show your personality through your decoration. And, a lot of the time it is a great way to bond with your flatmates as they can act as a great icebreaker!

Fairy lights! These are another fab way to make your room feel very cosy, especially after those long days of lectures when all you really want to do is snuggle down with a cup of tea and watch Netflix and let the rest of the world go on without you for a little while. And, fairy lights are a great alternative to candles, which unfortunately you can’t have in your uni room for fire safety reasons – just make sure that you follow college rules and only use battery pack fairy lights (also for safety reasons)!

A blanket. Going back to the whole homely idea – blankets or throws are the easiest way to make your bedroom super cosy, especially in the winter time!

A plant. As if you don’t already need more responsibility going to uni… Just kidding (sort of)! A plant is a really nice way to bring some life into your room. You could even name it too if you’re missing your pets while you’re away!

Here is an example of how you could decorate your room:

And, to round it off here’s a list of things that you might like to pack with you to make things a little bit easier when you get to uni:
– Doorstop – to keep your door open, obviously. This is something I would consider essential, and open door policy really helped me and my flat bond in the first couple of weeks at uni! (If you forget, you can always use a tea towel and that works just as well)
– Lamp – but no halogen bulbs! (And only battery pack fairy lights, and NO candles)
– Washing basket – this makes things MUCH easier when you have to go down to the laundry
– Extension lead – for all those devices!
– Washing rack
– This one is optional, but one I definitely found useful in standard accommodation, some cheap plastic drawers for the bottom of my wardrobe and a plastic box just for shoe storage!

I think that’s it for now… but don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions! Really looking forward to meeting you all soon!