Festive Holiday Checklist

Things to Remember before going home for Christmas.

Book your travel home ASAP.
If you haven’t already sorted out your travel arrangements, make sure you do it now!
If you’re travelling home on the train, remember that the earlier you book your journey, the cheaper the tickets will generally be.
Plan the dates you’ll be travelling and try to be as flexible as possible to avoid any peak travelling times as much as possible. Try and reserve yourself a seat as soon as you have a date in mind. You’ll be most grateful for the seat when you see people resorting to sitting on the floor or suitcase because the train is so overcrowded!
Most train ticket websites like Virgin, National Rail, TransPennine and Northern allow you to book journeys up to 12 weeks ahead – and you can save up to 40% depending on where you’re travelling to and from.

Pre-Book Your Student Travel Tickets
Pre-Book Your Travel Tickets

The same applies if the Stagecoach, Megabus or National Express coaches are more your style, as seating is very limited.

Clear your room of festive decorations.
If you’ve had a tree and decorations up in your student accommodation, as painful as this might sound, you may want to think about taking them down and packing them away just before you head home for the festive holiday.

Student Christmas Tree
The Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree 

You don’t want to come back in late January with the post-Christmas blues, only to discover that you still need to take the tree and decorations down and Hoover all the glitter up.

Be Eco friendly and Don’t waste electricity & water.
Just before you all leave to go home, make sure everything electrical is turned off.
Electricals? Off.
Heating? Off.
Taps? Tightly closed.
And remember, this includes turning things off standby – you might want to unplug everything to be extra sure.

                Turn Electric and Taps off
Switch Off & Turn Off 

You don’t want to come back to a scary utility bills allowance usage when no one has even been at home over Christmas, or suffer that wave of panic where you’re 200 miles away but think you’ve left the iron on.
Also, if you’re living in shared accommodation, get everyone to do the same in their rooms!

Empty the fridge of any perishables and empty kitchen waste bins.
The worst thing you can do is head home for three or four weeks, only to return to milk that’s turned to cheese and the stench of food waste in the kitchen bin. Make sure the fridge is completely empty and the kitchen bins are emptied before you go. You’ll thank us for this later!

Keep Your Fidge a Clean
Give Your Fridge a Festive Clean!

The fridge will absolutely stink if you don’t, so make sure that you use up that student Christmas dinner leftovers before you head home.

Lock up securely.
Make sure all windows and doors are locked. If you’re in shared accommodation, make sure that everything in your room is locked away safely, and that the windows are shut.

Lock up securely
Lock up securely!

If you’re super worried about your items, double-check that you have them covered with some decent contents insurance.
Avoid telling the world via Social Media that you will be going home for Christmas and you’re Flat, Apartment or House will be vacant for any opportunist to pay a visit. You never know who you can trust these days…

Before you leave, Check and Double Check.
Just before you leave to go home, double-check you have all your important little bits and pieces, such as your passport and visa, purse or wallet, mobile phone, train, coach or airline ticket, ect.

Dont Forget Your Passport
Dont Forget Your Passport

It sounds stupid, but you don’t want to get to the airport only to find out you don’t have the documents or tickets to actually go anywhere.
This stuff happens, and if you’ve bought an advance ticket, the odds are that you’ll need to buy a brand new one on the spot which will cost you a fortune.

And Lastly, Remember.
On your return back to your student digs after your well deserved Christmas break, go through your checklist again to ensure you have all you need to take back with you.

Dont Be The One Locked Out
Dont Be The One Locked Out.

You will be surprised on how many students return to their digs late at night to find that they have left the keys to the accommodation miles away at home and cannot get in!

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Christmas at Lancaster Castle 2018

When: 15th and 16th December 2018.
Where: Castle Park, Lancaster LA1 1YQ

Xmas at Lancaster Castle

Lancastrians, students and visitors to the city of Lancaster are invited to come and celebrate Christmas at Lancaster Castle this December with a festive fayre for all the family.
The Christmas at the Castle market and courtyard’s will be FREE to Enter, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December 2018. Open daily between 10.30am to 5.00pm.

Lancaster Castle Christmas Market

Visit 40 stalls from local and regional artisans and makers, and find the perfect gifts for Christmas.  Stalls including handmade gifts and jewellery, wood crafts, aromatic candles, natural beauty products, photographic art and frames, artisan cheeses, chutneys and relishes, locally baked pies, traditional fudges and sweets, festive branded books, rare fine wines and specialist liqueurs and spirits.
A wide selection of hot and cold food stalls are also open, including handmade cupcakes and mellow marshmallows, hog roast, artisan coffee, breads and bakes, crepes and waffles.

Lancaster Castle Festive stage programme

Festive music will be playing all day, including sets by bell-ringers, Victorian carol-singers, brass bands, school bands, jazz pianists and a carnival street bands.  Everything you need to get you into the festive mood and full of Christmas cheer!

Why Not Visit Santa in his Winter Wonderland at Lancaster Castle

This Christmas ‘Step into the Story’ returns to Lancaster Castle to bring you another unique interactive festive experience! Meet Santa and Mrs Claus in style as you step into a magical winter wonderland at the glorious Lancaster Castle.

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Unipad Lancaster – Top 2018 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Unipad Black Friday 2017

Save the pennies at university with the Unipad Student Housing Lancaster latest collection of savvy student deals.

At Unipad our team have been busy searching for the best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for Students Living in Lancaster. By speaking to retailers and gathering tip offs we are able to list some of the biggest and best Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals for 2018!

If you come across anymore deals? Hit us up via our Unipad Lancaster Facebook page.

Amazon kicked off their 2017 Black Friday deals here early this year, with great offers across a huge range of categories. There are awesome deals on Amazon Kindle, Fire & Echo devices.
Save £35 on Echo (39% off) – Amazon Echo £54.99
Save £30 on the All-New Kindle Paperwhite £89.99
Save £30 on Echo Dot (2nd Gen) – £19.99 List: £49.99 (60% off).
Order online Click Here

Deals page live here. Various offers on appliances/tv’s and entertainment/computing/mobile phones etc. Check out the Unipad top picks here.
SIM Free Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB Mobile Phone – Save £220, Was £609.95 Now £389.95
Google Home Mini – Save £20, Was £49.00 Now £29
Fitbit Charge 2 – Save £30, Was £109.99 Now £79.99
Visit your local store at St Nicholas Arcades, 12-14 Perpignan Way, Lancaster, Lancashire.
Or online Click Here

Get up to 50% off all items both in-store or online. Plus free standard worldwide delivery.
Visit your local store at 5-7 Penny St, Lancaster, Lancashire.
Or online Click Here

New Look
Deals page is here. There’s up to 50% off everything so it’s a great chance to update your winter wardrobe. We are told that the deals will run until Cyber Monday.
Visit your local store at Marketgate Shopping Centre, Lancaster, Lancashire.
Or Online Click Here

The Body Shop
40% off hundreds of items here Use code 19805. Possibly further discounts on Black Friday.
Discover great offers and discounts on the Body Shop cruelty free and vegan beauty products from The Body Shop, inspired by the best of nature. Pamper yourself for less!
Visit your local store at 4-6 Market St, Lancaster, Lancashire.
Or Online Click Here

Happy Shopping!

Disclaimer: Information correct as of 24th November 2017. All promotions are not guaranteed.

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Happy Halloween

Wondering what to do in Lancaster This Halloween?

Happy Halloween Unipad Students

Sugarhouse of Horrors.
Your favourite SU nightclub is set to host a Halloween spectacular! Think Halloween costumes, disturbing décor, live performers and spooky surprises on the night.
When: 10:30pm–4am, Wednesday 31st October
Where: Sugarhouse, Lancaster city centre

Looking for something different? Join an all-day live reading of Mary Shelley’s famous gothic novel ‘Frankenstein’. Participants will read the novel aloud from 9am-8pm as part of an international ‘Frankenreads’ initiative to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. There is an open invitation to join in the event, dress up, bring Frankenstein-related bakes and cakes and be prepared to read and listen to others reading.
When: 9am–8pm, Wednesday 31st October
Where: Student Mixing Bay (room B117), English Literature and Creative Writing department, County Main

Around the City of Lancaster.
There’s lots happening in the city, from a Spooktacula Ghost Cruise along the canal and a Witchcraft Guided Walk, to a Halloween Party at Lancaster Castle and family activities at Salt Ayre. Head to the Visit Lancaster website to find more details
When: Various
Where: Various

Whatever you do this Halloween, Remember to stay safe and respect your fellow neighbours by keeping Noise to a Minimum

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Students Guide To Cooking

So, you have started back at university this year?

You’ve probably bought the cook books, packed your bags and even popped along to Ikea for some last minute cooking essentials – but did you remember to learn to cook???
If your skills in the kitchen leave a lot to be desired then fear not; Over the next few weeks “Unipad Luxury Student Homes Lancaster”, will come up with a few favourite student basics that will see you through your term and beyond, as well as saving you money!

Meal Plan 1: Pasta Bake
Pasta Bake

Gnocchi & tomato bake

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins:
Easy to make.
Serves 4.

A comforting veggie main packed with rich Italian flavours:

Nutrition: per serving:
kcal 285.
fat 7g.
saturates 3g.
carbs 50g.
sugars 8g.
fibre 4g.
protein 10g.
salt 1.64g.

1 tbsp olive oil.
1 onion, chopped.
1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped.
1 garlic clove, crushed.
400g can chopped tomatoes.
500g pack gnocchi.
Handful basil leaves, torn.
Half a 125g ball mozzarella, torn into chunks.

1. Heat grill to high. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan, and then soften 1 chopped onion and 1 finely chopped red pepper for 5 mins.
2. Stir in 1 crushed garlic clove, fry for 1 min, tip in 400g chopped tomatoes and 500g gnocchi, then bring to a simmer.
3. Bubble for 10-15 mins, stirring occasionally, until the gnocchi is soft and the sauce has thickened.
4. Season, stir through a handful of torn basil leaves, then transfer into a large ovenproof dish.
5. Scatter with torn chunks of half a 125g mozzarella ball, then grill for 5-6 mins until the cheese is bubbling and golden.

Gather your housemates or friends around the table (or sofa) and enjoy!

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Freshers Week 2018.

Welcome Week 2018 @ Lancaster University.

Lancaster University Welcome Week – sometimes known as freshers’ week – takes place on Monday 1st to Sunday 7th October 2018. It features a range of social and academic events designed to help ease you in to university life. You can find them all here in your Welcome Week schedule provided by Unipad Student Housing Lancaster.

Grizedale Welcome Week 2018

Saturday, September 29th at 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Location: Grizedale College
Grizedale Welcome Week 2018 BOOK NOW TO BUY YOUR FRESHERS PACKS…

Cartmel: Welcome Fair & BBQ

Saturday, September 29th at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come meet your new home! Throughout the day you will be able to: Collect your keys to move into your new flat. Meet your Fresher Reps & JCR. Get to find out all about the clubs and societies within Cartmel and the University and sign up for upcoming Sports Trials. Family-friendly BBQ to relax after all the hard work of moving in.

Parents’ Talks and Reception

Saturday, September 29th at 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
An opportunity for parents and carers to find out about the University and its services. Talks take place at 12, 1 and 2pm in George Fox Lecture Theatre 1. Free tea and coffee is also available, with university staff and local organisations happy to answer questions in the reception area.

Furness Freshers: BBQ and Music

Saturday, September 29th at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Furness Quad
Take a break from unpacking and head to Furness Quad for some BBQ food and music!

College Welcome (Furness)

Saturday, September 29th at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: George Fox Lecture Theatre 1
Find out essential information and meet the College team.
This is an essential event for all new College members including those who will live on and off campus.

College Welcome (Bowland)

Saturday, September 29th at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Great Hall
Find out essential information and meet the College team.
This is an essential event for all new College members including those who will live on and off campus.

College Photo

Saturday, September 29th at 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Bonnington Steps
We’re heading to Bonnington Steps to get the first picture of new class of Furnessians!

College Welcome (Grizedale)

Saturday, September 29th at 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: George Fox Lecture Theatre 1
Find out essential information and meet the College team.
This is an essential event for all new College members including those who will live on and off campus.

Curry Night

Saturday, September 29th at 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Bowland College
Get your new flatmates together and come down to Bowland Junior Common Room for a free curry.

College Welcome (Cartmel)

Saturday, September 29th at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Great Hall
Find out essential information and meet the College team.
This is an essential event for all new College members including those who will live on and off campus.

Furness Freshers: Furst Food

Saturday, September 29th at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Furness Foyer
Head to Furness Foyer with your new flatmates for some free food…
Head to Furness Foyer with your new flatmates for some free food! Details TBC

Hog Roast

Saturday, September 29th at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Grizedale College
Relax after your day of moving in by coming to the bar and enjoy a free hog roast, one of Grizedale’s many traditions!

White T-Shirt Party

Saturday, September 29th at 9:00 pm – 3:00 am
ts your first party of welcome week! Grab your plain white t-shirt from your freshers packs and a pen and write your names on everyones t-shirts! A great way to see GZ Bar and meet loads of new people!

Red&Black Party – Bowland and Luedms

Saturday, September 29th at 10:00 pm – 1:00 am
Location: Bowland JCR Room and Bar
Bowland and LUEDMS collab for an epic start to the week…
Bowland and LUEDMS collab for an epic start to the week. Freshers in Red, Reps in Black

More events will be added to the schedule in the build up to Welcome Week and some details may change. Please check with Lancaster university before making any arrangements.

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First Student House

Humorous Things You Learn About Each Other When You Move Into Your First Student House!

Students Sharing a House

1/. You will learn to accept a lower standard of hygiene.
Because cleaning rotas never work.
And cleaning takes FOREVER.
And kitchens and bathrooms get really gross, REALLY quickly.
Basically, nothing will ever be completely clean.

2/. You’ll learn that other people have really weird eating habits.
Actually, other people just have really weird habits in general

3/. You’ll learn that drunk flatmates you live with can be really, really stupid.

4/. You’ll learn the hard way that turning the heating on is a controversial topic.

5/. And that there is no house rule about what belongs to who.
And those arguments about milk are inevitable.

8/. At the most inconvenient times, you’ll learn that there will always be one person who constantly forgets their keys, meaning you have to stay in/wait up for them.

9/. You’ll learn that people who don’t wash up are annoying.
You’ll learn how easy it is to want to murder someone over something as simple as the washing up.

10/. But people who do wash up, but do a really bad job of it, are literally the WORST.

11/. You’ll learn that passive aggressive notes are a much better option than actually confronting people in a mature manner.

12/. You’ll learn that no one will ever take responsibility for taking out the bin.
But you’ll also learn that the bin can ALWAYS be pushed down further.

13/. Similarly, you’ll learn that no one will ever take responsibility for cleaning the oven.
And it’ll likely be you who’ll cave, but you’ll have NO IDEA how to do it.

14/. You’ll learn that having a fear of tea towels isn’t actually as ridiculous as it sounds.

15/. You’ll realise that you definitely didn’t praise your mum for her home-cooking enough.
In fact, you’ll learn that your mum did a lot more than you ever gave her credit for.

16/. When you visit home, you’ll learn that there IS a SIGNIFICANT difference between 1 ply and 3 ply toilet paper.

17/. Embarrassed when something breaks and instead of calling the landlord to report this, you’ll just learn to live with it.

18/. You’ll learn that it’s true what they say: you don’t know someone until you live with them.

19/. And you’ll learn that if you’re still friends with someone after living with them, you’re bound to be friends for life.

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Fringe To Showcase In Lancaster

Fringe Preview Showcase at The Storey Lancaster

Calling All Lancaster Students! Fancy a Free Night Out?


This Summer, The Storey brings you a spectacular showcase of dance, theatre, kids entertainment and comedy as part of our Fringe Preview event – the first of its kind in Lancaster.
They have teamed up with three of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s best venues – Zoo, Sweet & Greenside – to bring the flavour of the world’s biggest arts and culture festival to new audiences across our City.
And the best part is … it’s all completely FREE!


Currently confirmed acts include:

  • James Candlin
  • Boxlit Theatre – Romeo and Juliet
  • Bubbles in concert
  • Ash Caton – The Rise of Donald in 40 Downfalls
  • Autin Dance Theatre – Queer Words
  • Lord Hicks
  • Laura Careless – She-Wolves
  • Michelle Zahner – A Modern Guide to Heroism & Sidekickery
  • The Sensemaker – Womens Move

Date & Directions:
June 29th, 2018 to July 1st, 2018
The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

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Top 3 Places To Visit in Lancaster

The spring bank holiday, also known as the late May bank holiday, is a time for people in the United Kingdom to have a day off work, university or school. It falls on the last Monday of May but it used to be on the Monday after Pentecost.
Unipad Student Housing Lancaster has by hand, selected 3 top attractions in Lancaster to visit during the long Spring Bank Holiday Weekend!

1/. Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle

Dating back 1,000 years, this hilltop grade I-listed fortress was a prison for centuries. Outside London, more people were hanged here than anywhere else in England, earning Lancaster the sobriquet of ‘the hanging town’.
You no longer need to be a criminal to visit Lancaster Castle. Since 2013, it’s been open to tourists.

2/. Coffee quarter

Atkinsons Coffee

J.Atkinson & Co coffee roasters, established in 1837, claims to be the city’s oldest business. New owners are injecting the city with a caffeine buzz. With two cafes outlets n Lancaster; “The Hall” and “The Music Room”, The Hall won ‘best flat white in the UK’ in 2013.

3/. Lancaster Canal


With 43 miles of lock-free canal winding its way through Lancaster and the surrounding farmland.  In the 19th century a horse-drawn passenger boat operated on the canal, Now visitors can take a diesel-powered pleasure cruise across an impressive Georgian aqueduct over the River Lune. A return trip of 4.2 miles takes nearly two hours and costs around £7.50



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10 Reasons to Choose Lancaster University

10 Reasons Why Lancaster University Is The Greatest University Of All Time.

Lancaster Uni To 10 Reasons

Here are some of the reasons why Lancaster Uni is just the GREATEST.
1. If you’re into exotic birds!, You will find ducks waddling around all over the campus.
2. If you’re feeling hungry, there is a Greggs right in the centre of campus.
3. The notoriously infamous (debatable?) Student Union run Sugarhouse.
4. The library is open for access 24/7. A good place to visit after a late night at the Sugarhouse.
5. There is a collegiate system and college pride.
6. We are the victors when it comes to Roses.
7. Every college has their own bar and common rooms.
8. In your first year, you have the flexible option of taking up a minor. (Apart from your chosen major, why not take up something else that you’re interested in?)
9. Lancaster University is voted one of the most scenic universities in the UK.
10. They have a Woodland Trail that encompasses the outskirts of the University.

Top 10 and rising
Maybe it’s the fact that Lancaster University happens to be ranked in the top 10 in all UK Major League Tables?  Or perhaps it’s the fact that it’s one of the most vibrant urban centres in the UK? Well, here are what some of the critics have to say…
“A Top 10 University.” – The Times/Sunday Times, The Guardian.
“The best student experience possible.” – The Students.
“The most capable and employable graduates.” – The Employers.
“We simply cannot compete.” – York University.

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