Student life in Lancaster:

Fylde College

A Lancaster University college that loves sports and events! Fylde has plenty of accommodation making for a very sociable college.

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Introduction

Named after the Fylde region, Fylde college opened officially in 1971 within the centre of campus, as one of nine colleges within Lancaster university. As an active college, Fylde take pride in their strong focus on sports and events, and overall inclusivity. The college also have several accommodation blocks for students, all aptly named after windmills in the Fylde area. The Mill, Fylde’s very own bar, is the college’s main social hub, with regular activities and events taking place. Fylde college also have several sports teams and regularly compete in inter-college tournaments and annual events, such as the Carter Shield, as well as regular quizzes in the bar, leading to the popular University Challenge style quiz at the end of the year.

History

The construction of Fylde college began in 1968, before officially opening its doors as the sixth college on campus in 1970. It actually began accepting students in 1969 due to completing ahead of schedule and £125,000 under budget. The formation of Fylde college was established by a small group of lecturers, known as the ‘College 6’. Fylde was originally designed to be a commune-style college, led predominantly by the students themselves. The college proved a success and later expanded in the 80s and 90s, with four more blocks. In 2005, Fylde college was separated into two sites across campus, offering ensuite student accommodation, but was later combined into the original site when the main blocks were demolished to create improved accommodation.
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The Fylde Name

When Fylde college officially opened in 1970, they took on the motto ‘seek truth in the field’, referring to a world outside of university. Named after the Fylde region, which spans the area between the Forest of Bowland and the Irish Sea. Historically, there were over 35 windmills scattered along the Fylde Coast, with only a few remaining. The college chose to use the Windmill as the official college logo, paying homage to the history of the Fylde region. Each of the accommodation blocks are also named after old windmills from the Fylde, known as the Windmill Blocks.

Accommodation

All accommodation facilities throughout Fylde college are ensuite, with either standard or superior available. With having a central location, the college is within easy reach of the main campus buildings, shops and amenities. The woodland walk trail is very close to Fylde Main Windmill blocks, allowing for a peaceful walk away from the hustle and bustle of campus. The Windmill Blocks at Fylde Main provides modern superior ensuite student rooms, fully furnished and ready to move into, with desk, chair, bed and lots of storage. The Windmill Blocks also boast their own wetroom pods, complete with a shower, toilet and sink. There are shared kitchen facilities for every 8 students, which are all kitted out with modern appliances and your very own storage space for food. Fylde’s standard ensuite accommodation is located within George Fox and also comes fully furnished with furniture and ample storage as well as shower facilities within each room. Every floor of George Fox boasts its own common room for relaxing or socialising with friends, complete with TV and comfortable furniture. Kitchens in George Fox are shared between 10 students, with all appliances and storage available.

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Events

Fylde is a college that has great emphasis on sports, offering a wide variety of team sports and social events for college members. There are plenty of both indoor and outdoor sports available at Fylde college, for students of all abilities. The college has four men’s football teams, three women’s netball teams and two means pool teams as well as a lady’s pool team and other bar sports teams such as darts and even dominoes! The Mill bar is incredibly popular for all the teams, with regular events and tournaments and a great place to celebrate. Trials for all the teams usually take place in the first couple of weeks of term, so it’s a good idea to get your name down if you’re interested in try-outs. If sports aren’t quite your thing, The Mill offer a popular Sunday night quiz, whether you want to relax with friends or are a serious quiz-goer. In which case, you can also take part in the annual University Challenge style quiz, against all other undergraduate colleges. There are also plenty of other inter-college events that take place throughout the year, including the sustainability challenge, giving students the opportunity to take part in the environmental debate by pitching ideas to a panel of judges. Fylde college also take part in the Carter Shield, involving a number of sports events taking place every fortnight, before the winner is crowned at the end of the year. Finally, Fylde take pride in their participation in the university Charities Challenge, raising funds and awareness for their chosen charity, through a variety of activities including talent shows, bake sales and much more!

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