Cartmel college residences were opened in 1968. The Cartmel building was designed by the Manchester based architect, Haydyn Smith. Smith designed the college in such a way as to expose it to as much natural light as possible. The college was also dominated by a number of large, multi-purpose grassed areas that were very popular during the warmer months. Extra residences were built in 1969 to cope with the expanding student population.
In 2003 Cartmel’s College Syndicate decided to embrace the university’s offer to relocate the college down to south west campus with brand new entirely en-suite accommodation and new facilities and college offices. After some negotiation it was decided that Cartmel would take the refurbished Barker House Farm complex as the centre of their college. the farm houses the college offices, porters lodge, bar and Junior Common Room, with the accommodation built around it. Along with Lonsdale College, Cartmel is one of only two Lancaster colleges to boast entirely en-suite accommodation.
The College is established under the Statutes of the University. Internally, the key committees which run the College are College Council, College Management and College Syndicate. College Management is an informal committee of College Officers which meets every alternate week to keep abreast of day-to-day matters to do with the running of the college. College Council meetings alternate with College Management. College Council consists of College Officers and the JCR executive and is, essentially, the body which concerns general policy of the college. College Syndicate meets much less often and consists of all SCR members and some JCR representatives. Its main responsibility is to decide matters of major policy affecting the College. The College is represented by the Principal on Senate, as is the JCR through various student representative bodies. College affairs come under a Pro Vice Chancellor of Colleges, who oversees the general conduct of the Colleges, including the appointment of College Officers, the setting of budgets and so on.
• President: Sam Fitton
• Vice-President: Emma Hawkes
• Chairman: Kat Goulding
• Treasurer: Robbie Pickles
• Education and Welfare Officers: Jo Green and William Parkinson
• Equal Opportunities Officer: Matt Bruce and Helen Thompson
• Social Secretaries: Bethany Robyn Evans and Michael Phelan
• Sports Representatives: Erin Mitchell and James William Cornish
• Magazine Editors: Rachael Pratt and Stephen Ashby
• Publicity Officers: Hannah Place and Sian Brigham
• Webmaster: Michael Benson
• Audio-Visual Technician: Jonny Casey