Preston is a small city with a huge personality. Lively, culturally diverse and friendly, it offers plenty of activities and events. Rated as one of the cheapest UK cities for students, in 2016 it was named as best city to live and work in the North West.
Nightlife and culture
- The SU's Source Bar is a great on-campus place to grab food, drinks and meet with friends. Popular events include karaoke on Tuesdays and the Source Quiz on Sundays.
- Warehouse, Evoque, Popworld, Roper Hall and the Adelphi are among the city's most popular music and drinking venues. Two large cinema chains are based in the city.
- Independent food and drink outlets are popular with students (Coco's, Kimji, Townhouse and Tang's), alongside an array of national burger, pizza and chicken outlets.
- The Level features activities from an indoor assault course and laser tag, to karaoke rooms and a sports bar.
- The city is home to Championship football team Preston North End. The club is one of the 12 founder members of the Football League, offering discounted prices to students.
- The university guarantees accommodation for all first-year students. Students may stay in UCLan halls for all years of study.
- Students live in flats that include a kitchen diner and, in some halls, a communal area with sofas and TV.
- Room options include economy, standard, premium-standard or en suite bedrooms, priced accordingly.
- All UCLan halls are self-catered, inclusive of all bills, with free internet access and 24-hour security.
- UCLan has a wide range of university owned/managed accommodation, as well as having links with approved private providers.
Accommodation costs 2019/2020
£75- £121 per week
- A large range of sports clubs, societies, media and volunteering opportunities help students make new friends and develop skills.
- Free, friendly, confidential and independent Advice Centre. Available to all students, it provides support in a number of areas.
- The heart of the on-campus social scene, hot food, drinks and deals are available daily in the Atrium Café and Source Bar.
- Compact and central, the city-centre campus is 10 minutes' walk from the city centre and 5 minutes' walk from halls of residence.
- The university runs a free safety bus to get students home after a night out, and regular free buses to UCLan's Sports Arena.
- UCLan runs heavily subsidised term-time daily buses for students from Blackpool and East Lancashire.
- The train and bus stations are major transport hubs, with links to London, Manchester, Liverpool, the Lake District and Glasgow.
- Free bike checks, discounted bike locks and cycle storage options are available along with discounted public transport tickets.
- The university's Opportunities Centre details part-time and full-time jobs to fit around students' timetables.
- UCLan employs a team of paid student ambassadors to help with a wide range of corporate activities.
- The city centre provides plenty of opportunities for part-time work in local shops, cafés and bars.
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