Flying Start

Flying Start offers new students the chance to experience life at UCLan before starting in September. We know the transition to University life can be difficult and you may be nervous - we aim to help you understand what to expect whilst making a few new friends along the way.

The event is FREE for ALL students who have chosen us as their first choice University. All of your basic needs are covered so you’ll only need to pay for your travel to and from UCLan and some spending money for the evening social activities (residential event only).

On our residential events, we offer you the opportunity to stay on campus overnight in one of our Halls of Residence so you can experience what life at UCLan is really like. Or you can attend a non-residential event, which is ideal if you already know the area, or have commitments that prevent you from staying overnight. Whatever your needs, we will have something to suit. We aim to be fully inclusive so if you have any special requirements please let us know and we will do our best to support you.

Get a head start by meeting many new students who will be starting their courses at the same time as you; creating a network of supportive friends before you start your journey at UCLan.

Get to know all about the University and what it is like to be a student at UCLan through a variety of fun lectures, presentations and seminar groups led by our current student PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Supporters). Information is much more relatable if it comes from someone who has lived through the same experiences as you. That’s why our PALS are current 2nd and 3rd students here at UCLan.

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Why attend Flying Start?

Research tells us that students who have attended a Flying Start event are far more likely to progress to the second year of their studies and will be more likely to complete their undergraduate degree.

By attending Flying Start, you’ll gain extensive knowledge of how to manage your life as a student and learn where to access help when you need it, through the Support Services with UCLan.

Get a head start by meeting many new students who will be starting their courses at the same time as you; creating a network of supportive friends before you start your journey at UCLan.



“I just want to thank everyone at Flying Start, it was a pleasure for me to be surrounded by positive people who only want us to succeed. This event is amazing and it brings everyone together - it turned out to be one of the highlights of the year so far for me, I cannot wait until September.”

Boudy – Flying Start 2015

“I came on the Flying Start event (non-residential) last September and was blown away by how much I enjoyed myself and how much I learnt about the University. I will always remember my experience as enjoyable thanks to the PALS as they were so positive, energetic and friendly.”

Hollie - Flying Start 2015

"I would like to thank everyone who was involved in Flying Start this week, it was a fantastic two days and all the PALS were fantastic. I definitely feel more ready for uni now and know where to go if or when I have any issues."

Emma - Flying Start 2014

“I just wanted to say thank you for organising the Flying Start events. I already feel better organised and less nervous about the prospect of going to university. The seminars I attended were informative and full of valuable advice and the PALS were generous, approachable and helped make the experience both fun and memorable.”

John - Flying Start 2014


How to Apply

Once you have an offer of a place at UCLan and you have confirmed us as your first choice of university, you can reserve your Flying Start place.

You can complete our online application form and return to us via email.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so book your place today.

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Contact Us

Flying Start
Foster Mezzanine 02
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE

Tel: 01772 893112.