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When you’re ready to hit the town you’ll discover that Burnley is a thriving place filled with things to entertain you at any time of the day or night.

A short walk from campus takes you right into the heart of it. You’ll find a multi-screen cinema, bowling alley, art gallery, sports centre and Burnley Mechanics theatre – it’s the place to enjoy some of the finest live bands, comedians, musicals and plays. If you’re planning to catch up with friends then you can get together for a coffee or a bite to eat in one of Burnley’s many coffee shops, bistros, bars and restaurants. When it comes to eating out you’re spoiled for choice. You can tuck into tasty cuisine from all over the world, from British Sunday roasts to Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean-style, Spanish tapas and more.

If it’s retail therapy you’re after then Charter Walk Shopping Centre is packed with big name stores, independent boutiques and beauty salons. Don’t forget that many stores will offer you exclusive student discounts if you show your NUS Extra card. You can also scout out bargains in Burnley’s massive award-winning indoor market.

The town also boasts a thriving nightlife, whether you’re seeking a refreshing pint in a traditional pub, a leisurely cocktail in a late night speakeasy-style lounge, or just want to party the night away in one of its pulsating nightclubs. Many venues host student nights with special offers and exciting events.

In short, life in Burnley is never boring. But whenever you’re ready to venture further afield you’ll discover some of the North West's biggest attractions within easy reach of our campus. The bright lights of Manchester and UCLan’s main campus in Preston are only 25 miles away and easily reached by direct train and bus services. For a truly memorable day out you can head to Blackpool, the Lake District, Leeds, Liverpool or the Yorkshire Dales – all conveniently located just an hour’s drive away.

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