Preston venue hire


At our Preston Campus, we have a wide selection of meeting, training and event spaces that are adaptable to suit your requirements. Find out more about our venue hire options below.

Find your venue

Based within walking distance of Preston train station, we offer spaces across a range of buildings on-campus. Our rooms range from small comfortable classrooms to large lecture theatres, with a maximum capacity of 470 delegates. Our specialist outdoor event spaces are also available throughout the year for corporate receptions, live music, community events, markets and more.

Situated in the heart of Lancashire, Preston boasts convenient accessibility, being well-connected by major transportation networks, including rail and road links. The city's rich history and architecture provide a unique backdrop for any event. Take a look at the spaces we have on offer below. 

Outdoor spaces 

  1. The Rooftop Terrace on our Student Centre offers a relaxed event space overlooking Preston.

    With a maximum capacity of 120 people, the terrace is ideal for summer parties and corporate events.

    As part of our commitment to green spaces on campus, we have welcomed a population of bees to our Student Centre roof. Their hives are situated just outside of the roof terrace, meaning they are perfectly situated to pollinate the gardens.

    There are some restrictions on when we can book out this space during term-time, please get in touch to discuss availability.

    student centre rooftop garden
  2. Located in front of our new Student Centre, the University Square offers a large outdoor space ideal for a range of events. Mains power available, suitable for event infrastructure. Premises Licence in place.
    The square is approx. 2000m2 with capacity for up to 4000 people (dependant on event set-up).

    Rates for full-day or 4-hour hire available.

    Arial shot of UCLan's University Square with marquee and crowd
  3. Located between Foster Building and the EIC Building, Foster Square offers a medium sized outdoor space suitable for a variety of events. Some mains power available, suitable for event infrastructure.
    The square is approx. 1000m2 with capacity of up to 2000 people (dependant on event set-up).

    Rates for full-day or 4-hour hire available.

    Arial shot of Foster Square during summer graduation
  4. UCLan Sports Arena

    Our Sports Arena is Preston’s premier multi-sports venue. We cater for a wide range of outdoor sports. We are also experienced in organising and delivering successful corporate events. We can tailor events to suit the needs of your organisation and there are a number of activities you can choose from.

    For Sports Arena bookings, please contact the team via email or telephone

Indoor spaces

  1. This central hub offers our students access to a range of support services and space to study while enjoying refreshments from the café.  

    We can book out spaces across this open plan building for evening events and at weekends during term-time. We have more flexibility for weekday events outside of term time. 

    Upper ground social spaces

    Both of our Upper Ground Social Spaces are suitable for informal dining and networking.

    With a capacity of 300, each space includes large round tables, fixed sofa style seating and some movable tables and chairs.

    We encourage viewing of these spaces prior to booking.

    Lower ground floor

    Our Lower Ground Floor includes a café, foyer and Student Support area.

    Booking of these spaces is restricted during term time, however, we have some flexibility during the summer months.

    The Lower Ground Floor often works well as a base for an event registration desk, allowing you to easily direct guests to the Upper Ground Floor or Roof Terrace.

  2. Foster Social Space is protected for student use during term-time. Outside of term time we can book it out for a range of events.

    The furniture in the space is usually not movable. If you wish to do this, please let us know when you contact us.

    The social space is also next to Foster Refectory, allowing more space for larger events.

  3. We have a wide range of classroom spaces available. Our classrooms come with a range of seating capacities. The majority of rooms are fully equipped with presentation facilities.

    Room layouts can be changed to suit your needs, for example, theatre style, cabaret or boardroom.

    Capacities range from 1 to 120 people.

  4. We have a wide range of lecture theatres available. Our lecture theatres have a range of seating capacities and are fully equipped with presentation facilities.

    Capacities range from 36 to 470 people.

  5. Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre

    Named after a Preston and England footballing legend, the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre is our multi-million-pound, state-of-the-art indoor facility located at the heart of our Preston Campus.

    For Sports Centre bookings, please contact the team via email or telephone

  6. As a University, we have a range of specialist spaces, from laboratories, performance spaces, clinics and training areas such as our crime scene flats and moot courtroom. Not all of our specialist spaces are currently available for hire, however, if you are interested in a particular venue, please let us know and we can look into options for you.

Preston venue hire pricing

We offer a personalised service and will provide you with a tailored quote on receipt of your enquiry.

However, we recognise that price is a major factor when booking venues, so, we have provided an overview of our pricing below.

Bookings and Enquiries

To make an enquiry please complete the form linked below and a member of the team will be in touch.

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