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Attending a university Open Day

Our next Preston Open Day is on Sunday 16 October 2022 from 9.00am - 3.00pm. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus.

Before you visit, it's important to prepare for your Open Day so you can get the most out of your experience. Take a look at our guidance below to help you plan your day.

This page includes information about:

  • Key steps to getting the most out of your Open Day
  • Campus, accommodation and Preston city centre tours
  • Meeting current students, tutors and our Student Support teams
  • Travelling to campus
  • Student Support talks
  • Subject talks, Q&A panels, taster sessions and subject tours

Key steps to getting the most out of your Open Day

Below is a guide to making the most out of your Open Day. The schedule was for our June Open Day. They are here to give you an idea of the timings on the day and are subject to change.

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Check-in on arrival

Our check-in point is the Student Centre and opens at 8.50am. Have your QR code ready to scan and don’t forget to bring the programme you received in the post. You can pick up a campus map from our friendly check-in staff.

Don’t worry if you’re running late, you can check in throughout the day. 

Student volunteers holding a 'campus tours' sign
Explore the campus and city centre

Take a look around our Preston Campus on one of our guided Campus tours. Tours are taking place throughout the day and leave from upstairs in the Student Centre. The last one leaves at 2.00pm and takes approximately 45 minutes.

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Meet students, tutors and Student Support teams

Want to find out more about how our Student Support services can help you get the most out of University life? Fancy chatting to an expert tutor about undergraduate or postgraduate courses? Or maybe you want to hear from one of our current students about what life is really like at UCLan.

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Discover our accommodation

There’s something special about coming to stay in university accommodation, especially if it’s your first time away from home. As well as the convenience of living on campus, you'll be part of a welcoming halls community. You’ll meet new friends and socialise together– sharing experiences and making memories. It’s important to us that it feels like your home from home.

Travelling to campus

It’s easy to reach our Preston campus, by rail, bus or car. We’re located in the heart of the city centre, just a 10 minute walk from Preston Railway Station and Preston Bus Station. 

If you’re travelling by car, you can park for free on any of our University Car Parks. We have also arranged extra free parking spaces on a nearby private car park. The closest to the Student Centre are listed below.

  • Fylde Road Car Park (PR1 2XN)
  • Walker Street Car Park (PR1 2RQ)
  • Roeburn Car Park (PR2 2QQ)
  • Leighton Car Park (PR1 7EX)
  • Victoria Car Park (PR1 7QS)
  • Harrington Car Park (PR1 7BG)

On arrival please head to our Student Centre (PR1 2HE) to check-in and pick up our Open Day campus map.

Want a digital copy of the campus map?

Student support talks

Our talks are packed with lots of useful advice. This includes tips on writing your personal statement and submitting your application. You can also find out about student finance and our accommodation.

View below for an example of times and locations. The schedule was for our June Open Day. They are here to give you an idea of the timings on the day and are subject to change.

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Student life talk (30 mins)
Find out what student life is really like and how UCLan can support you. Our current students will be here to answer all your questions and share their top tips.

10.20am – 10.50am Brook Building, Ground Floor, Room 008
10.50am – 11.20am Brook Building, Ground Floor, Room 008
1.00pm – 1.30pm Foster Building, Ground Floor, Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema

Personal statement workshop (30 mins)
Get the lowdown on how to write an impressive personal statement that will help your university application stand out from all the rest.

9.40am – 10.10am Brook Building, Ground Floor, Room 008
1.00pm – 1.30pm Greenbank Building, Ground Floor, Lecture Theatre

Student finance talk (30 mins)
Find out everything you need to know about funding your studies, including applying for a Student Loan, the day-to-day costs of student life, and other financial support available. We'll be happy to answer all your questions.

10.20am – 10.50am 

Greenbank Building, Ground Floor, Lecture Theatre

12 noon – 12.30pm 

Foster Building, Ground Floor, Lecture Theatre 3

Accommodation talk (30 mins)
Get information about the type of accommodation on offer at UCLan.

11.00am – 11.30am

Brook Building, Ground Floor, Room 013

2.00pm – 2.30pm

Foster Building, Ground Floor, Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema

Find the course that's right for YOU

Our subject talks, facilities tours, Q&A panels and taster sessions will give you everything you need to know about your course.

Each session lasts about 30 minutes (unless stated), and you can attend as many as you like. Many of our subject sessions run twice throughout the day so you can choose the times that suit you.

The schedule below was for our June Open Day. They are here to give you an idea of the timings on the day and are subject to change.

Subject talks
You’ll get an overview of the subject and courses from our teaching staff. This includes course content, entry requirements, placement options and career destinations.
Subject tours
Some subjects offer a tour of the facilities you’ll use on the course, a tour of the department or a tour of student work. You’ll find the meeting point in the subject listings.
Taster sessions
Join an interactive taster session to experience what it’s like to study at UCLan. All available taster sessions are displayed in the subject listings.
Q&A panels
Get answers to your most burning questions! Join one of our Q&A panels to hear from our alumni, expert tutors or students. Find all available Q&A panels in the subject listings.

Subject listings

Check the A-Z subject listings below to find the times and locations of the subject talks, tours, taster sessions and Q&A panels. The schedule was for our June Open Day. They are here to give you an idea of the timings on the day and are subject to change. 

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Fair at Students Union

Welcome to your Students' Union

University life isn’t only about your studies. The Students' Union is here to make life better for students. Get involved in all sorts of activities, opportunities and social events, as well as student representation. With over 100 sports clubs and societies to join, there's something for everyone. Visit the Student Centre any time during our Open Day to learn more about the vast opportunities on offer.

Vist the SU website