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Student life

At the University of Central Lancashire, you'll make friends for life, explore your potential and discover new passions. There are plenty more reasons why you'll love living in the North West too.

A day in the life on our Preston campus

If you're wondering what a typical day on campus might look like, explore our 360 gallery below to get a feel for life at university. 

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students play pool in roper hall

Social life

With campuses in Preston, Burnley, Westlakes and even Cyprus, you’ll never be short of things to do and places to see. From restaurants and bars to sports arenas and cinema trips, there’s plenty to do wherever you study. If you’re looking for things to do in Preston, visit our Discover Preston page for inspiration. Considering studying at our Burnley or Westlakes campuses? Take a look at Discover Burnley and our Westlakes Campus page to discover more about student life in these places.

the square outside the students' union during freshers week

The Students' Union

The Students’ Union is at the heart of student life at UCLan. The SU organises events throughout the year, and provides support to students who need it. The SU is home to our many fabulous societies, from Airsoft and entrepreneurship, to photography, debating, media and sport. There are also plenty of political, religious and national groups that you can join. You'll find plenty of likeminded people at UCLan. If you can’t find a society you’re interested in, then the SU will help you set up your own.

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Three female students sat in a living room on a sofa looking at a book


Where you choose to live when you're studying at university is a huge part of student life. We have a wide range of accommodation options which offer great value for money in a safe, vibrant and inclusive community. We also offer guidance and support for students wishing to choose private student housing. We guarantee a room in halls, on campus, for all new full-time students at the Preston Campus.

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