Student life

Make friends for life, explore your potential and discover new passions. Find out what to expect from your student experience and why you'll love living in the North West.

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. 

Student living costs

Thinking about applying to university and wondering how you’ll afford it? We can help you understand how to manage your finances. Find out what support is available during your time at university.

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Hear from our students

Student guide to life at university

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Everything you need to know about uni life

Get a feel for student life on campus and in the city. From sports clubs and societies to student pubs and shopping, there's something for everyone.


A city with a big personality. Explore what Preston, Lancashire has to offer.

Student vlogs

Watch our student story vlogs for virtual tours and day in the life experiences with current students.

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Where is Preston?

Preston is a vibrant, multicultural city in the heart of the North West, making it the perfect place to live, work and play.

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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 Union organises events throughout the year and provides support if you need it. The SU is home to many fabulous societies, from LGBTQ+ and drama to photography, debating, media and sport. If you can’t find a society you’re interested in, then the Students’ Union will help you set up your own.

We work alongside AccessAble to ensure that all our students, staff and visitors have clear information on the accessibility of our buildings. These guides include information about lighting, wheelchair access, accessible toilets and much more. View our Students' Union guide.

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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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Why choose us?

Find out more about why you belong at The University of Central Lancashire – with insight from our current students.

University Open Days

Sign up for a University of Central Lancashire Open Day event today to chat to our students and discover your future.

Work or study abroad

Our Study Abroad Exchange Programme is an exciting opportunity to continue your studies whilst exploring the world, as well as being a great way to make new friends, discover new foods and boost your confidence.