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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. 


Hidden gems, the natural beauty of the great outdoors, vibrant nightlife, and foodie culture. Whatever you’re looking for, it’s all waiting for you here in Preston. Share your Preston adventures and discover new places to enjoy. This is our Preston. This is your Preston. This is #MyPreston

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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 Union organises events throughout the year, and provides support to students who need it. The Students’ Union is home to 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 like-minded people at UCLan. 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 prospective and current 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 here.

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students walking outside roeburn hall


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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