Commuter students

Student life

Many of our students live at home and commute to university for their studies. If you're a local student thinking about travelling to uni, this page has all the information you need to help you decide.

Commuting to campus

Our campuses have great transport links. This makes getting to campus and getting around convenient, accessible, and safe. There's a range of travel options for you to choose from. From walking and cycling to public transport. There are lots of discounts on travel for students too.

  1. Preston Campus
    One of the easiest ways to get to campus is on the bus. Preston bus station provides reliable and extensive transport links in and around the city. The station is a 10-minute walk to the campus, but there are several bus stops on campus.

    Burnley Campus
    Burnley Campus is situated on major bus routes and buses to Preston, Blackburn and Manchester run regularly.

    Discounted travel
    Please check with individual providers for pricing at it is subject to change.

    • Preston Bus offer discounted “UCLan term tickets”.
    • The Preston UniRider bus pass provides unlimited travel on Stagecoach services in Lancashire at a great discount.
    • Transdev offer student and under 19s discount on tickets between Burnley, Blackburn and Preston.
    • Avoid the stress of city centre car parking with one of the two Preston Park and Ride options. There is one in Walton-le-Dale behind the Capitol Centre and another at Portway.
  2. Preston Campus
    Preston train station is a 5 to 10-minute walk away from our campus. Preston is an inter-change station. It's mainly served by Avanti West Coast, Northern Trains and TransPennine Express services.

    There are direct trains to Blackpool, Lancaster, Blackburn, Burnley, Liverpool, and Manchester. There are also direct trains to London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh.

    Burnley Campus
    Victoria Mill is a 5-minute walk from Manchester Road Station, the main station in Burnley. The station is served by services from Blackpool North or Preston to Leeds and York. There is also an hourly service to Manchester Victoria.

    Princess Way is a 2-minute walk from Burnley Central Station. Trains from Burnley Central train station run every hour to Colne, Preston and Blackpool South.

    Discounted train tickets
    Full-time students, or part-time students under the age of 25 can buy a Young Persons Railcard. This will save 33% on all your train tickets – an average saving of £189 per year.

    There is also a Disabled Persons Railcard available which will save 33% for both you and an adult companion.

  3. Cycling is a great way to get to and around our campuses and we have excellent cycling facilities and schemes.

    Preston Campus
    At Preston, there is a range of cycle storage options to choose from including:

    • Open bike racks outside most building entrances. Some are covered.
    • Over 60 individual velo-safe cycle lockers, which are fully-enclosed and water resistant. These can be hired for £30 per semester or £50 per year.
    • There are secure bike compounds outside the Student Centre, Greenbank and Maudland buildings.
    • We also have cycle equipment lockers available to use for the storage of cycle or motorcycle gear.

    You can hire a range of bikes from our bike hub at Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre at a cost of £40 for three months hire, plus £100 security deposit.

    Burnley Campus
    Secure cycle lockers and cycle shelters are available at Burnley Princess Way. A secure cycle compound is also available at Victoria Mill. Both sites offer storage lockers and showers for cyclists.

  4. We encourage you to use sustainable forms of transport – including cycling, walking and car sharing. Should you need to travel by a car, here are details of parking and parking permits. 

    Preston Campus
    Preston Campus does have a lot of parking available but the car parks do get full during term-time. This means we will have a limited number of parking permits available each semester.

    UCLan car park permits are only awarded to those that meet our eligibility criteria. This considers things such as blue badge holders, mobility, and childcare commitments. It also looks at where you live and any course placement obligations.

    To reduce solo car commuting to campus we offer a 50% reduction in permit costs and provide dedicated car sharing bays on our car parks.

    There are several pay-and-display car parks in the city centre. St. Mary’s Car Park and Walker Street Car Park are two of the nearest to the campus.

    UCLan car parks are free of charge for all users between 6.00pm and 7.00am Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Occasionally car parks may be closed at these times for events and works. This will be clearly signed at the entrance to the relevant car parks.

    Burnley Campus
    If you are studying at our Victoria Mill and Princess Way buildings, you can apply for a parking permit. 

Don’t worry if you’re not living on campus, you'll still have a great experience. Students living at home and commuting to uni have plenty of opportunities to get involved with student life outside the classroom. 

View our frequently asked questions about commuting.

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Places for you to relax on campus

Our social spaces are a great place to catch up with friends if you travel into campus from home. You can get involved in lots of activities in the SU building. Plus, the Oasis Faith and Spirituality Centre provides a calm, welcoming environment for everyone. 

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Learn some new skills or catch up on studies

As well as the library, you have access to lots of learning opportunities. You could go to our Worldwise Centre to explore languages and connect with others. Or develop your business expertise for success at our Propeller Hub.

Become friends for life

Want to say hello to your future course mates before you join the University of Central Lancashire? Our closed Facebook groups give you the opportunity to get to know each other before you start.

Join your community group

Student life

Don’t worry if you’re not living on campus. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved with student life outside the classroom. Make friends for life, explore your potential and discover new passions. 

Plus, if you're a local student from Preston or Burnley, you have the added bonus of being a tour guide for your new friends.

Discover student life

Join a society

Join a society to meet like-minded people, make friends, and explore social activities outside your course. Don't see a society you like? Societies are student-led so you can create your own with the help of the SU.

From trying new hobbies, sharing your nationality or expressing your creative passions. There is a society for everyone.

Visit the SU website

Recreational sport

Staying active is a mood booster and playing sport is a great way to meet new people. You'll enjoy a welcoming home-from-home feeling and form friendships for life. 

If you're serious about sport, you could join a competitive team and represent us in many clubs.

Discover sport at UCLan

Travelling to our campuses

  • Getting to Preston Campus

    With fantastic transport links, visiting our Preston Campus is a simple and stress-free experience. Here are some directions to help you find us.

  • Getting to Burnley Campus

    Our compact Burnley Campus is easily accessible by car or public transport. Here are some directions and travel advice to help you find us.

  • Getting to Westlakes Campus

    Our picturesque Westlakes Campus in Cumbria is located near Whitehaven. Here are some directions and travel advice to help you find us.

Frequently asked questions