Entertainment and nightlife

When night falls, the city comes alive. Preston has a little bit of something for everybody, no matter interests you, or what night of the week it is.

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Unforgettable nights in Preston

Whether you’re into historic taverns, cocktail bars, or partying into the small hours, we’re sure you’ll find your new favourite hangout right here in Preston. If alcohol isn’t your thing, don't worry. Preston is has entertainment around every corner. With mocktail lounges, live music venues, escape rooms, bowling alleys and cinemas. 

You can do it all for less than you might think, too. Preston is one of the UK’s most affordable cities (ParcelHero’s Cost of Living Index 2015), so you can have a great time on a budget. 

What's on in Preston
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Burnley by night

 Whether your prefer a quiet pint or a big night out, Burnley is blessed with a wide range of bars, pubs, live music venues and nightclubs. Burnley is a thriving student town that has something for everyone. If you don't drink alcohol, Burnley has plenty of alcohol-free activities to engage in. Head over to the Mechanics Theatre to catch some live comedy, or watch the latest blockbuster over at Reel Cinema. 

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What's on at the SU

Check out the Students' Union for the latest events and activities taking place on campus. From karaoke and board game socials to hip hop ping pong, there's something for everyone at the UCLan Students' Union.

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What's going on in Preston

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    Live music and comedy

    If live music and comedy is your thing, you'll be spoilt for choice when studying at our Preston or Burnley campuses.

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    Alcohol-free activities

    Discover alcohol-free activities in Preston and Burnley. From cinema trips to virtual reality sports halls, there's plenty to do in the North West without alcohol.

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.

Visit our cost of living support hub

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    Explore the outdoors

    Your well-being is important to us, so we encourage you to get outdoors to enjoy nature, adventure, and fresh air. So when you need a rest, take a well-earned break from our bustling city centre campus and explore Lancashire's great outdoors.

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    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.