Entertainment and nightlife

Student life

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

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. Here you'll find mocktail lounges, live music venues, escape rooms, bowling alleys and cinemas. 

Your money definitely goes further at UCLan, as we're the most affordable university in the UK (The Times 2023). Preston - where having fun doesn't cost a ton.

What's on in Preston

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 and Burnley

  • 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.

  • 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.

Preston ranked in the Top 20 of 'Best Student Cities in the UK 2023'

Students from StudentCrowd reviewed cost of living, eating out, night life, shopping and public transport in their cities.

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Student living costs

Considering university and concerned about finances? We're the most affordable uni in the country according to The Times (2023). Discover how to manage your finances and explore the support available.

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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.

  • Food and drink

    There are plenty of inviting restaurants and bars throughout the city for students on a budget. Try our student recipes or treat yourself to a meal out to discover tastes from around the world.

  • Shopping and culture

    Whether you're a fashion enthusiast, a food lover, or a fan of unique finds, Preston is sure to have something to meet your shopping needs.