Life in Preston

Wondering what life in Preston will be like? Look no further. Preston is a vibrant, multicultural city in the heart of the North West, making it the perfect place to live, work and play. 

Get to know the city from the people who matter the most - our students. This guide to Preston will help you make the most of your time in our incredible city.

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This is #MyPreston

Enjoy the best of both worlds – a buzzing student city right on your doorstep, together with beautiful green spaces to relax and unwind in. Preston’s small enough to get around on foot and to get to know. But it has a big personality and its own unique character. Whatever you’re looking for in a student city, you’ll find it in Preston.

Things you didn't know about Preston

Caribbean Carnival

Our Caribbean Carnival founded in 1974, is one of the oldest in the UK.

Telephone boxes

We have the longest continuous row of old style phone boxes in the country.

Kentucky Fried Chicken

In 1965 Ray Allen opened the UK's first KFC store on Fishergate High Street.

Tallest spire in England

Home to the St Walburge's Church which boasts a towering 309ft spire.

Our average monthly rent is the 3rd Cheapest in the UK and the cheapest in the North West Save the student - National Student Accommodation Survey 2023

Life in Preston

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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Things to do in Preston

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  • group of students walking along winckley street outside bars

    Whilst Preston is a lively and modern city, we’re also proud of our heritage. Over 70 buildings and structures around Preston are listed by English Heritage.

  • student riding a bike through avenham park

    Preston has all the perfect locations you are looking for in a student city. The charming Georgian setting of Winckley Square is the ideal place to escape from the crowds and enjoy a quiet lunch.

  • students walking along the platform in the train station

    Preston railway station is only a 10-minute walk from our campus. The Bus Station offers local and national bus and coach services. So getting around Preston couldn’t be easier.

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Explore our fantastic campuses and discover what life is like here at the University of Central Lancashire.