Life in Preston

Student life

Wondering what life in Preston is like? Preston is a vibrant, multicultural city in the heart of the North West, making it the perfect place to live, work and play. This guide to Preston will help you make the most of our incredible city.

Living in Preston

Preston was named as the best city in the North West (Good Growth Index, 2023). There has been an increase in housing and jobs, which is good news for students. Plus, our average monthly student rent is the 3rd cheapest in the UK (Save the Student, 2023). That means you've got more money to spend on the things you love. Just some of the reasons many students choose to live in Preston after they graduate.

Things to do in Preston

When you're not studying, there are lots of exciting things to do in Preston. Head into town and browse the shops - we have all your high street favourites, plus independent local businesses. Feeling hungry? Preston is a foodie's paradise, with cuisines from around the world. And when night falls, you can enjoy a drink at one of Preston's many bars and clubs.

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Enjoy an al-fresco meal in Once Was Lost's urban garden terrace.
Enjoy an al-fresco meal in Once Was Lost's urban garden terrace.

Getting around

It's easy to get around Preston. All of our University accommodation is just a short walk away from campus, so you can enjoy a morning lie-in. Then it's just a 10-minute walk from campus into the town centre, where you'll find plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.

Explore the rest of the North West

Preston has excellent transport links. You can travel to Manchester, Liverpool or Blackpool in under an hour on the train. It's also just over two hours to London or Glasgow by train. 

Thinking about commuting to classes?

Many of our students live at home and commute to campus for their studies. If you're thinking about doing the same, we have lots of information that might help.

Find out more about commuting

Is Preston a good place to live?

Living in Preston gives you an unforgettable student experience. Enjoy a lively social life with a choice of restaurants, pubs and bars. It has a big city vibe, but is small enough to feel like home. And best of all, you can live here without breaking the bank - Preston is the most affordable student city (The Times, 2023). 

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Our University is a thriving student community where you'll soon feel at home and meet lifelong friends. Keep on reading for my guide to all things student life in Preston.
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