Why choose us?

Student life

From excellent support to low-cost living, the University of Central Lancashire have everything you need for a great uni experience. Take a look at what we have to offer.

Learn from the experts

You'll be taught by academics who are experts in their field. Many are active researchers or industry leaders whose work is making a positive impact on people's lives. Our research staff have collaborated with major international organisations including the United Nations, World Health Organisation and European Space Agency. Our academic staff use their expertise and real-world experience to create courses that will prepare you for the workplace. Our focus on employability means that work experience forms a key part of many of our courses.

Benefit from outstanding support

Our range of support services will provide you with the help you need throughout your time here. Our dedicated team are here to help with every aspect of student life. Whether it's financial concerns, health and wellbeing, disability, student visas - whatever you need help with, we're here for you.

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What our students say

I always felt completely supported on the course and every tutor was always so approachable and friendly.
Amy Flute
MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)
United Kingdom

City living at affordable prices

Enjoy everything a big city has to offer for less. UCLan was named as the most affordable university in the UK (The Times, 2023). That includes the third lowest rent in the UK, plus the cheapest takeaways and pints (Save the Student, 2023). Check out our cost of living hub for more money-saving tips.

Cost of living hub

Accommodation close to campus

We guarantee a room in halls for all new full-time students at our Preston Campus. There’s something special about living in university accommodation, especially if it’s your first time away from home. All of our accommodation is on-campus, just a short walk to the city centre. With a wide range of options to choose from, we'll help you find the right place for you.

Look at our halls
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Study abroad

Enhance your university experience with the option to study abroad. UCLan has links with universities across Europe, Asia, America and more. Explore the culture and meet new people, as you embrace a new way of learning. 

Study abroad

Career ready

Graduates can step into the workplace with confidence. Our courses are designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to get into your chosen field. Work experience is a key part many of our courses. We work closely with leading employers across the North West to secure relevant work experience. We also having a growing portfolio of Degree Apprenticeships available.

Careers support
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Check out our campuses

Is UCLan a good university?

Here at UCLan, we value our students. Our blend of academic excellence and exceptional support allows our students to achieve their goals. We focus on making students employable, with lots of opportunities to gain work experience. The city of Preston is very affordable, with lots to do outside of studying. So is UCLan a good university? That's for you to decide.


  • We’ve been awarded the maximum 5 QS Stars (Excellent) for our teaching (2022). We’re proud to provide our students with inspiring real-world learning experiences which enable them to develop the skills they need to thrive in their future career. Our 5 Star rating also reflects our state-of-the-art teaching facilities and high student satisfaction with our courses.

Funding your studies

Fees and funding

Studying with us is one of the biggest investments you'll make towards your future. We're here to help you every step of the way. Find out about tuition fees and financial support available such as scholarships and bursaries.

Bursaries and scholarships

We believe that opportunity creates success, and that’s why we offer a range of attractive bursaries, scholarships, funds and discounts to our prospective students to give them a helping hand along the way.

Cost of living support hub

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.