Congratulations on your exam success and a warm welcome to the University of Central Lancashire. Moving to university is a big change, so we want to make sure your transition is as smooth as possible. The information on this page will introduce you to the university and help you start planning for your arrival in the UK.
You will need a visa to enter the UK as a student. The Student Immigration and Compliance Team provide guidance to students from outside the UK and can give immigration advice, in particular for Tier 4 Student visas. Please see our visa advice webpage for help and guidance on obtaining your visa. To give new international students a better idea of what they can expect when crossing the border, the UK Home Office have devised a helpful list of '10 top tips'.
Our International Arrival Guide contains all the important information that you will need to ensure you are prepared for leaving home and living at university. There is advice on travelling to the UK, visas, paying your tuition fees, preparing for life in the UK and information on the range of support services available to you at UCLan. Please read this booklet before you leave home and save an electronic copy for reference. In addition, The British Council have also put together some useful information about travelling to the UK, settling in once you are here as well as visa and immigration advice in their First Steps Booklet.
If your flight into the UK arrives at Manchester airport on one of our Airport Transfer dates, we could arrange to meet you there and bring you back to Preston. Request your free Airport Transfer in advance so we know when you're arriving. If you are arranging your own travel to Preston, please see our Travel Directions.
Once you've made UCLan your firm choice, you can apply for a room in Halls.You don't need to wait for your exam results. We have a choice of accommodation available, but it's best to act early to reserve the room you want. If you're already holding an accommodation offer from us, you'll start to receive details from mid-late August of where to collect your keys. You can also access this information via the accommodation portal. If you have any queries regarding UCLan accommodation, please look at our Frequently Asked Questions.
If you'll be living off campus, our sustainable and active travel information explains the best ways to commute into Preston. You can even request a personal travel plan by emailing SHEsection@uclan.ac.uk.
If we have received your personal email address, we will have replied asking you to confirm it is correct.
Please look out for this email and click the link to confirm your email address. If you don't do this, we will not be able to send you your UCLan username and password. You may not have received this request if you made your application through an agent. If you haven't seen this request, and you've checked your inbox and junk mail contact email@example.com.
Your UCLan ID card is your University identification and will provide you with access to the UCLan network and a variety of services. You will also need your UCLan ID card to register your attendance at classes, lectures and seminars. Order your UCLan ID card by uploading a photo using our online photograph service. Make sure you have your University Application ID Number / Registration Number with you to log in. Your UCLan ID card will be ready for collection from the UCLan Library when you arrive on campus.
Some courses have essential information that you should read before you arrive at the university. Depending on what you are studying, you may need to find out about reading lists, specialist equipment or project work that you should complete over the summer. Search for your course using our A-Z list.
During your first week at UCLan you will need to formally register on your programme of study. You can successfully register by visiting The <i> Student Information and Support Centre on the ground floor of the Library.
Welcome starts on Monday 16th September 2019. Make sure you're ready. There will be compulsory events where you'll confirm your ID, learn about the Support Services at UCLan, meet your course mates and tutors, and prepare for when teaching begins. There'll be also a packed calendar of fun social events you won't want to miss. Check your weekly timetable on the Student Portal and the UCLan Students’ Union website to find out what's happening during Welcome Week.
Join in the conversation on our Facebook Community. We’ve created a number of subject-based course groups which you can join before you arrive. This provides an ideal opportunity to make friends, meet classmates, and ask any questions you may have. Discover your subject group and start chatting with other students today. There's also a range of accommodation groups too, to meet your flatmates before you arrive.
Due to several large outbreaks of measles we strongly advise to ensure both your MMR and Meningitis ACWY vaccinations are up to date before you begin university. Measles is caused by a very infectious virus and can cause rashes, high fevers and can lead to very serious complications in adults. Untreated meningitis can cause life-threatening blood poisoning and result in permanent damage to the brain or nerves. If you have any queries regarding your vaccinations, you should contact your local GP surgery and arrange an appointment.
The university aims to provide a safe and secure environment for all staff, students and visitors and information on how we achieve this can be found on the ‘How to Find Us’ pages. Here you will also find contact information for the University Main Campus Security Team as well as information on how they can support you during your time at UCLan.
In addition, you can find useful information about ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable stay in the UK in The British Council’s ‘Creating Confidence’ guide which is aimed at higher education (and FE) international students. The ‘Safety First’ guide is also useful for short term students and their dependants or those on tier 4 exchange schemes.
Great news - if you’ve already completed the above steps then you’re almost ready to start #TheUCLanExperience.
We’ve got plenty of advice on how to ensure your arrival at university runs as smoothly as possible. Please visit our First Few Days and our Good To Know section to find out more about those little details which will help you settle into university life much quicker.