Join the UCLan Community

When thinking about studying for your degree whether it’s in Nursing, Forensics, Law or beyond, it’s important to strike a perfect balance between work and having fun too.

Choosing to study at UCLan gives you the chance to be a part of our vibrant and supportive community. Around 30,000 students call Preston home, making the city a lively, diverse and contemporary place to study. You'll make friends for life, explore your potential and discover new passions. 

Your UCLan adventure starts here.

Top reasons you'll love studying at UCLan

Guaranteed Accommodation

All new full-time students are guaranteed a room in one of our halls of residence. Our friendly Residences Team will provide advice and support as well as organising regular social activities, so you’ll get to meet new people and have fun. All our halls are within a few minutes’ walk of the campus, so you’ll never have to worry about being late for lectures!

Free Sports Centre membership

Get fit and have fun with free membership of our sports facilities, giving you access to our state-of-the-art Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre and UCLan Sports Arena. Our outstanding facilities include a fully equipped gym and fitness suite, sports hall and outdoor sports pitches.

Our graduates are in high demand

At UCLan, you’ll benefit from our close industry links with over 1,000 leading employers offering invaluable work experience opportunities. UCLan graduates emerge career-ready and they’re in high demand - more than 95%^ are in employment or further study six months after graduating.

Learn a language for free

Learning a second language can open up amazing career opportunities all over the world. We offer all our students the chance to learn another language for free through our Worldwise Learning Centre. Take your pick from a huge number of languages including Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Korean and more.

We’re investing £200m in your campus

Our Preston campus is undergoing a radical transformation as our £200 million Campus Masterplan takes shape, blending our fantastic facilities with new buildings, social spaces and outdoor areas. Our vision is to create a world-class campus for the benefit of the whole community.

A safe city to live in

Preston is regarded as a safe city for students. If you’re on campus at night then our UCLan Safety Bus can get you home safely (runs 10pm-4.30am, PR1 and PR2 areas). It’s perfect for night owls studying in our Library, which is open 24/7 during term-time. Our Campus Security team can also be contacted 24 hours a day.


If you’re in need of a little extra financial support to get you started, we have a range of bursaries and scholarships available to help you on your way. You can also apply for a student loan, irrespective of age, and you may also be eligible for a maintenance grant too.

Discover your new community

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Chat to a student

Our friendly Ambassadors are ready to share their experiences

Our friendly Ambassadors are ready to share their experiences

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Take a tour

Take a virtual trip around UCLan and explore your future surroundings.

Take a virtual trip around UCLan and explore your future surroundings.

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Facebook Groups

Make new friends from your course before you arrive.

Make new friends from your course before you arrive.


You'll be in good company at UCLan. Our students are what make our community so vibrant, and they have many useful insights to share. Read and discover their experiences in our student blogs below.

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