Postgraduate students

Postgraduate Students

Before you Arrive

A warm welcome to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Whether you’re a returning student or new to the university, it’s never too early to start planning for your arrival. The information on the next few pages will introduce you to the university and help you start planning for your arrival at our Preston Campus.

Funding Your Studies

Start off by checking out if you're eligible for a postgraduate loan. If you're studying full time, and this is your first PG course, it's likely you'll be eligible for a loan of up to £10280 to help pay your fees and living costs. The earlier you apply the sooner you'll have your loan, so if you haven't applied yet visit Student Finance to get started. If you need any help or advice, our Student Finance Support Team is just a phonecall away on 01772 892583.

Something else you can organise right now is a bank account that your postgraduate loan can be paid into directly. Be sure to shop around and ask about student bank account benefits. Even if you've already got a bank account you should check that you can convert it so you don't miss out on any free gifts and good deals.

If you need a letter that confirms you're studying with us, please use our online request service.


Postgraduate Accommodation & Travel

If you are already holding an accommodation offer from UCLan, you will have received details of where and when to collect your keys. You can also access this information via the Accommodation Portal.

If you’ve not already applied, you should check the latest room availability for university owned or leased accommodation or talk to our team who can help you arrange private accommodation if you would prefer.

If you’re living off campus and commuting to and from Preston, our sustainable and active travel information will provide you with details and discounts for your journey. sustainable and active travel information explains the best ways to commute into Preston. You can even request a personal travel plan by emailing

Validate your email address

The first time we received your email address, we sent a request asking you to confirm we were using the correct address. We need you to click the confirm link included, otherwise we can't send you secure information such as your network username and password. If you haven't seen this request, and you've checked your inbox and junk mail, contact

Order Your UCLan Card

Your UCLan card acts as your official University identification, allowing you access to the Library, register your attendance at classes and other services. Order your UCLan card by uploading a passport-style photo of yourself. Send us a suitable picture before the end of August and we'll post your card to your home address, otherwise you can collect it from the Library when you arrive on campus.

Course Enrolment

Enrolment is the formal step which confirms your status as a student at the University of Central Lancashire. As soon as we've emailed you your username and password you should use these to enrol on your course, so as not to delay any student finance or access to other university services. Enrolment should take no longer than 10 minutes and is a simple confirmation of your details.

Essential Course Information

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 prior to your arrival. Search for your course using our A-Z list.

Check Your Online Timetable

Once you have your network username and password. Log on to your Student Portal and click on 'weekly timetable', where you'll be able to discover your events and activities during Welcome Week and your classes and lectures once teaching begins. Don't worry if your teaching timetable isn't showing when you first log on. Keep checking back - it should be populated within a couple of days.

Prepare for welcome week

Welcome week starts on 18 September. Make sure you're ready. There'll be a programme of compulsory events where you'll confirm your ID and complete your registration meet course and tutors, learn about University services and prepare for when teaching begins. Don't worry if your teaching timetable isn't showing when you first log on. Keep checking back - it should be populated within a couple of days. You can also find out about the UCLan Students Union events.

Recommended Vaccinations

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.  Contact your local GP surgery and arrange an appointment.

Visit the NHS's webpages for information about the vaccines against measles and meningitis

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 Weeks and our Good To Know sections to find out more about those little details which will help you settle into university life much quicker.