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Top reasons to choose us

Why choose UCLan?

The University of Central Lancashire is the perfect destination if you’re looking for a world-class education and an unforgettable student experience.

Check out these great reasons to choose UCLan…

1. Guaranteed Accommodation

All new full-time students are guaranteed a room in one of our halls of residence. From the moment you arrive, our friendly Residences Team will be on hand to help you settle in. They 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!

Student Accommodation

2. 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.
 

3. Low cost living in a thriving student city

Preston is the UK’s cheapest city for students – it’s official.* It was also named the best place in the North West to live and work.** Preston has a friendly atmosphere and a thriving community of over 30,000 students. Whether you’re looking for culture, shopping, a buzzing nightlife or beautiful green spaces, we’ve got it all.

4. Outstanding Student Support

Student life can be challenging, but we’ll help you to thrive at University. We have dedicated teams to help with every aspect of student life, from study skills and exam preparation to career planning. We offer expert advice and support with financial matters, health and wellbeing, inclusive support, visas and much more.

5. 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.

6. 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.

Preston

7. Oasis Faith and Spirituality Centre

Our new Oasis Centre offers a warm welcome and friendship to people of all faiths and none. The Centre promotes respect and understanding amongst people of different faiths and beliefs. It hosts regular faith-based events along with meditation, yoga and other activities.
 

Engineering Innovation Centre

8. 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.

Oasis Multifaith Centre

9. 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.

10. A well-connected campus

Getting to our campus couldn’t be easier. We’re just a short walking distance from Preston City Centre, Preston Railway Station and Preston Bus Station. Students living in other parts of Lancashire can take advantage of great initiatives such as the SU Bus, which runs across the region, dropping off students for just £1 each way.

^Higher Education Standards Agency (HESA), 2018
*PacelHero Student Cost of Living Index, 2015
**Research by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the thinktank Demos (2018 Good Growth for Cities Index)

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