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Undergraduate Students (Burnley) – Before You Arrive

Congratulations on your success and a warm welcome to the University of Central Lancashire. It's never too early to start planning for your arrival at University. If you're able to tick off all these tasks before you arrive, you'll be able to enjoy Welcome Week and be ready for when teaching begins.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we are determined to provide the best experience for you in the coming months and to make sure you’re a valued part of our UCLan community. However, there will be a range of extra precautions in place to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all our students and staff at our UK campuses.

Most new undergraduates are entitled to a loan for tuition fees and possibly living costs as well. The earlier you apply the sooner you'll have your student tuition fee loan, so, if you haven't applied yet visit Student Finance to get started.

Have your National Insurance Number and passport details to hand. Make sure you check out the loans, grants and bursaries you might be entitled to. If you need any help or advice, contact our Student Finance Support Team via email. If you are not eligible for a tuition fee loan or intend to pay your own tuition fees to the University as you study, please see our guide to paying your fees at UCLan.

Something else you can organise before you arrive is a bank account that your maintenance 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.

Explore the NHS Low Income Scheme, which may give you help in funding the costs of your prescriptions. The National Union of Students also provides advice on healthcare benefits.

If you have a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability, you can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs). These allowances are on top of Student Finance and you do not need to repay DSAs. How much you receive from DSAs is not based on your household income, but what you need. Some of what you could get help towards the cost of; specialist equipment, extra travel and other disability-related costs of studying. To find out more information and how to apply, visit the website.

Join in the conversation on our Facebook Community. We’ve created a UCLan Burnley campus specific course group, which provides an ideal opportunity to make friends and meet classmates before you arrive and ask all those burning questions about campus life.

Sandygate Hall is in the heart of the UCLan Burnley Campus, situated close to Victoria Mill building and a short walk away from our Princess Way building. The halls are self-catering, with free internet and WiFi access. Whilst we are providing as much face-to-face learning as our campus spaces will allow, you will also be able to access any online lectures in your accommodation with the ability to watch again at a time suitable for you. You will also feel secure with our 24-hour security service, CCTV and on-site staff. Living close by is not only an advantage for your studies, but that you are in walking distance of the town centre too. The Campus is located close to Burnley Town Centre, meaning it is just a few minutes' walk away from Burnley Central train station and 15 minutes' walk to the Bus Station and Burnley Manchester Road train station. There are regular transport links to the town including a regular bus and train service to Preston and Manchester.

Please be reassured that student accommodation will be managed in line with all social distancing requirements and that our planning will be responsive to changing public health requirements. We realise that starting University is both a daunting and exciting time. Support and help are available to you every step of the way to ensure your experience with us is enjoyable and rewarding.

If you’d prefer not to live in Sandygate Hall, the University Accommodation Service inspects and approves houses to join our accreditation scheme. These properties are then advertised on Studentpad where students can search for a house to rent. If you would like to enquire about accommodation then please email

For travel links by car, UCLan Burnley Campus is located just off Junction 10 of the M65.

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. As part of the online course enrolment you must upload a suitable form of personal identification (ID) documentation. Enrolment should take no longer than 10 minutes and is a simple confirmation of your details.

Please note that due to COVID-19 enrolment will be solely online, therefore please ensure you enrol on your course prior to arrival on campus.

If you're eligible for a UCLan Financial Bursary it will be paid directly into your bank account. Be sure to register your bank details through MYUCLan once you've completed enrolment.

Your UCLan ID card acts as your official University identification, allowing you access to the Library, register your attendance at classes and other services. Order your UCLan ID card by uploading a photo using our online photograph service. Make sure you have your University Registration Number with you to log in.

Your student card will be sent to your home address, if you complete this action 1 week prior to your course start date.

Welcome starts in January 2020 with most compulsory events and talks taking place online via Microsoft Teams. Prior to Welcome Week there’s a number of online pre-arrival informal course and support services induction sessions.

You will need a computer to be able to carry out your studies. If you’re looking to buy a new laptop we would recommend looking at the options available through the Microsoft Store. If getting access to a device is going to be a problem for you, there may be additional support available so please get in touch with us and we can discuss some solutions.

Please ensure you have installed Microsoft Teams on your computer, laptop or tablet so you can join in any timetabled sessions. Information on how to do this can be found on the LIS Web pages. These events and talks will help you learn about the Support Services at UCLan, meet your course mates and tutors and help you prepare for when teaching begins.

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

Once you have your UCLan email and network 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 regularly as new sessions are being added.

Your safety on campus is the priority, and we look forward to welcoming you to our safe campus in January. We will continue to be led by Government guidance and complete thorough risk assessments for every element of campus activity.

We have a range of measures in place to help keep you safe:

  • Social distancing measures will be in place, with reduced building and classroom occupancy.
  • Clear signage will direct you round campus, showing a keep left system, separate entrances and exits where possible, and defined capacities within teaching and social spaces. There will be fixed hand sanitiser stations around campus, with one at every building entrance/exit, outside every bathroom and restaurant, and dotted around each teaching floor.
  • Friendly staff and student helpers will be visible on campus offering advice, directions and reminding about social distancing.
  • All areas will be cleaned regularly throughout the day including bathrooms and restaurants and classrooms. Antibacterial wipes will be available in high turnover areas like the library and computer rooms, for you to clean your keyboard and mouse before using.
  • All essential services like student wellbeing appointments and academic advisor meetings will be able to be done online.

We’ve done everything we can to make campus a safe place but staying safe is everyone’s responsibility – we are all in this together and we may be living with coronavirus for a long time. It is important to be mindful that while some people may be happy living a near-normal life, others in different circumstances (for example those in a vulnerable group) will be naturally nervous around others.

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.

Next steps

Great news – if you've already completed the above steps then you're almost ready to start as a #UCLanFresher.

We’ve got plenty of advice on how to ensure your arrival at university runs as smoothly as possible. Please visit read our additional information and guidance to find out more about those little details which will help you settle into University life much quicker.


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