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Undergraduate Students (Preston) – before you arrive

Congratulations on your 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.

Starting university this September? Before you start there are a few important things you need to do. Use our checklist to make sure you have everything covered before you join us.

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 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.

If we have received your personal email address, you will have received an email from us asking you to validate and 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 be unable able to send you your university username and password. If you haven't received this request, and you've checked your inbox and junk mail, please contact

Your student card is your University identification (ID) and will provide you with access to the University network and a variety of services. You will also need your University ID card to register your attendance at classes, lectures and seminars.

You can order your student 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 the form one week prior to your course start date.

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.

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.

We look forward to welcoming you and helping you to settle into University life. Once you've made us your firm choice, you can apply for a room in halls. We guarantee a room in halls on campus for every full-time student studying with us. So you can be rest assured that you’ll find your ‘home from home’.

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 soon start to receive details about where to collect your keys, keep an eye on your emails. You can also access this information via the accommodation portal

Please be reassured that our 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.

Moving to University remains an exciting time, if you have an accommodation offer from us your arrival will be managed through our dedicated booking system, and you will receive this information around a month before your arrival. Our on-site residences team look forward to offering you a warm welcome and will be available to help you with any matter relating to living on campus with us.

If you have any queries regarding University accommodation, please look at our Frequently Asked Questions. However, if you have any queries please email

Private accommodation

If you opt to live in private accommodation, please contact your landlord directly to finalise your arrival arrangements. If you need any further advice, please contact Our Student Accommodation private sector team works closely with private providers, registered on the Landlord Registration Scheme, and will be able to assist you as needed.


If you'll be living off campus, our sustainable and active travel information explains the best ways to commute into Preston.

Preparing for University is designed to help develop your academic study skills and support you as you start your degree and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings. With content ranging from digital study skills to critical thinking, post-COVID-19 wellbeing to inclusive support, independent learning to academic writing, there’s plenty of resources to support you and help you to navigate University life. 

Discover our Preparing for University webpages for more information.

Look out for our emails with essential information about how to best prepare for the start of your course. You'll receive useful information with a list of kit and equipment you may need to bring along, reading lists and more. Also how to get your uniform ordered and information on DBS checks if these apply to you.

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.

Join in the conversation on our Facebook Social Campus Community. We’ve created a number of subject-based course groups which provide an ideal opportunity to make friends and meet classmates before you arrive and ask all those burning questions about campus life. 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.

Look out for our email with your login details and University email address. Then you can set up your unique password, and to access the network, your emails and your Student Portal - explore lots of useful resources, your timetable and start familiarising yourself with the University systems. Log-in and get started.

Enrolment is the formal step which confirms your status as a student at the University of Central Lancashire and enables your access to all University services. After 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 will be solely online. Please ensure you enrol online on your course prior to arrival on campus. 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.

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

Once you have your University email and your network password, log on to your Student Portal and click on 'weekly timetable' where you'll be able to discover your classes and lectures once teaching begins, as well as your Welcome Week and induction timetable. Don't worry if your teaching timetable isn't showing when you first log on. Keep checking back regularly as new sessions are being added. Look out too for our email providing you with your personalised timetable link.

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.

The COVID-19 vaccination is being offered to everyone aged 18 or over at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals. Keep checking the latest updates and Frequently Asked Questions on vaccinations for students in Higher Education institutions.

Our Preston Campus is in the heart of the city centre and can be reliably accessed by rail, bus, coach or by car. If you are travelling by public transport, both the bus and rail stations are approximately 10 minutes’ walking distance from the heart of campus. For more information on how to find us visit and links to places to stay in the city, if not arranged accommodation, visit our website.

Please be aware that you may need to make train changes depending where from in the UK you're coming. The online journey planner on the National Rail website will help you to find out how many changes there are and what time the trains are due to leave and arrive at your planned destination.

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


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