Your first few weeks at university are an exciting time, but there can be a lot to take in. You’ll already be aware of important information about your enrolment and course, but there are plenty of other things which you’ll want to know about when you start. The good news is, it’s never too early to start familiarising yourself with University life.
In your first week you will get a warm welcome from our Students’ Union, Student Services and Academic teams.
Campus will initially be quieter than usual, as we will carefully manage timetabling to restrict numbers of people on campus, with first year students having the most campus time. This is to help you to get around easily and enjoy meeting new people while having space to maintain social distancing. We are keeping a close eye on Government advice and hope to open up the campus to more students and reduce social distancing measures as we move further into the year, whilst keeping safety as our top priority of course.
All of our facilities will be open as usual, and all buildings will be cleaned regularly throughout the day. There will also be hand sanitiser and cleaning wipes freely available in all buildings, for you to wipe your mouse, keyboard or desk in-between cleans.
Food and drink
Our on-campus food and drink outlets use Perspex screens to separate you from staff, and those making your food will wear masks and gloves. All outlets are open from 8am until 5pm. In the Students’ Union Atrium, you'll be able to treat yourself to a Starbucks and a selection of sandwiches, soup and hot food – first floor of the Students’ Union building on Fylde Road.
The Students’ Union Shop is closed due to COVID-19, but Clothing and Merchandise can still be purchased online.
Gym and fitness
All students benefit from a free membership to Sir Tom Finney Sports centre, and access to the gym and all classes. You also have access to UCLan Sports Arena and running track, located just outside the city centre.
UCLan has its own pre-school on campus and this is open. If you are interested in a place for your child, you will need to apply. Find out more online.
There are many great reasons to come to UCLan and we hope the information we are providing will give you some clarity and reassurance about the steps we are taking to ensure your safety when you come to one of our campuses in the UK. Covid-19 is still with us. Therefore, it is important that we put safety measures in place and everyone at UCLan plays their part to reduce the spread of the virus.
All UCLan students have full access to the National Health Service should they feel unwell at any time during their period of study. We also have a Medical Centre and Pharmacy on the Preston campus if you feel unwell.
Authorities in Lancashire are continuing to work with colleagues in the NHS and Public Health England to do everything they can to eliminate Covid-19 and ensure the people of Lancashire are protected.
If you are new to the UK, you can find out what the government is doing to tackle coronavirus before you arrive.
We look forward to welcoming you and to helping you settle into University life. We have a pre-arrival online induction which is packed with lots of helpful information relating to what to bring, how to navigate Campus, how to access all our services and lots more.
Making new friends
We’re aiming to give you a fantastic start at university, where you can make friends and join clubs and societies, whilst staying safe. We’ll do this by managing numbers on campus throughout the day using one-way systems in buildings. We don’t know yet when the clubs will be open, but all shops, cinemas and many bars and restaurants should hopefully open again following the end of the current national lockdown and operating social distancing to allow you to have fun and still stay safe. Many local bars and cafes also have outside spaces, where you can get take-aways and offer places to relax with new friends.
Starting University is a very exciting time and, working with the Students' Union, we are offering a series of face to face and virtual events to assist you in making friends and to help you to enjoy the UCLan student experience.
Social activities and sport
We will be providing opportunities for social activities through societies as far as is possible and online social experiences based on where you live and study. We also want to work with city partners to deliver virtual club nights if the clubs are still not open. The University and Students’ Union will also work together to arrange a bigger social event later in the year when the guidance allows; to allow additional opportunity for students to celebrate and socialise.
Competitive sports fixtures are currently not taking place, but we’re developing a coach-led programme of preparation for clubs ahead of the season starting. We hope we will be able to plan some recreational and localised competitive sport subject to government guidance at the time.
We are proud of the ‘work ready’ graduates that we produce, and we know that for some courses work placements are a key part of your learning. If providers are happy, all work placements that can be conducted within the context of social distancing will go ahead.
Things are improving rapidly in the UK week by week, and we will continue to review and to follow Government guidelines to provide you with a safe environment.
Need a bit of extra cash to help get you through? Want to know where your degree might take you? Thinking about the sort of job you could get when you graduate? Our Careers team can help you if you are looking for work and can get you started with your career plan.