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Useful information

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.

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.

our University Students’ Union is here to represent, support, and ultimately make life better for all students at the University of Central Lancashire. When you enrol on your course, you automatically become a member and can benefit from our services.

The SU are independent from the University, which allows our Advice Centre to offer free, independent and confidential advice and help when you need it.

Their student-led societies, clubs and volunteer groups provide you with the opportunity to make friends, learn new skills and develop your CV. We have so many student groups, there’s definitely something for everyone - and if you can’t find something you’re interested in, they can help you start your own!

This September, the SU planning loads of amazing in-person events to welcome you onto campus; from Freshers Fairs to Give It A Go Sessions, Farmer’s markets and much more! The SU also have a programme of online events running alongside, for you to get involved in from the comfort of your accommodation.

To keep up to date with all our latest news, events and useful information, make sure you’re following the team on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They’re looking forward to welcoming you as a new member of the Union very soon!

Our Preston Campus has superb sports facilities at Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre and our Sports Arena. All Preston Campus students receive a Free Sports Membership as part of their tuition fees. You can activate your membership at anytime by visiting reception at either facility. Your sports membership allows you to access a range of activities at Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre including the fitness suite, health and fitness classes, sports halls and squash courts.

To maintain social distancing and regular cleaning of the gym and class studios, you will need to book online either to use the gym or to attend a class.

The University provides a wide range of advice, guidance and support for apprentices. These services are in place to assist students in reaching their full academic potential and enabling them to benefit from a rewarding and enjoyable student experience.

We can help support you in the following areas: wellbeing, mental health, counselling, financial support, careers guidance, mentoring, faith and much more. We also have a team of experienced Inclusive Support Advisers who are here to work with disabled learners in higher education to ensure that you get the best support possible whilst studying with us.

We have a central Student Support team, who are the single point of access for all of our support services. You will find a team of friendly and knowledgeable Student Support Advisors who can provide help and information to all students throughout the year. You can call +44 (0)1772 895000 or e-mail

Our Preston Campus has its own pre-school on campus . The centre is professionally run and offers high quality nurturing for children who are aged from 6 months – 4 years and facilitates up to 90 children. If you are interested in a place for your child, you will need to apply.

Getting ready for University

Starting university is an exciting time. We are here to support you and want to make sure you have all the resources you need to prepare for university study. Discover what to expect and the skills we’ll help you develop to succeed.

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