University of Central Lancashire

Preston, Lancashire, England


Situated in the heart of the North West of England, the City of Preston is vibrant, cultural and friendly with plenty of activities and events to keep you entertained. 30,000 students live in Preston, making the city a lively, diverse and contemporary place to study.



About University of Central Lancashire

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UCLan is more than just a University.  Its ethos right from the start has been to help talented people from all walks of life make the most of their potential.  It is where like-minded individuals come to be part of something much bigger than gaining a qualification.  It is a vibrant community offering outstanding learning opportunities, through a shared experience, with the encouragement, support and reassurance of peers and friends


University Alumni?

Ranvir Singh – Chancellor - British television presenter and journalist, appearing on Good Morning Britain, ITV News and Loose Women……and of course currently Strictly Come Dancing

Victoria Derbyshire - award-winning British journalist, newsreader and broadcaster…..and currently on I’m a Celebrity – Get me out of Here!

Ian Payne - British sports broadcaster. He is currently Sports Correspondent at ITV News

Brief outline of the university’s facilities

Although we are classed as a City Centre campus, we are quite unique in that all our facilities, lecture theatres, library, sports facilities and accommodation are all in walking distance to each other – 5 minutes’ walk from Preston’s railway and bus stations.

UCLan has a range of student support facilities on campus, including a Medical Centre and Pharmacy, a Pre-School Centre and Multi-Faith Centre. The University has two excellent Sports Centres - the UCLan Sports Arena and the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, offering free membership to all students at the Preston Campus.

We are currently part way through our £200 million Masterplan transformation of our Preston Campus.  Amazing student social spaces have been created around campus; our Engineering Innovation Centre opened last year, and our new Student Centre and Square are due to be completed and opened in February next year.

So many of our specific subject areas have unique facilities, such as our Forensic Crime Scene Houses on campus, our Nursing Skills Labs, TV and Radio Studios, Flight Simulator, Architecture Studios to name but a few.

Closest airport to the university?

Manchester Airport – ca 1 hour away from UCLan.  Train station located at the airport which has direct trains to Preston where the University is located

Liverpool Airport – ca 1 hour drive away from UCLan

Seaports also at Liverpool, Birkenhead and Heysham which are easy access to Preston

Student Union activities & societies?

The official home for social activities for students is the Students' Union, your one stop shop for Clubs, Societies, Events, Trips, Advice, Representation and more!

Scholarships & Bursaries


UCLan offers a number of bursaries and scholarships – all details can be found here:-

Internships/Placement/Study abroad opportunities?

If you are interested in studying abroad during your degree programme, then this usually takes place in your second year, so you'll need to think about it and apply during your first year.

Many of our courses embed work placements within the degree programme and UCLan offer great opportunities to gain experience in the UK or internationally in so many subject areas. 

Find out more here:-


What accommodation is available & what is the average cost?

UCLan offer enough University owned accommodation for all students.  Our prices are competitive with other Universities and more information can be found here:-

All our accommodation is walking distance to your lecture theatres, student union, labs, library and all other facilities belonging to UCLan.

3 Fun Facts about the university

Preston is the UK’s cheapest city for students. 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.

In 1965 Ray Allen opened the UK's first Kentucky Fried Chicken store on Fishergate High Street, Preston.

The Preston By-pass was Britain's first motorway. It was conceived, promoted, built, and initially operated by its engineer James Drake. The by-pass was opened on 5 December 1958 by the Prime Minister Harold MacMillan. It later became part of the M6 motorway.