University of
central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is based in Preston, Lancashire, and offers high-quality teaching to students from across the world. If you’re planning to study here, Sanctuary Students delivers student accommodation at very competitive prices.

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Preston is a fairly large city with an industrial heritage. It traces its roots back to Roman times and has been constantly settled ever since. The city is friendly, welcoming, diverse, interesting and picturesque and an ideal city in which to study.

The city has a lively cultural scene with lots of live music, nightlife, food, drink and shopping. Being a university city, there’s also a youthful energy that is infectious.

If you’re studying at the University of Central Lancashire and want somewhere clean, safe and well maintained to stay, Sanctuary Students accommodation is just what you need!

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About the University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire, UCLan, offers more than 400 undergraduate courses and over 200 postgraduate courses. It began life as The Institution For The Diffusion of Useful Knowledge back in 1828 and became a university in 1992.

The University of Central Lancashire is ranked 75th in the UK and is currently undergoing a £200 million expansion programme consisting of new buildings, a faith centre, engineering centre and new student centre.

The main campus is in the centre of Preston with smaller campuses in Burnley, Cumbria, Westlakes and Cyprus.

The University of Central Lancashire has around 25,000 students, almost 18,000 of which are undergraduates with the rest as postgraduates. The university has strong international ties, and there’s a high population of international students here.

The university is known for forensic science, fashion, film studies, social work, nursing, dentistry, community health and midwifery, engineering, management, global studies, pharmacy and psychology.

Student life in Preston

Preston is a good place to be a student. The main campus is in the city centre and our student accommodation is within walking distance. That makes it easy to enjoy the plentiful shopping, dining and entertainment options on offer here.

Preston is a decent sized city, but not too large or too crowded. Locals are friendly and getting around is simple.

There’s a lot to see and do here, including Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Broughton Cottage Museum, Ribble Steam Railway, Museum of Lancashire, Preston Cenotaph, St Walburge's Church, Avenham Park, Ashton Park, Queens Lancashire Regiment Museum, British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Fishergate, The Mall and many more.

There are a few nightclubs in town and plenty of bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes, music venues and other entertainments.

There are also lots of open green spaces to sit back and relax in the sunshine.

Is the University of Central Lancashire a good university?

The University of Central Lancashire is a good university. It’s ranked 75th in the UK but is also highly rated as one of the most improved universities in the country. The range and quality of courses is impressive, and the school performs well in most league tables.

Is Preston a safe place to live?

Preston is regarded as a relatively safe place to live. It certainly doesn’t have the same level of crime and social issues as other cities in the north. As long as you take sensible precautions, you should be fine. Our Preston student accommodation is safe and secure too.

Where is your University of Central Lancashire student housing located?

Our University of Central Lancashire student housing is located in the town centre. One building is on Moor Lane while the other is on Walker Street. Both are central positions within walking distance or a short bus ride to campus and to the shopping, dining and city highlights.

What kinds of student accommodation does Sanctuary Students offer?

Sanctuary Students offers a range of student accommodation for the University of Central Lancashire. Rooms range from standard rooms to en-suite doubles or large doubles with en-suite. All student accommodation is fully inclusive and includes Wi-Fi and all bills.

Is University of Central Lancashire student housing expensive?

University of Central Lancashire student housing offers amazing value. Considering we’re in the city centre, prices are sensible. As Sanctuary Students is all-inclusive, the price you see is all you have to pay. All bills, internet, heating, insurance, electricity and use of social areas is included in the price!

What attractions are there in and around Preston?

Your student housing will be in the centre of town so should offer easy access to local attractions. Otherwise, buses will take you to Avenham and Miller Parks, the Harris Museum, Preston Free Public Library, Lancaster Canal, Preston Market Hall, Preston Minster, UCLan Sports Arena and all the other highlights this part of the country has to offer.

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Transport in Preston

As a former industrial city, transport links into Preston are plentiful.

Arrive in Preston by air and you’ll need to use Liverpool or Manchester airports. Road and rail links join the three cities, so getting here should be no problem.

Preston has a large train station with intercity and local links. Both the West Coast Main Line and Avanti West Coast services stop here as well as national trains from around the country.

Preston has local and national buses running frequent services. Megabus and National Express both run services to and from Preston.

The city has good road links too with access to the M6, M61, M62, M60 and M65. Local roads are also plentiful and getting around is very straightforward.

Preston city guide

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