University of Central Lancashire

About the university

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) welcomes over 2,000 international students to study at our Preston campus each year. We have over 500 undergraduate courses and 200 taught postgraduate programmes, a range of scholarship and bursary schemes for international students, and a dedicated student support team. Overall UCLan holds four QS stars, with the maximum of five stars for teaching, infrastructure, internationalisation and engagement. Our campus has cutting-edge facilities, and is only a few minutes’ walk from the safe, great-value city centre. Preston is close to the Lake District, Liverpool and Manchester, and only two hours from London by train.

A friendly campus-based university, UCLan welcomes international students with a free airport collection service and orientation programme, as well as a buddy system to help students settle in. Students are fully supported throughout their study. All undergraduate courses have a strong focus on students’ future employability, and we teach across a wide subject area including architecture, business and management, creative industries, dentistry, law, medicine, and the sciences. More information on courses can be found on the University website.

Key information

Locations Accomodation Facilities Key attractions
International Office
Foster Building
University of Central Lancashire

UCLan is dedicated to ensuring that all our students enjoy high standard accommodation throughout their stay at the University.

There are around 2,200 places available in UCLan halls of residence for first year students. The halls are either owned or leased by UCLan, are located within or very close to the heart of the main campus.

Students will live in flats which include a kitchen diner and some, a communal area. They have the option of standard or en-suite bedrooms, which are priced accordingly.

All University halls are self-catering and the prices include all fuel and water bills. Students will receive free internet access in all halls owned or leased by UCLan.

Every bedroom in our accommodation also has a study desk and chair, chest of drawers, wardrobe, wash basin, whilst Roeburn Hall and University-leased halls are fully en-suite in all bedrooms. There are also adapted rooms in the halls for those students with disabilities.

Recycling facilities and bicycle racks are provided throughout campus, and every resident has 24 hour access to University security.

The Student Accommodation Service want to provide the best possible service and welcome any comments or suggestions students may have:

Over £100 million has recently been invested in teaching, learning and leisure facilities, including new buildings, improved learning technology and the very best sporting facilities. Students have 24/7 access to our library and computers, with many resources accessible online from home. The campus has free wifi, as does all university student accommodation. Our state-of-the-art facilities include Europe's largest 3D lecture theatre, forensic crime scene houses, biomechanic and clinical skills laboratories, motorsports workshop, moot court room, plus much more. International students have access to the full range of Student Union societies, covering religious, sporting, social and cultural interests. Staff will also help students to find work experience, and the University operates a Careers service to link students with employers for part time work.

Situated in the heart of the North West of England, Preston is a vibrant city with a landscape of opportunity at its doorstep. Preston’s located a stone’s throw away from the stunning scenery of the Lake District, romantic atmosphere of the seaside, and bustling vibes of the big Northern cities.

With a population of 140,000, it’s classed as a mid-sized city – large enough to house a diversity of cultures, and cosy enough for you to feel right at home. That’s why more than 30,000 students choose to experience university life in this great city


Preston offers both contemporary and traditional shopping experiences. Friargate hill connects the University campus to the city centre with an eclectic mix of shops and cafes. On Fishergate high street, you’ll find two indoor shopping centres (St George's and Fishergate) among the familiar retailers, such as, Debenhams, Next, Topshop, River Island, Boots, The Body Shop, Lush, and Argos.

Just off the main quarter lies the real allure of Preston shopping; down the cobbled side-streets, you’ll uncover a selection of quirky boutiques and independent beauty salons around the charming Winckley Square.

Cafe Culture

The city centre houses a thriving café culture with numerous modern and vintage teashops. Whether you need to sit with your laptop to complete an assignment in peaceful surroundings, or catch up with your new friends over a coffee, you’ll be able to find your ideal ambience in Preston.

The Mystery Tea House, just off the beaten track of the city centre, offers you an adventure in the world of teas, while Fanaki’s coffee shop and the Equator Arts café deliver a continental atmosphere against a northern English backdrop. The city centre also boasts big brand favourites, such as Starbucks, Costa Coffee and Café Nero, so you’re never too far from your preferred cuppa.

Museums & the Arts

More than 750 buildings and structures in Preston are listed by the English heritage for their architectural and historical importance, including the iconic Grade I listed Harris Museum and Art Gallery, which, set proudly in the flag market, stands as the arts hub of Preston.

The Harris Museum hosts a programme of internationally renowned exhibitions year round. Preston’s art culture extends to the Museum of Lancashire, offering a real experience of the county, as well as the architecturally significant St Walburge’s Church.

The Outdoors

It’s not just in the city that you’ll find excellent coffee; if you prefer to have a brew in more scenic surroundings, the Pavilion Café sits in the beautiful Avenham Park, which has recently been presented with the green flag award, recognising it as one of the best green spaces in the country.

In addition, Preston boasts the scenic Guild Wheel, a 21-mile cycling greenway connecting the city to the picturesque Lancashire countryside, taking in the sights of the River Ribble, the 650-acre Cuerden Valley Park, and the old Preston railway