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24 essential places future UCLan students need to know about

27th April 2017

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England’s newest city, Preston is modern, vibrant, and - thanks to it being the home of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) - packed with upwards of 30,000 students.

Miller Park, Preston

From the busy city centre to the greenbelt of land – perfect for walking and/or cycling – that stretches around the city, it’s a place packed with fun things to do, see and eat.

It’s a great place to live, basically.

So, are you a future UCLan student? Here’s what you need to know about living in the Guild City...

Eat at... Coco’s Soul Food, on Friargate. Or 3 Monkeys, the sandwich bar that has found a cult status amongst the city’s student population. For some indulgence, try Heavenly Desserts, in the Miller Arcade.

If you’re on the go or ordering in, give The Ferret smokehouse call – you won’t regret it.

Herb crusted cheesy chicken with sweet potato fries, enjoyed it too much!!

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Drink at... Turtle Bay, for Caribbean cocktails galore, or at the Stratos Cocktail School if you want to try your hand at building cocktails yourself, or Adelphi, if you want a pretty pastel coloured beer garden to jazz up your Instagram feed. Roper Hall, we have it on good authority, is where you’ll end your night.

Making our beer garden look pretty for summer x

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Or you could just head to your new SU bar, Source. Yes, it might just be the prettiest student bar in the country.

So, who's seen our lovely new Beer Garden? #UCLan

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Shop at... St. George’s or Fishergate shopping centres, where you’ll find everything you need to get yourself through the year, or even just the afternoon – from Primark to Lush to Krispy Kreme.

The independent shops off Friargate have a more boutique feel, or head out to Deepdale Retail Park if you want to take advantage of the sun.

For an more upmarket occasion, check out the Miller Arcade.

Live at... the super-affordable Leighton Hall, one of the cheapest accommodation sites in Preston (from £89 per week ain’t bad), complete with a great community, regular on-site events and lush communal spaces just minutes walk from the main UCLAN buildings and the SU.


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Relax at... Winckley Square Gardens, a Georgian garden square slap-bang in the middle of the city, or at Preston Docks, where you’ll find cafes and shops alongside the bobbing boats. Sun peeking out from behind the clouds? There’s nowhere better.  


Dance at... Evoke, the biggest club in Preston, or Popworld, if you really want to get your cheese on (and we know you do.)

Go retro at... Lakeside Superbowl, a bowling alley for a quarter of a century and proof that sometimes a fun night out can be a bit of an old school one.

Learn at... the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, where you’ll find everything you could possibly want to know about the city and its surrounding locales.  

Walk at... the historic Avenham and Miller Parks, in the city centre, or on the 21-mile Guild Wheel that skirts around the city on those days when you just want to escape the bustle.

Fun time exploring

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Watch sport at... Ships and Giggles, self-styled as “Preston’s best student friendly pub.” We’d go for the name alone...

Got any other suggestions on essential things to do in Preston or the surrounding area? Let us know in the comments...

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