The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) offers a great student experience – with your years at the University sure to provide you with a plethora of memories. Preston, and the wider Lancashire area, hosts many students, making it a great place to study! Whether you’re an undergraduate, postgraduate or visiting student, you will have an enjoyable time! Unfortunately your student years will fly by – but you’ll certainly have enough time to do everything on this list! This article should give you some inspiration to get the most out of your stay at UCLan. This list ranges from things such as landmarks to see, places to travel to, and most importantly – graduation! Read on!
1. Explore the North of England!
Many people talk about the beauty of the South of England – however the North hosts an abundance of amazing locations. Transport is great in the local area, and many of the UK’s most iconic locations are close to Preston. Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle are all easily reached. Consider during your stay to go on day trip’s to these cities – it will be a great decision! The picture above is the ‘Angel of the North’ – a contemporary sculpture found just outside Newcastle – well worth seeing.
2. Utilise the Student’s Union
It is well worth engaging with UCLan’s Student’s Union! The union offers many activites for students to enjoy, and provide general support for students whenever required. The union helps organise a range of societies too, which are great for making friends, developing new hobbies and interests – and most importantly – to have fun. Societies range from being academic-based to hobby-based – there should be something for everyone. UCLan’s SU is also good for anything advice-related. You can also check out our advice pages too, should you ever need!
3. Enjoy the Nightlife!
Preston and the surrounding area offers an impressive nightlife! There is an abundance of places to visit in the area. ‘Ships and Giggles’ is the iconic pre-drinks location for students. Evoque is a popular location for students to visit too! Whether bars, pubs or nightclubs are your thing – you can certainly find something! It is well worth taking time out in the evenings to recharge your batteries. Trips to other cities for a night-out is possible too!
4. Go To Warehouse Tuesdays
Yes, don’t worry, we didn’t forget it. The quintessential UCLan night-out is a Tuesday visit to Ships and Giggles, before visiting Warehouse. We don’t really need to say anymore other than this is a firm student favourite, and the atmosphere is memorable. How much else of the night will be is down to you… Just hope the timetabling masters are kind to you and spare you the dreaded Wednesday 9am…
5. Learn about Different Cultures!
UCLan features a range of nationalities among both students and staff. This diverse range of cultures is something well worth taking advantage of. When we say this, there is no need to find two other people, sit on a piece of lawn somewhere and recreate the corny picture seen on every front cover of a University prospectus. Instead, and jokes aside, try and learn about different cultures, try out a new cuisine style, and just generally make friends! The ability of working with people from different backgrounds is an excellent asset to have!
6. Try Out the Sport Facilities
UCLan offers some impressive sports facilities – as a student here, you should take advantage of them. Whether you are just a casual player playing for fun, wanting to get exercise, or compete for the University – it is something worth trying. For those who do take sport seriously, UCLan is part of many BUCS leagues, giving you the chance to compete against other Universities, with many sports featuring competitive teams. As mentioned earlier, societies are an excellent way of trying out sports.
7. Visit Avenham Park
Avenham Park is a student favourite – being located conveniently close to campus, and some of the student housing areas too! In the sun, Avenham Park is a great location to be. In general, it is one of the most picturesque locations in Preston. The large green space also offers a water fountain! Perfect for any down time.
8. See the Harris Museum and Art Gallery
The Harris Museum and Art Gallery is a must-visit during your stay at UCLan! It is free entry, which is a great draw for students! Located in the heart of Preston Town Centre, the museum provides an interesting look at the history of the local area and wider surroundings. The Art gallery also features an impressive range of art to view. Exhibitions also often take place too – great for art fans.
9. Shop at St. George’s and Fishergate
Both St. George’s and Fishergate shopping centre fall into the must-visit category for shopping fans. Both centres are popular, and feature a range of stores – ranging from beauty, lifestyle, fashion and just about anything else! Going a bit further out, the Deepdale Retail Park also features some more outlets.
10. Try out Source – the SU Bar!
Source is much, much more than just your typical Student’s Union bar. Offering food, live sport and entertainment, the bar is typically full of students. The bar stays open until 10pm, and as Source is open during the University day – making it perfect for a quick visit between lectures – or a stop-off for lunch. Quiz nights are also held, among a slew of other activities.
11. Go and support Preston North End FC!
Preston North End play at Deepdale Stadium. Preston North End might not be world-beaters these days, but the dark ages for the club appear to have passed. So experience an atmosphere like no other – and go and support them!
12. Refer to Preston as ‘Depreston’ in an everyday conversation with someone…
Where did that name even come from?! As much as we love Preston, it is catchy. So just slip it into a conversation with an unsuspecting individual at some point, you can’t really say you’ve studied at UCLan until you do.
13. Visit Other Parts of the United Kingdom!
The United Kingdom features some incredible cities. Getting around is easy due to the impressive transport network. We’ve already covered the Northern cities, so consider heading South, with London the obvious choice for a potential weekend away. Other recommended locations would be Oxford, Cambridge and Brighton. There is a lot to see, the UK features some amazing landmarks! If you are wary of the high train fees – check out our guide here on 7 ways to save on rail travel!
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14. Study Hard!
While this isn’t as fun as most of the suggestions in this article – this is still a critical element of University! However, what is most important is to get a good work/life balance. By doing this, you’ll be able to harness your mind’s full capabilities – ending in great results! With the University boasting good graduate prospects, your hard work can certainly pay off!
The single most important part of being a student at UCLan – graduation! This is where your year’s of hard work will pay off – ensure you get to this day! It’ll be a proud day for you and your family. Hopefully, on your way to graduation, you’ll be able to complete many of the things in your stay here! Why not consider joining me and writing about this great University and City, details can be found below!