University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

Today UCLan is one of the UK’s largest universities. With a student and staff community approaching 38,000 it is the fifth largest employer in the North West of England. Internationally UCLan has academic partners in all regions of the globe and it is on a world stage that the first class quality of its education was first recognised. The University has an increasingly thriving campus in Cyprus delivering UCLan programmes and original research within a UCLan environment and culture.



The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston was founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential is what UCLan’s all about.


Amongst its programme portfolio of some 400 undergraduate and 200+ postgraduate courses, UCLan has been at the forefront of developing degrees in emerging disciplines such as Fashion and Forensic Science to more recent additions such as Dentistry and, new for 2015, undergraduate Medicine which is being delivered in the UK’s newest Medical School.


Research is at the heart of the University of Central Lancashire’s mission and we promote a research culture based on quality and excellence. Our community of researchers is well respected by their academic peers and tackle real-world issues and problems.

The research delivers highly cited academic outputs, as well as providing a broad range of benefits and impact to the industries, organisations and community groups with whom we work around the world. Almost 50% of the research which the University submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 was assessed as 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent), with each of the 16 research areas involved demonstrating both 4* and 3* quality.


We offer a one stop service to help you progress to a successful future. Whatever stage of study you are at, or whatever your future aspirations are we can help. We are a friendly and experienced team with expertise in a wide range of areas. Please take advantage of all the services we offer. It's always advisable to visit us sooner rather than later in your University journey.Other careers resources around the university include our Students' Union Opportunities Centre, for jobs and volunteering opportunities, and Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, for assistance with starting your own business and consultancy work.

Preparation Courses

Medicine & Health (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)


Student services

From academic help to dealing with personal difficulties our range of services from our Student Support Hubs will provide you with the help you need throughout your time at UCLan and beyond. Whatever the issue, our Hubs below are there with information and contacts regarding the support or facilities you require.

  • The
  • Medical Centre
  • Care Leavers Support
  • Academic Support
  • Careers
  • Multi-Faith Centre
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Welfare
  • Counselling Service
  • Disability Services

Housing services

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

There are around 2200 accommodation places in University owned and leased halls of residence.

Students will live in flats in University owned and leased halls which include a kitchen diner and some, a communal area. They have the option of non-ensuite or ensuite bedrooms, which are priced accordingly.

  • Eden Hall
  • Boatman's Court/ Bowran House
  • Lawson Hall
  • Derwent Hall
  • Douglas Hall
  • IQ Preston
  • Pendle Hall
  • Ribble Hall
  • Roeburn Hall
  • Whitendale Hall

Library services

The UCLan Library building provides comfortable, flexible study spaces and offers a wealth of excellent learning resources, extensive collections of information sources and expert help and support from Library staff.

There are around 700 computers, including Apple Macs, in the Library. You will also find computers, including Apple Macs, in other buildings and study spaces on campus.

Medical services

The staff at the University’s Medical Centre are able to provide students with a caring and confidential service on a wide range of medical matters. The Medical Centre is available to help whether you are feeling ill, want family planning advice, concerned about sexual health or need information on vaccinations for a trip abroad.

Student Life

Campus life


  • Burnley
  • Westlakes
  • Cyprus

The city of Preston, the home of our main Campus, is located in the heart of the North West. Preston is the administrative capital of Lancashire, has an estimated population of 130,000, excellent transport links, fantastic countryside, as well as a bustling, compact city centre. Preston has the friendly feel of a traditional Lancashire town, with a proud history. You’re close to the rolling countryside of the Ribble Valley, the striking Trough of Bowland, Blackpool, Morecambe Bay and the Southern Lakes.

Sports facilities

UCLan Sports Arena offers a variety of activities and high quality facilities for both students and the community to enjoy recreational and competitive sport.

  • Final Whistle Cafe
  • Cycle hire
  • Seven grass football pitches
  • ‘Grass Master Desso’ grass football pitch
  • Three grass rugby pitches
  • An eight lane, international standard athletics track (floodlit)
  • An Astroturf indoor training facility
  • Six five-a-side all weather grids
  • One seven-a-side all weather grid
  • Two full-size all weather hockey and football pitches
  • Four tennis/netball courts
  • A cricket pitch
  • A 1.5km cycle circuit, which includes a shorter, junior track
  • A multi-purpose meeting/activity room
  • A Fitness Suite and Strength and Conditioning room
  • Activity room
  • Meeting room


  • RIBA
  • British Council
  • CIM
  • CIPR

Preston, England, United Kingdom