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University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

4.6 out of 5 (25 ratings / 12 reviews) Preston, England, United Kingdom
Today Central Lancashire is one of the UK’s largest universities with a student and staff community approaching 38,000. Internationally the University 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. 

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In 1828, the University of Central Lancashire was founded in Preston 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 talented people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential.


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.


The University of Central Lancashire has a growing and vibrant community of academic innovators producing 4* quality outputs including in Science – 14 Nature and Nature series papers and in Medicine - 15 Lancet and Lancet series papers since 1 January 2014. We produce high quality international and world-leading research across an expanded range of other disciplines ranging from the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. We receive substantial funding to broaden our research, innovation and enterprise activities which have economic and social impact.


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.


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

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. You can also borrow laptops from the Laptop Loan area on the Ground Floor of the Library during staffed hours.

The Library has a dedicated training team who provide support and training for students. 

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

Student clubs

The Students’ Union registered charity, run independently from the University and represent over 26,000 students.  When you enrol as a UCLan student you automatically become a member of the Students’ Union and with that comes some great benefits.Our mission is to ‘make life better for students’ and we try to do this every day through our wide range of activities, services and events. At the heart of our work are four key aims and that is to represent, support, inspire and connect you, to ensure you get the most out of your student adventure!Even though the Students’ Union is based at Preston campus, we are accessible to all UCLan students.  No matter where you are studying, there is something for everyone!


  • RIBA
  • British Council
  • CIM
  • CIPR

Preston, England, United Kingdom