Preston Student Accommodation
Preston is situated in the heart of the North West of England. Not too far away from the stunning scenery of the Lake District, the romantic atmosphere of the seaside, and bustling nightlife 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, but cosy enough for you to feel right at home. That’s why more than 30,000 students choose to experience university life here!
If there’s one thing folk from Preston know how to do; it’s open a good pub. It has some of the best pubs in the north-west. There’s also huge range of clubs and bars to keep you occupied till the wee hours. If you’re into shopping, 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. Down the cobbled side-streets, you’ll uncover a selection of quirky boutiques and independent beauty salons around the charming Winckley Square.
Student Housing in Preston
Preston offers students the fortune of having the best of city centre living, whilst offering pleasant suburbs for living.
By living in the city centre and University campus area you’re able to stumble from lecture to nightlife without a fuss. Fortunately the city centre area is abundant with halls of residence for students to make the most of the vibrant area. There’s always plenty going on, with bars and a fantastic shopping centre, along with two museums, a gallery, and a theatre, there should be something to please everyone.
Plunington has become a newly popular student area of the city, particularly with students who attend the University of Central Lancashire. The majority of housing in Plunington the housing is terrace style, typically with 3 to 5 bedrooms. It’s recommended that in order to fit in with the locals it’s best to refer to Plunington as “Plungy”.
Another area that again, offers charming terrace houses is Ashton. Ideal for shared student housing this neighbourhood is only a walk away from the city centre, meaning you’re never too far away from the excitement.
Slightly further away from the centre than the other locations, Fulwood is also known to be a bit ‘posher’ as well. Fulwood has a healthy number of local shops, pubs, libraries, supermarkets, and parks, ideal for spending sunny afternoons in.
Preston Bars and Clubs
If you want a unique club experience unlike no other then Evoque ought to be the place for you. The most popular nights here for students are during the week, each night makes the most of a state of the art sound system and special guest DJs. On the other hand is you want a something with more alternative history then The Warehouse ought to be your place. On three floors this club boasts an impressive music history with acts such as The Stone Roses and Joy Division having played there. Currently the venue is open on Tuesday’s (hosting their famous student night), Fridays, and Saturdays, plus there’s always some sort of cheap drinks offer, starting at £1.
Again, reminiscent of the past in some way, Blitz reflects the vibrancy of 90s rave culture. It’s always popular with students thanks to its cheap entry and cheap drinks. The club operates over the weekend for the majority of the time, offering events such as ‘Mix Up Fridays’ when they blast out an eclectic mix of Alternative, Hip-Hop, and House.
The Source Bar is UCLAN’s official student union bar and is open each day of the week. Situated right in the heart of the University campus, Source bar is a great place to grab a bite to eat in between lectures and seminars, or prior to a night-out ion any day of the week.
Things to Do in Preston
If you fancy something out of the ordinary then we suggest you try and see a show at The Continental. Being a typical Lancashire pub from the outside, it sets itself apart by hosting a variety of live performances spanning theatre, music, film screenings, and much more. Perhaps equally as quirky would be the Houghton Tower, infamous for being one of Britain’s most haunted houses. As well as being renowned as Britain’s third-most-haunted house, Houghton Tower offers a visitor a museum, tea rooms, and stunning garden display.
Preston’s Guild Wheel
If you prefer something that’s slightly more active then you may opt to go cycling at Preston’s Guild Wheel, this is a 21 mile walking and cycle route that revolves around the urban area of Preston and links the city with its surrounding countryside perfectly. Similarly adventurous, you may wish to explore the city of Preston by partaking in a Segway tour, this also runs right through the Cuerden Valley Country Park, and prices start at around £35.