Six reasons why Preston is a great place to be a student

Posted on - 14th August, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, City Centre, Friargate, Nightlife, Parks, People, Preston City Centre, Preston Docks, Pubs, Things to Do in and around Preston, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
Views around Preston

Views around Preston

This week saw another batch of A-Level students celebrate (or run away from!) their highly anticipated results, which in turn will welcome a new set of fresh-faced undergraduates to our city.


As we look ahead to the new academic year, and celebrate UCLan’s recent successes, we put together a bunch of reasons why Preston really is a great place to be a student.

Whether you’re undecided to study at UCLan coming from far and wide, or are homegrown talent confirming the university as your top choice, here’s why we think Preston will give you that first class student experience.

6- The city campus

The city centre is a short walk from campus

The city centre is a short walk from campus

Everyone will have their own view on the pros and cons of having a city campus, but having known nothing else I would say it’s a definite positive. Having the city centre walking distance is just one advantage of this, allowing new students coming from across the country to mingle amongst the Lancashire proud locals. Even if the proximity of the town does require a bit of self control not to stop by The Adelphi for a pint between lectures.

5- The formidable weather

Hail can actually look quite pretty. Unless you're caught in it. Ouch! Pic: Louise Hogg

Earlier this year Preston was hit by a downpour of massive hail. Rain doesn’t look so bad now does it? Pic: Louise Hogg

Tales of Preston’s weather do the rounds more than any other rumour in the beginning weeks of term, but it’s one of them characteristics that you wouldn’t change for the world. It rains a lot, carry an umbrella, get used to it.

4- The pubs

The Ferret burgers are not for the faint-hearted!

The Ferret burgers are not for the faint-hearted!

Freshers 2015 is set to be the best yet and always a great way to immerse yourself in the new city you find yourself in. But, amidst the cheap drinks and busy crowds, be sure not to neglect the quirky favourites dotted around the city. The Ferret for instance, with its live music, unforgivingly large and unique menu and its own house ale is one not to miss. Don’t be afraid to steer off the beaten track.

3- The traditions

parched pea stand

Parched peas are a popular choice in the city. Image credit to Tony Worrall.

Like a lot of cities, Preston is full of unique pastimes that only it knows. Whether it’s Freddie flintoff trying to beat the record of most parched peas eaten in a minute, or the funeral procession that takes place through Bamber Bridge every time Preston North End get relegated or promoted, Preston has the personality of no other.

2- The parks

Autumn colours at Avenham Park

Autumn colours at Avenham Park Pic: Tony Worrall

The hidden treasures! Preston is littered with gorgeous spots of greenery that students are often late to discover (myself included). Avenham park with its Japanese gardens and, while strictly not a park, Preston docks provide a stunning backdrop to the city that should be enjoyed from the off!

1- The pride

Deepdale Stadium, home of Preston North End

Deepdale Stadium, home of Preston North End

Before stepping foot on Preston terrain, I had never encountered such local pride which is shown here. The usual football chants can be heard from Deepdale stadium supporting the whites, but beyond that Prestonians ooze pride in their city and it is admirable for an ‘outsider’ like me. It remains one of my favourite things about being a student in Preston. Pride of Lancashire indeed!

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