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Preston ranked as the cheapest place to be a student as UCLan campus returns to life

Posted on - 27th September, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
A student arriving on the UCLan campus during Welcome Weekend Pic: UCLan

As thousands of students return to Preston and its university campus they are studying in the most affordable place in the country.

The University of Central Lancashire secured the top spot in The Times ranking of the cheapest places to be a student for its cost of living index.

The average weekly rent for UCLan students is £83 in Preston – compared with students in London paying more than £150 per week.

Read more: 53 Degrees on Preston’s university campus making a return

Preston also scores well on having cheap takeaway options, the average student pint being £2.50 and UCLan also offers free membership at the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre to bring gym costs down.

UCLan’s Director of Marketing Heather Ellis said: “With students understandably concerned about the rising cost of living, it’s fantastic to see that Preston is the most affordable place in the country to be a student.

“In these financially difficult times, it’s natural to wonder whether coming to university is a good idea. This Times league table is a reminder that the cost of coming to university can differ considerably depending on where you want to go. University remains an investment that could greatly benefit you in the long term, with graduates earning 30 per cent more than non-graduates, so being able to afford a degree is more important than ever.”

The cost of living boost comes as students arrived back on the university campus over the weekend.

It kicks off Welcome Week across the Preston campus as halls of residence were moved into.

Read more: Preston’s university slips down latest Times university guide rankings

Moving into university accommodation during ‘Moving in Sunday’ Pic: UCLan

Throughout Moving in Sunday students – both new and returning – were greeted by student wellbeing ambassadors, representatives from the UCLan Students’ Union and various university sports teams to help with moving in.

Professor Graham Baldwin, UCLan Vice-Chancellor, said: “It’s always one of the highlights of my year to see our new students arriving on campus ready to start the next chapter in their lives.

“It’s also lovely to welcome back our returning students as they are eager to get back on to campus to restart their studies and continue enjoying university life.”

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