Living in Preston as a student
Preston is a city located in the heart of Lancashire, England, less than an hour away from Manchester and four hours away from London by train. Situated on the north bank of the River Ribble, the city is home to over 114,000 residents, 24,000 of which are students at the University of Central Lancashire.
The city of Preston was an important part of Roman history, as well as a strategic fighting ground in the mid-12th century. During the Industrial Revolution, local inventor Richard Arkwright invented the water frame, and hence brought with it cotton mills to the city’s economy. The city has many landmarks, from the tallest spire in England on a non-cathedral church (St. Walburge’s Church), to the exposed chimney of Tulketh Mill on Blackpool Road. Preston also has many beautiful Georgian buildings, a Victorian radial-design prison, and modern architectural buildings Guild Hall and Preston Bus Station. Currently, Preston is a key part of the British defence aerospace industry, as well as a transport hub. The city’s male football club, Preston North End F.C, are known for being founding members of the Football League and the first team to be crowded English Football champions, while its womens’ football club, Dick, Kerr’s Ladies F.C, was a famous early women’s football team in England. The city has a number of festivals, markets and fairs within its many parks, as well as a number of cheap clubs and pubs that will appeal to students.
The University of Central Lancashire’s campus is located 10mins walk east of city centre, on Fylde Road. The university is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion programme, with a large number of social spaces and buildings under construction. Popular student accommodation locations include places such as Tramshead, Friargate Court, as well as Leighton Hall and Canterbury Hall.