Student city guide to Preston

Preston is home to the University of Central Lancashire which is the sixth-biggest uni in the country with over 33,000 students.

With the city’s total population only four times that big, it really offers a great living experience for students. In town you’ll find excellent entertainment options, including three cinemas, a virtual reality experience, a skate park, a climbing wall, bowling, escape rooms, laser tag and a trampoline park. Shopping spots include the Miller Arcade, a listed building that houses a clutch of specialist shops.

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The arts and culture scene is bustling, with a range of exhibitions across city spaces including the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and several theatre and music spots. The Makerspace at the Harris is a great place to try your hand at all sorts of contemporary crafts and digital skills if you fancy some extra-curricular learning.

"The arts and culture scene is bustling, with a range of exhibitions across city spaces"

The great outdoors is on its doorstep, with nearby excursions including Beacon Fell Country Park, Bowland Wild Boar Park and Turbary Woods Owl & Bird of Prey sanctuary. There are also many beautiful walks and cycling routes in the area.

Our Kopa building is right next to the University of Central Lancashire campus in the middle of town and features a brand-new gym, an onsite shop, laundry, social hub and bike storage.


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