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Small but has everything I need. Quiet place for studying, not like big cities, settles me down and is peaceful. (here we have the oldest KFC in UK!)

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By Xinyi
On 28th May 20

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Small but has everything I need. Quiet place for studying, not like big cities, settles me down and is peaceful. (here we have the oldest KFC in UK!)

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By Xinyi
On 28th May 20

Living in Preston

The students at the University of Central Lancashire make up about a fifth of Preston’s inhabitants. Preston boasts easy access to the seaside towns of the north west, the romantic vistas of the Lake District National Park and the vibrant big cities of the north.

Preston is quite a small city set in the incredible fells and moors the county is famous for, and its manageable size makes it a good place for freshers to find their feet.

First, the essentials. You have two big shopping centres in the town, St Georges and Fishergate, which have all your high street shops. Preston also has some good markets, meaning that you won’t have to skimp on your 5-a-Day just because of your student budget! There’s a decent nightlife, including an alternative scene and a selection of good pubs. Preston has less of a lone earmarked ‘Student Night’ than you’ll find in other places - probably because there’s just so many students that every night has to be Student Night to fit you all in! For anything Preston doesn’t provide you with,your nearest big city is Manchester and the train ride takes 40mins.

Preston’s keen on being an outdoorsy kind of city. There are several parks including the Guild Wheel, which connects the city to the countryside around it, the RIverside Park, and Moor Park. This one is the oldest and largest park in Preston, covering 100 acres, so it’s perfect whether you’re looking for a sunbathing spot, a secluded place to revise, or somewhere to take a walk or jog. There are 160 miles of public footpaths in the area, much of it heading off into stunning moors, forests, or towards the sandy beaches at Lytham St Annes.

The city has two large cinemas, and the Harris Museum which covers local history. As well as the usual exhibits they have a number of smaller ones which change every few months, so there will be something new each time you go. The Preston Art and Design Gallery (PAD) showcases work by local craftsmen and designers. However if you like to spend your afternoon doing something a little more speedy the Trax Motor Sports centre just outside Preston let you try out karting and quadbiking, as well as having a paintballing station. Hall social anyone?

Big day out?

  • Beacon Fell: Find a mate with a car, and head 30mins up the road to Beacon Fell Country Park. It’s a massive space and if you can make the walk to the top of the fell, the highest point in the county at 266m above sea level, you’ll be rewarded with views as far out as the Isle of Man on a clear day. 
  • Blackpool: It’s just 20mins away by train. Manchester may be big, but does it have a Pleasure Beach? No it does not!
  • Riversway Festival: This summer festival comes at a very reasonable price of... nothing! There’s singing, fireworks, music and fairgrounds for those up for a free day out. Which is everybody.

Getting around

  • The Orbit bus service is a circular route that goes out from the main bus station. The 88C goes clockwise, and the 88A goes anti-clockwise.  Makes sense, right?
  • Taxi: Millers


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Student Review: 5 /5
By dedkis On 4th July 20

Preston is a really nice city, a lot of nice places to socialize, but there are a lot of shady people, I felt unsafe at times.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Xinyi On 28th May 20

Small but has everything I need. Quiet place for studying, not like big cities, settles me down and is peaceful. (here we have the oldest KFC in UK!)

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Student Review: 5 /5
By DamianaSola On 26th May 20

Coming from a small town, the city can be a scary place to be, but Preston is easily navigated with everything a short walk away from the train station, including the university campus

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member548568 On 21st May 20

Preston is a wonderful place. Great for students. It may not look like much to start with, but you WILL fall in love with this place.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By Jordan On 21st May 20

A decent town, cost of living for students is much more achievable than other student towns. Public transport could be less fragmented

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1248564 On 21st May 20

Preston is an okay place to live, it's a majority student city, quite small so not many shops. If you are looking for good, cheap nightlife then preston is the place for you, with clubs like Switch having £1 drinks every Friday, evoque having £1 drinks on varying days throughout the week

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1148424 On 18th May 20

It is a perfect city for students. It is really calm and peaceful. Students who are academic orientated would really enjoy studying here.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By FSL On 14th May 20

A perfect place for a student to live a life of fun but also be as ble to study well

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1148167 On 14th May 20

Small city and not overwhelming

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1148156 On 14th May 20

nice clubs, enough shopping, public transport if needed, eating out very easy

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1048096 On 13th May 20

Overall a decent place to live. It is cheap and there is a lot of great places to eat and shop. The town is very close to the university campus too.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member748059 On 13th May 20

Preston is great for night life and there is ample restaurants and 2 shopping centres in the town centre!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member948049 On 13th May 20

Preston is a beautiful city, having many scenic places such as avenham park and Preston docks. It is also very cheap compared to other student cities across the UK.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member548046 On 13th May 20

Town is amazing for having a drink, eating at some really great places with out breaking the bank. I would recommend cafe bar

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member548046 On 13th May 20

Town is amazing for having a drink, eating at some really great places with out breaking the bank. I would recommend cafe bar

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Baconalreadyexists On 13th May 20

Good amount and variety of shops

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Willf On 13th May 20

There are lots of shops around so you can buy whatever you want whenever. The train station is spacious.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member548023 On 13th May 20

Preston is a safe and fun place to live, with a shopping centre close by you can buy anything you desire locally. And if it is night life you desire, that too is amazing with nightclubs such as Warehouse and Evoque, and more prestigious bars such as Baluga.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Adam Blackwell On 13th May 20

Preston is a small vibrant city that packs in everything you need.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member846939 On 25th March 20

Preston is a good place to live, where I lived the buses were regular, lots of shops and places to eat

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member643619 On 15th November 19

I live in preston anyway, it's okay. It's not like a big city like manchester though it's just alright.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member843145 On 4th November 19

Sweet little town, has everything you need

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Student Review: 5 /5
By LucyLynne On 4th November 19

Preston is an amazing city to live in. It's a really cheap place where you always get value for money. The nights out are also amazing around preston with bars such as Source and Ships and Giggles , which are both really nice places for a relaxed night out or if that's not your taste there are also many night clubs I.e. warehouse, evoke and my personal favourite switch for people to enjoy

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Jayne1212 On 4th November 19

I haven't really been out yet but from what I've heard from my mates it's a bomb going out, especially ships and giggles and source bar

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member742303 On 20th September 19

Not satisfied by the City standards and especially eating out.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By P.C. Laura On 19th September 19

Absolutely incredible nights out, the clubs are so, so good. They are huge, especially Evoque, and they all play different kinds of music to suit whatever you are into - Warehouse has 3 floors playing completely different genres of music, including indie and pop.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member1142166 On 13th September 19

Viciously attacked by council estate women. Suppressing the entire tone of the village through their crass pilloried violent a-genders!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1042104 On 11th September 19

love being near a train station and tbh you'll never be bored of places to eat since there's loads. loads of cheap shops so you're not spending too much money but nighs out can be lacking since there's only a couple of places to go.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By Kara399 On 25th January 18

Prestons generally good wouldnt really call it a city more a town, there isnt loads too do here but the nights out are class.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member911778 On 31st July 15

Preston has everything you need really: A variety of clubs for every taste, all the shops you need and some decent food places as well. I can't say anything about the public transport as everything in Preston is in walking distance really.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By jazzmoore On 31st July 15

Preston is a great city to live in!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Courtney 95 On 23rd July 15

Great transport links to all main cities and even a bus to Blackpool for a day out, shops to cater for everyone, bit of a distance to places like the cinema from town centre which isn't great

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member811167 On 13th July 15

Cost of living is expensive considering it's Preston, accommodation is overpriced everywhere and food is expensive (stick to aldi). Great for transport as it's near a train station

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member69393 On 26th June 15

Bus fares and food in shops is considerably dearer than say Manchester or Salford

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member118957 On 1st May 15

real small no need for transport I suppose but not my cup of tea for going out in

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Student Review: 5 /5
By flabi_rawr On 1st May 15

Rough around the edges, but everything you need all close together and good quality!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Student6789 On 21st April 15

Living is not expensive, 2nd/3rd year housing is roughly £80-£90ppw all inclusive depending who you live with. Many restaurants to choose from in the city centre, lots of lovely take aways too. 3 main night clubs, Cameo, Evoque and Warehouse, they are open at different nights, students go out in the week. Cameo - Mon, Warehouse- Tues and Wed - Evoque Shopping, a lot of high street shops are in Preston, Manchester and Liverpool are not far for the bigger shopping centres. Lots of busses running, Taxis are cheap and the train station goes to many destinations, train station is at the end of the shopping centre, very easy to find and walk to.

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