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.

By member548568 On 21st May 20

 

Study 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.

 

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University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is one of the UK’s largest universities, with a community of over 38,000 students and staff. Preston Campus is right in the heart of the city and is their main campus. The university offers over 350 undergraduate programmes. The courses focus on skills and experience that help with graduate employability.

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Preston Student Life

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.

Cost of Living

Accommodation

Student accommodation costs in Preston range from £69 - £174 per week; the average is £105 per week. 

Compare the average elsewhere: Sunderland: £108/week, Newcastle: £149/week, Manchester: £171/week.

(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)

The average price for:

A cheap meal at a restaurant: £10
A pint of beer: £3.50
A regular takeout coffee: £2.59
1L of milk: £1.04
A loaf of white bread: £0.98

Prices are about 4% higher than equivalent costs in Newcastle and 8% lower than Manchester.

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Nights Out

member1248564
21st May 2020

Good, cheap nightlife…

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

member548023
13th May 2020

If it is night life you desire…

 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.

LucyLynne
4th November 2019

Preston is an amazing city to live in…

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

P.C. Laura
19th September 2019

Absolutely incredible nights out…

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.

Public Transport

Great transport links to all main cities and even a bus to Blackpool for a day out

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Shopping

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! 

 

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The Great Outdoors

Find a mate with a car, and head 30 minutes 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 266 metres above sea level, you’ll be rewarded with views as far out as the Isle of Man on a clear day. 

 

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Moor Park

Moor Park is the largest and oldest 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.

 

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Footpaths

There are 160 miles of public footpaths in the area, much of it heading off into stunning moors, forests, along the Ribble Estuary and towards the sandy beaches at Lytham St Annes. Go forth and explore!

Top 10 Preston Accommodation

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Foundry Court 4.64 /5

Foundry Court is a really great place to live if you’re going to attend UCLAN. It’s close to the university and the accommodation itself is really gre...

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Trinity Student Village 4.57 /5

I’ve lived here for two years and both years have been fantastic! The staff are amazing; they are very friendly and caring, especially Chrissy! Mainte...

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The Tramshed 4.5 /5

The Tramshed is a fantastic place for all students to live. It’s in an ideal location, right in the heart of campus. There are regular social events o...

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Leighton Hall 4.29 /5

Having stayed before as a Master's Degree student, coming back to Leighton Hall for my PhD studies was the only solution. Cannot agree more with what ...

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Roeburn Hall 3.47 /5

I’ve moved in to Roeburn for the 19/20 academic year. Over the summer the halls have had a refurbishment, so the older reviews mentioned are definitel...

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iQ Kopa 3.38 /5

Common areas closed/gym closed to be expected in lockdown, however they offered us 14 weeks of rent reduction and now i have nothing to pay for my las...

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Whitendale Hall 3.35 /5

Its good if you have good flatmates and not like me who had musical theatre kids sing disney songs at 4am and not know how to clean a pan for 4 months...

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Douglas Hall 3.28 /5

Far to expensive for a student I reckon, house keeping barely even clean and a lot of our things we're damaged when we moved in. The boiler always mak...

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Derwent Hall 3.04 /5

After staying 1 year at Derwent Hall, I can say that the accommodation is amazing value for money. The kitchen and bedrooms are very spacious and the ...

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Ribble Hall 3.03 /5

Facilities are great ,staff are helpful and social experience was amazing, only things I would say is the fact the sofa is really hard and not very co...

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15th July 2021

Nice place to leave....

Nice place to leave. I'm living around campus and don't go out often at night, but it's a cheap place and with some lovely parts to explore. The Marina is still my favourite. read more

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14th July 2021

The best nights out and...

The best nights out and great place to eat. read more

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9th July 2021

Preston is a beautiful...

Preston is a beautiful city with a lot of great places! If you are a nature enthusiast, be sure to explore Avenham park, and the nearby forest; visit really good restaurants such as Jaffa, Coco’s Soul Food, and Thai Royal; and cafes such as Cedarwood, and Mystery Tea House! read more

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24th June 2021

I rate everything good...

I rate everything good as my experience has been so grateful but due covid I couldn’t experience everything, so I just guess read more

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22nd June 2021

Cost of living is fairly...

Cost of living is fairly cheap compared to cities read more

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18th June 2021

I enjoyed being living...

I enjoyed being living here, there are large parks which I could help to recharge myself. But also it is very convenient to get everything. read more

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17th June 2021

Really cheap nights out,...

Really cheap nights out, great atmosphere. read more

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15th June 2021

Pretty boring city, not...

Pretty boring city, not much vibrancy night life wise or with social events, feels more like a town then anything, however the cost of living is very cheap read more

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27th May 2021

Preston is a nice little...

Preston is a nice little city, the people are down-to-earth and friendly, the cost of living is good. Being situated in the North West not far from major cities and great nature parks, the location is perfect! read more

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27th May 2021

Avenham park is a great...

Avenham park is a great place to escape from uni life and relax, plenty of shops and Aldi is a saviour read more

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27th May 2021

Good nights out and very...

Good nights out and very close to main cities like Manchester read more

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27th May 2021

The university town,...

The university town, has great transportation with buses and trains frequently so travelling is a breeze. The nightlife in Preston is great too as bars and pubs are all around the town. read more

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27th May 2021

Everything is very affordable...

Everything is very affordable and cheap read more

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27th May 2021

Fantastic transport links,...

Fantastic transport links, good variety of shops and restaurants! read more

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member1158895
26th May 2021

I live here. It's okay....

I live here. It's okay. Pretty diverse culture, but you have to dig to find it read more

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member456432
25th May 2021

clubs aren't open just...

clubs aren't open just yet. But the town center is great lots to do and the bus fare is cheap. read more

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member958791
25th May 2021

There is enough in Preston...

There is enough in Preston to keep you entertained when you dont want to stay in your flats anymore. read more

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25th May 2021

Never used public transport...

Never used public transport and Preston is a bit grim after a while but the lakes are close read more

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21st May 2021

Preston is a nice and...

Preston is a nice and affordable place To live in read more

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21st May 2021

Not the biggest city...

Not the biggest city for consumerism read more

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21st May 2021

Preston is an average...

Preston is an average town and can be much better places for a univer read more

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21st May 2021

Great sense of community...

Great sense of community and cheap to live in read more

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21st May 2021

Really happy with the...

Really happy with the location, really happy with the facilities read more

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20th May 2021

Didn't really partake...

Didn't really partake in nights out but everything else is to a good standard. read more

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member457837
14th May 2021

I think Preston is quite...

I think Preston is quite a good city to be in read more

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member1257574
11th May 2021

Its not too bad, it's...

Its not too bad, it's better than other places I have been, but was expecting it to be bigger read more

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member457318
4th May 2021

great and not too big...

great and not too big , not far for Manchester when you need to see new landscapes read more

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member1157316
4th May 2021

Small but has everything...

Small but has everything needed for students read more

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4th May 2021

Safe city and lots of...

Safe city and lots of things to do read more

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4th May 2021

Great student city for...

Great student city for drinks and shopping read more

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member1257310
4th May 2021

All the shops are close...

All the shops are close together and nice area read more

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member957311
4th May 2021

Small enough town to...

Small enough town to make it enjoyable read more

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member556478
16th April 2021

Decent for all of the...

Decent for all of the above but once again low experience due to c19 read more

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15th April 2021

Preston is a great university...

Preston is a great university city to live in read more

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15th April 2021

prestons sick for skating...

prestons sick for skating lad i swear if you street skate round here it’ll be mint as long as you don’t go skate down avenham n do your knee in or get hit by a car read more

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member756069
12th April 2021

Good experience so far...

Good experience so far very close to shops, no nightclubs due to covid read more

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member1055993
9th April 2021

Quiet city which is what...

Quiet city which is what I personally prefer but still close to other busier cities read more

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9th April 2021

Very friendly city that...

Very friendly city that welcomes students with open arms. There are so many things to do in and around Preston. The nightlife is amazing with many student style bars and nightclubs read more

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member655836
1st April 2021

Good nightlife and nice...

Good nightlife and nice clean area read more

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1st April 2021

Good social life for...

Good social life for students and good shopping centres read more

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member855822
1st April 2021

The last year hasent...

The last year hasent left me very able to summerise Preston as a Town/City with much detail or accuracey. I'd Say honestly its the Univercity,Homes for Students and my friends who make Preston a worthwhile place to stay for me. read more

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member855815
1st April 2021

Easy town to find things...

Easy town to find things & easy tracking read more

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member1255814
1st April 2021

There’s always something...

There’s always something to do and places to visit. read more

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1st April 2021

Great place to be, perfectly...

Great place to be, perfectly balanced read more

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member1155808
1st April 2021

I love how quiet Preston...

I love how quiet Preston is ! And the parks are amazing :) read more

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member655762
31st March 2021

It cheap place to stay...

It cheap place to stay and u won't be getting anything better. Most depressing place to live read more

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16th March 2021

Its preston like you...

Its preston like you get what you pay for and youre really not paying a lot read more

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member1355247
15th March 2021

Preston is good for everything...

Preston is good for everything listed, but there are still loads of idiots about so you have to watch yourself carefully all the time. But other than that, its great and it is near the seaside which is just a bus ride away! there are lots of nice walks and public transport is really good, shops in every direction you look, i dont really go out drinking but i heard that its good for that if that what you want to do. read more

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10th March 2021

Preston is hit or miss;...

Preston is hit or miss; you either like it or you don't. Preston itself isn't the prettiest place on Earth but it's really a goldmine if you're a student. Everything is super cheap and affordable and campus/accommodation is so close to the city so you can get takeout or shop pretty comfortably. Before Covid-19, nightlife was amazing and I felt super safe out at night, can't say the same now though. There are a lot of strange people, reports of people getting mugged and stuff is going up. Definitely a strange town to be living in but like in general it's not horrible...I've lived in worse places. You've always got Blackpool on a £1 bus, so that could be a fun escape to the beach or something, and the train is super cheap to go literally anywhere else. read more

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25th February 2021

Preston is a lovely city...

Preston is a lovely city with amazing sightings as well as beautiful night out at the park. read more

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25th February 2021

It’s been really good...

It’s been really good living in the city really close to everything read more

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25th February 2021

There are plenty of shops,...

There are plenty of shops, parks, and night clubs. There is also a local bus station. Overall a good place to live read more

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25th February 2021

Could no complaints not...

Could no complaints not a fan of the area seems a bit dirty but no choice of where to live read more

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4th July 2020

Preston is a really nice...

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. read more

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28th May 2020

Small but has everything...

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!) read more

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26th May 2020

Coming from a small town,...

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 read more

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21st May 2020

Preston is a wonderful...

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. read more

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21st May 2020

A decent town, cost of...

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

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21st May 2020

Preston is an okay place...

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 read more

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18th May 2020

It is a perfect city...

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

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14th May 2020

A perfect place for a...

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

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14th May 2020

Small city and not overwhelming

Small city and not overwhelming read more

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14th May 2020

nice clubs, enough shopping,...

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

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13th May 2020

Overall a decent place...

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. read more

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13th May 2020

Preston is great for...

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

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13th May 2020

Preston is a beautiful...

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. read more

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13th May 2020

Town is amazing for having...

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

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13th May 2020

Town is amazing for having...

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

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Baconalreadyexists
13th May 2020

Good amount and variety...

Good amount and variety of shops read more

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Willf
13th May 2020

There are lots of shops...

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

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member548023
13th May 2020

Preston is a safe and...

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. read more

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Adam Blackwell
13th May 2020

Preston is a small vibrant...

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

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member846939
25th March 2020

Preston is a good place...

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

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member643619
15th November 2019

I live in preston anyway,...

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

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member843145
4th November 2019

Sweet little town, has...

Sweet little town, has everything you need read more

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LucyLynne
4th November 2019

Preston is an amazing...

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 read more

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Jayne1212
4th November 2019

I haven't really been...

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 read more

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member742303
20th September 2019

Not satisfied by the...

Not satisfied by the City standards and especially eating out. read more

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P.C. Laura
19th September 2019

Absolutely incredible...

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. read more

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member1142166
13th September 2019

Viciously attacked by...

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

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member1042104
11th September 2019

love being near a train...

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. read more

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Kara399
25th January 2018

Prestons generally good...

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

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member911778
31st July 2015

Preston has everything...

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. read more

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jazzmoore
31st July 2015

Preston is a great city...

Preston is a great city to live in! read more

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Courtney 95
23rd July 2015

Great transport links...

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 read more

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member811167
13th July 2015

Cost of living is expensive...

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 read more

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member69393
26th June 2015

Bus fares and food in...

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

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member118957
1st May 2015

real small no need for...

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

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flabi_rawr
1st May 2015

Rough around the edges,...

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

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Student6789
21st April 2015

Living is not expensive,...

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. read more

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