In the north of England in the county Lancashire is Preston, a beautiful and historic city with a buzzing student community thanks to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), one of the largest universities in the UK. It’s been named one of the best cities to live and work in the north of England and has lots to offer both local and international students. See what this busy metropolis has to offer with our student accommodation in Preston.

Preston student accommodation at a glance

If contemporary design is a must when looking for student housing in Preston, have a look at iQ Kopa. This stylish student halls offers both ensuite and private studios, as well as great social spaces, a TV and games room, an on-site gym, and an on-site shop for when you need emergency supplies. Location-wise, you’re only a 7-minute walk from the University of Central Lancashire and around a 5-minute walk to the city centre.

Fancy your student flats in Preston to have a rooftop garden? Thought so! Check out Canterbury Hall. Offering a range of rooms including both private and shared spaces, this student accommodation in Preston also has an on-site gym, cinema room, and great communal spaces to chill with friends. It’s only a 10-minute walk to the University of Central Lancashire and is close to lots of transport links and supermarkets.

For those of you who want your Preston student hallsto be right by campus, have a look at Friargate Court. Featuring a range of accommodation with studios and cluster apartments, this contemporary accommodation has great social spaces, an on-site gym and is only a 3-minute walk to the University of Central Lancashire.

For students that are budget conscious, have a look at Leighton Hall. This affordable student accommodation in Preston doesn’t compromise on comfort, offering a range of ensuite and studio options depending on your needs. It has great communal areas to chill with friends and is only a 7-minute walk to the University of Central Lancashire. If budgets isa concern for you, check out our guide to paying for student accommodation for advice.

Preston at a glance

Student travel in Preston

Preston has great public transport links that help you navigate the city. The main forms of transport are buses and trains, but there are also some great cycling paths to get you from your student halls in Preston to where you need to go.

By Bus

The main bus providers in Preston are Prestonbus and Stagecoach. They both offer convenient and reliable bus routes that can take you all over the city, and get you pretty close to the University of Central Lancashire, although there is a short walk involved on the other end. They also offer student discounts which are always welcomed.

By Train

In the city centre is Preston Train Station which connects you to surrounding areas in Lancashire, such as Lancaster, as well as districts within Preston. Services include regular direct trains to Bamber Bridge, Leyland, and Lostock Hall. For train times and ticket prices, head to National Rail.

By Bike

Cycling is a popular mode of transport for students as it’s a cheap and easy way to get around the city. There are plenty of bike paths and easy-to-navigate roads in Preston which make it safe for cyclists, as well as more scenic roads for when you want to venture further afield. Plus most student accommodation in Preston has bike storage, so it’s easy to grab your bike and go. For more information about cycling in Preston, click here.

Featured neighbourhoods around student accommodation in Preston

City Centre

One of the most popular places for student accommodation in Preston is right in the city centre. Preston is a great mix of buzzing and homely, so living in the city centre isn’t as hectic as some other cities, but in saying that it doesn’t always mean you haven’t got lots going on at your doorstep. Once you’ve finished touring the city’s historical landmarks during the day, hit up one of the many great student bars and clubs that the city has to offer. We recommend Wings and Beers, Lonely People Cocktail Bar, and Kuckoo Preston. You’re also right by the UCLan campus so getting to lectures couldn’t be easier.


For Preston student accommodation that is close to campus but a little further out of the city, check out Ashton-on-Ribble. This popular student area is close enough to the buzz of the city’s bars, restaurants, and cafes but boasts a quieter, more chilled community. It’s also right by the River Ribble which is a lovely place to walk when you need a break from studying. There are also some nice local pubs nearby, so check out The Wellington and Ribble Pilot for some local hospitality.


Northeast of the city centre is Ribbleton, a popular area for students and more affordable than the city centre. While this area doesn’t have much going for it in terms of nightlife, it’s still a great place for students to set up camp with great transport links into the city and large supermarkets on your doorstep.

Preston student accommodation FAQs

How much does student accommodation cost in Preston?

The cost of Preston student accommodation largely depends on where you’re looking and what you’re after. You can find accommodation from around £79.00 per week ranging to £130.00 per week. Learn more about the different types of student accommodation in our guide.

Is Preston a student city?

Preston is a great place for students due to it hosting one of the largest universities in the UK. This buzzing student city has lots of great culture and nightlife to explore, with a range of student housing in Preston city centre and further afield to choose from,  while being also safe and welcoming to new residents.

When is the best time to look for student accommodation in Preston?

The best time to start looking for student accommodation in Preston is October, when the new term starts, but there is plenty of accommodation available year-round. is a trading style of Mygroup Digital Ltd. Company No: 07345539 Registered in England and Wales © Mygroup Digital Ltd 2022

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