With an impressive history and cultural heritage and surrounded by a natural beautiful scenery, Preston, in UK, is a nice study abroad location. Drawing thousands of international students, higher educational institutions in Preston integrate in their programmes quality research activities, renowned for their excellence. Enrol and study your favourite discipline at Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD level at the high standards of British higher education. Preston is a city and the administrative centre of Lancashire, England, located on the north bank of the River Ribble. Preston’s name is derived from the Old English meaning "priest's settlement", as in the Middle Ages, Preston was a parish.
Preston has a growing economy that is continually developing. The main economic pillars are: defence aerospace industry, finance, insurance, law firms, retail, manufacturing and construction.
Names of local big companies include: BAE Systems, Alstom, Matalan Retail, Tesco, Asda, Eric Wright Construction, EDF Energy, Eka Chemicals, Synergy Health UK.
As far as internship possibilities, international students can engage in several job opportunities during their studies that will help them in their future chosen career.
Explore the city’s interesting places and discover the true Preston, stepped in a rich and fascinating history, as it was once a guild city. You will find plenty of activities you can engage in your leisure time.
Main attractions in Preston are:
If you feel like walking and relaxing in the middle of nature, check out Ashton Park and the numerous nature reserves around Preston. When you want to explore the local stores and shops, most popular shopping centres in Preston are Fishergate Shopping Centre and St. George's Shopping Centre.
Passionate about sports? You can enjoy sport events of the local football, cricket and hockey clubs.
In Preston, you can experience a thriving nightlife. Check out the bars and pubs around the university or colleges as they are cheaper and in terms of night clubs, popular among students are Roper Hall, The Adelphi and The Guild.
You can always see and visit other cities, as you are only half an hour away from Manchester and Liverpool.
Besides the large international student crowd, you may encounter several residents born outside the UK. The main ethnic minorities belong to Asian people (Chinese and Pakistani), Polish and population coming from the Middle East.
Any business entrepreneur interested in the area will have access to free support business services. The foreign investments are largely encouraged and Preston is stated as one of the most popular destinations for foreign investments in the North West region of UK, a large part of the international people come from U.S., France and Germany.
In Preston, generally the weather is colder compared to the south of England, with many rainfall precipitations throughout the year. During winter, there is an increased chance of frost; average high temperatures are around are 7 – 8 C (45 – 46 F). The average high temperatures in the summer are 19 – 20 C (67 F).
The main accommodation options for students:
1. University residence halls –around 400 GBP/month.
2. Rent or share a flat –around 300 GBP/month for one person.
3. Hostel –rates start from 28 GBP/night, with breakfast included.
Preston is not an expensive city to live in. Having a monthly allowance of around 650 GBP, you should manage all your expenses, these including accommodation, food bills, social activities and public transportation.
Bills from the local supermarkets would cost you around 150 GBP/month. A student bus pass costs around 30 GBP/month (prices are variable depending on the zone you are travelling).
Today UCLan is one of the UK’s largest universities. With a student and staff community approaching 38,000 it is the fifth largest employer in the North West of England. Internationally UCLan has academic partners in all regions of the globe and it is on a world stage that the first class quality of its education was first recognised. The University has an increasingly thriving campus in Cyprus delivering UCLan programmes and original research within a UCLan environment and culture.