Living in Preston

Living in Preston, UK

About Preston – Find out more about your life outside your UCLan student accommodation or key worker accommodation

Preston’s origins can be traced back to the Roman period, with evidence of a Roman road running through the town. The famous Cuerdale Hoard was also discovered near Preston, showing evidence of Viking activity after the Romans. The hoard is one of the largest Viking silver hoards ever found.

In 1179 Preston’s first Royal Charter was granted by Henry II conveying the right for the town to have a Guild Merchant. The first recorded celebration of the Preston Guild was held in 1397, when it was already 200 years old.

Preston is home to many parks, museums and landmarks to explore. Explore Preston with some of these top attractions:

Learn More


There are many restaurants in Preston to suit a variety of taste preferences and budgets, with many new trendy restaurants appearing all over town such as the recently opened Plau bar/restaurant on Friargate. For a more comprehensive list of food and drink in Preston read this article.

Shoppers visit from miles around to take advantage of Preston’s retail experience – and with good reason too.  After all, this is the shopping destination of Lancashire we’re talking about. Read more about Preston’s shopping experience here.

Transport links

Friargate Court is situated in the heart of Preston being within a few minutes of many transport links around town. Preston’s main train station will connect you to other major cities in the UK and buses, Uber and taxis are easily accessible. More information about Preston transport can be found here.


In 1828, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was founded in Preston as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping talented people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential.

Today Central Lancashire is one of the UK’s largest universities with a student and staff community approaching 38,000. UCLan Student accommodation demand has grown significantly as a result of this. Internationally the University 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. 

Learn more about Friargate Court’s first-class UCLan student accommodation and key worker accommodation in Preston.

Rooms and Pricing

Stay up to date and join our Friargate Court community!

Learn more about Friargate Court’s first-class accommodation in Preston.
Rooms and Pricing