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Plungington is a highly popular student area located to the north of the city centre and near the University of Central Lancashire’s campus. This area is in a prime position to experience all the student living Preston has to offer. You will find a busy and vibrant nightlife on your doorstep as well as an impressive cafe culture. The area consists of mainly terraced houses offering some of the best student accommodation in Preston.

Preston City Centre

The city centre is perfect for those studying at the University of Central Lancashire - set a short walk away from the main campus - with well organised public transport links to get around the city and beyond. Preston city centre is packed full of student-friendly amenities, stylish bars, thriving nightclubs and a dose of culture. Providing a mix of great shopping and easy dining options, living in the centre is the ideal choice for private student accommodation in Preston.

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When it comes to choosing the right place as your student residence, you’ll find plenty of options for student accommodation in Preston and lots to explore in the local area:

Food and Drink

If you’re looking for a diverse and plentiful food and drink scene, Preston offers a multicultural experience, where international cuisine meets traditional flavours with a fusion of fine dining restaurants, independent street vendors and cosy cafes around every corner. Charming inns and real ale pubs are plenty and sure to keep any student satisfied. Find your ideal student properties in Preston based around the city centre and its neighbourhoods.


Preston is known for some of the best pubs around the North West, and hosts student friendly nights almost every day of the week. Make sure to check our Adelphi in Friargate, arguably the most popular student pub where cheap drinks meet a spacious heated beer garden. Explore the city’s night scene on one of the many pub and bar crawls or if live music is more to your taste, then 53 Degrees and Mad Ferret put on regular gigs and DJ club nights. You can stay up late at the various nightclubs throughout the city centre, all conveniently within walking distance of each other. You’ll never be too far away from the action by finding the right student housing in Preston for you.


Preston is a modern and lively city with an abundance of English heritage buildings and cultural venues. From the iconic Harris Museum and Art Gallery to the city’s expanding live music scene hosting great events such as the Lancashire Encounter festival and the Lancashire Mela - a celebration of South Asian arts and culture. Preston is a fantastic city to discover and we have a wide selection of student housing in Preston available for you to choose from.


Exploring Preston’s range of shopping options always provides a good time. The high street big name brands and stores are situated along Fishergate, whilst Cheapside is home to Preston’s Flag Market with an abundance of local produce and independent stalls. St George’s shopping centre and Miller Arcade provide an upmarket retail experience alongside vintage and antique treasure troves dotted around the city centre. Browse through our select student houses in Preston and make sure you get your dose of retail therapy whilst you study.

FAQs about student accommodation in Preston

How much is student housing in Preston?

Student accommodation in Preston starts at £60 and can cost over £175 per person per week (pppw). The average rental cost for student houses in Preston is around £76 pppw, excluding bills. For purpose built apartments, the average is £80 pppw. How much you spend all depends on your preferences and whether you choose to opt for a student house share in Preston or luxury student accommodation in Preston. Your chosen neighbourhood can have a huge influence on your monthly rental cost too.

What rank is UCLan in the UK?

The University of Central Lancashire is ranked 89th in the UK as per the University League Table 2022, and 801st in the World according to The Times Higher Education University Rankings.

Is UCLan a good University?

The University of Central Lancashire is one of the largest universities in the UK and is well known for its world-class education in fashion and forensic sciences. It is generally considered to be a leading institution in its disciplines and a good university.

Is Preston a good place for students?

Preston is a vibrant modern setting for student living and offers all the essential amenities students can hope for, well-connected transport links, and a busy city centre. You can find plenty of options for student flats in Preston in the heart of the action.

Is Preston a student city?

An evolving and growing student city, Preston has become a hub for students over the years and the increasing reputation of The University of Central Lancashire has made the city a popular choice. Preston has many student-friendly residential areas and our list of student accommodation in Preston makes it easy to find the one that suits you.

Is Preston affordable for students?

Preston is considered one of the top ten cities in the UK for affordable living. Many of the student housing in Preston offers low rental costs, with your choice of location and nearby amenities fluctuating the monthly cost of living. StuRents provides a host of affordable student houses in Preston designed to meet every budget and taste.

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

At StuRents we always advise starting to look for your student accommodation in Preston UCLan once you have been offered and secured your enrolment.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student properties in Preston are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks’ rent per person, so if your own portion of the rent is £100 per week, the maximum deposit would be £500. It is more common however for student deposits to be in the £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in Preston is rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51 week fixed term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52 week stays are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in Preston are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses in Preston.

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