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A great place to study
Preston is uniquely located at the heart of all the country’s action, and yet it has plenty of its own to bring to the table. In England’s North West, it’s got something exciting going on in every direction, making it an ideal place for residents and visitors alike.
As a mid-sized city of 140,000, the 30,000 students care of University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are warmly welcomed by the locals. Preston is big enough to get a diverse mix of fun, but small enough to make you feel right at home.
With our student accommodation a hop, skip and a jump away from UCLan’s campus, what more could you want?
Food and drink
Eating and drinking in Preston is thankfully inexpensive yet varied. You'll find all the favourites you’re craving, but down the high street, that’s where the city really comes into its own.
Why not get your Chinese fill with a buffet at the very aptly named Buffet @ Preston Chinese? You can chow down like it’s your last ever meal, because it’s all-you-can-eat! For something a little different, there’s Turtle Bay Caribbean Restaurant, and for traditional pub grub, give The Guild a go.
If you fancy a coffee or some cheeky little treats try Brucciani’s and admire the 1930’s décor whilst sipping Lancashire tea so strong you could stand your spoon in it.
Sports and leisure
Love sport? You’ve definitely come to the right place. Both men and women’s football is catered for in the town, with one of the country's oldest women’s teams, as well as Rugby and loads more.
UCLan also boasts astounding athletics and cycling facilities in its Sports Arena, so you’ll be able to get involved with almost anything you might fancy. If it was good enough for training for the 2012 London Olympics, it’s more than good enough for you to prove your prowess as an athlete in the making!
For those who want to try something new, there’s Lancashire’s original Roller Derby team, as well as mountaineering on the other end of the spectrum to get stuck into.
Culture and music
Preston is held in high esteem when it comes to architecture, which is probably why over 750 of its buildings are protected: listed for their historical importance. Of these, you need to check out the Grade 1 listed Harris Museum and Art Gallery, more than worth a visit as the focal point for the arts hub in the city. Hosting exhibitions year round, alongside the Museum of Lancashire, this is an area that’s far from culturally devoid! When you add The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment Museum and others into the mix, that’s even more apparent.
When it comes to parks, Preston isn’t lacking. Avenham Park is gorgeous, with its Green Flag Award recognising it as one of the best in the country. Other scenic points include the Guild Wheel, a 21 mile cycling greenway, with plenty of sights along the way – including the old Preston railway.
If music much more what you’re looking for, you’ll be pleased to know Preston has its very own, bustling live scene. 53 Degrees is the big venue, and it’s a great chance to catch international acts before they go on to be massive. Across the road, at Mad Ferret, everyone can get involved as they regularly host open mic nights and the smaller bands to keep an eye on.
Jump straight into the nightlife in Preston, and you’ll find a fun, eclectic mix. Roper Hall is the student staple – it’s playful and cheap, making it the ideal place to organise a fair few nights out with your fellow Liberty Living flatmates!
For your typical club, try Squires, or perhaps Lava & Ignite. Warehouse will go down a treat with the alternative lot, as it boasts three floors of rock and indie. Get there early, and you’ll really be able to live life loud.
For your weekly Dubstep and DnB fix, head to Exit. You won’t regret if that’s your thing, as it’s the hottest place of the moment.
The city has a brilliant bus network, with loads of local routes and services. However, you can also go elsewhere, thanks to the coach station promoting national travel. Liberty Village is only 5 minutes’ walk from the bus station, and just ten from the train station.
At the heart of the North West, Preston finds itself extraordinarily well connected to other parts of the region and beyond.
The train station will get you to Manchester and Liverpool in less than an hour, and it’s on the doorstep of many places of beauty in the good old English countryside. Scotland and London also aren’t out of reach.
Health and wellbeing
We don’t exactly want you to spend your time here in Preston stuck in a hospital, but it’s handy to know there’s one out there if you ever do need some expert care.
The Royal Preston Hospital is located nearby to our Preston student accommodation, to help your peace of mind (and your parents’, too!).
UCLan also provide your pastoral care, from financial advice, right down to medical advice, career stuff and more.
Preston’s high street has plenty of your retail favourites, so you won’t be stuck for a new wardrobe when that loan finally comes in.
At The Fishergate Shopping Centre you’ll find the usual giants, but Preston also has some smaller, more indie boutiques dotted round and about, if you fancy a bit of snooping.
Close to our Preston student accommodation you will of course find Iceland, Morrison’s, ASDA and more.
There are plenty of banks and other facilities too, and there are lots of takeaways throughout the city to make your Preston experience a little easier as well.
Preston is on the edge of so many exciting places, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Nearby is the famous Brockholes Nature Reserve, home to cool wildlife and loads of activities for you to try. Lancaster is also only twenty minutes away, boasting literally legendary tales of castles, witches and all kinds of other wicked history. Just 40 minutes out, you’ll be in the stunning Lake District, the UK’s biggest and arguably most beautiful National Park.
If all that sounds a little quiet, you can get straight into the thick of it in an instant, with Liverpool and Manchester both right on your doorstep, with all their exciting attractions and more. Blackpool is also just around the corner, for a bit of a giggle strolling down the illuminated promenade, should that strike your fancy.
Whatever you're looking for, you will find it with Liberty Living in Preston.
Accommodation available in Preston
Liberty Court provides students with an excellent place to stay on campus. You’ll be right next to the universities and colleges so you’ll really make the most of your student experience.
Liberty Court is located on Brook Street, which places you within easy reach of all local amenities and transport links, including Preston train station. There’s plenty going on in the town centre so you’ll never be bored, and there’s a strong community feel.
Your safety is a big deal to us, which is why we provide 24-hour security. That’s not all – you get all bills included too, just to make your time here a piece of cake.
Liberty Village provides students with centrally located student accommodation right on the doorstep of the town’s higher educational establishments – so you’ll still make it to lectures after a late night!
Located on Great Shaw Street, just a stone's throw from campus, you’re in easy reach of all local amenities and transport links, including Preston train station. It's a real up-and-coming city with loads to do, and you’ll be right in the midst of it.
Moving away can be stressful, but we want you to relax. We include 24-hour security as standard, as well as all of your bills – so you can keep all of your attention where it matters most.
Why choose Liberty Living?
International student video
The best choice for international students
Coming to the UK to study from abroad? Welcome! We love catering to students from all over the world and learning a thing or two about their culture. Luckily, we’ve already got plenty of experience with this as we currently have around 4,500 international students staying with us, so you’re certainly not alone.
When you stay with Liberty Living your safety is the most important thing to us. We understand that you’re a long way from home and you want to feel comfortable and secure at all times. We have amazing staff on hand 24 hours a day, from the Residence Team, right through to Security who’ll keep an eye out for you overnight as well as CCTV. Contents insurance covering your possessions is included as standard in your rent, so your stuff is protected, and any parcels you have delivered will be well looked after until you can come to collect them.
Of course, we want you to have fun and make the most of your time here, too. You can always come to us with any problems,, or even just for a chat. A new country can be confusing, so we’ve got loads of tips for things to do, too – just ask! Many of our staff members are multilingual, so don’t be shy if English isn’t your first language; if we can’t immediately offer support in your native tongue, we’ll point you in the direction of someone who can. We’ll do our best to help you settle in and make friends, and we can point you in the right direction for any visa, welfare or University advice you may need.
We can’t wait to meet you!
We think we’re pretty great – but don’t worry, we can back it up, we promise! We’ve won tons of awards and we’re eager to win more, so you know you’re in good hands. From ‘Best Customer Service’ to ‘Best Private Halls Provider’, we have our fair share of accolades, so take a look below…
Winner 'Best Individual Accommodation' 2016
Awarded ‘International Accommodation Quality Mark’ from 2012 – 2016
Shortlisted 'Best Private Halls Provider' from 2014 – 2016
Shortlisted 'Best Student Broadband' 2016
Shortlisted 'Best Learning Environment' 2016
Winner of the 'Contribution to the Student Experience' award 2016
Winner of the Rate Your Landlord 'Improvement Impact Award' 2015
Winner 'Best Learning Environment' 2015
Winner 'Best Student Broadband' 2015
Winner of the 'Rate Your Landlord' survey 2015
Shortlisted 'Best Individual Accommodation' 2014
Winner of the 'Rate Your Landlord' survey 2014
Winner of the 'Best Hall of Residence of the Year' survey 2013
Winner 'Best Customer Service' 2012
Winner of the 'Rate Your Landlord' survey 2012
Winner 'Best Moving In Expreience' 2011
Winner 'Best Private Halls Provider' 2010
It's easy to book
It's easy to book with Liberty Living
- Find your perfect room
Found your perfect room? You’ve chosen where you want to be, we just need you to create an account and give us a few details to secure your booking.
- Pay your booking fee
Once you’ve given us your details and signed up to the Tenancy Agreement, all you need to do is pay us a one off £200 booking fee and set up your payment schedule – and the room is yours.
- Get ready to move in
Now try and contain your excitement… you’re booked and ready to move in! We’ve sent you confirmation of your booking and everything else you’ll need to know. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to your new home very soon.
- Find your perfect room
We have great relationships with UK universities
Our student accommodation is endorsed by some of the UK’s leading higher education institutions and we work in partnership with many of these to ensure that you have somewhere safe, clean and fun to stay throughout your time with them. If you want find out more check out our University partners page.
Your Student Experience
Enhancing your Student Experience
Our dedicated Student Experience programme has been created to ensure that every single one of you has the best stay possible when you live with us. Whether it is coming along to our social events and activities to meet new people, getting involved in fundraising and volunteering for some amazing charities, or popping along to drop in sessions to seek advice on finances, wellbeing and careers, we have something for you.
We understand that University can sometimes be an overwhelming experience, but don’t worry our team are great at giving advice on and mediating in all kinds of welfare issues that you may experience, such as homesickness, difficulty in getting on with flatmates, noise complaints, relationship problems, partying too hard and having trouble with studies.
Also, if you need more guidance, we have great relationships with our University partners and their support departments to help and guide you.
Follow the link to find out more about our Student Experience programme.
Liberty Living operates in accordance with the National Code of Standards for student accommodation. The Code of Standards is run by ANUK (The Accreditation Network UK), the NUS, and Unipol Student Homes, and is supported by universities across the UK.
Liberty Living joined the Code of Standards to give our students peace of mind. You can be assured that you will enjoy a high standard of living in accordance with the Code of Standards, and a prompt resolution to problems should they ever occur when you stay at any of Liberty Living’s residences.
Looking for somewhere to stay over the summer months?
We have summer accommodation available in great destinations for you to book for just a few nights or the whole of summer – extend your stay with us or book at any one of our 48 residences in 19 cities.
Whether you’re planning to start an internship, summer school, language school, study, shop, attend a conference or explore further afield – we’re the perfect base for an affordable city centre break and we have a wide range of summer accommodation options available.
Plus, you don't even have to be a student to stay with us over the summer… all bills and internet access are included in the rent, and you’ll feel safe and secure with our 24-hour security and on-site maintenance teams.
It’s super easy to make a booking, so follow the link to find out more about our summer accommodation in Preston.