“ Preston is a city and local government district in North West England. It is the administrative centre of Lancashire, and is on the River Ribble. Preston was granted the status of a city in 2002, becoming England's 50th city in the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth's reign. „
When deciding where to go for university Preston was somewhere I hadn't contemplated. However, I had an offer through clearing and went to see it and knew that it would be the city for me.
How to get there
There's a train station in the city centre, it has direct links to towns such as Manchester, Leeds and London. There's also a large bus station if you're not a fan of the trains.
The city is close to major transport links. The city isn't too big so it's easy to get around the centre. However, if you want to travel out to Deepdale or surrounding areas there are bus connections that are reasonably priced and can be caught from the bus station near the markets.
The high street contains all the shops you'd expect anywhere else, there's WHSmith, M&S, Wilkinsons and much more. There's also the markets where you can pick up a bargain.
There's a cinema not too far from the city, it's about a 20 minute walk though from the university campus so a taxi or bus might be best if you don't know your way.
There's also a great selection of pubs and clubs (it is a student city after all), and on the weekends there's usually a bouncy castle set up in the town for kids to enjoy.
There's also the Guild Hall which has plenty to offer.
Preston is home to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). It offers everything from Science and Law to Film Production and Media. The staff are friendly and helpful and there's so many things for students to do you'll be spoilt for choice.
Preston is only 30 or so minutes from Blackpool which makes for a great day out. It's also only 15 minutes from Lancaster and Lancaster Castle. If you want to travel a bit futher there's the Pendle District which offers senic walks and landscapes.
Overall, Preston offers much of what other cities do, it's not as big and busy though as other cities and it's a nice balance of student life and workers.
It's definately worth a visit if you're in the Lancashire or Yorkshire region or are thinking of moving up north.
I know Preston well as I live there, it has become so big that they are trying to have city status now. With the universtity of Central Lancashire being in the heart of Preston we have a very large student population, one reason for the boom in nightlife I think. There are quite a few nightclubs around now and the number of puns in hte town centre has really grown, alot of the old ones are now fun pubs or have been completely revamped. Friday and Saterday nights are bustling in the town centre, only drawback is the queuse for getting served in the bars Preston also has the largest bus station in Europe
Living in Preston has it`s ups and downs, one major up is our brilliant newly promoted Preston North End football club. And of course the fantastic new stadium which is being built, it hosts a leisure complex the club shop, and the football museum. Besides the football what else has Preston to offer, hmm! a few shopping centre`s, a market, harris museum, lancashire university, and well I don`t think anything eslse is worth mentioning. To put it plainly unless you are coming for a good boozing session there really isn`t much poijt in coming at all. There are lots of nightclubs and loads of pubs, but they are always packed and you will wait ages to be served. So life in Preston is a bit dull, it`s a good job we can make our own entertainment.