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Living and working in Preston

This video, designed for our students, gives you a good taste of what Preston is like as a place to live



At the heart of North West England, Preston is a small city with a huge personality. We’re officially the best city in the North West in which to live and work, too. According to a recent report,* Preston recently beat nearby Manchester and Liverpool in an annual assessment of the UK’s largest cities, measuring economic success and personal and family wellbeing. 

Preston became the highest performing city in the North West by scoring highly compared with the UK average across all measures except for just one and Preston scored particularly highly for jobs and business start-ups. The city ranked 19th overall in the 2016 Good Growth for Cities index, which measures the performance of 42 UK cities against 10 categories including jobs, income, work-life balance, transport, skills, environment and the house price to earnings ratio.

Our city centre campus is compact and central. It’s just a 10-minute walk into our culturally diverse city, where you’ll find a variety of shops, bars and restaurants right on your doorstep. And, with just an hour’s drive to both the Fylde Coast and the Lake District, you can also enjoy our beautiful rural surroundings. Fully accessible by road, rail and air from across the UK, Preston is connected by the M6 motorway, with two major international airports - Manchester and Liverpool John Lennon - less than an hour away. The University itself is only half a mile away from Preston railway station, which is a major hub on the West Coast Mainline. 

Whilst international in reach and outlook, the University proudly retains its roots in the city and the region. As one of Preston’s largest employers we employ one in every three staff working in universities in Lancashire and one in every fourteen HEI staff in the North West, and our reputation as a regional economy powerhouse has been boosted by a strong track record in supporting graduate business start-ups. Looking forward to 2020 we’ll continue to be a large, financially stable university and, with a £200 million Campus Masterplan investment in Preston, will transform the University and our city as a place to learn, work and do business.

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* Published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the thinktank Demos