Good to Know

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Your first few weeks at university are an exciting time, but there can be a lot to take in. You’ll already be aware of important information about your accommodation and course, but there are plenty of other things which you’ll want to know about when you start.

The good news is, it’s never too early to start familiarising yourself with UCLan life. Follow the pages below to find out more about everything from Freshers’ events to how to use our email system.

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University Terminology

You’ll have heard lots of new words since applying to university. Find out what they mean here.

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Key Academic Dates

Important dates for your diary, including the start of term, results day and graduation.

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Getting Around Campus

Our compact city campus means that everything is within a short walking distance – find out where you need to be with our campus map.

UCLan Freshers event at 53 Degrees

UCLan Freshers

Find out more about the Freshers' activities and events we’ve got planned to help you settle in.

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Students’ Union

UCLan SU represents you and provides sports clubs, societies, volunteering and job opportunities.

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Social Campus

Join our Facebook community and start making friends before you arrive at UCLan.

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Broaden your study experience by taking a module outside the main areas of your course.

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Study Skills

Our WISER workshops can help you learn how to study and communicate more effectively.

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IT & Library

Our 24/7 library offers thousands of books, excellent computer facilities and staff support.

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Medical Centre

If you’re moving away from home, you can register with our on-campus medical centre for advice on all aspects of your health and wellbeing – and of course to help should you fall ill.

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Find out what funding you may be entitled to, and what additional funding is available as well as information and guidance about managing your money.

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Job Opportunities

Need a bit of extra cash to help get you through? Our Student Union Opportunities Centre can help with employability skills, as well as part-time work or volunteering experience.

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Know before you go

Student Minds have two guides that you can reach for when you need helpful tips for understanding university life.

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Your Mentoring Buddy

If you’d like to be paired up with a 2nd or 3rd year student mentor to help you find your feet during those important first few weeks, then we can help!

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Counselling Services

Whatever you need to talk to us about, our friendly and professional counselling staff are here to help – our free, confidential service is available to all students.

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Study Abroad

See the world, experience different cultures and enhance your career prospects while doing so with our international exchange programmes.

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Sports at UCLan

Stay fit and healthy with a free membership to the state-of-the-art Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre. While UCLan Sports Arena provides facilities for a wide range of sports.

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Student Charter

This is a two-way commitment between you and the University to give you the best student experience.