Shopping & Culture

In managing Brunel Court, we understand that deciding where you’d like to study and selecting which course you’re going to take is just the beginning… now it’s time to find out what Preston student life will be like! What are the best things to do in Preston? What cultural activities in Preston are available? What’s the Shopping in Preston like? Let us fill you in!

Our beautiful city is steeped in heritage, but it’s by no means stuck in the past; investment and regenerative growth over recent years has bought a contemporary vibrance to the heart of Preston. The modernisation has been sympathetic, complementing the rich history of Preston and it’s surrounding area. A perfect balance of city life and beautiful green spaces, there is much to be enjoyed and an abundance of things to do in Preston.

The shopping in Preston offers a tempting variety of retail experiences; modern shopping centres, a traditional high street and one-of-a-kind stores pocketed away off the main thoroughfare, and all just a short walk from Brunel Court. There is something for everyone on offer and within easy reach of home. Fishergate and St. Georges shopping centres are the vibrant hustle and bustle where you’ll find all of your favourite major high-street brands.

Exploring off the beaten track and down the quaint side-streets, will lead you to the home of Preston’s independent retailers; the charming streets of Cheapside and Church Street, Cannon Street and Winckley Street play host to a diverse range of offbeat brands that offer unique items, indie fashion, one-off homewares and everything in between. You’ll also find an eclectic mix of places to eat and drink tucked away in this quarter; Fox Street and Guildhall Street are fantastic places to sample the indie scene by night.

Cultural activities in Preston can be found on your new doorstep; beautiful buildings, a large number of which are listed with English Heritage, line the streets and remain the fabric of the city. Period parks and gardens offer stunning open green spaces against the cityscape; a stroll in one of Preston’s more peaceful places such as Avenham & Miller Parks will transport you back to Victorian Lancashire and offer the perfect balance when Preston student life becomes hectic.


Historic Preston is brought to life at the The Ribble Steam Railway, retelling the stories of it’s 18th century quay and inland docks, highlighting the importance of the River Ribble and Lancashire Canal in times gone by. The PR1 Gallery is located in the Victoria Building at UCLAN and hosts regular new exhibitions from the artistic talent on Campus, as well as tours and events. However of the things to do in Preston, the Harris Museum & Gallery remains at the top of many lists; a treasure trove of history, art and literature, set in a stunning Grade I-listed building.


Whether you want to shop until you drop, take in the historic sites or just soak up the atmosphere, there are so many things to do in Preston and Brunel Court is the perfect home from home to experience them all from!

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