Preston is a fantastic place to be a student. With so much to do, see and experience in the city though, navigating it at night and after a few beers (or cocktails) can prove pretty overwhelming.
Then, here are 5 top tips for exploring Preston’s nightlife as a student, from which websites to bookmark to avoid missing out on the best local gigs to which bars to hit and where to find the best cocktail.
- Keep Up To Date with Goings On
Being home to the University of Central Lancashire and as such being a thriving student city, Preston is also one that attracts some big names in music and entertainment. Then, and with so many gigs, concerts and comedy nights going on in Preston throughout the year and especially during university term times, one top tip is to keep up with the best nights out as well as your studying by bookmarking the Skiddle website.
Skiddle is an online guide to everything going on in Preston. Not only does the site keep up to date with all the best gigs and goings on local to the area, users can also browse through events by category and as well discover Preston’s best loved restaurants as well as its best pubs, clubs and upcoming concerts. Hence, Skiddle is a real life saver for those new to Preston or looking for something a bit more special than a night at the pub after a long day’s study.
- Preston’s Best Bars
Another website worth visiting when becoming a student in Preston or when looking for a new haunt is the BBC Best Bars – Preston Guide which as well as detailing the names and locations of almost all of Preston’s coolest spots, also rather handily details their drink prices too, ensuring students don’t receive any nasty surprises upon ordering.
That said, one bar which doesn’t feature on the BBC guide, but which is just about the coolest in town is Kuckoo. A cocktail bar that combines all the dazzle and magic of cocktail making (and tasting) with an edge of rock‘n’roll and side of suave, Kuckoo is not the cheapest place in Preston to grab a pint, but it is definitely a place to head when pushing the boat out – or simply celebrating surviving another term of uni living.
- Preston’s Student Friendly Pubs
The North has some of the best pubs in the country on account of its community culture, friendly folk and super cheap prices when compared to the south. Then, whilst Preston’s students tend to head for its trendier bars and out to its student and club nights, one top tip is to check out the wealth of pubs the city has to offer. And two great pubs and places to begin any night out in Preston ahead of going on to its clubs and bars are Adelphi and the Lamb and Packet.
Situated in the city centre and loved by an eclectic crowd, the Lamb and Packet is a great place to meet new people and socialise with a broader spectrum of people whilst studying in Preston. Meanwhile, Adelphi which is located at the centre of the university campus also hosts ‘pound a pint’ night or as they call it ‘Quids’. Hence, for a super cheap break from studying or somewhere to start the night, Adelphi makes a great choice.
- Preston’s Nightclubs
One of Preston’s most famous and iconic nightclubs, The Warehouse is also by far the most popular and best loved of the city’s ‘alternative’ offerings. Featuring on just about every Preston nightclub lo-down out there, and rightly so, even if you aren’t a rock‘n’roll lover, The Warehouse is somewhere you will no doubt end up.
In fact, The Warehouse is a club that attracts a huge spectrum of people, not only from Preston, but from neighbouring towns and cities; many students studying at Lancaster and Cumbria Uni also frequent Warehouse, making it a really great place to party with different people, as well as open your ears to new genres of music.
Meanwhile, and for a more extensive list of Preston’s best student orientated nightclubs, our top tip is to click over and give our own Bellvue Students lo-down: 5 of Preston’s Top Student Nightlife Hotspots a read.
- Live Music in Preston
Finally, our last top tip for a great night out in Preston is to be aware of the coolest hipster hangout in the whole of Preston right now, which has got to be The Ferret.
Whilst 53 Degrees which is located on the uni campus has for many years now dominated the live music scene in Preston, The Ferret is fast becoming a solid contender for the crown of the coolest place to catch a band.
Amassing an almost perfect five star rating via Trip Advisor and the self proclaimed ‘most popular live entertainment venue in the city’, The Ferret also serves some of the hugest and tastiest burgers in the city making it one of the most exciting newer venues in Preston for good grub, even better music and to catch the best acts playing in the city.