Undergraduate Handbook




Points of Contact

Student Activities and Facilities


As befits a large community such as UCL, we provide our students with a range of services and facilities to meet their cultural, social, and leisure interests as well as their practical needs. 

4.1 The Greenough Club

The UCLU Greenough Society is perfect for anyone with an interest in the Earth or planetary sciences. It was created over 100 years ago by a student and is named after the prestigious geologist George Greenough. Being part of the society provides the opportunity to meet other people with similar interests from other degree programmes and year groups. The society organises a range of academic activities such as lectures with guest speakers, and coordinates with the career department to help students get the best advice and work experience. There are also a range of fieldtrips and day trips to places which help students improve their expedition skills and extend learning beyond the lecture room. As well as the academic side the social aspect of the committee is a core part of its activities. There are a variety of social events including parties, formal dinners, sports competitions and quiz nights. The committee is run entirely by students so also provides a good chance for students to get involved in improving the life of their fellow students.

4.2: The Rock Room

The Rock Room is available for students to work and socialize at any time when it has not been booked for meetings. Please be aware that, as the showcase of Geology Collections (UCL Museums and Collections), it is currently open to the public between 1 and 3pm on Fridays, although this does not preclude student use for study at the same time. The Geology Collections are one of a number of UCL Museums and Collections which students may like to visit.

Coffee is normally available mid-morning in the Rock Room during term-times, and is run by the Greenough Club, to which go all proceeds.

4.3: Library Facilities

4.4: Computing Facilities

General information about computing at UCL can be found at UCL Students Page. This includes topics such as email, passwords, security issues, and on computer cluster rooms available for use around UCL. 

The Department of Earth Sciences has a computer terminal room (Room 21) equipped with PCs, a graphics suite for scanning, digitizing and working with graphical software, networked B/W, colour laser printers and A0 plotter. All our teaching rooms have wireless connectivity - EduRoam. This service is free to all UCL staff and students and allows access to all UCL Network resources and the Internet.

Enquiries about computing facilities should be addressed to Danuta Kaminski (extension 32393), d.kaminski@ucl.ac.uk, including requests for paper for the computer room printer.

4.5: Photocopying facilities

UCL Library Services provides photocopying across its main sites, including the Main Library and the Science Library. These use rechargeable cards, and the current cost for a 14 black and white A4 sheet is 5p, and 10p for A3.

4.6: University College London Union (UCLU)

The College has a very active Students’ Union located at 25 Gordon Street. There are several bars and coffee bars, a shop and hairdressing salon within the Union Building. In addition, there is a vast number of societies catering for all tastes and interests. The Union holds a Freshers’ Fair in the College Cloisters at the beginning of the first term, where all the societies, sports clubs and other Union activities have stalls and provide information. The Union provides basic advice on such things as financial matters, welfare, housing, Council Tax, legal problems, health etc and there are full-time Sabbatical Officers (existing students who take a year out) on hand to help. Rights and Advice can be contacted on 020 7679 2998, or by email at uclurights.advice@ucl.ac.uk. The Union runs a Night Line (020 7631 0101) for students who are in trouble or just need to talk to someone during the hours when the College and Union are closed; see Night Line. The Union also has a sports ground at Shenley in Hertfordshire. 

4.7: University of London Union (ULU)

The University of London Union building is on Malet Place. You will need a valid Student Identity Card to be allowed in. It has a multitude of facilities including a swimming pool in the basement and a refectory on the top floor. It can be used by students from other Colleges in the University of London.