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HostUK - a taste of British life!

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Fancy gaining a real insight into life as a Brit? With HostUK, you can spend a day, a weekend or even Christmas(!) with a British family and live like they do for a true slice of British life!

Cost of Attendance - How much does it cost to come to University?

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Before you can go ahead and budget your weekly/monthly expenditure it is only sensible to have a rough idea of how much it will cost to attend University College London in the first place. Below we have provided an estimated guidance for cost of attendance. Please note this is only a approximate guidance and can change depending on individual circumstances.

Mental Health Support at UCL

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Mental Health support is available for students at UCL. Whether you have been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition, have a mental health difficulty such as anxiety or depression or you are concerned about how you are feeling, we encourage you to contact us at Student Disability Services where you can have a confidential meeting with our Mental Health Specialist.

A page for your parents...

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As you're preparing for your UCL journey, your parents and/or guardians may have lots of questions and be keen to learn more about your time at UCL and how they can support you.

A Guide to British Etiquette

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We’re a particular bunch, us Brits. We love a queue, we LOVE to say sorry and we just can’t get enough of talking about the weather. We’ve put together a handy guide to etiquette to help you fit right in…and to try and make sense of our weird and wonderful ways!

UCLU gym facility

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An excellent way to keep fit, de-stress, meet other people and beat blues is to join a gym!

Bloomsbury Fitness is the gym facility owned and managed by the UCL Union. Aside from being extremely convenient to campus, this 90-station, disabled accessible friendly gym features treadmills, cross trainers, bikes, resistance machines, free weights, free exercise and martial arts classes, free squash courts and a martial arts dojo.

Religious and Spiritual Support at UCL

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Many people are surprised to find out that UCL has a Chaplain. It is true that UCL is a secular institution which upholds a deep-seated commitment to equality and diversity, and which has no religious affiliation and does not endorse any particular denomination or faith. However, UCL is also committed to providing an inclusive learning and working environment.

Welcome to the UCL Student Centre!

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The Student Centre is part of UCL’s Student Support & Wellbeing Services and offers information and support to students enrolled on programmes of study at UCL as well as UCL alumni.

Welcome from the Vice Provost (Health) and the SLMS

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We, the School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS), are the largest of the three Schools which form UCL, accounting for more than 60% of UCL's research and academic staff and around 70% of UCL's research income.

Bank Holidays in the UK

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When you're in the UK, you may hear people gleefully mention: “There’s a Bank Holiday coming up!” But what on earth does that mean? Will you not be able to use the cashpoint? Will all the bankers be picnicking in the park? Will there be decorations down at Barclays? Well… not exactly. But it is a reason to celebrate!

Peer to peer confidential support offered to you by London Nightline

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London Nightline is a confidential listening, support and practical information service for students in London. As a student, you can talk to Nightline about anything - big or small - in complete confidence.

London for Free

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Although it's still a few months until university starts, we thought we'd give you a little taste of what this wonderful city has to offer so you can start getting excited for your upcoming time in the big capital. We'll be posting further articles about things to do and see in London over the upcoming weeks and months - keep a look out!

UKCISA

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As an international student coming to the UK, we would suggest you take a look through the information provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

UCL Student Disability Services

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UCL Student Disability Services is there to provide information, advice and support to all students with disabilities at UCL.

Welcome from UCLU!

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UCLU is your students’ union. It is the law that all universities must have a students’ union and our job is to be an organisation, totally independent from the university, providing you with support, advice and representation. We offer a wide range of facilities and services, all of which we hope will help us achieve four, key aims:

Word of the Week: Gordon's

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Next up for Word of the Week...Gordon's.

Do not be surprised if people frequently suggest “meeting at Gordon’s” or say that they are “just popping to Gordon’s for a coffee”. Alas Gordon is not a particularly hospitable individual but rather a café – one of many run by UCLU.

Do you need a visa to study in the UK?

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Unsure whether or not you need a visa to study with us? Read on!

  • European Economic Area (EEA) citizen or Swiss national? You do not need a visa to come to the UK.
  • Non-EEA and coming to study in the UK for more than 6 months? You will need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa. The Tier 4 visa is the only visa that is specifically for full-time long term study in the UK and we expect the majority of overseas students to need to obtain this visa. However a number of different visas will still allow you to study in the UK, though these visas will have been obtained for a main reason other than study. If you already have one of these visas you may be able to choose to study using this visa. If you do you should ensure that you are still able to meet the conditions your visa was issued for.
  • Non-EEA citizen coming to the UK for less than 6 months? (for example, affiliate students) We expect most students to apply for a Short-term Study visa, unless you need a Tier 4 student visa (for example pre-sessional English students). For further information about this please see our short-term study visa page.

Introduction to UCL faculties

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To give you an idea of the academic structure at UCL, we've put together a summary of the faculties that form UCL to help you make sense of it all and to see where you fit into the wider UCL picture!

Welcome from Dame Nicola Brewer, Vice-Provost (International)

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I am delighted to welcome you to UCL, and hope to meet you at some of the ISOP sessions in September. Like you, I’m still quite new to UCL – I joined as Vice Provost (International) in May 2014. I’ve lived and worked in London, Mexico City, Paris, New Delhi, Pretoria and Cape Town, so I know how exciting and daunting it can be to settle into a new city.

Introduction to UCL Student Psychological Services

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For most of you, most of the time, life at UCL will be really enjoyable. You will meet lots of new people, make lifelong friends, learn a great deal and hopefully not just academically! You will leave College with a degree you can be proud of and one that will enable you to follow the career of your choice.

Private Accommodation

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If you have been unable to secure a place in UCL or intercollegiate residence during your studies, or wish to obtain a private lodging or flat, you are advised to contact the University of London Housing Services (ULHS). ULHS has a Private Housing Unit which provides a range of services to students who are considering living, or live, in private rented housing.

Meeting Jeremy Bentham

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One of the first things you may notice when you get to UCL is the visage of a well-dressed gentleman seated in a glass-fronted case, dressed in old-fashioned clothing and wearing a broad-brimmed hat. If you approach and read the description beside him, you might be a little surprised by who it is.

#loveucl Instagram competition

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We thought we would share some recent UCL student news with you to give you an idea of some of the things that take place here at UCL - soon it'll be your turn to get involved too!

Join the ISOP Facebook page!

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We have set up a new Facebook page for all our new international students who will be attending the International Student Orientation Programme (ISOP).

Welcome to the UCL Newsfeed!

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Hello and welcome to the UCL Newsfeed!

This is an exciting communication platform aimed at all new UCL students. Managed by the Student Support and Wellbeing team at UCL, the Newsfeed allows us to ensure you are updated, informed and well-prepared for your upcoming experience with us.

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