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Travel

London is well served by transport links, with many major infrastructure improvements currently in progress for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Getting around the city is easy, as is travelling to and from London from the UK, Europe and the wider world, and for getting around the city. UCL is located in the Bloomsbury district at the very centre of London.

Travelling to UCL

There are easy connections to UCL from London’s global hub airports at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted and you will find that London’s extensive public transport system is convenient and easy to use.

To plan your journey to UCL, including walking and cycle routes, visit the Transport for London (TfL) website. National Rail Enquiries can be contacted on 08457 484950 or at www.nationalrail.co.uk.

London Underground (Tube)

The closest tube stations to UCL’s Gower Street site are Euston Square (Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Circle lines), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines), Euston (Northern, Victoria and Overground lines) and Russell Square (Piccadilly line).

Buses

UCL’s Gower Street site is served by many TfL bus routes. Buses travelling from north to south stop in Gower Street, immediately outside UCL’s main gate, while those travelling from south to north stop outside Warren Street station, about five minutes’ walk from UCL. Services to these stops include route numbers: 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390.

Getting around London

Although there is plenty to do at UCL, you will want to explore London and all that this exciting and vibrant city can offer. London’s excellent public transport system is the easiest way to travel. As a student in London, you can benefit from the TfL/National Rail Student Oyster photocard scheme. This offers 30% off all adult travelcards and bus passes valid for a week or more. Full details are available at www.tfl.gov.uk

Walking and cycling 

For shorter journeys, why not walk or ride your bike instead? A Cycle Hire scheme and safe cycle routes are provided across central London and excellent cycle maps are available at www.tfl.gov.uk/cycling, making cycling the quicker, cheaper and healthier way to travel. With many of London’s streets and squares now traffic-free, you can easily walk right through some of the UK’s finest public squares as part of your daily routine.

Travelling around the UK

National Rail

London has many mainline rail stations. Most of these are a short journey away from UCL, with the stations at Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras being within easy walking distance. Trains from London serve destinations across the UK. The best value tickets are obtained by being flexible and booking well in advance.

Coaches

Coaches from London operate to most parts of the UK, many offering direct and very economical services. Details can be obtained from the TfL website.

Travelling beyond the UK

The London Eurostar terminal is at St Pancras International, a few minutes' walk from UCL. This offers you direct high speed rail connections to Paris (2hrs 15 mins) and Brussels (1hr 50 mins), with onward connections to many European destinations. More details are available at www.eurostar.com.