Finding a place to live in London
The first question that many students ask is “where will I live?” If you’re coming to study abroad for the full year, you’ll be guaranteed a place in UCL accommodation as long as you have firmly accepted your offer to study at UCL and applied for accommodation by the deadline. Students coming to UCL for less than a full year will normally be allocated housing, but this cannot be guaranteed.
UCL has two types of accommodation:
- UCL Halls of Residence (these halls are catered; i.e. breakfast and an evening meal are provided from Monday – Friday; brunch on Saturday and Sunday). Prices for single rooms range from £180.67 – £235.76 per week (for the 2018/19 academic session).
- Student Houses (these halls are self-catered; i.e. students cook for themselves in onsite kitchens). Prices for single rooms range from £129.15 – £284.13 per week (for the 2018/19 academic session).
Most of our student housing is located within walking distance from the main Bloomsbury campus. Most rooms are single study bedrooms, equipped with a bed, desk, chair, washbasin, bookcase, cupboard and Wi-Fi. The price of UCL allocated housing will vary depending on the location and facilities available; to get an idea of the different types of accommodation you can visit the UCL Student Accommodation website.
If you’d prefer to make your own arrangements for housing, you can get advice from the University of London Housing Services, who offer advice about finding suitable rented accommodation in London
Applying for accommodation
You don’t have to worry about applying for accommodation straight away – if you’re accepted to study abroad at UCL you’ll be sent details of how to apply for accommodation with your offer letter.
Campus and facilities
Your study environment
At UCL we constantly strive to make sure that all our facilities are up to date and provide the best learning experience for our students – so you’ll find new study spaces in the Cruciform Hub and Senate House, refurbished labs in the Departments of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering, a Virtual Trading Floor in the Department of Computer Science and a refurbished Language and Speech Sciences library.
UCL’s 18 specialist libraries support teaching and research. A large range of online resources can also be accessed from anywhere in the world, while a number of our libraries are open throughout the night.
UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)
Our comprehensive centre offers courses for credit in Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish at various levels of proficiency, as well as providing pre-sessional and in-sessional English language courses for international students. We also offer English for Academic Purposes and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) courses, and evening classes in 18 languages and a British Sign Language (BSL) course.
Sport and leisure
UCL offers plenty of opportunities to take part in team sports or just to keep fit and have fun!
- Students’ Union UCL, runs around 60 sports and dance clubs, ranging from boxing and badminton to karate and capoeira!
- The Union also runs Bloomsbury Fitness, a well-equipped health and fitness club located just next door to the main campus in Bloomsbury.
- The UCL Sports Grounds in Shenley, Hertfordshire include full-size football pitches, rugby and lacrosse pitches, all-weather netball and tennis courts plus a pavilion. A free bus service runs to the sports grounds on match days.
- Other nearby facilities include Student Central, open to all University of London students including UCL students, which houses a 33-metre swimming pool, and Somers Town Community Sports Centre.
UCL is a secular institution and, while we recognise the right of individuals to hold their own religious beliefs, we do not provide facilities for religious worship. There is a space on the campus set aside for private meditation and prayer
Arts and entertainment
London is a great place to have fun and experience culture of all kinds – but if you want to stay closer to home, there’s plenty to do on campus:
- UCL’s Bloomsbury Theatre is a professionally run, onsite theatre with a seating capacity of around 500. It hosts shows ranging from drama and dance to music and stand-up comedy throughout the year, and is reserved for student performances for 12 weeks every year.
- The Union runs a huge variety of clubs and societies dedicated to the arts; there’s something for you whether you’re into music, drama, writing, photography or even DJing.
- Bookable rehearsal rooms are available on campus and in some residences for those who play a musical instrument.
- The Union runs three bars, four cafés and a shop on the Bloomsbury campus, perfect for grabbing a coffee between lectures, meeting up with friends or unwinding after a busy day!
Museums and collections
UCL has a huge range of onsite museums and collections that can be used for study, or simply to explore when you have an hour between lectures!
- UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
- UCL Grant Museum of Zoology
- UCL Art Museum
- UCL Institute of Archaeology Collections
- UCL Geology Collection
- UCL Ethnography Collection
- UCL Science and Galton Collections
Support and welfare
Looking after your physical and mental health
Ridgmount Practice is an NHS general practice located nearby the Bloomsbury campus that provides general health care and a full nursing service. There are also numerous dentists and opticians in the area. If you are studying at UCL for more than six months, you will be eligible to register with a doctor and access the NHS services in the same way as a permanent UK resident. If you’re studying at UCL for less than six months you will have limited access to NHS services and you will need to obtain private medical insurance as you will likely be liable for any services you use. This may vary if you are an EU/EEA citizen. More information can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/iss/before-you-arrive/health
UCL Student Support and Wellbeing provides a range of mental health, wellbeing and disability support for all students. This includes a daily drop in service, allowing students to speak to an adviser on the same day without an appointment.
Students with a disability, long-term health condition or specific learning difficulty like dyslexia or dyspraxia are encouraged to declare this before starting at UCL, to ensure the correct support is in place when you arrive.
The treatments and medication in the UK may differ from those in your home country, so if you have an ongoing condition that needs to be managed this is an important consideration. Pre-application enquiries are always welcome!
Advice on day-to-day matters
Each subject area has a Study Abroad (Affiliate) Tutor, who is available to provide practical, personal and academic guidance. The Affiliate Tutor is your main point of contact for academic support and queries relating to your programme of study.
The Student Centre offers advice on a range of issues including finance, transcripts and fees. The centre also provides administrative support for all UCL students.
Students’ Union UCL runs an Advice Service staffed by professional advisers, and a JobShop to support students seeking part-time employment while they study (although this type of work may be subject to visa restrictions so do make sure you check if you intend to work while you're in the UK). For more information see studentsunionucl.org
UCL Careers is available to advise on all aspects of career planning and finding employment. UCL Careers runs an extensive range of employer-led events, including skills development workshops, presentations, forums and careers fairs.
UCL International Student Support organises an orientation programme for new students at the start of the academic year in September, and also in January for those joining us for the Spring/Summer terms. The programme gives you the opportunity to complete your in-person enrolment, attend a number of information sessions and participate in a variety of social events organised by the Union (in past years there have been bus tours, campus tours, a Welcome Breakfast and even an ice cream social!) It’s a great way to meet friends, find your way around and adjust to life in a new city.
UCL Students’ Union (UCLU)
As well as running a huge number of clubs and societies, the Union provides the “Give it a Go” (GIAG) social programme, which allows you to try out a range of one-off activities, make new friends and perhaps even discover a new hobby or favourite place!
You could try:
- tours of London, on foot or by bus – themes could include Literary London, Harry Potter or Bohemians of Fitzrovia
- trips to the theatre or concerts – see a top West End play or musical
- day trips to other UK destinations such as Bath, Windsor Castle or Stonehenge.