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Entertainment resources

UCL Bloomsbury Theatre

The Bloomsbury Theatre, owned and run by UCL, is a professionally equipped theatre with a seating capacity of over 500. It is reserved for student performances for 12 weeks each year. For the remainder of the year, it hosts professional performances ranging from stand-up comedy and drama to dance and music.


From DJ-ing with our own student radio station, Rare FM, to performing with the Chamber Music Club or University College Opera, or joining one of UCLU’s many music societies, we’ve something for every taste. Bookable rehearsal rooms are available on campus and in some residences.

Bars, cafés and shops

UCLU runs three bars, four cafés, two shops and a hairdressers’ salon on UCL’s Bloomsbury campus. Open throughout the day and into the night, many have computers and Wi-fi access.


  • UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology – One of the world’s greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology
  • UCL Grant Museum of Zoology – The only remaining university zoological museum in London, founded in 1828
  • UCL Art Museum – More than 10,000 fine art objects, including prints and drawings by Old Master artists


  • UCL Institute of Archaeology Collections – Fine teaching and reference collections, including prehistoric ceramics, stone artefacts, and Classical Greek and Roman ceramics
  • UCL Geology Collections – Includes rock, mineral and fossil samples collected over the last 175 years
  • UCL Ethnography Collections – An enormous variety of objects, textiles and artefacts from all over the world
  • UCL Science and Galton Collections – Scientific apparatus, equipment and memorabilia belonging to various scientists, including Sir Francis Galton FRS (1822–1911)

Sport and leisure

Whether you’re a team sports player, interested in keeping fit or just looking for a chance to socialise and have fun, there are plenty of opportunities at UCL.

  • UCL Sports Grounds are located in Shenley in Hertfordshire and include full-size football pitches, rugby and lacrosse pitches, mini football pitches, cricket squares, all-weather netball and tennis courts, plus a pavilion. There is a free and convenient bus service on match days.
  • Somers Town Sports Centre is located north of the Bloomsbury campus and provides basketball, badminton, volleyball and table tennis facilities.
  • Astor College Sports Hall is located near the Bloomsbury campus, providing clubs and societies with space to engage in a range of indoor sports.
  • Old Cranleighans in Surrey provides hockey pitches for our Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams.
  • Bloomsbury Fitness is UCLU’s very own health and fitness club, which includes a full complement of fitness equipment as well as squash courts and a dojo. www.uclu.org/bf
  • The University of London Union houses a 33-metre swimming pool that’s right next door to our Bloomsbury campus.
  • UCLU runs around 60 sports and dance clubs. These include everything you might expect as well as some activities you may not, such as Capoeira, Kickboxing, Water Polo, Dodgeball, Ice Hockey, Mountaineering and Urban Frisbee.

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