UCL-IoE merger

UCL and the Institute of Education merged on December 2, 2014. Learn about the study options available to you.

Get involved

Even when you’re not studying, there’s plenty to do, see and enjoy when you get involved. The UCL Students’ Union (UCLU) runs a wide range of activities, and you can put your time to good use helping other students or the wider community.

As a student, you are automatically a member of UCLU, the Students’ Union. UCLU is a democratic, student-led organisation run by UCL students whom you have the chance to elect. UCLU provides a wide range of services to help you get the best out of your time at UCL.

Have your say

UCLU supports a wide range of campaigns on issues affecting the Union, the university, and wider society.

All UCL students have the opportunity to stand for and vote for officer positions at UCLU. This includes a team of full-time sabbatical officers who take a year out of their studies to run UCLU, with each receiving a salary during their term of office.

Forums are an opportunity for every student to debate and discuss what UCLU does and says in various areas.

Join up

UCLU has more than 200 clubs and societies, all run by students. They cover a wide variety of interests from sport and culture to arts and faith. Any UCL student can join any club or society or start their own. In fact, getting involved with a club or society is a great way for you to develop a hobby, learn new skills and make new friends.

Active UCLU

Active UCLU is an initiative that promotes and supports a variety of health, wellbeing and sporting activity at UCL. Active UCLU includes a growing sports programme currently centred on football, hockey and softball. There is also a support programme for elite athletes who study at UCL.

Give it a Go

Give it a Go runs free or discounted trips and activities, so you can try out things you’ve never done before and visit new places. There’s no need for a regular commitment, simply do as many or as few as you like.


UCLU Events organises the nightlife at UCLU, including club nights and annual balls. Venues for UCLU Events have included many top London clubs such as Ministry of Sound, Koko, Fabric, Heaven and the IndigO2 at the O2 Arena.

Volunteering Services Unit

UCLU’s Volunteering Services Unit (VSU) is one of the biggest departments of its kind in the country and by far the biggest in London. VSU is proud of the opportunities on offer, so you could find yourself:

  • undertaking some sports coaching with local young people
  • guiding people around one of London’s hidden museums or galleries
  • campaigning on an issue you care about
  • getting your hands dirty at one of our environmental events, including volunteering on the London Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves.

There are more than 500 projects for you to choose from, so there’s always something that will fit your time, availability and interests. By taking part, you’ll meet new people, build new skills and get a real insight into London life.

Our Student Ambassadors are dedicated to the positive promotion of higher education in general and UCL in particular.

They make presentations and give tours of UCL, all aimed at encouraging school students from primary through to Year 13 to explore new ideas and realise their goals. Student Ambassadors play a key role in our events, offering a student’s point of view to visitors and sharing their opinions and experience about going to university.

Calum Bowden, Third Year, Anthropology BSc

"With two friends, I founded Bentham’s Farm, an urban agricultural society. The goal of the farm is to improve student access to, and knowledge of, sustainably sourced produce.

Calum Bowden

With funding from UCL, we converted the disused tennis courts at Max Rayne and Ifor Evans Halls in Camden into an organic fruit and vegetable farm.

We run twice-weekly sessions with students, recruited through UCLU’s Volunteering Services Unit, constructing beds and sowing seedlings and planting out items grown in the greenhouse.

Bentham’s Farm has succeeded in bringing people together who come from diverse gardening backgrounds (on a scale of “never gardened before” to “grew up on a farm”), from different parts of the world and with different favourite vegetables."

From business to bridge and cinema to snooker, UCLU societies cover a huge range of activities and interests. Listed below are just some of the 200 societies available to join:

  • Baking Society
  • Drama Society
  • Comedy Club
  • Debating Society
  • Dinosaur Appreciation Society
  • Engineers Without Borders Society
  • Film Society
  • Green Economy Society
  • Musical Theatre Society Live Music Society
  • Snowsports Society
  • Mind Society
  • Parlour Society
  • Writers' Society

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