UCL-IoE merger

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

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In London there is always something intellectually engaging and culturally relevant happening

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Roxanne Blake - History of Art BA, Second year See all student views

The Houses of Parliament


From learning to literature, art to architecture, science to sport, history to pop culture and enterprise to governance, London has it all.

At UCL, you don’t just learn it, you can live it

The resources for learning you can enjoy in London are many and varied:

  • with its countless libraries, archives, cultural spaces and professional bodies, this is the perfect place to find context and support for your studies
  • London houses 385 public libraries and nearly a third of all the archives in the UK, from the world-famous British and Guildhall Libraries and British Newspaper Archives at Colindale to the National Collections at Kew
  • free lectures, workshops and exhibitions are offered by institutions like the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Institution and the Wellcome Collection
  • History of Art students are often taught in galleries, directly in front of the works under discussion
  • Arts and Humanities students benefit from a wealth of cinemas and theatres.
  • Law and Politics students are near the UK’s seat of government, and can observe debates in the Houses of Parliament or meetings of the London Assembly in City Hall.
  • Biological Sciences students have easy access to ZSL London Zoo, the Natural History Museum or the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
  • Medical students can take advantage of UCL’s various clinical and research institutions, including the Institutes of Child Health, Neurology, Ophthalmology and the Ear Institute.
  • London itself provides a living laboratory for students of geography, civil engineering and the built environment.

London offers you an unrivalled range of culture, history, art and leisure. For example:

  • around 250 museums and galleries, including world-famous art galleries like the National Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, as well as smaller modern galleries such as the Whitechapel, Saatchi or White Cube. Renowned museums include the British, Victoria and Albert (V&A), Natural History, Design and Science Museums, as well as lesser-known collections like the Hunterian Museum (surgical history) and the Horniman Museum (anthropology)
  • mixed performance and exhibition spaces such as the Barbican, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Southbank Centre
  • plays and musicals in the West End and Shakespeare’s Globe, cinemas in Leicester Square and on the South Bank, and plenty of venues for rock, pop, classical and opera
  • the chance to watch, or take part in, all kinds of sport, from tennis at Wimbledon to London’s yearly Marathon
  • the Museum of London, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and walking tours around the neighbourhoods of Charles Dickens or Jack the Ripper.

The world-famous West End offers a huge variety of plays and musicals. There are open-air theatres or the British Film Institute on the Southbank.


Play or watch your favourite sport? Spend your leisure time at a leisurely pace?

Whatever you love to do, London spoils you for choice. Why don’t you try:

London’s public transport system is the easiest way to get around, with underground (‘Tube’), train and bus networks.

As a student, you are eligible for 30% off all adult travelcards and bus passes valid for a week or more.

Cycling and walking are cheap and healthy. Use London’s network of cycle routes plus the Cycle Hire scheme.

London has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond.

UCL is within walking distance of several major transport hubs, including the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International, and King’s Cross and Euston stations.

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