Students' Union UCL
As a student, you are
automatically a member of Students' Union UCL.
Students' Union UCL is here to make more happen. The Union belongs to its members and is made up of all kinds of people from all kinds of places. You'll never have a better chance to throw yourself into something new, and finding an opportunity that fits you, however big or small, is what it's all about.
Highlights from some of UCLU's 200+ clubs and societies.
The Union is here to represent students' views - so much so that it is led by seven elected students. We also help you create communities of under-represented students to ensure everyone is being heard. Together, we work to make things better, on campus and beyond.
Driven by drama, sport, art or politics? With the Union's 250+ societies and sports clubs, there are all sorts of ways to discover something that could become your passion. All of these groups are run by students and are open to every student at UCL - they're the best way to meet friends, learn new skills and discover London.
The Union is also behind many of the events that help you get settled when you arrive. We organise parties at some of the most famous clubs in the world, including Ministry of Sound and Fabric, and also provide opportunities to meet new people in more relaxed settings. Be it games nights, a boat trip on the Thames or a pop-up cinema, the Union helps you make friends and memories you'll never forget.
We don't just provide the activities you'll love; we also provide the spaces you'll love them in. We run the cafés, bars and social spaces that will become the backdrop to your extracurricular time here - places that will become a home from home.
The Union provides one of the largest competitive sport programmes in the UK. With sports from surfing to lacrosse and gliding to judo, there are endless opportunities to join TeamUCL. If you're at the top of your game and are competing nationally, we can also provide additional training and funding.
Games are played at a number of top facilities, including our very own Bloomsbury Fitness gym in the heart of campus. Somers Town Community Sports Centre, a 15-minute walk away, hosts many of our indoor sports. If outdoor sport is your thing, you might take the trip to the Sports Ground in Shenley or play on the iconic football pitches of Hackney Marshes.
Sport at the Union is award-winningly inclusive, with an active Pride in Sport LGBT+ campaign and a commitment to helping all students enjoy an active lifestyle, no matter what their level of ability. If you're not keen on competitive sport, you can pedal a cycle-powered cinema, kayak through East London or hula hoop your way to a healthier you with Project Active.
The Student View
"Winning the British Junior Weightlifting Championships was an amazing experience. The Students' Union?s Elite Athletes programme has been very supportive. They helped cover my annual gym membership and provided me with physiotherapy and message sessions. Both came in handy when I sustained an injury earlier in the academic year. Furthermore, I was offered a strength and conditioning coach, who has been very helpful with giving me exercises to correct any imbalances I have, and to prevent further injury."
Debbie Alawode, Second Year, Medicine MBBS BSc
Volunteering Services Unit (VSU)
London is a big city with a great many people who need support. The Union's Volunteering Service works to connect you with them. Whether you're helping people get back on their feet, contributing to local wildlife or giving lonely people some company, volunteering gives you the chance to make someone's day brighter. In 2016/17 2,133 UCL student volunteers gave more than 60,000 hours of their time to support causes across London. By taking part in one of our 500+ opportunities, you'll meet new people, build skills and get to see London in ways you'd never have expected.
The Student View
"UCL Students' Union's societies have been life-changing, with no hyperbole intended! I have done so much more performance than I could have possibly expected or hoped for, with Live Music, Musical Theatre, Dance, and Drama societies. I've even performed at Edinburgh Fringe, twice! I've learnt a lot about myself as a performer, and discovered my passion for choreography.
Shakespearience was a 2-day event for schools organised by members of UCL Drama Society in collaboration with the Volunteering Services Unit and the English department. It was part of the Drama Society's production of As You Like It. The main goal was to engage school pupils with Shakespeare's work in a way that the schools may not normally be able to offer in the classroom. Therefore, there was a focus on the historical and performance aspects of his plays, letting the pupils see the play performed in a fun way and work with the texts themselves."
Izzy Inkpen, Third Year, English BA