Information for all students
How to reach UCL
UCL is situated in the Bloomsbury district of London. The city is well served by transport links for travel from around the UK, Europe and the wider world.
You can find maps of UCL and its place in London, a routefinder application and information on how to travel to UCL at: www.ucl.ac.uk/maps
Travelling to UCL
There are easy connections to UCL from London’s global hub airports at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted and you will find that London’s extensive public transport system is convenient and easy to use:
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The closest tube stations to UCL’s Gower Street site are Euston Square (Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Circle lines), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines), Euston (Northern and Victoria lines) and Russell Square (Piccadilly line).
If you are planning to use the Underground for any part of your journey, try to avoid the peak periods of 8.00am to 9.00am and 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Also, be prepared to carry your luggage up and down flights of stairs.
UCL’s Gower Street site is served by many Transport for London bus routes. Buses travelling from north to south stop in Gower Street, immediately outside UCL’s main gate, while those travelling from south to north stop outside Warren Street station, about five minutes’ walk from UCL.
Services to these stops include route numbers: 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390.
London has many mainline rail stations. Most of these are a short journey away from UCL, with the stations at Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras being within easy walking distance. Trains from London serve destinations across the UK. By being flexible and booking well in advance you will find rail travel offers excellent value for money.
St Pancras station is the London Eurostar terminal. Just a few minutes’ walk from UCL, this offers you direct high speed rail connections to Paris (2hrs 15 mins) and Brussels (1hr 50 mins), with onward connections to many European destinations.
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By London Underground (Piccadilly Line) to Russell Square or King's Cross/St. Pancras. Journey time 55 minutes. Fares are considerably cheaper with an Oyster Card - see www.tfl.gov.uk/oyster.
By Heathrow Express to Paddington station. Journey time 15 minutes. From Paddington take the London Underground (Hammersmith/City, Metropolitan or Circle Lines) to Euston Square. Journey time 10 minutes.
By Heathrow Connect to Paddington station. Journey time 25 minutes. Fare £6.90. From Paddington take the London Underground (Hammersmith/City, Metropolitan or Circle Lines) to Euston Square. Journey time 10 minutes.
1). Gatwick to Victoria station. Journey time 30 minutes. From Victoria take the London Underground (Victoria Line) to Warren Street. Journey time 10 minutes.
2). First Capital Connect to St Pancras station. Journey time 45 minutes. From Kings Cross/St Pancras underground station take the London Underground (Hammersmith/City, Metropolitan or Circle Lines) to Euston Square. Journey time 5 minutes.
Stansted Express to Liverpool Street station. Journey time 45 minutes. From Liverpool Street take the London Underground (Hammersmith/City, Metropolitan or Circle Lines) to Euston Square. Journey time 10 minutes.
There are bus and taxi alternatives from each of the airports. Taxis will be expensive, possibly over £50. Use only registered metered taxis from taxi ranks and confirm the approximate price before starting the journey.
If you are planning to use the Underground for part of your journey, try to avoid the peak periods of 8.00 to 9.00 am and 5.00 to 7.00 pm. Also, please be prepared to carry your luggage up escalators.
These instructions will get you to UCL. For details of the nearest London Underground stations to Halls of Residence etc. please refer to the UCL Student Accommodation website.
To plan your journey to UCL, including walking and cycle routes, call Transport for London on 020 7222 1234 or check out their excellent Journey Planner at www.tfl.gov.uk
National Rail enquiries can be contacted on 08457 484950 or at www.nationalrail.co.uk
Getting around London
Although there is plenty to do at UCL, you will want to explore London and all that this exciting and vibrant city can offer. London’s excellent public transport system is the easiest way to travel.
As a student in London, you can benefit from the Transport for London/National Rail Student Oyster photocard scheme. This offers 30% off all adult travelcards and bus passes valid for a week or more. Full details are available at www.tfl.gov.uk
For shorter journeys, why not walk or ride your bike instead? Safe cycle routes are provided across London and excellent cycle maps are available from Transport for London, making cycling the quicker, cheaper and healthier way to travel. With many of London’s key public spaces now traffic-free, you can easily walk right through some of the UK’s finest public squares and architecture as part of your daily routine.
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