UCL East


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


UCL East

UCL is to build a new campus at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to form part of a wider education and cultural quarter following the government's announcement of £152m in support of the project.

Aerial shot of UCL East site

View of UCL East site: boundary highlighted in red
(Image courtesy London Legacy Development Corporation)

UCL East is envisaged as a radical new model of how a university campus can be embedded in the local community and with businesses, as well as providing world-leading research, education, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Our new campus will:

  • be a home for new UCL activities, not simply an extension of our Bloomsbury functions
  • serve as a model for the university campus of the future – open, dynamic and overcoming the conventional barriers between research, education, innovation, public engagement and collaboration
  • provide an outstanding environment for learning and scholarship for students, staff, collaborators and the public
  • liberate space and enable new opportunities in the Bloomsbury estate
  • as a founding member of the Cultural and Education District, play a central role in the sustainable development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and east London’s innovative quarter more generally
  • facilitate the delivery of UCL 2034, the university’s 20-year strategy.

It is anticipated that the new UCL East site south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit will cover 11 acres and provide at least 125,000m2 of space, with the first UCL East facilities opening during the 2020/21 academic year.