UCL East




Key facts and figures

Size and location

  • UCL East will be located on the Olympic Park, to the south of the Aquatics Centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit
  • The UCL East site is spread across 4.63 hectares and will comprise up to 180,000 sqm gross internal area (GIA) of development, including academic development and research space, student accommodation, and retail uses
  • In its entirety, it consists of three development sites: two east of Waterworks River (currently referred to as Pool Street East and Pool Street West), and the third immediately south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and South Plaza (currently referred to as Marshgate)
  • For more detail, please see ‘The buildings’ area of this website

Programme phases

  • The UCL East programme will be delivered in phases as part of an overarching “masterplan”
  • Construction of UCL East Phase 1 will start in 2018, with the first wave of occupation expected by the end of 2020. Phase 1 will comprise around 50,000 sqm of development, including up to 490 bed spaces for student accommodation
  • Initial modelling suggests that, when Phase 1 is fully operational, there will be approximately 3,000 students and 625 staff on site, in addition to other users, visitors and onsite residents. For more detail, please see ‘The buildings’ area of this website


  • The Olympic Park is served well by public transport, with a number of connections within walking distance. The closest stations to the Park are: Hackney Wick; Pudding Mill Lane; Stratford; and Stratford International. These provide access to the Underground, Overground, DLR, high speed rail and future Crossrail services, with onward links to major London terminals and a number of airports
  • The UCL East site is located closest to the Stratford and Pudding Mill Lane stations. In addition, Crossrail will serve Stratford from 2018
  • Bus services are also readily available
  • Travel time between the UCL East and Bloomsbury campuses will range between seven minutes (from St Pancras to Stratford International using the high speed rail services) and 18 minutes (from Tottenham Court Road to Stratford using London Underground)
  • For more detail, please see the ‘Location’ area of this website