About UCL


Where UCL is

Our position in London brings unique benefits, providing access to a wealth of opportunities, and enabling us to contribute to everything that makes it one of the world's greatest cities.

A world-leading university in a global city is a powerful and inspiring combination. UCL reflects London’s strengths, and we make significant contributions to London’s impact in the UK, Europe and globally. Our staff and students benefit from being in one of the world’s most celebrated and diverse cities, and they give back by making a real difference to London’s people, economy, communities and culture.

UCL Bloomsbury campus was founded nearly 200 years ago at the heart of London. In addition, in the largest single expansion since its foundation, UCL is now present at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, with the opening of our pioneering UCL East campus in autumn 2022.

Take the chance to explore UCL’s rich and radical history with our brand new UCL Walking Tour in Bloomsbury - every Friday and open to all. Find out about other in-person and virtual tours and visits

At the heart of one of the most dynamic cities in the world

  • Historic campus in the London’s Bloomsbury district – traditionally a place for rebels and innovators.
  • At the heart of the Knowledge Quarter, a consortium of over 90 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations.
  • Close to a wealth of academic resources – museums and libraries, academic and professional bodies, theatres, hospitals and medical institutes.
  • Close collaboration and partnerships with leading organizations and iconic institutes – such as the British Library, British Museum, RIBA, Zoological Society of London, Institute of Physics, the BBC, the Wellcome Trust, etc.
  • Also perfectly placed to foster enterprise and business partnerships (including through UCL Innovation & Enterprise)

Creating campuses equipped for the future

  • £1.25 billion invested in transforming UCL facilities.
  • Brand new campus UCL East - opening in autumn 2022 - will be home to new degree programmes, research, innovation, and technologies.
  • The new Student Centre - which opened in 2019 - provides an essential space to think, explore, collaborate, discover and challenge. 
  • We teach our students how to think, not what to think.
  • We are investing £281.6 million into a new purpose-built biomedical facility which will house over 500 scientists from across UCL's neuroscience community.