The Living Quarter is packed with information and ideas on supporting your happiness, health and wellbeing while studying at UCL.
The Vice-Dean of Wellbeing welcomes you to the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.
Wellbeing Top Tips
Dr Samantha Rayner shares her top tips on supporting your wellbeing.
Reading for Wellbeing
Books help us learn, but they can also help us escape from stresses, and help us unwind by taking us to new worlds in our imaginations.
Giving yourself a good dose of bibliotherapy is a great way to increase wellbeing, no matter what you are feeling! UCL's buildings are surrounded by some wonderful bookshops, and reading spaces, and here are some links to help you find them - and other book-based support and adventures.
- Bookshop Day
Books Are My Bag are celebrating all things bookshops on Bookshop Day on Saturday 3 October.
Post a picture of your favourite bookshop, do a short video, or film your visit or perhaps talk about what you’ve recently bought from a bookshop, or write a blog post.
- London Review Bookshop
Welcome to Bloomsbury! From Monday 21 September, for two weeks only, we’ll be offering a 10% discount to all UCL students, and a free, highly collectible tote bag to any of you who spends more than £30. Simply present your UCL Student ID card.Also, come and collect a free copy of the latest LRB issue with every purchase. Now well into its second decade of life, the London Review Bookshop, situated over two floors, features a meticulously curated selection of around 20,000 titles, as well as a delightful cake and coffee shop.
With its secluded courtyard setting in nearby Bury Place, The London Review Bookshop is the perfect place to read, think, write and, with appropriate social distancing, socialise in the company of great literature, friendly and knowledgeable staff and other readers, writers, students and random intellectuals. We look forward to welcoming you in the next couple of weeks, and, we hope, for many years to come.
Life Doesn't Frighten Me (Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition), by Maya Angelou (£13.99)
A Moment in the Life of Virginia Woolf: A Lighthouse Shone in Tavistock Square, by Louisa Albani, (£9.00)
Real Bloomsbury, by Nicholas Murray (£9.99)
Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars, by Francesca Wade (£20.00)
Veggie & Vegan London, by Edward Prendeville (£9.99)
How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division, by Elif Shafak (£4.99)
William Blake's Mystic Map of London, Louisa Albani (£9.00)
Secret London: An Unusual Guide, by Rachel Howard, (£12.99)
The Quick Roasting Tin, by Rukmini Iyer (£16.99)
Cyclogeography: Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier, by Jon Day (£14.99)
How to Fly: (in Ten Thousand Easy Lessons), by Barbara Kingsolver (£14.99)
Educated, Tara Westover (£9.99)
- Create your own Penguin Classics front cover
Use this free online generator to create your very own Penguin Classics front cover.
- School of Life
Offering books, courses and events to help us find calm, self-understanding, resilience and connection. Take a look at their website.
- Waterstones Gower Street
Allegedly Europe's largest new and secondhand bookshop, and just across the road from UCL. Stop by for a browse and a coffee in Dillons.
Music for Wellbeing
There are many ways you can use music to help with wellbeing! Most of us have our own playlists and favourite tracks to listen to, no matter what our mood, but why not try something new while you are at UCL?
Here are some links to start you off:
- Nordoff Robins has put together musical resources to help during the coronavirus outbreak
- UK Music have created music activities to help with wellbeing
Getting involved with the Students' Union and joining clubs and societies is a great way to make friends.
Art for Wellbeing
Yet another of the Arts & Humanities can be great for your happiness and wellbeing!
- Free Space Project
The Free Space Project are a great community and based in Kentish Town (near UCL), they have various online events going on.
We are a charity supporting arts and community initiatives within Kentish Town Health Centre in Camden, north London. Our aim is to relieve mental and physical suffering through the use of the arts and holistic care.
- Hospital Rooms
An amazing organisation, the Hospital Rooms, have started a new online art school that the public can join. You'll also find world-class artists broadcasting live workshops.
- Art of Happiness
The Art of Happiness’ shows the extraordinary artworks created for locked mental health units by world class artists and the impact they are having.
- London Drawing: Online Creative Sessions
UCL Wellbeing Champions recommend these online drawing sessions from London Drawing.
- Mindful Still Life Monday Sessions running to the end of 2020 between 12:30-23:30
- Grown and Thrown
- DIY Art Shop, 129 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EB
- Saturday, October 3 2020 (11:00-17:00)
Choose from a range of commissioned ceramic pots /planters, and match them with a selection of cacti, succulents, and house plants, to create your perfect plant / pot coupling.
Exclusive pots/planters will be produced by ceramic artists that exhibit at the Independent Ceramics Markets, as well as ceramic artists from further afield.
Drama for Wellbeing
Drama for Wellbeing: whether you are interested in acting, directing, being part of stage management – or just enjoy watching plays, UCL, and London, has a lot to offer!
- Join the UCL Drama Society
- RADA, just across the road in Malet Street, has a range of events on offer
- The Bloomsbury Theatre, UCL’s own cutting-edge performance space, will be hosting a variety of different events
- Although the last minute theatre ticket booth in Leicester Square is closed at the moment, you can still see what West End shows are on, and book tickets
- Media Clubs and Societies at UCL: don’t forget to check out the range of opportunities to get involved in all kinds of media production via the UCL Students’ Union.
Walk for your wellbeing
The Mayor of London aims to make London the most walkable city in the world.
There are so many great places to explore:
- The Royal Parks (including Primrose Hill; pictured)
- London's top walking routes – several planned walks in and around the capital
- The nearby Regent's Canal flows through Camden, Regent's Park and King's Cross – popular with walkers and runners alike
You can always pick up the pace and use these places for a run.
Prefer to head out with others? You can join these clubs:
Get on your bike
Over half-a-million journeys are made by bike every day in London. It's a great way to keep fit and explore the city, as well as saving some money.
Whether you're hiring a Santander Cycle (25% discount for students), or you've got your own set of wheels, you'll find safer-cycling routes around UCL's Bloomsbury campus.