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Travelling to and from campus

When travelling to and from campus, try to avoid putting yourself at unnecessary risk and seek to travel by the safest means available to you.

In line with Government guidance, during the national lockdown there will be no in-person teaching on campus (except for a small number of exempt subjects) and staff must work from home it they can. 

If you need to travel to or from campus, please follow the latest Government guidance. We want to ensure that students and staff feel supported to leave and arrive at campus at the time they find most comfortable. You might want to change the time at which you travel – leaving earlier or later to avoid the peak times. If so, please speak to you Department or line manager about your options.

Walking or cycling

Please consider walking or cycling to campus if you can. As part of UCL's green recovery from COVID, we have installed 200 new cycle parking spaces on campus. UCL is also connecting experienced cyclists with staff and students who are new to commuting by bike, through the Bike Buddy Scheme. For details on free bike maintenance, choosing a bike, local routes and UCL’s bike network and more, see UCL’s cycle and walking pages. Staff are able to get a tax-free bike through the UCL Cycle Scheme

We are also looking at how to store cycling clothes and equipment. Some lockers will be available and we are looking to increase the number of lockers but we would also suggest that you keep these with you where practicable. For the time being, our shower and changing facilities will not be available although we are looking at how we make these accessible in a safe way.  

Travelling by public transport

Please refer to TfL's guidance on safe travelling and follow the TfL safety and hygiene measures. They help protect you and everyone else on the transport network. 

If you need to use public transport, avoid the busiest times: 05:45-08:15 and 16:00-17:30, and the busiest stations and lines. TfL provides information on the busiest stations and times.

TfL has also advised that there will be controls at all stations. Passengers may be asked to wait to enter a station to control the flow of customers. Passengers not wearing a face mask may be asked to comply with the rules. Transport for London (TfL) recognise that this might not be possible for everyone and so they have a list of exemptions and an exemption card that individuals may wish to use. 

Planning your route

If you are travelling by tube to or from Bloomsbury, it is worth considering the use of either Tottenham Court Road or King’s Cross Underground stations. Both stations have large concourse areas that make social distancing easier. Some research suggests that travelling by forms of transport with better ventilation such as bus or Overground train is less risky so you may want to consider this.

If you need information on the status of the Underground/DLR/Overground route which you plan to travel by see their status update page. We are looking to make this information available on the UCL building screens. 

If possible, consider completing the some of your journey by bike or foot. Especially in Central London there are many cycle hire schemes that allow travellers to complete their journey by bike. Many mainline stations are walkable from UCL, for example Waterloo is a pleasant 30 min walk from UCL’s campus. 

Travelling by car

UCL is not encouraging students or staff to travel by car. In line with our approach to sustainability, we are seeking to minimise the impact of our activities on local air quality and local congestion. 

That said, we recognise that car use will be necessary for some of our community. Please refer to the UCL Parking Policy. In accordance with this policy, we will be prioritising any parking spaces for contractors and for people with disabilities.

Staff who choose to drive to central London may claim expenses for parking in public pay and display car parks of up to £30 per day, and Congestion Charge costs where this has been agreed in advance with your manager. 

If you are a blue badge holder parking can be secured on site but it must be booked in advance. Please be aware that most of the UCL campus is within the Camden Green badge zone and so usual blue badge rules may not apply.