UCL has more than 250 buildings comprising 6.5 million square foot across the UK. This mixture of owned and leased space is used as accommodation, teaching and research space, public realm and offices
UCL Building facts
- UCL was the first university institution to be established in London.
- Our first building was bought in 1826 for £100 by Jeremy Bentham, UCL's founder.
- Our original campus is in Bloomsbury, central London although we have buildings across the United Kingdom.
- UCL opened the UCL East campus in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. Our second campus since our founding in 1826.
- UCL sustained considerable bomb damage during the Second World War, including to the Great Hall and the Carey Foster Physics Laboratory.
- UCL campus has been used as a location for a number of film and television productions, including Doctor in the House (1954), Gladiator (2000), The Mummy Returns (2001), The Dark Knight (2008) and Inception (2010).
The Future of UCL's buildings
UCL East represents the largest ever single expansion of UCL since the University was founded nearly 200 years ago. A new campus located on the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park, to the south of the Aquatics Centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit. One Pool Street and Marshgate are open and will be the core of the new campus as it continues to expand over the next decade.