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UCL Buildings

UCL has more than 230 buildings comprising 6.5 million square foot across the UK, all of which are managed by UCL Estates

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 main campus is in Bloomsbury, central London although we have other buildings across other parts of the United Kingdom. 
  • UCL has teaching hospitals across central London and a satellite campus in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. 
  • 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 

Transforming UCL

UCL has embarked on an extensive building and refurbishment programme - Transforming UCL. This is about creating sustainable spaces that meet UCL's world-class aspirations and commitment to excellence and innovation.

Transforming UCL


UCL East 

UCL East represents the largest ever single expansion of UCL since the University was founded nearly 200 years ago. It will be a new UCL campus, complementing the Bloomsbury campus, and will be located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to the south of the Aquatics Centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

UCL East