UCL East

UCL's campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford. The campus is a hub for interdisciplinary research and teaching and a home for more than 500 students.

12 February 2024

"No Ordinary Campus, at No Ordinary University, on No Ordinary Park" 

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UCL East is a new campus. Located where the Park meets Stratford, the UCL East campus gives our community the opportunity to research, collaborate, and share solutions to the challenges of the future in a home fit for the 21st century. Open since 2022, Marshgate and One Pool Street are the first two buildings on the campus. They join UCL's nearby facilities at Here East and Canary Wharf. Together these sites offer facilities for interdisciplinary investigation into the opportunities provided by artificial intelligence, ecology, robotics, and new generations of materials for research in any field our students choose to pursue. The buildings have industry-standard facilities to produce digital and physical objects, and to collaborate remotely with colleagues across London and around the world.
UCL East campus is open to the public all year round with a shop and cafés, cultural, community and schools engagement activities, alongside new works of art, many specially commissioned from local east London artists.

Getting to the Campus

A short stroll from Stratford to UCL East
Our UCL East campus can be reached by every major mode of public and private transport. Our buildings have secure cycle parking and shower facilities, so people can make the most of cycling through the park and the cycle routes to east, central and north London. Its location brings 21st-century student living, laboratories and lecture theatres together at East Bank, the UK’s newest cultural quarter at the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, next to the London Stadium and a stone’s throw from Westfield Stratford City shopping and leisure complex.

Public transport connections near UCL East

Stratford Station 10-min walk (Central and Jubilee London Underground Lines, Elizabeth Line, Overground, DLR, National Rail)
Stratford International 11-min walk (DLR, Highspeed Rail)
Pudding Mill Lane (DLR) Station 12-min walk
Hackney Wick 19-min walk (Overground)

Busses 108 and 339 2-min walk (to and from Stratford, Bethnal Green, and Shadwell)
All services to and from Stratford City 10-min walk.

Sustainable, Inclusive Design and Construction

Marshgate and One Pool Street are built with people and planet in mind. The design and construction of the buildings aim to create outstanding spaces for the UCL community to teach, learn and collaborate in with minimum impact on the planet. This is achieved through sustainable materials and construction methods, using the right materials to achieve a high level of energy efficiency. From pre-construction through to opening, environmental sustainability and accessibility have been core considerations.

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Bat signals: academics at UCL monitored bats nighttime activity so we knew where and how to minimise sound pollution before construction started.

One example is how UCL brought together construction consultants Arup and the research initiative Nature Smart Cities to monitor and identify how bats had made the park their home. This data was shared online to the public and used during construction to decide where and how to limit sound and light pollution to protect the local plant and wildlife. To further support local biodiversity, we sowed 2-metre wildflower margins around the border of the sites, and teams put together bird feeding stations from tools, clothes, and other on-site material that had reached the end of their life. A blunt or broken drill bit could go in the bin, but it makes a much better perch for passing birds!

Part of the wildflower boundary around One Pool Street when it was under construction, and a birdfeeder upgraded with construction gear that was no longer fit for purpose. 

Last Updated

21 February 2024