UCL Human Resources


Financial benefits

A range of financial benefits are available to UCL staff.

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Available discounts and benefits

Retail and online discounts
  • TOTUM is a student discount card that is also available to UCL staff.  It gives you access to exclusive deals on food and fashion, tech and travel and everything in between. Apply under the normal student application using your ucl.ac.uk email address, following the instructions in the guide below. 

  • Discounts for the Education sector and Ode card: A service that connects education staff to money-saving discounts at big brands.

  • Wider wallet is a discount platform offering retail savings. Please login to view the access code (UCL Staff Only) 
    Earn cashback and save money when you shop at over 5,000 retailers both online and in-store see uclbenefits.widerwallet.com/cashback
    How does cashback work? Instead of going straight to a retailer’s website, search for the retailer on Top Cashback and follow the cashback link to your chosen retailer's website. In a nutshell, the retailer will send Top Cashback some commission on the sale and this is then passed back to you as cashback.

  • Discounts are available through our EAP provider Spectrum.Life, UCL’s EAP provider, has plenty of exciting discounts available for UCL employees. Visit our Employee Assistance Programme: Staff Support Service page to check these out.

  • Costco membership: As an employee in education you are eligible to join Costco.

  • Software discounts: UCL students and staff can obtain a copy of Office 365s at no cost. Office 365 includes the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more.

  • Times Higher Education (THE) subscription: free unlimited access.

  • Leon UCL can enjoy an exclusive 15% off at all restaurants. 
  • Bibas Hair & Beauty provides expert salon services including great haircuts, colours and beauty treatments. They’ve been around for 33 years and are in very close proximity to UCL in Bloomsbury. They give UCL employees 20% off introductory offer for your first visit, then 15% off for each visit after.
  • Theorytest.org.uk is offering their courses completely free to UCL staff. The team runs online driving, motorcycle and LGV theory training courses and has helped hundreds of students pass their tests so far.  In addition, Theorytest has developed a standalone resource focusing on the Hazard Perception Test, which is the second part of the Theory Test. Theory Test: online driving, motorcycle and LGV theory courses, register online and track your progress. Hazard Perception Test: the second part of the Theory test, register online to access all training videos.


Gym membership discounts  
Salary advance (for exceptional circumstances) 
  • In exceptional circumstances, UCL has the capacity to offer a salary advance to help staff with a critical need. Please see the guidance for further information and eligibility
Financial wellbeing 
  • Spectrum.Life, UCL’s EAP provider, has specific and qualified experts including, financial and tax advisers for Financial Wellbeing issues. Please visit Spectrum.Life to find out more.
  • London Capital Credit Union - through our partnership with London Capital Credit Union, a salary saving scheme is available to our employees. Please visit our London Capital Credit Union page to find out more.
Living wage accreditation

UCL is officially recognised as a Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation, in line with its commitment to equality.

Retirement savings 
  • Pension schemes - allowing you to save for the future and supported by generous employer contributions. 
Moving home
  • House loans for certain groups of staff
  • Relocation scheme
  • Discounts on renting a property Dexters is offering a zero deposit scheme at half price for UCL employees with contents insurance and accidental damage cover included for free. This means that UCL employees will be able to choose between paying a 5 week cash deposit at the start of the tenancy or choosing the zero deposit option. The zero deposit option comes at a cost of 1.5% of the monthly rent on top of rent - as opposed to the usual 3% without the benefit. Also Dexters is offering to UCL reduced references, one to one support and unbiased advice.
Discounts at UCL for staff
Immigration support
Charitable giving