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Introducing the new Student Centre!

21 December 2018

UCL's new Student Centre will be opening its doors on Monday 18 February 2019. Before then, here's a sneak preview!

The UCL New Student Centre, artist impression

As the final major project in the transformation of UCL's main Bloomsbury campus, the Student Centre is an exciting new building that will be a central focal point for study, events and student life.

Ahead of its opening on Monday 18 February 2019, here are 10 things you need to know about it:

1. It has 1,000 new study spaces!

The Student Centre is a calm, modern environment that's ideal for studying. There are lots of different types of spaces to suit your needs, from quiet PC rooms to social spaces and group study rooms.

2. It's home to an enhanced student enquiries team!

The Student Enquiries Centre on Floor 1 will be the new home of the team currently based in the existing Student Centre in the Chadwick Building. The team will be expanding and broadening their knowledge, so they can help you with all sorts of different questions, from student records and exams, to Study Abroad and library services.

3. AskUCL, a new student enquiries system, is coming soon too!

Supporting the expanded team in the Student Enquiries Centre, students will have access to a new online enquiries system early in the new year, AskUCL. This system will firstly present you with a self-help section, so you can quickly see answers to commonly asked questions. If you still don't have the answer you need, you'll then be able to log an enquiry online and track its progress so you know exactly which team is dealing with it. More information on AskUCL will be made available soon!

4. Student Support and Wellbeing drop-in sessions and appointments will be moving here!

Right next to the Student Enquiries Centre you'll find the new home of the disability, mental health and wellbeing teams in Student Support and Wellbeing. Drop-in sessions and appointments, which are currently based in IOE, will move to this new calm and light-filled location when the Student Centre opens.

5. Getting around campus will become a lot easier!

The Student Centre will have 2 new handy routes across campus. The first will provide a direct and accessible link from Gower Street to Gordon Street, through the South Cloisters in the Wilkins Building, the Japanese Garden and the Student Centre. The second links the Student Centre to Malet Place, via the space outside the Bernard Katz Building and the South Quad.

6. There will be art galore!

Permanent and temporary works of public art will be on display throughout the building. This will include inspiring pieces by UCL alumna and Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread and staff and students from the Slade School of Fine Art and the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment.

7. It's a flagship for sustainability!

Designed to the highest quality and with sustainability in mind throughout, the Student Centre will have several hundred square metres of solar panels on its roof, windows which automatically open and close to ventilate the building, and sanitary fittings to reduce water consumption by more than 50% compared to similar buildings.

8. It includes spaces to relax and take a break!

When you need a break from studying, you'll have plenty of options in the Student Centre. You could grab a coffee from the café on Floor 3, enjoy the views from the roof terrace on Floor 4, or head down to the Mezzanine for a stroll around the Japanese Garden.

9. It will be home to new and improved quiet contemplation rooms!

The basement floors will include 2 new quiet contemplation rooms, which will be open as a place for prayer, meditation and reflection to students of all faiths.

10. It opens on Monday 18 February!

The opening of the new Student Centre is just around the corner, on 18 February 2019. To celebrate, there will be a range of events and activities happening in its first week - more details coming soon! In the meantime, follow #UCLstudentcentre, #UCLcares and #loveUCL for all the latest updates!       

We'll see you there!