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UCL Student Disability Services - Top 5 FAQs

The UCL Student Disability Services are here to support you if you have a sensory impairment (for example you are hard of hearing, deaf or visually impaired), a physical disability, a mental health difficulty, specific learning difficulty (for example dyslexia) or if you have a medical condition that impacts on your ability to study or on any other aspect of your university life.

What to do if an emergency occurs in a UCL student hall of residence?

Anne Tan, a recent graduate of UCL and former member of the UCL Residence's Warden team, has plenty of experience of students halls - both living in them and supervising them! This in mind, she's written us this short article about what you should do in the unlikley event that an emergency occur whilst you are living in a UCL hall of residence...

6 Great Study Spaces other than the library

We hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend! Now though, it's back to work - or thinking about work, at least. Ishan, a member of our Global Ambassador team for this year, lets you in on a few study spaces other than the library (because you probably will have to study at some point).

Demystifying Tier 4 Visa Terms

We know that applying for a visa can be a scary and confusing process. You want to make sure you submit all the right documents and follow all the necessary regulations. However, it can be particularly hard to do that when there are so many confusing terms surrounding the process. But don’t fear! The International Student Support Team are here to demystify five of the most frequently encountered visa terms.

How Do I Make British Friends?

This article was originally posted by GB Mag, an online magazine for international students helping and inspiring you to make the most of your time in the UK.

The Quiet Contemplation Room at UCL

The Quiet Contemplation Room is a space on UCL’s main campus where students of any religion, or of no religion, can pray, engage in quiet reflection or engage in meditation. All of UCL’s staff members and registered students can use this room.

Benefits of studying abroad

Zainab is a Global Ambassador for this year. Having just returned from her year abroad in Spain, she's written an article about the benefits of studying abroad. Whether you're an international student coming to live in the UK or a home student thinking of spending time abroad whilst you're here, it's definitely something worht thinking about!

Stay safe at UCL - UCL Security Services

UCL Security are here for your safety and protection, but they need your help. The Security Services team have put together the following information and guidance to help keep you safe and to make you aware of what to do in the event of a crime taking place.

Q&A with Matt Wagaine-Twabwe, LGBT+ Officer

Matt is this year's LGBT+ Officer and a final year natural sciences student. They've answered a few questions for you about their studies, their role as LGBT+ Officer, and of course, a little advice for first year...

British Food

We all know that as students you will likely live off noodles, baked beans on toast and food you smuggled from home. However, one day you will find yourself in a pub wanting to do more than drink or you might get invited to a traditional British meal.

Spotlight on Societies: RUMS Men's Hockey

Fast-paced, team-based and a whole lot of fun, it’s no surprise that hockey is one of the most popular university sports. RUMS Hockey Club caters for medical students of all playing abilities and aspirations, with three teams in action every Wednesday, and two representing us in the Sunday LUSL leagues.

Notting Hill Carnival

This article was originally posted by GB Mag, an online magazine for international students helping and inspiring you to make the most of your time in the UK. You can read the original article here!

Mental Health Support at UCL

Mental Health support is available for students at UCL. Whether you have been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition, have a mental health difficulty such as anxiety or depression or you are concerned about how you are feeling, we encourage you to contact us at Student Disability Services where you can have a confidential meeting with our Mental Health Specialist.

Insurance - do you need it?

Whilst you're preparing for your UCL adventure, you may be wondering whether you should get insurance or not.
We would strongly advise you to insure your personal possessions, regardless of where you will be living whilst attending university. 

Coping with change

Starting university is an exciting time and it's the beginning of a new adventure - whether you're moving to London from the other side of the world or if you're coming from another part of London, it is still a new chapter in your life and can make you feel unsettled. The first thing you need to remember is that this is completely normal, and there will be hundreds of other students in the same boat as you.

The calm in the eye of the storm: London's parks

Jon's article this week is here to dispell any notions you have that London is a big, grey city - in fact, it's big and green! A perfect article for this week, as the sun has finally decided to show its face again...

Positive self-talk

Positive statements encourage us and help us cope through distressing times. We can say these encouraging words to ourselves, and be our own personal coach. We have all survived some very distressing times, and we can use those experiences to encourage us through current difficulties. Examples of coping thoughts might be:

Introducing: UCL's Information Services Division (ISD)

We all know that one of the first things you're going to want to do when you get to UCL is get online... email your family, update your Facebook location to London and Instagram a picture of the first meal you've cooked in your new kitchen.

Information for Affiliate Students

Are you coming to UCL as a student on a Study Abroad (JYA), Erasmus, Independent Affiliate or other exchange programme? Then we welcome you with open arms!

Introducing: UCLU Liberation Networks

UCLU runs four different Liberation Sections which represent different groups of students at UCL: Black & Minority Ethnic Students’ Network, Disabled Students’ Network, LGBT+ Students’ Section, Women’s Network. Take a look below for details on each network and how they may be able to support you:

Introducing: The Bartlett

We are The Bartlett: UCL's global faculty of the built environment. Our sections span the entire area of study and research. Individually, they lead their fields. In partnership, they develop new responses to pressing world issues. As a whole, they represent a world-leading, multidisciplinary faculty, united by the radical spirit of UCL.