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What’s open on campus?

7 October 2020

A run-down of the services and facilities open to students on campus.

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Our priority is for all members of our community to be able to make the most of their time at UCL, regardless of how they experience it, so our approach in Term One is online first. That doesn’t mean online only! We’ve worked hard to adjust the UCL campus so staff and students can work in a socially distanced way, and many of you are, or soon will be, attending in-person educational activities where it is safe to do so.

The Students’ Union UCL (SU) also know how essential on-campus and in-person activity is for our student communities so core sporting activity and core activity to societies can also take place on campus. Sport, art, drama, politics or none of the above – whatever you’re into, they’ve got something for everyone. Check out the SU’s list of face-to-face activity planned for this term.

Make the most of your visit to campus

Whilst Bloomsbury may be a little quieter than usual, there are still plenty of university services open on campus. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to study, sweat it out or grab a bite to eat, or you just fancy soaking up some culture and a well-earned change of scenery after quarantining, below are just some of the places to visit on campus.

Study spaces

There are 1,200 study spaces open across campus with Wifi connectivity available throughout.

The UCL Science Library, the Student Centre, the UCL Institute of Education Library, the UCL Main Library, the Bartlett Library and the Institute of Archaeology Library are all open to UCL students and staff.

We have converted office space in Bidborough House and 1-19 Torrington Place to student study spaces, providing additional capacity from 9am-8.30pm, Monday-Friday.

Our wifi network has recently been expanded, with full coverage now available in the Front Quad, Wilkins Terrace and the Japanese Garden so if you're meeting up outside, you can still stay connected at the heart of campus.

You must pre-book a study space online; you can to book up to 1 slot per day (slots are usually 3.5 hours), up to 14 days in advance. These limits are regularly reviewed in line with demand.

Click for library locations, opening hours and to book a study space.

Faculties or departments may also have additional study areas reserved for their students. You can check with your directly with your department for this information.

The Student Centre

The Student Centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Alongside 200 bookable study spaces – including 100 all-in-one Desktop@UCL workstations – you can find printing, scanning and photocopying facilities one every floor.

When you need a break from studying, you can also refuel at the Café on Level 3 on weekdays, 9.30am-5pm.

Students' Union UCL

The SU have a list of clubs and societies approved to run in person activity in line with the guidance they’ve developed to help them plan for the year ahead safely.

The Student’s Union also runs cafés, bars and a gym and a shop on campus. We know how important these spaces are for meeting and connecting with others, so if you’re in London, the Students’ Union are ready to greet you.

Fitness

Bloomsbury Fitness is your student gym on campus. You can come and visit for just a day or sign-up for the whole year, we’ve got exactly what you need at fantastic value. 

You can find out more on the Bloomsbury Fitness website.  

Bars and cafés

Check out the opening hours for Students’ Union run bars and cafes.

Shopping

You can get all your UCL branded merch at The Hanger.  T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts; we have it all for you.

The Hanger is open from Mon – Fri: 10:00 – 15:00, on the ground floor of 25 Gordon Street.

We’ve also got a brand new online shop for you too so if you’re not in the area then you can get your haul delivered to your door.

Careers support

Our Careers team are still working hard to support you in the different stages of your career planning.

To help look after the health of the UCL community during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some activities such as one-to-one appointments or events will run remotely / online where it is safer to do so. However, face to face appointments on campus are still available for those who need them.

Explore the Careers website for the range of services / resources available to you. If you have any questions about accessing any of our services, the best way to reach us is by email: careers@ucl.ac.uk

Museums

We've been working hard behind-the-scenes to make our museums open for you to visit, with reduced opening times, safety measures and pre-booking in place.

We are happy to announce that the Grant Museum of Zoology and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology are reopening to the public every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm.  


Book tickets for the Grant Museum
Book tickets for the Petrie Museum

UCL Wednesdays

UCL students and staff can now enjoy free and exclusive access to the Grant Museum, Petrie Museum and UCL Art Museum on campus every Wednesday from 1pm – 5pm.
Find out more.

Keeping you safe on campus

Before you visit us on campus, review the UCL Visiting campus checklist to help make sure you know what to do before you leave home, when you get to campus, and once you get to your class or meeting room.

Whatever your reason for visiting in person, our priority at all times is to make sure our campus is as safe as possible, minimise the risk to everyone onsite, and follow UK official guidance. Help us keep our community safe by finding out what we’re doing to protect our staff and students and how you can help keep campus as safe as possible

For more general information about the pandemic and UCL’s response, please visit the coronavirus information hub