Living in London

Life in London

UCL students benefit from our location in the centre of one of the world’s greatest cities.

Situated in the heart of London, UCL is England’s third oldest university and is surrounded by a range of fantastic resources and landmarks including the British Museum, The British Library, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden.

For further information about living and studying in London please see the information and links below.

Academic Resources

London is one of the most exciting cities to be a student, providing unrivalled academic resources including museums, libraries, archives and cultural and professional organisations. The British Library, Senate House Library and the British Museum are just a few of the academic resources available to students living in London, all of which can be found on the doorstep of UCL.

British Library - The Library holds more than 13 million books and 920,000 journals.

Senate House Library - Provides extensive services and facilities to all University of London students.

The British Museum - Displays exhibitions from ancient and living cultures from around the world.

Natural History Museum - Holds collections of natural history specimens from all over the world.

Science Museum - London's major science and technology museum's.

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) -One of the world's largest museum's of decorative art and design.


Students in London have access to a wide range of entertainment and leisure opportunities to fill their free time. From theatre to sports to comedy clubs, there is something for everyone in London. The following websites include comprehensive lists of upcoming events.

Timeout London - An essential guide to making the most of your free time in London providing extensive entertainment listings.

LondonTown – Provides information on sightseeing, entertainment and upcoming events in London.

LondonMonthly - London's essential event guide, direct to your inbox.

International Student House (ISH) - Offers accommodation to students as well as being a social centre for international students in London.

Managing your Budget

Many students worry about the cost of living and studying in London. However, there are many ways in which you can enjoy student life in the capital on a limited budget. The web links below offer advice on how to control your budget and guides to enjoying London for free.

Studentfreestuff and MyUniDays - Regularly updated websites providing information on discounts and free offers for a variety of things.

MyVoucherCodes - A great place to download vouchers for discounts and 2 for 1 offers in a wide range of shops and restaurants.

International Student Calculator- specifically developed to help you manage your money and build a budget for living and studying in the UK.

Whenever you are shopping in London remember to take your student card with you and always ask if a student discount is available. This also applies when you go to the cinema, theatre, restaurants or other entertainment venues. Most major museums and galleries in London are free to all however special exhibitions may have a charge where a student discount is available


Travel need not be expensive and discount travel cards are available on most transport services in London including national rail, tube and buses. The Student Oyster photocard entitles students to a 30% discount on travelcards and bus passes valid for 7 days or more.

TFL - Student Oyster Card- As a student you will also be entitled to a discount on transport or journeys outside London on trains and coaches.

Young Persons Railcard- As a student you will also be able to get a Young Person's Coachcard that will entitle you to 30% off coach travel anywhere in the UK.

Travelling to UCL- Information on how to travel to UCL.

UCL and London - Discover the different ways in which UCL and London complement each other.

UCL International Student Support - Provides practical advice on moving to London.

UCL New Students - Information for new students coming to UCL.

Study London – Offers comprehensive information relating to applying to study in London, scholarships and financial assistance and living and working in London.

EducationUK – See the 'living in the UK' section.