Finding a place to live in London
The first question that many students ask is “where will I live?” If you’re coming to study abroad for the full year, you’ll be guaranteed a place in UCL accommodation as long as you have firmly accepted your offer to study at UCL and applied for accommodation by the deadline. Students coming to UCL for less than a full year will normally be allocated housing, but this cannot be guaranteed.
UCL has two types of accommodation:
- UCL Halls of Residence (these halls are catered; i.e. breakfast and an evening meal are provided from Monday – Friday). Prices for single rooms range from £185 – £222 per week (for the 2017/18 academic session).
- Student Houses (these halls are self-catered; i.e. students cook for themselves in onsite kitchens). Prices for single rooms range from £135 – £235 per week (for the 2017/18 academic session).
Most of our student housing is only a few minutes’ walk from the main Bloomsbury campus. Most rooms are single study bedrooms, equipped with a bed, desk, chairs, washbasin, bookcase, cupboard and internet access. The price of UCL allocated housing will vary depending on the location and facilities available; to get an idea of the different types of accommodation you can visit the UCL Student Accommodation website.
If you’d prefer to make your own arrangements for housing, you can get advice from the University of London Housing Services, who offer advice about finding suitable rented accommodation in London
Applying for accommodation
You don’t have to worry about applying for accommodation straight away – if you’re accepted to study abroad at UCL you’ll be sent details of how to apply for accommodation with your offer letter.
Campus and facilities
Your study environment
At UCL we constantly strive to make sure that all our facilities are up to date and provide the best learning experience for our students – so you’ll find new study spaces in the Cruciform Hub and Senate House, recently-refurbished labs in the Departments of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering, a Virtual Trading Floor in the Department of Computer Science and a refurbished Language and Speech Sciences library.
UCL’s 18 specialist libraries between them contain over two million books and subscriptions to more than 35,000 journals, and a number of libraries offer 24- hour access.
UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)
Our comprehensive centre offers courses for credit in Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish at various levels of proficiency, as well as providing pre-sessional and in-sessional English language courses for international students. We also offer English for Academic Purposes and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) courses, and evening classes in 17 languages.
Sport and leisure
UCL offers plenty of opportunities to take part in team sports or just to keep fit and have fun!
- UCL’s Students’ Union, UCLU, runs around 70 sports and dance clubs, ranging from boxing and badminton to karate and capoeira!
- UCLU also runs Bloomsbury Fitness, a well-equipped health and fitness club located just next door to the main campus in Bloomsbury.
- The UCL Sports Grounds in Shenley, Hertfordshire include full-size football pitches, rugby and lacrosse pitches, all-weather netball and tennis courts plus a pavilion. A free bus service runs to the Sports Grounds on match days.
- Other nearby facilities include Student Central, open to all University of London students including UCL students, which houses a 33-metre swimming pool, and various local sports halls offering facilities to play basketball, badminton, volleyball and table tennis.
UCL is a secular institution and, while we recognise the right of individuals to hold their own religious beliefs, we do not provide facilities for religious worship. There is a space on the campus set aside for private meditation and prayer
Arts and entertainment
London is a great place to have fun and experience culture of all kinds – but if you want to stay closer to home, there’s plenty to do on campus:
- UCL’s Bloomsbury Theatre is a professionally run, onsite theatre with a seating capacity of around 500. It hosts shows ranging from drama and dance to music and stand-up comedy throughout the year, and is reserved for student performances for 12 weeks every year. The Bloomsbury is currently undergoing renovation and is due to reopen in early 2018.
- UCLU runs a huge variety of clubs and societies dedicated to the arts; there’s something for you whether you’re into music, drama, writing, photography or even DJing.
- Bookable rehearsal rooms are available on campus and in some residences for those who play a musical instrument.
- UCLU runs three bars, four cafés and a shop on the Bloomsbury campus, perfect for grabbing a coffee between lectures, meeting up with friends or unwinding after a busy day!
Museums and collections
UCL has a huge range of onsite museums and collections that can be used for study, or simply to explore when you have an hour between lectures!
- UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
- UCL Grant Museum of Zoology
- UCL Art Museum
- UCL Institute of Archaeology Collections
- UCL Geology Collection
- UCL Ethnography Collection
- UCL Science and Galton Collections
Support and welfare
Looking after your physical and mental health
The Ridgmont Centre, located near the Bloomsbury campus, houses an NHS General Practice where doctors are available for consultation. There are also numerous dentists and opticians in the area. If you’re studying at UCL for more than six months, you may register as an NHS patient (which essentially means being able to get a doctor’s consultation free of charge). If you're studying at UCL for less than six months you will have limited access to NHS services and you will need to obtain private medical insurance, as you will be liable for any services you use. Full details of these services can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/iss/before-you-arrive/health and www.thedentalcentrelondon.com/ucl-students
UCL Student Psychological Services offer a confidential and supportive service to all UCL students, as well as running workshops on issues such as stress management.
UCL Student Disability Services offer confidential support, advice and information to any students with a disability, long-term medical condition, specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia) or a mental health issue.
The treatments and medication in the UK may differ from those in your home country, so if you have an ongoing condition that needs to be managed this is an important consideration. Pre-application enquiries are always welcome!
Advice on day-to-day matters
Each subject area has a Study Abroad (Affiliate) Tutor, who is responsible for the organisation of teaching and the welfare of their students. Your Affiliate Tutor is available to provide practical, personal and academic guidance.
The Student Centre offers advice on a range of issues including immigration, finance, transcripts and fees. The centre also organises the International Students’ Orientation Programme.
The UCL Students’ Union runs a Rights and Advice Centre staffed by professional advisers, and a JobShop to support students seeking part-time employment while they study (although this type of work may be subject to visa restrictions so do make sure you check if you intend to work while you're in the UK).
UCL Careers is available to advise on all aspects of career planning and finding employment. UCL Careers runs an extensive range of employer-led events, including skills development workshops, presentations, forums and careers fairs.
UCL International Student Support organises an orientation programme for new students at the start of the academic year in September, and also in January for those joining us for the Spring/Summer terms. The programme gives you the opportunity to complete your in-person enrolment, start the process of module selection, attend a number of information sessions (for example, sessions on safety, transport and finance) and participate in a variety of social events organised by UCLU (in past years there have been bus tours, campus tours, a Welcome Breakfast and even an ice cream social!) It’s a great way to meet friends, find your way around and adjust to life in a new city.
UCL Students’ Union (UCLU)
As well as running a huge number of clubs and societies, UCLU provides the “Give it a Go” (GIAG) social programme, which allows you to try out a range of one-off activities, make new friends and perhaps even discover a new hobby or favourite place!
You could try:
- tours of London, on foot or by bus – themes could include Literary London, Harry Potter or Bohemians of Fitzrovia
- trips to the theatre or concerts – see a top West End play or musical
- day trips to other UK destinations such as Bath, Windsor Castle or Stonehenge.