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UCL's policy of keeping Wednesday afternoons free of teaching gives you the opportunity to take part in social and sporting activities.

Scarlet seats in the newly revamped Bloomsbury Theatre
UCL Bloomsbury Theatre and Studio

The Bloomsbury Theatre hosts theatre, live music and stand-up comedy, as well as, of course, peformances by the students and staff of UCL.

The Bloomsbury Spotlight productions of Students' Union UCL are fully organised and arranged by UCL students and range from drama, musicals and dance to jazz and opera.

The 500-seat main auditorium, newly refurbished, is fitted with the latest sound and lighting equipment, alongside the Bloomsbury Studio, a flexible performance space for up to 70 people.

The Bloomsbury Theatre and Studio
Bloomsbury Spotlight


UCL musicians
Music

From DJ-ing with our own student radio station, Rare FM, to playing with the Chamber Music Club, dancing on stage, or singing with University College Opera, we've something for every taste.

Bookable rehearsal rooms are available on campus and in some residences.

Find out more at Students' Union UCL Clubs & Societies Directory


Student Union cafe, staffed by students
Cafés, bars and shops

Students' Union UCL runs four cafés, four bars and a shop on UCL's Bloomsbury campus. Open throughout the day and into the night, many have computers and Wi-Fi access.

Find out more about where to eat, drink and shop on campus


Museums

  • UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology - one of the world's greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology
  • UCL Grant Museum of Zoology - the only remaining university zoological museum in London, founded in 1828
  • UCL Art Museum - more than 10,000 fine art objects, including prints and drawings by Old Master artists

Collections


two ice hockey players
Sport and leisure

Students' Union UCL provides one of the largest competitive sports programmes in the UK. With sports from surfing to lacrosse and gliding to judo, there are endless opportunities to join TeamUCL. If you're at the top of your game we can also provide additional training and funding.

Whether you're a team sports player, interested in keeping fit or just looking for a chance to socialise and have fun, there are plenty of opportunities at UCL.

  • UCL Sports Grounds are located in Shenley in Hertfordshire and include full-size football pitches, rugby and lacrosse pitches, mini football pitches, cricket squares, all-weather netball and tennis courts, plus a pavilion. There is a free and convenient bus service on match days.
  • Bloomsbury Fitness - showing full range of exercise equipment
    Somers Town Community Sports Centre, a 15-minute walk away, hosts many of our indoor sports and provides basketball, badminton, volleyball and table tennis facilities.
  • Astor College Sports Hall is located near the Bloomsbury campus, providing clubs and societies with space to engage in a range of indoor sports.
  • Old Cranleighans in Surrey provides hockey pitches for our Men's and Women's Hockey Teams.
  • Bloomsbury Fitness is Students' Union UCL's very own health and fitness club, which includes a full complement of fitness equipment as well as squash courts and a dojo. 
  • The University of London Union houses a 33-metre swimming pool that's right next door to our Bloomsbury campus.
  • Students' Union UCL runs around 60 sports and dance clubs. These include everything you might expect as well as some activities you may not, such as capoeira, kickboxing, water polo, dodgeball, ice hockey, mountaineering and ultimate frisbee.