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Find out all you need to know about the ExCeL London as your examination venue.


Location

The ExCeL is a large venue, please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your exam to give you ample time to locate your seat. There will be a UCL pop-up desk present, where you can go to for extra information on the day if required.

If you have been assessed by Student Support and Wellbeing as being entitled to special exam arrangements, your exams will take place on the UCL Bloomsbury campus - please do not go to the ExCeL for your exam.

See what is available at the ExCeL

Plan your journey ahead of your exam using the TfL journey planner.

The ExCeL is served by two DLR (Docklands Light Railway) stations: Prince Regent, nearest to the east entrance, and Custom House, which is nearest to the west entrance. However, you can easily walk from one entrance to the other, as they are all on the same level. The ExCeL is approximately a 20-minute walk (1 mile) from Canning Town Station on the Jubilee Line; there are also buses that run from Canning Town to the ExCeL.

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Where is your exam hall?

The ExCeL has many exhibition halls. Please see below for the location of your exam hall each week. You can view the location of your exam hall on maps of the ExCeL.  Select the Boulevard Entrance for the week you wish to view.

WEEKDATESBOULEVARD ENTRANCEDLR STATIONUCL HELPDESK
125 - 27 APRILN3/N4CUSTOM HOUSEWEST ENTRANCE
230 APRIL - 4 MAYS7/S8CUSTOM HOUSEWEST ENTRANCE
38 - 11 MAYS7/S8CUSTOM HOUSEWEST ENTRANCE
415 - 18 MAYN1/N2CUSTOM HOUSEWEST ENTRANCE
521 - 25 MAYN8/N9PRINCE REGENTEAST ENTRANCE

Don't worry if you get off at the wrong station, as you can walk from one end of the ExCeL to the other, with the exception of Friday 25 May when you must use Prince Regent DLR station.

There are a small number of exams that will remain on campus. Please make sure you check your timetable and your UCL email account for any updates from the examinations team. All students with special exam arrangements will be on the UCL Bloomsbury campus.


Finding your seat

On your exam timetable, there will be a seat number allocated to you. See below for which colour zone your seat is allocated to. You will be allocated a different seat number for each of your exams.

Every exam hall will be zoned by colours. You will be directed to place bags and coats in the same colour zone as your seat. Colour zones are the same each day with the exception of exams taking place from Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 May (inclusive) and on Friday 25 May.

Colour zones for all exam dates other than those shown below

SEAT NUMBERSCOLOUR ZONE
1 - 360RED
361 - 744BLUE
745 - 1100GREEN
1101 - 1460YELLOW
1461 - 1844PINK
1845 - 2200ORANGE

Colour zones for exams Tuesday 15 - Friday 18 May 2018

SEAT NUMBERSCOLOUR ZONE
1 - 445RED
446 - 925BLUE
926 - 1375GREEN
1376 - 1820YELLOW
1821 - 2300PINK
2301 - 2750ORANGE

Colour zones for exams Friday 25 May

SEAT NUMBERSCOLOUR ZONES
1 - 360RED
361 - 744BLUE
745 - 1100GREEN
1101 - 1490YELLOW
1491 - 1790PINK
1791 - 2200ORANGE

Advice for exams at the ExCeL

  • Plan your route ahead of time and keep an eye on the TFL website on the morning of your exam to check for any line closures on your planned route.
  • In the unlikely event that there is disruption to the DLR, make sure you have planned an alternative route in advance.
  • Give yourself plenty of additional time to arrive to ensure that you are not affected by any unforeseen transport problems.
  • Note that many journeys to the ExCeL go through major transport hubs e.g. Waterloo, Bank and London Bridge. Be prepared for these to be busy, especially for morning exams.
  • Remeber to touch out (and in) using your Oyster card, Contactless card or phone at Custom House or Prince Regent. The yellow card readers may not be immediately visible.
  • There are plenty of seating areas at the ExCeL; however, these may become busy if the ExCeL is hosting lots of other events. If the weather is nice, there are outdoor areas by the entrances where you can sit while waiting for your exam.
  • There are a variety of food outlets in the ExCeL to suit all diets. To save time and money, you may prefer to bring your own food if you are staying at the venue throughout the day.
  • Don’t bring any non-essential valuable items to the exam. While you are taking your exam, you will be directed to place your bags and coats in identified places in the examination hall.
  • Note that the exam hall is very large. Make sure you know your seat number before going inside. If you have never been to the ExCeL before, you may find it useful to visit before your first exam, to familiarise yourself with the venue. 
  • Dress in layers, as it can sometimes get cold in the exam hall.

For further advice on how to manage your revision effectively, how to look after your wellbeing during the exam period and how to perform at your best on the day, read our Exam Success Guide.