Getting to UCL
London is well-served by transport links and UCL is located in the Bloomsbury district at the very centre of London. There are easy connections to UCL from London’s global hub airports at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted and you will find that London’s extensive public transport system is convenient and easy to use. Due to the variety and convenience of public transport options from London's airports to the city centre and the very high number of international students who arrive throughout the year, UCL does not provide an airport pick-up service.
Choose your arrival airport below to find out your options for travelling into central London.
If you would like an alternative to public transport, you will also find details of taxi companies and an independent airport transfer company, Silver Shuttle, which is an external company to UCL. It is your decision whether or not you wish to use this service and you would need to liaise with the company directly to arrange a booking. As well as these shuttle services, you can also check-out ride sharing companies such as Uber.
Please note that these directions are from the main airports to the main UCL site on Gower Street – if you are going to your accommodation or elsewhere, these directions will vary.
Using eGates on arrival
If you are coming to UCL to study on a Short-term study visa and have not secured your visa before travelling, DO NOT use an eGate on arrival. You will need to see a Border Officer to obtain a stamp that will give you the permission needed in order to enrol at UCL. If you enter the UK through the eGate you will not receive a Short-term study visa stamp in your passport and instead will be considered a 'visitor'. If you are classed as a ‘visitor’, you will not be allowed to enrol on your programme of study at UCL if it is longer than 30 days.
If you use the eGates by mistake, please see a Border Force officer before you leave the airport to receive a stamp in your passport.
UK Border Force have also provided a visual aid which can be used to assist with the request of a Short-Term study visa. This document can be presented to a member of staff once you arrive at the UK border, and can be downloaded below: