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.
Information for non-visa nationals
If you are coming to UCL to study on a Standard Visitor Visa for study for up to 6 months, and have not secured your visa before travelling, 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. A list of non-visa nationals can be found here.
Please note that if you are a national of an EU country, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the USA all you need to do is enter the UK using the eGates. If you enter the UK through the eGate you will not receive a stamp in your passport and instead will need to provide evidence of your boarding pass or fight itinerary in order to enrol on your programme at UCL.
If you are not eligible to use the eGates but are directed to use them by mistake, please see a Border Force officer before you leave the airport to receive a stamp in your passport.