Countdown to UCL

Find out more about different aspects of UCL life in each of the themes below. Articles written by students and staff to give you an insider's view of life at UCL.

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This website is currently being updated for new students due to start in September 2020. Please revisit these pages regularly, and bear in mind that information here is subject to change. 

Getting ready

Think ahead to your studies and start getting yourself ready, whether you're a new undergraduate or a returning postgraduate.


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Find out more about the costs of student life, budgeting, financial support and all things money.


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Hear how UCL as a community is committed to sustainability and how we're making change.

Our diverse community

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UCL students are a diverse community, home to people from all over the world and from all backgrounds.

Students' Union UCL

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Students' Union UCL is your student union - find out more about what they can offer and how to get involved.

Love UCL

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Welcome to UCL! We hope you're excited about starting out on your UCL journey.

Health and wellbeing

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Looking after yourself at university is just as important as your studies - find out more about how you can do this.


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Everything you need to know to set up your home away from home, whether in UCL-managed or private accommodation.

Staying safe

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Your safety is paramount, so read more about how you can keep yourself safe and secure.

Academic life

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Prepare yourself for academic life at UCL and find out about the academic support available.

Support services

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UCL has a wide range of support services to help you get the most out of your time and perform at your best.

Opportunities and skills


There's so much to get involved in at UCL beyond your studies - read through this section to find out how.

London life

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UCL is in the heart of London, so if you're able to join us on campus you'll be part of the city's vibrant life.

Campus life

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Find out more about UCL campus life and everything available to you in Bloomsbury.

Settling in

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Take your time to settle in once you start your programme - there's a lot to take in!

All articles


Read and search through all Countdown to UCL articles.

Archive of Countdown to UCL emails

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Just in case you've missed any, you can find past issues of the Countdown to UCL emails here.